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Ch Ch Changes

If there is one thing that is consistent with Sara Hickman Designs it is that I change with the changes that head my way.

When I started out on this journey it was to make a difference. I wanted to empower teachers to make learning fun again. Academic does not have to equal boring, repetitive, or busy work. Somewhere along the way, I think we as teachers and parents have lost that. We teach them how to take a test. We are worried when they can't write their letters at 3. We tell them at the start of the year you have to have this score on this test to move on at the end of the year.

How does that make learning fun?
Who wants to spend their kid years doing an hour and a half of homework in the 3rd grade?
Who wants to have homework in Kindergarten?

Don't get me wrong not all of life has to be fun and games, but when they are kids -- they need to be able to be kids.

Studies have even shown the more senses you get involved while learning the more active the brain is absorbing the information.

Playtime can also be learning time. They don't need to be mutually exclusive. That is what I set out to do when I started my business. My business was even named appropriately, The Play-Based Preschool.

Well as things evolved as they always do, somehow I forgot my real reason for starting this and where my true passion was. Empowering teachers of young children to create a learning atmosphere that was based on play. 

I am going back to it. I am going back to my focus. My products are not going to change, my business name is not going to change. The thing that is going to change is my pricing.

Until today my pricing was based on what I thought it could sell for. I would make these huge bundles of product and mark them at a competitive price and pray they sell. How is that empowering you the teacher? What if you can't afford it, but really could use it. I had an epiphany and here is what I am going to do.

Starting October 1st. ALL SINGLE RESOURCES are going to stay $1
Starting October 1st  ALL BUNDLES are going to be $5.
Starting October 1st ALL CLIPART is going to remain $1
Starting October 1st ALL COLORING BOOKS AND PAGES are going to stay $1.

As products are updated old products will be retired. If you purchased the product previously and want the updated, you will need to purchase the new product. But again, it will only be $1. Changes to the product will be noted in the description.

While I never set out to be that 'Dollar Store" store. I am going to be that "hidden gem" at the dollar store -- like how I only buy my razors at Dollar Tree because they are simply the best. The end price is not going to change how I create products. I am still going to create the same great quality products that I have in the past, just going back to why I started this in the first place.



Teaching Talk Episode 3: Feedback

In today's episode, we are going to talk about Feedback. I am going to even show you how to get to where your resources are stored and how to leave feedback.

Now, this does all take place on the Teachers Pay Teachers website. If you do not have a Teachers Pay Teachers account I ask why not? You know it is free. Soon there will be an episode or a post about why everyone should have an account on Teachers Pay Teachers.

But today, we talk about feedback.

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Teaching Talk Episode 2: Free Color Matching Game

Welcome back! I am so happy you joined me for another episode of "Teaching Talk".

Today I am going to show you how I used 1 FREE game from my Teachers Pay Teachers store and used it 6 different ways in my preschool classroom.

Below the video will be the link where you can get the free game and the clipart used.

Free Game:


Monday Muse Edition 8

This Monday starts a new chapter in the Hickman house.

Both of my babies are in school full day. This will not come to a surprise, but I write these posts in advance from time to time. I am editing now on the "First Day Eve." We had a good day today, so I am not all ... OMG I am so glad school starts tomorrow! I am actually pretty nervous for my youngest. He has NEVER been a whole day without Mommy close by, EVER. My oldest is the most nervous she has been in a long time about the start of school. I can honestly say I am looking forward to this new chapter. I can honestly say this too. It is going to feel weird walking back from the bus stop without a child.

Since this is a new chapter I figured our muse this week would be a beautiful sunrise.