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July 25, 2013

SmileMakers made me smile!


SmileMakers made me smile when they contacted me and asked for me to review one of their products on my blog. All I had to do was select an item, use it, and review it on my blog. Hmmm...let me think about it! Yes!!! 

It took me awhile to select my item. I looked through every category. The first thing I noticed.

STICKERS
For Math
Would be fun to use in my Math class this year!

For a dentist, but wouldn't these make you smile on a bad day!
My dad was a dentist. My love of stickers probably began in his office.

REWARDS
I almost selected a treasure chest of goodies to fill my birthday bags, 
but I remembered my treasure chest at school is still pretty full. 



SCHOOL TOOLS
Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers

BINGO!
I have been wanting a set of these covers to use in my stations.
I'm not a big fan of worksheets, but I want to hold students accountable for their work.
I, also, emphasize independence in my classroom. I don't need to see or grade every single
worksheet that my students complete. If they are practicing a skill, they should be able to self-check.
Plus kids love using dry erase markers and/or crayons.
Not to mention, this is a green solution. I will only have to print 1-10 worksheets 
compared 10 X 22 students. Trees saved! Phew!


Skunky may not be smiling, but I was when my box arrived.
She was happier after I opened the box. She loves boxes.

Inside...
Here they are. They came with a note pad and a letter opener.

Read the directions! This may seem silly for a plastic worksheet cover. I'm guilty of throwing out directions
before I read them. [I got this!] However, I am glad I did for this product. 
"Students can write their names in the blank white oval at the top of the cover.
Reuse your favorite worksheets!" 
and
"To mark (grade) the worksheets, lay the empty covers over 
a master worksheet with the correct answers filled out."
I did this all the time in 4th grade with standardized test practice.

Now the best part...wait for it...

"We've created 25 full color worksheets and posted them on our website."
Clock worksheet printed in color from the Roylco website.

What time is it? 

My answer was 6:42.

Cleaned up using a tissue. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Why should teachers shop at SmileMakers?

During the month of August, you can get 25% of pocket charts, organizers, 
classroom helpers and computer paper.
No minimum order.
Shipping prices listed above for contiguous U.S.

Use PROMO Code AUG13


Thank you, SmileMakers for making this teacher smile and
making my job a little bit easier this year.

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8 comments:

  1. They contacted me, too, but I was afraid to send my mailing address to someone I didn't know...LOL. Since it is legit, I will do it...phew. They contacted me again today...LOL. Looks like a great product...

    Kimberlee @ iTeach 5th & Digital Doodle Designs

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    1. I was a little leery until I saw that they were connected with Staples.

      Can't wait to see what you pick.

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  2. Dry erase markers just make everything better! What a great product!

    -Amanda @
    Teacher at the Wheel

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  3. Wow that looks like a great shop! I like the idea of buying a treasure chest pre-filled...I hadn't thought of that. I'm constantly re-filling mine.

    -Maria
    http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Everyone-Deserves-To-Learn

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  4. I took a look at the Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers. What makes them 3 times better than the ones at Really Good Stuff since they are three times the price?
    psjodt@aol.com

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    1. I can't accurately answer your question, because I have never used the covers from Really Good Stuff.

      Price comparison, I looked at the RGS catalog. They sell their covers 4 for $9.99. I got 10 for $29.99. They are more expensive, but not quite 3 times.

      If I had access to the RGS covers, I would be happy to do a product comparison and report back.

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  5. This post cracks me up! My husband used to work for SmileMakers, and was their one and only, original buyer! Now he has his own importing business and sells to them. They ARE a great, reputable, and responsible company. I can't wait to show him this post, and I might have to call Paul (CFO) and see if I can't get to feature something, too...
    Brooke

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  6. Thanks for the info about the worksheets to use with them.

    Kristi

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