Saturday, November 30, 2013

Central Illinois Tornado Relief Fundraiser
On Sunday, November 17th terrible tornadoes swept through Central Illinois leaving many homeless and with nothing left except the clothes on their backs.  As an Illinois teacher, I felt the overwhelming need to do something for these people to help them rebuild their lives and to carry on during the upcoming holidays.  Two other Illinois teachers also felt compelled to do something.  So, the three of us (Amanda Pauly from Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten,  Cindy (Kinder Kay) from Love Those Kinders and I from Mrs. McLaren's Little Super Heroes) joined together to create a fundraiser to earn funds for the victims. We were overwhelmed and thrilled with generosity from many amazing bloggers.

Over at our special TPT store you will be able to donate to this cause by purchasing one of our bundles.  These bundles will be available from December 1st - December 31st.  All the proceeds will go to the Red Cross specifically designated to the victims of the tornadoes.

With the holiday season upon us, I urge you to give to this fundraiser and while you are at it you will receive many fabulous products.

Click on the image below to head to the store.

I would also like to share a video by Green Shoe Studios entitled "Our Anthem (American Made)" with you. This is an awesome video about the strength of a small community pulling together after a tornado devastated their town on Nov. 17th.  Again, I hope you will stop by and check out the bundles some wonderful friends donated to support this cause!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Central Illinois Tornado Victim Fundraiser
As I was sweeping up glass from a table which was shattered last Sunday in the storm I just kept thinking this is such small potatoes in comparison to what my neighboring communities are cleaning up.  It also confirmed how important it is to reach out and help these communities.  Usually tornadoes are spring and summer events, not fall.  So many lost their homes and everything they own and with winter fast approaching offering very little time to recover.  
I felt an overwhelming need to help in some way and decided to contact TPT to see if there was any way they would help sponsor or support a fundraiser for these victims.  They have been wonderful helping me get everything set up and along the way I met two wonderful ladies who had the same thought as I did.  We have teamed up together and beginning December 1st will be offering to you a fantastic opportunity to help as well.  There will be several different bundles of products offered to you for a cost, but in return you will receive some wonderful products donated by many teachers and clipart artists on TPT.  Later this week I will post on my Facebook page, as well as here the store address.  I hope you will come check out our TPT store where these fabulous bundles will be offered for the month of December. 
A special thanks Amanda Pauley, Cindy Feeney who have worked with me on gathering donations and getting the fundraiser organized.  And, I can't thank all of you who have donated enough!!  Your generosity has touched me deeply and I know the victims of the tornadoes of Central Illinois will be thankful for any help we can offer. 
More news to come soon!!
This adorable little graphic was designed just for us by Nikki of Melonheadz!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

The little cowpokes and I just started our newest comprehension strategy. I usually begin inferring with the "No, David" picture books and then move on to riddles. My riddles are loaded with information about the creature or person, so the little people are able to find all kinds of clues. They use the clues to support their inference. For the next week this little item (it's really huge) it is my "entire" riddle collection will be discounted at $12. There are over 105 total riddles. This collection includes: Creepy Crawlies, Arctic Animals, Jungle/Rainforest, Famous Americans, Down on the Farm, Storybook Characters, Christmas Holiday Riddles. You can purchase each smaller collection separately for $4 each or get the all of my riddles here at a great price. Hope you'll check it out at my TPT store.  Have a great week!!