Sunday, July 8, 2012


First and foremost, I want to thank EVERYONE who has donated to me. Coop and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts! I cannot express the gratitude I feel. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Well, I debated and heard TONS of advice (all appreciated, by the way), and I've come to a decision...I will be opening up a shop on Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers.

Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st - English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Math -

I truly hoped that the Donate Button would be my fix; however, I don't believe it will be. I am going to keep it, for a while at least, for anyone who wants to donate for any of the Scribd downloads. I don't want to remove any of the 594 free downloads I have (holy cow...I didn't realize I had so many :0) ) , so they will remain, for now. I am hoping to still giveaway some creations, but I know that it is in Cooper and I's best interest to begin selling things, just to stay afloat.

My very first post on Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers is a new Common Core Apple Unit. With a total of 10 math and literacy activities all developed around the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Activities and skills addressed include;

* Sort the Apples (Understand that words are separated by spaces in print)
* Perfect Punctuation (Recognize and name end punctuation)
* A-P-P-L-E Poem (Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print. Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding)
* Let's Write About Apples (Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book)
* Don't Pick the "Ick" (Read common high-frequency words by sight)
* Spin and Write (Print many upper- and lowercase letters)
* I Have/Who Has (Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size)
* Apple Ten Frames (Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects)
* Comparing Sets (Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count)
* Apple Math Fun (Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations. Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem)

The packet includes over 100 pages of color activities and student work (sorts, recording sheets, emergent readers) for your Kindergarten classroom. Also, good for early first grade :0)I truly hope you check it out. Click on the image below to purchase.

I've also made a sentence building activity. I made it with two Facebook fans in mind...Alane Connolly and Stacey Arballo :0). Hope you like! It's FREE! Click on the image below to download.

Again, I thank everyone for their support. I hope everyone understands. It was a difficult decision, and I hope that you will continue to support me!


  1. I know this is a tough choice for you and respect that. Teachers Notebbok has no processing fees minus the PayPal fee. You might want to consider there as well.

  2. Thanks so much for the advice, once I have the 19.95, I probably will. :0)

  3. Yes, I agree with Mrs. Parker. Also please don't feel bad, you did that work and it is "your" work. Sharing is great and I know you will continue to do so. But at the same time, there is nothing wrong with requiring compensation for "your" work. All of the big names that we see at conferences are doing the same thing. Wishing you well in all you do and giving you a great big star for all of your wonderful contributions to the teaching and bloggin' world! Stay well and healthy!!! Everyone hits rough patches and may you be given the strength to achieve a better tomorrow!!! LOL
    The Kindergarten Goonies XOXO

  4. You are such a generous person - I can tell from the tone of your post that this was a really difficult decision. But your stuff is SO good and really useful in the classroom. I have used so much and look forward to using much more next year. You shouldn't feel guilty about asking money for it because it's well worth it. I've always been surprised (and very grateful) that you offered it for free.

    All the best!

  5. You are super! Thank you for sharing what you do. I just opened a TpT store and there are a lot of fees. Look into TN, I'll be.

    Also I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Little Treasures

  6. Your ideas, centers, and papers are amazing and I will take them any way I can. :) Thank you for the wonderful freebie and I have added your Apple Unit to my wish list. Continuing to pray for you and your sweet Cooper!

    Heather (

  7. Sigh & hugs. I know what a incredibly hard decision this must have been for you. I agree with everyone- you have worked so hard on all of this stuff that you deserve a little monetary compensation for it. I can't wait to purchase your first unit. :)

  8. Shannon,
    Email me at learningwithmrsparker gmail
    And I will happily donate the fee to open a TN shop.

  9. Shannon,
    You should not feel the least bit guilty for selling on TPT. You create fantastic materials! I have greatly appreciated how EXTREMELY generous you have been, yet want you to know that I will be purchasing from you on TPT. I am already following you so I will know when you post new items. Praying that each day brings sunshine and hope as you navigate what you are experiencing.

  10. I am so grateful that you are so creative and share your wonderful ideas! I think about things but never seem to go any further! You save me sooo much time, I am willing to pay for the work you have done! Thank you so much for continuing to share with us. I can only imagine what you area going through right now but please know that you and your precious baby boy are in my prayers everyday! God will get you through this!

  11. Congrats Shannon! The Goonie Gals have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger award.

    Stop by, read our post and grab the award!!!

    Shannon, you deserve this award not for your creative ideas but for your character. Your honesty and generosity is inspiring. You are clearly that type of person who gives more than she takes! It is a honor to have you in the bloggin' community!!!
    The Kindergarten Goonies XOXO

  12. Congrats girlie!! That is exciting!

  13. I agree with Mrs. Parker, Teachers Notebook is also a great option! Your Apple Unit looks GREAT!!

  14. I am purchasing this packet!! It looks amazing! Hang in there my dear :)

    Color Me Kinder

  15. I am so glad that you decided to join TpT. I just love your apple unit. Thanks for adding the common core standards too. That makes it an even better purchase for me. I have benefited from all of your freebies so I am going right now to TPT and purchasing your first unit.

    Praying for you and Cooper.


  16. Shannon. I have added your packet to my wishlist on TPT. Looks great! Thanks for creating awesome things. I took a peek at your sentence building packet. I have seen a lot of these "out there." How do you use them? I like them, but am kind of stuck.

    come check my new blog out at

  17. Hi Shannon,
    I was very touched you sent me a personal note. I love your blog and so appreciate all the things you have shared with teachers. I think opening a store is a great decision and I can't wait to buy your apple unit, you must have read my mind, it is just what I needed. I will look forward to your units and creations.
    In my prayers,
    Thanks for following my blog too!

  18. We support you! I hope you got my email.
    Finally in First

  19. Yeah! I'm so glad you are selling on TpT! We appreciate ALL the wonderful freebies you have provided. I say go for it! You deserve it.
    Oceans of First Grade Fun

  20. Just wanted to thank you for all the free things you do put on here, I am working part time at a church school do not get paid regular teacher pay even and don't have a classroom budget.. so I am so grateful to you for being willing to share sooo many things.