I have several product updates that I wanted to share so you can re-download if purchased. I was going to share on Facebook, but then only 1/4 of you (if that) would see it unless you have FPSResources checked to receive notifications on Facebook (which I would highly recommend doing if you don’t already…). This is more than “following”. Just click on the arrow next to the “like” button and click on “Get Notifications”.

Here are the recent updates….

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 3.33.17 PM1) Christmas Around the World Coloring Book: This now includes basic facts on each page. It was my intention to do this in the first place but it was put on the back burner, so now it’s updated!

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 3.33.03 PM2) Group Made Fun- Christmas Around the World: Includes the updated coloring pages as well. I also updated the Christmas around the World trivia game and Body Beat Game to include no borders on the back so you don’t have to worry about trying to match them up. (So much easier).

*A quick note on this file. As I’m teaching it this week I have come to realize that I included much more than I can get through in a 2 hour time frame for both days. 3 countries in 2 hours is plenty. You can really even do just 2 countries if you wanted in that 2 hours. So just a little tip- you have more than you would need and probably can get through, so you can save some for next year too!

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 3.31.47 PM3) Group Made Fun- The Nutcracker: I gave the Nutcracker Bingo game a facelift! Also I changed the Clara clipart on the musical form cards.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 3.31.29 PM4) Nutcracker Bingo: *NEW*  This is INCLUDED in Group Made Fun- The Nutcracker but I decided to also include it as a separate purchase for those who might be interested in just having the game. This is fun to use when students are watching the Nutcracker Ballet on DVD. (Though not necessary)

I think I covered everything. My next goal is to add a couple more activity pages to the Nutcracker Music Activity Worksheets.


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Group Made Fun: Christmas Lessons and More!

Halloween isn’t over yet and I’m already talking about Christmas! Well as you know teachers need to be ahead of the game so we are prepared!

Over 10+ years ago, I started what I call “Christmas camp” in my studio. For the first two weeks in December my students come once a week for 2 hours each day. I started doing this after being frustrated with all the no shows, cancellations and lack of preparation from my students during this month. I felt there was a better way to enjoy the holidays and allow my students to enjoy them as well. Now, I don’t want them to slack on their practicing so I also hold a practice contest during December and encourage them to play A LOT of holiday music and sight-reading during that month. After all, they only have a limited time they can usually enjoy those Christmas pieces. If you subscribe to the Piano Bench Magazine (highly recommended), you will find an article which will tell you a little more about my Christmas camps in this month’s issue. Be sure to check it out!

In short, Christmas camp is basically a longer group lesson. I usually have a theme in place. This year I’m totally re-vamping my Christmas Around the World camp and bringing it back since our yearly theme is a ‘space’ theme. I figured they tie together nicely. I’m currently working on all the updates right now and I have to say I am super excited to do this camp as it is better than ever! So keep a look out when that is available.

One of the new products I have started to make available for teachers is what I am calling Group Made Fun. These are group lessons, camps and workshops. You can use any of these however you like; so if don’t do camps, you can apply them to your group classes and so on. They are basically lesson plans, activities, games and even treat ideas that are totally done for you so it saves you a ton of prep time!

Because these are pretty time intensive to put together, it has taken me longer than I hoped to make them available. But I am enjoying the process of making them nice and organized and super easy for YOU to use with your students!

So far I have the following in my TpT store… (you can click on the picture to see more information)

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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 10.37.34 AMAnd coming REAL soon is…

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Also coming soon…

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