Happy Saturday everyone! Today kicked off my Spotlight Saturday linky party! I have had such a great response, and everyone has been so sweet! If you don't know about this linky, just click on the picture at the end of this post below!
I want to take a moment and send a huge THANK YOU! to everyone who has linked up so far! It is so wonderful to read about your products and see them in action! There have been some AMAZING freebies shared already! Here's a great one from Pocket of Preschool for the younger kiddos, like my kinders! <to get this awesome freebie, click on the image at the very bottom of this post so you can go to my Link Up page and read all about Pocket Of Preschool's Spotlight Saturday!>
Remember that your Spotlight doesn't have to be a product from TPT, although you certainly can! Spotlight Saturday is so much more, though! You can Spotlight something amazing that you tried out in your classroom that worked, or an activity you Pinned, or an amazing bulletin board that you created. You can Spotlight ANYTHING about your classroom or life as a teacher, including any products in your TPT store (or the TPT store of another seller). My so sweet friend from Chevron and Centers Spotlighted some BIG changes in her classroom this year! She also shared some really cute posters to help set up a classroom! <check out more about her Spotlight by clicking on the picture at the end of my post to go read about her Link Up!>
I want to take a moment to talk about how Spotlight Saturday works. This link up was created to have an opportunity to Spotlight the work of yourself and other educators. When you Spotlight the resource or activity or idea, you must do so on your blog. If you are Spotlighting a product from your own TPT store or that of another seller, make sure that in your blog post you Spotlight a freebie or a paid product. If you have a freebie and a paid product from the same seller, feel free to use both in your post. If all you have is a freebie, then post about the freebie and how you used it. You can also Spotlight a freebie that someone else created along with a product that you created, as well as both a freebie and a paid product from your store. However, you should not just link up to a product in your TPT/TN store. This link up is for sharing and discussing not only the product/idea/activity but how it is used in the classroom. If it is a product that you have created and you want to Spotlight it, that's perfectly fine and even welcomed! However, you MUST talk about this product on your blog. Showcase how you use it, include pictures of your kiddos working on it. Spotlight a freebie too, tell us about the product, show us pictures that explain how to set up the activity. Please don't just link up to a product out there. We are working together to share our thoughts and ideas on products/resources/activities/ideas that we have created or that we have used or plan to use that someone else has created. When you have finished reading about each Spotlight Saturday post, make sure to leave some feedback love in the comments section of the blog post!
I'm sorry that I was not more specific when talking about the reason for Spotlight Saturday, my apologies about that! I want you to link up with us with a link back to your blog, not just provide a direct link to a product. Make sure that when you link up you are linking up to a blog post you have written about the activity, product, resource, or idea you want to share. Do not just provide a link to a product you have for sale. In order to participate, for all future Spotlight Saturday link ups, your link must go to a post on your blog where you are showcasing a product, resource, activity, or idea. If not, you will have to be deleted from the link up. I'm not going to make any changes to this week's linkup because I was not as specific as I should have been. However, this will start on the next link up. I'm not trying to be a meanie, but we want to use this link up to share information about different products, activities, resources, or ideas that we love so much we just have to share them with everyone! We want to learn about what you are Spotlighting and how it should best be used. Help us spread the word about activities and ideas we love by shining the Spotlight on them!
There have been lots of products shared this week, including editable name tags, a fun sight word practice, an activity for end of year in third grade, activities that work in an early childhood classroom as well as a freebie that works in any grade level!! I have been having a great time reading about the different activities and ideas that have linked up so far! I love all the hands on practice in the activities from Pocket of Preschool, there is an amazing freebie that Mrs. Garcia's Super Scholars found about number partners, and I Heart Grade 3 has a great post about how to use Positive Post-It Notes! She's got a super freebie to go with it, too! I know that using this with my kinders next year will definitely put a smile on their little faces! <to get this freebie, click on the image at the very bottom of this post. It takes you to the LInk Up where you can read all about I Heart Grade 3's Post-It post!>
I can't wait to hear about what you're shining the Spotlight on today!
Do you want to link up with us and share the Spotlight? Read about the rules below and join us for Spotlight Saturday!
1) You need to spotlight an educational resource that either you have created or you have found from someone else and love! This means you must link up with a blog post you have written putting an activity or idea in the Spotlight. Please do not link directly to a product in Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook or similar sites.
2) If you are Spotlighting a product from your own TPT store or that of another seller, make sure that in your blog post you Spotlight a freebie or a paid product. If you have a freebie and a paid product from the same seller, feel free to use both in your post. If all you have is a freebie, then post about the freebie and how you used it. You can also Spotlight a freebie that someone else created along with a product that you created.
2) Make sure to give credit where credit is due! You will need to include the name of the creator as well as a link to their TPT or Teacher's Notebook store where others can get a copy of the resource as well.
3) Include pictures of the product in your post, either screen shots or photographs of your kiddos actually using the product. Give us a snapshot, just a brief glimpse into how the product or activity works. Just an image of the cover and one of the pages you have listed in the preview of the activity on TPT would be fine. It gives readers a visual and helps them better understand what your product is all about.
4) Make sure to leave a comment on the post of the two people before your post and the person after. This will help get conversation rolling, and will make sure everyone feels recognized for their efforts!
5) This is not the place to share your frustrations or disappointment with an activity or how you would have done it differently. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase that is a private conversation you need to have with the seller via email. This is not a link up to bash any sellers or their products, and any posts like that WILL BE DELETED!!
6) Follow my blog with Bloglovin' to make sure you are kept up to date on all the latest link up additions. Don't forget to follow my Facebook page too to keep up with all the notifications I send out!
7) To Link Up, you will need to click on the small blue button underneath my closing signature. It is directly under my name on the left hand side of the blog, Click on the image below to head over to my Spotlight Saturday post so you can link up with us!