I know there are a lot of you out there who would like to know how to get started with making your own printables and games.  When I first started teaching, I took as much as I could from others and then started figuring out what I actually needed.  That’s when I started creating my own stuff.  I thought I’d share with you some resources that have helped me throughout the years.

1. Kelly’s Kindergarten– Kelly’s Kindergarten was the first site I used.  First, I just took her games and used them with my students.  Then, I started changing the words to fit my students’ needs.  Finally, I realized that I could do the same thing and started creating my own.  I really need to go and find those files to share with all of you!  
2. Differentiation Station– This was the first blog I stalked that I saw a tutorial on.  When I saw it, I realized how much easier Powerpoint is to use than Word and I realized that I really could do this.  My TpT store and blog started shortly after.
3. Ladybug’s Teacher Files– Kristen creates some fantastic tutorials on using Powerpoint to create items and she also has some great ones on blogging.  I generally feel I have a great understanding, but every time I watch one of her videos, I learn a ton of new tricks!
4. The Organized Classroom Blog– Charity has created a mini-course on creating printables.  While I haven’t purchased this course from her, I’m certain it’s worth every cent!  I’ve watched many of her videos and am a member of her Teaching Blog Traffic School program, and I know everything she puts out is great quality.
Charity is also doing a link-up challenging bloggers to take a second and reflect on their practices.  I was very excited to see that I wasn’t way off the mark from the best practices she suggested.  If you are a fellow blogger and haven’t heard about it, take a second to read what it’s all about.  If you are just a blog reader, everyone with this badge has taken time to stop and think about how they can make their blog interesting and engaging for our readers.  If you like what you see on a blog, leave a comment letting them know.  Comments are always welcome!

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