Friday, June 19, 2015

Oh, I've Been Workin' on Some Updates...

The amount of learning that takes place in the first year of creating products is amazing. I've been working on updating my products for a while, so when I heard about the TPT Summer Challenge, I thought it would be a great way to motivate myself to continue improving my products and to tell everyone about my updates. To motivate you to continue reading, I'll be giving away one of these products on Monday, June 22. Just leave a comment telling me which product you'd like to have and your email. I'd love for you to follow me on social media and pin the products that you like, but it's not a requirement for this easy-peasy giveaway.

Despite being incredibly simple, this number line display is my best seller. One piece of feedback I got suggested using a font where the nine had a straight line. It took a while, but I found a font that I think will be very readable for young students. Click here to pin!


This calendar, color, and number word packet contains 5 centers for matching and 4 coordinating worksheets for each center. All that was needed here was an updated cover page. I think it's amazing what a little font experimentation, a new background, and resizing can do. Click here to pin!

The Math Challenge Task Cards update was massive! In addition to the cover page, I separated these 130 task cards into 9 different activities. Each activity has a unique border so the cards won't get mixed up. I gave the task cards letters and created answer sheets. Went back and identified the CCSS it aligned to. This took forever, but the result is a much more user-friendly product. Click here to pin!

Updating my I can statements was also a huge undertaking! I really didn't know what I was doing with formatting, backgrounds, or frames when I first made these. They're still really simple, and I designed all the backgrounds myself, but they just have a much cleaner appearance. I also increased the versatility by providing a full page or a quarter page sizes for each statement. Click here to pin!

And here's my missing part equation dominoes (one of my favorites). I created this before I knew how to flatten images, so I had to create my own  designs, which was actually pretty fun. I thought about going back and replacing all my creations with "real" clipart, but I guess I'm a little nostalgic. I decided I liked my creations, the product just needed to be refined. I adjusted the sizes of the dominoes and fixed some formatting issues. Click here to pin! There's a FREE sample of this activity in my store.

I'm really pleased with my updates. My products aren't especially flashy, but I'm good with that. I'm not a flashy person; I'm practical and purposeful. That's what my products reflect.

If you are still reading, give yourself a pat on the back because I'm letting you in on a secret. Another one of my personal goals is to let my TPT followers know how grateful I am for their support. Go follow my store, and I'll be sending out some links for free samples of these products each month. 

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  1. Wow! Deb put me to shame! I just worked on one! Looks great. Thanks for motivating me to do more. Best wishes to your sales on your new updates.
    Sandy @ Elementary Expedition

  2. Wow! You've been busy updating products. They all look wonderful! It took me all week just to do one! You motivated me to get on it!!

    The Learning Chambers

  3. I think all your updates look great. I look forward to seeing what you do next week in the challenge.
    Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips

  4. Hi Deb! Your makeovers look great! You are so right. This creating/blogging thing is definitely a learning process. I'm in my third year and still learning! ;-)

    Teaching Little Miracles


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