Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Time again for Monday Moments with Mimi!

Hi!  After enjoying a summer break, Mimi is back to inspire us for another school year!  I hope you are blessed by today's guest post and remember to check back often for Mimi's reflections and stories.  Hope your Monday has been marvelous!  Shannon :-)

Strumming Softly

For openers, let me begin by saying how very glad I am to be back sharing my simple thoughts with you about my less than simple life!!! I sincerely hope your summer hours have openly reaped the rewards of time well spent with friends, family, and fun times! 

 School has now begun in our hometown, and I can state unequivocally that changes are peeking over the horizon for my entire family!!! Not just with the onset of a brand new school year for all the grandkids, but with life-changing decisions for both of my girls and each of their families.  These changes sweetly bring excitement mingled with anticipation...from decorating a new home to teaching in a new school.  All is good, but much is different!!!!

Isn’t it funny how we think that there will be a magical moment when life changes such as these will no longer bring anxiety?  Or better yet, a magical age when we will at last be able to hold the controller of the game of life???  Unfortunately, life is rarely free from anxious moments, and seldom are we allowed to be the keeper of the controller!!! 

 I am reminded that God’s adjustments to our secure lives are preparatory.  While our children enter and progress through school one grade at the time, God progresses us through life one change at the time. What is important, however, is that as we grow and learn at each grade, we learn to dispel some of our own anxiety. 

 A few weeks ago, as I was reflecting about all of the different directions our lives were taking and the adjustments we would soon be making, I received a precious picture of my youngest granddaughter, and I was quickly reminded of where my inner joy and peace comes from--the source of my peace in the midst of the chaos...  

See, in this photo she sits quietly in front of the piano--in spite of  her mom’s very busy, chaotic morning--quietly singing and softly strumming her guitar. She is making her own special music with her own special book. What she has opened in front of her little eyes is the Bible and the peace she has opened within her own little heart is priceless. What a valuable life lesson this was to me!!! 

 So in the meantime, I will continue to pray in the midst of life’s changes.  I too hope that I too can learn to sit awhile quietly, with the Word opened before me, strumming my instrument of praise, and singing softly from my peaceful heart.  Trusting Him, Anne (AKA Mimi) 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's Time for the HUGE Back to School Sale on TpT!

Be sure to mark your calendars and prepare to stock up!  TpT is throwing their annual back to school sale, and Bryant's Brain Train is joining in the fun!!!  

Stop by my teacher store for tons of resources to improve the thinking skills of your students and to add creativity to your teaching!  I hope you are having a wonderful school year so far!  Wishing all of the best for you and your little learners!  Shannon :-)

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Great Reminder!

This great reminder came across my Facebook news feed today!  Definitely worth remembering... 
Shannon :-)

Today's DAILY DEAL Is a Mind-Blower!

Today marks the last day of my 10 days of $1.99 DAILY DEALS!  Why is it a mind-blower?  Because for today's DAILY DEAL, each one of my WATT Valley products are on sale for just $1.99.  Tons of products for a huge value!  

I hope you have enjoyed being a part of my Back to School DAILY DEAL Sale!  It has been a blast!  I pray each of you has a wonderful back to school season!  My year gears up this Tuesday, and I am looking forward to it with excited, nervous anticipation as usual.  17 years and my heart still goes pitter pat thinking about the first day!

Don't forget to take advantage of Day 10 of my DAILY DEALS special--sale prices continue through midnight on Monday, August 5, 2013!!!  Links are included below to each of my WATT products!  Enjoy and watch for more sales from me throughout the month of August!  Shannon :-)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Day 9 of 10...One of My Favorite Back to School DAILY DEALS for Your Classroom!

Today's DAILY DEAL has to be one of my absolute favorites!!!  Today for just $1.99 you will get the complete collection of WATT Valley Kids posters, stories, and coloring sheets.  These kids are perfect for motivating and inspiring your own little learners!  With cool characters like Scientific Sadie, Writer Will, Kind Kimmy, and Think-About-It Tucker, your students are challenged to think, problem-solve, and inquire like the kids of WATT Valley.  Hope you enjoy!!!!  Shannon

WATT Valley Kids Overview Pack (Posters, Printables, Profi

PS--And be sure to check back Monday--the last day of these 10 days of deals--for the biggest $1.99 giveaway yet...the GRAND FINALE!!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Day 8 of 10...Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who's the Fairest of Them All?

Looking for an innovative, new way to add life to an interdisciplinary apple unit? Or maybe wanting to try something new during fall or the "back to school" season? 

Are you teaching a unit on folk and fairy tales? Or maybe just looking for a way to engage your students in creative, differentiated tasks?

Then this Snow White resource pack will be perfect for you and your elementary learners.  Packed with tons of learning fun, today's DAILY DEAL is available for just $1.99.  Have a sensational Saturday!  Shannon :-)

Fairy Tale Fun--Snow White Enrichment/Extension Opportunities

Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 7 of 10...Just a few more days of DAILY DEALS to go!

Wishing you a fabulous Friday!  Today's $1.99 DAILY DEAL is another installment of my brand new WATT Valley Series.  Looking for a great writing resource?  Then this one is perfect for you.  Enjoy meeting Writer Will, as well as all of the other kids of WATT Valley...We Are Tomorrow's Thinkers! :-)

WATT Valley Creative Writing Resources and Journal Prompts

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Shannon :-)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's Day 6 of the Bryant's Brain Train "10 DAYS OF DAILY DEALS!!!!"


It's Day 6, and I'm thankful it is Thursday! We spent some time this week fishing in the rain...sweet memories made during the fleeting days of summer! I hope you have been enjoying your summer as well!

Today's $1.99 deal is another follower favorite! Today's ABC Bible Verse poster and coloring sheet set is perfect for bulletin board or classroom displays, use in children's ministry, as well as for use by homeschool families.

Enjoy, and be sure to check back for 4 more days of deals!!!! Shannon :-)