Thursday, September 29, 2016

The stamp that changed my life

Hi friends!
I need to share something with all of you that I feel as fellow teacher-friends you will all appreciate and love as much as I do.
I am a part of an amazing collaborative group for Queensland Prep teachers on Facebook and one of my wonderful friends posted a picture of a stamp that she was getting made up through a company called Family Tree Fine Crafts.

Crazy good ideas like this pop up in this group all the time but this one I NEEDED to have. Take a look and I feel you will see why...

(No, this is not a paid post. I actually love this stamp!)

I use this stamp two ways:
1. For my own reference. I tick what the students have used and I like to asterisk the things they need to work on. It is quick and easy for me to look at, when I flick through their books.
2. It's fabulous feedback for students. I have Prep (Kindergarten) students and, yes, it absolutely works a treat for even the young ones. The visuals match perfectly as a reference for them. I have even blown up a big version of the stamp on my whiteboard for whole class modelling. I usually go through the check list with them during conferencing.

Now, it hasn't been the cheapest teaching resource investment that I've made but golly gosh it's one that I use daily and will continue to be able to use for the remainder of my teaching career. It has hands down been one of the best things I've ever bought for teaching and worth every cent.
They have created a range of stamps that target different age groups, too. Check out their Facebook page to see more.
Oh, AND they don't just do teacher stamps. They also do other incredibly beautiful hand-crafted wooden creations, too.

The lovely company Family Tree Fine Crafts are 100% Australian owned and operated (which I love). I spoke to them before I wrote this post and they have been generous enough to offer a deal for Classroom Chit Chat followers.
If you mention 'Classroom Chit Chat' when you make an order of $100 or more, they will throw in a free ink pad. Early Christmas presents, perhaps..?
At the very least, make sure you go and visit their Facebook page to see what I'm talking about.

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