Thursday, January 26, 2017


It's been a BUSY JANUARY for me! I have had to realize that I am NOT a SUPER WOMAN this month! I've Been hoping for SNOW DAYS, but it doesn't look like they are going to come anytime soon! Between teaching, creating new TpT products, updating older products, Instagram, and Facebook, I have let my blogging go for a bit! Tonight, I found myself wanting to let others know that it's HARD WORK teaching our future generation, and if we don't take time for ourselves, everything that we care most about suffers!
I am trying to create a BALANCE between my FAMILY, SCHOOL, TpT, and ALL the Social Media outlets. It's hard for me to do this. Whatever I do, I give it 100%, and get frustrated with myself when I feel I'm not doing this. I know I am way to hard on myself and am striving daily to improve the way in which I VIEW MYSELF. I know you, as well as many other teachers find themselves in this same situation. We want the best for our students, families, and our TpT stores. So we give  ALL WE HAVE of OURSELVES in order to do this. I hope by writing tonight, that each of us will realize we are HUMANS without SUPER POWERS! We must slow down, put our families and selves first! By doing this, we will be able to spread KINDNESS to ALL who we come in contact with in our lives and love ourselves the way in which we should. I hope this reaches all the other women out there trying to be a SUPER WOMAN just like me. We must remember, WE ARE SUPER in so many ways. Just by loving our students, listening to them, and learning to love and accept our imperfections makes us truly SUPER!

May you each have an OINKTASTIC night!

Thank you so much for ALL who have followed my TpT store and left feedback! I am very close to having my first BIG milestone and GIVEAWAY! Be sure and FOLLOW me on TpT to get 50% off all NEW PRODUCTS the first 24 hours posted, and find out when my GIVEAWAY will happen!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


If you have not checked out ALL the FREEBIES I have in my store you can click on the link below and GRAB some of the things I have in my TpT Store for FREE!
You will find ALL kids of PIGARRIFIC things for multiple grade levels. Just click the link at the bottom of the page and you will find these FREEBIES and many others! The more FEEDBACK I receive on my FREEBIES, the more I will post! I have a HUGE 500 FEEDBACK PROMOTION GOING ON NOW! I'm about 100 Feedback away from this giveaway. I also have a 500 Followers PROMOTION going on in addition to the Feedback Giveaway. I'm HALF WAY there! Spread the word, Follow my TpT Store, and always be on the LOOK OUT for FREEBIES, HALF OFF PRODUCTS, and MY SALES!

You will find these along with many other items that I hope you will find useful!
Hope you enjoy and will take the time to leave feedback, and follow my store!

Monday, January 16, 2017


I'm not sure what I did before I found Instagram. If you are not using Instagram, you have no idea what you are missing! I have made friends with teachers all over the world! Chatting with them, exchanging ideas, and seeing how things here in the United Stated differ with other countries, is truly amazing. Also, meeting and interacting with teachers within the United States is an eye opener for me. I love seeing their classrooms. bargains they find for the classroom, freebies, teaching ideas, games, and watching their children and pets change and grow over a couple of years. If you are not already on Instagram, I encourage you to give it a try. You can start by following me Oink4PIGTALES. I'm on there DAILY! I'm lost without interacting with my friends each day. You can share photos, images, etc. with others privately, or publicly. I hope you will give it a try!

If you're like me, I'm rather sad tonight! It's my last day off until the middle of April! We have NO WINTER BREAK, so praying for lots of SNOW! How about you? Do you all get a WINTER BREAK? I know my friends in Australia are preparing for BACK TO SCHOOL! Know matter how long I'm off, I always more day!

May each of you have a PIGARRIFIC week, and spread KINDNESS like CONFETTI!


Sunday, January 15, 2017


These are just a few tips on how to take ANY TpT product you purchase and use it for more than one thing. Let's use one page of my INFERENCE TASKS SET as an example.

You can do these things ORALLY, or you can copy this set on MULTIPLE colors of card stock so you can have various centers for just this one product, Make one for finding PRONOUNS, VERBS, LINKING VERBS, HELPING VERBS, PAST TENSE VERBS, NOUNS, COMMON & PROPER NOUNS, ETC, Make another center for ANTONYMS and SYNONYMS.

