Monthly Archives: November 2015


                                       Teachers Pay Teachers headquarters in New York City                                            51 Astor Place with typical NYC construction in front of the building

Friday was a beautiful day in New York City. I was privileged to have an appointment with Jillian to tour the TpT office and was grateful to have such great weather. My good friend Marie and I decided to make a day of it. We took a mid-morning train on the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station, enjoyed a delicious l-o-o-o-n-g, chatty girls' lunch in the city and then made our way over to Astor Place.


Slide4After we signed into the building, (pretty tight security), we went upstairs to the TpT offices and received the most gracious greeting ever from Jillian and Jodi.


I was very happy to see Jodi again. We originally met at the Las Vegas conference.                      She's a real sweetie.



The offices are very bright with floor to ceiling windows for outside walls. Everyone there was so very accommodating to pose for a few pictures. Look at those big smiles. Everyone in the office was enthusiastic to come over and greet us. You could feel the warmth in the room. It was a great visit, lots of chatting and viewing.


The people working in Customer Service were all smiles.  The colorful artwork on the wall really brightened up their area.


A bulletin board with some great posts highlighting TpT on Facebook.


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Everyone at TpT is excited about next July's TpT conference in Orlando.  Jillian is busy working on plans to make the conference another spectacular experience for all teacher-authors in attendance.  I can't wait to see these wonderful ladies again in Orlando.

If you visit New York City be sure to make some time to visit TpT headquarters too. Just be sure to make arrangements with Jillian one week in advance. She really rolls out the red carpet for you!

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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It doesn't seem possible but we are getting ready for Thanksgiving already. Bloggers belonging to The Classroom Clique have organized a blog hop with special Thanksgiving treats just for you. Hop from blog to blog to get ideas, read about traditions, find delicious recipes, and grab some great freebies! Please be nice and leave some sweet feedback if you download any resources. This will encourage bloggers to create more freebies for you!  Start hopping and hurry! The blog hop is only for the this weekend Friday, November 13th to Monday, November 16th. After Monday many of the freebies may revert to paid products!

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Being thankful, having an attitude of gratitude, is the key to happiness. Think about all the blessings you have, count them off in your head and teach your kids to focus on their blessings too. That's a true celebration of Thanksgiving!


Header 3Every year my grandkids and I get together a few days before Thanksgiving to make some festive decorations for the holiday table. A favorite craft is making place cards for every member of the family having dinner with us. First, the kids write a list of family members who will be there. Then we design this year's place card and get to work. When the table has been set, the kids take their creations and place one next to every plate. I wish you could see the looks on their faces when they hear the oohs and aahs as people enter the dining room.  It's a real source of pride.

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A place card made from a foam craft kit.


Two turkeys cut from construction paper, stuffed with small pieces of newspaper and then stapled together. Decorate with moving eyes, a beak, a waddle and feathers with the name of a family member.

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Do you like cranberry sauce? Here is a recipe for cranberries and pears. It is soooo delicious. It's one of those recipes that is simple yet makes you look so smart. Your guests will love you. If you try it, let me know what you think.

Cranberry-Pear Recipe

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A Thanksgiving story. A reading comprehension resource. Sarah Josepha Hale is often called “The Godmother of  Thanksgiving” because she lobbied American presidents to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday. Finally, a president agreed with her. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a day of national thanks in the midst of the Civil War.


Click on the cover's image to grab your free copy of the resource. It's a great Thanksgiving story.




Click on the buttons below to visit other blogs participating in the hop.  Be sure to hop to every blog to grab holiday ideas, recipes and freebies. When you get back to my blog you will have completed the entire blog bop!  Invite your friends to enjoy the Thanksgiving hop as well! Remember the fun only lasts for the weekend!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathleen in 8 Apples
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Jets over the Jaguars 28-23! J-E-T-S!! Yes! So happy!
I'm celebrating the win with another flash freebie. So for the next 28 minutes, one minute for every Jets point, my ABC Thanksgiving Book will be free to my followers. If you do download the book, please leave some nice feedback so I can continue to celebrate Jets wins with freebies. SHHH! When leaving feedback, please don't mention the freebie. Visit my store in the next 28 minutes to get your free resource.  Looking forward to hearing from you.
Kids complete the book by writing historical facts as well as personal facts. The finished book would make a great gift to parents for Thanksgiving.  Let me know what you think.
Kathleen in 8 Apples
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Welcome to November's Pick 3 Party hosted by Inspired Owl's Corner and PAWSitively Teaching! Halloween is over and the leaves are falling down. It's cool November already and time for another Pinterest Pick 3 Linky!  This month I am sharing some fun Thanksgiving Pinterest pins. Enjoy!



Pilgrim Portraits

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I love this idea! Make a board with boy and girl Pilgrim heads and have kids stand behind with their faces smiling through. Then photograph. Great fun for all the little Pilgrims in your class. Your classroom will look great with all those beautiful faces decorating your classroom and the parents will love them on the refrigerator too.




Thankful Box

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This is a great idea for kids to think about all the good things in their lives and why they are grateful.  It is also an opportunity for kids to learn what is important to others. It's a great craft for kids to take home and share with their families on Thanksgiving day. They will have fun as they get family members to share what they love and hold dear. Be thankful!



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Mmmm! Looks yummy. Very appetizing. I think I'll make this with my granddaughter for Thanksgiving day. She loves cooking and especially loves foods with a great "presentation." Whenever she makes something with her mom or her other grandma or me, she copies the ingredients and steps into her self-made cook book.


Check out my Pinterest feed for more great holiday ideas. If you have a fun November holiday activity, interest, recipe or November-anything-at-all pin, feel free to link up.  Visit other participating blogs for more creative ideas!

Kathleen in 8 Apples
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