For LOWER ELA classes, you can use your different products to have students search for CAPITAL LETTERS, DIFFERENT END MARKS, COUNT THE NUMBER OF TIMES a SIGHT WORD is used, etc.

So now lets take question 19 and use it to see what skills we can add this set to make our money go even further.
1. I can change the word type to kind. (synonyms)
2. I is found in this task 4 times and is a PRONOUN.
3. Ask is a VERB, the opposite of ask is TELL, this is an example of  ANTONYMS.
4. End is an ANTONYM for BEGIN.
5. Sight Words I spy are: I, am, a, you, with, what, of, & can.

By using just this ONE TASK card, I could copy this and have students in upper grades complete just one task card with multiple skills.

When I taught 3rd grade, I would use my TASKS SETS, or those I had bought and turn them into a MYSTERY GAME. I would take this set, lay all the cards out, faced down, and ALL WEEK long, students would WIN A TURN to go answer a question. I would be teaching and ask a question out loud, call on a student, and if they got that answer correct, they would win a turn at our MYSTERY GAME. Then, they would go to table, choose ANY card, turn it over read it out loud, and answer it. If they got the answer correct, the card was turned over. Some weeks we would play BLACK OUT where ALL CARDS had to be turned over and the last student to answer that card correctly would win a prize. I gave BEANIE BABIES, EXTRA RECESS, LUNCH WITH ME, etc. Then, other weeks, I'd have OINK, you just found the MYSTERY CARD. Answer the question correctly and you win.,.. I'd use a sticky note and attach it to the question. I had lots of ways to play, and the kids even came up with more ways to play.

I found by doing this, I was able to use my resources in more than one way, keep ALL my students listening because they wanted a MYSTERY PRIZE, COVER MORE SKILLS each day, and save myself TIME and MONEY!

I know I have made many typos on my TpT resources no matter how many times I check them. My third grade students were the best proof readers ever! (Miss that part of 3rd grade!) When they would find mistakes on my products, or products I had purchased, we would just take an ink pen, and they would fix it. It showed them that EVERYBODY makes mistakes. They were so proud of themselves for being an editor!

I hope this has given you some ideas of different ways to use ALL those resources you already have.

If you've not tried my Inference Tasks Set you can check it out by clicking on the link below. This one set integrates ALL SUBJECTS into one set.

                                                     INFERENCE TASK CARD SET

Have an OINKTASTIC night!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A work in Progress

January 14, 2017

I'm so excited to finally have the look I've needed for a long time! I am a WORK in PROGRESS in the world of BLOGGING! I have a passion to share my journey with each of you as I continue to learn and grow. I have always told my students that they learn the most by making mistakes. It is TRUE! Anything that has come easy to me, teaches me nothing. However, thing I try and try to do, fail, try again, fail, and continue to try, TEACH ME THE MOST! I am human, I get frustrated, cry, and feel like a failure when these times occur. What sets me apart is the WILLINGNESS to FACE MY FEARS and FAILURES, LEARN from THEM, and most of all, NEVER EVER GIVE UP on my DREAMS! 
I hope you will find my blog useful, humorous, and able to gain ideas from my post. I will share with you products of mine, ways in which they can be used, products from other sellers that I love, and ways you can use ANY TpT product in more that one way in my next post. 

Here is one of my most recent products added to TpT that is selling great, getting great feedback, and is a growing bundle! This bundle is at 71 pages now, and packed full with resources to integrate SCIENCE into you ELA. You get LABELING DIAGRAMS of 13 ANIMALS ( more to come),CONCEPT SORTS, CLIP TASKS, POSTERS, and ANIMAL CLASSIFICATIONS, and more.  Be sure and check it out by clicking on the link below.This is set ONE and set TWO of the BUNDLE. Each can be purchased separately, but SAVE YOUR MONEY, BUY the BUNDLE that is getting ready to have a THIRD SET added within the week! 

For now, may you be blessed with an OINKTASTIC long and relaxing weekend!