I could go on and on. I may have mentioned a couple of times that I started out with snail mail Super Duper and Linguisystems catalogs and snail mail purchase orders. Oh, how times have changed! It's so hard to believe that I only started purchasing in the spring of 2012. I think I have more TpT purchases than school purchases now!
I LOVE all the resources that TpT provides me - and so immediately! No more treks to the teacher store, no more waiting for the school to order for me, no more cobbling materials and toys together. It is truly a timesaver! I'm lucky enough to have a color printer at school, so I can purchase, print, and laminate very quickly.
I love, love, love that I can purchase tested items made by and for SLPs - and at a very reasonable cost. Yes, I have to make it myself, but I have found that to be a small trade-off for the low prices and amount of material.
And yes, I am part of a store, All Y'all Need. I've been lucky enough to meet other SLPs and teachers - both sellers and not - through this experience. It is amazing how TpT is expanding our SLP world.
Mostly, TpT has brought me closer to my sister Amy and my cousin Lisa. We all contribute to our store, and working together and learning about different areas has been beneficial for me school-wise, but much more so, relationship-wise.
I was creating my own materials long before TpT out of necessity. TpT has made me a better creator. But I'm not going to reinvent the wheel. Some items that I would have made myself but didn't have to are:
Whenever there is a site-wide sale, Jenna from Speech Room News hosts a linky. It is so fun to look at all the products available for SLPs - coming from someone who started her career with Super Duper and Linguisystems catalogs only. (My second year? We got a fax machine to FAX in orders more quickly!) So here are a few of my must-buys:
I got to the point where I wasn't just stuffed, I hated myself, thanks to Pioneer Woman and an unexplained cooking frenzy on my part.
I love to have music playing in the background. Songza is hitting the spot!
Starting Monday, BOTH of my schools are doing reindeer games EVERY DAY until December 19th! How fun is that?!? Every day holds a new surprise - like a bonus jeans day, hot chocolate day, candy day, exchange-a-mug day, and of course, ugly sweater day.
And speaking of reindeer, I'll be prepping Amy's newest Facts & Opinions this week. I have a wonderful sister!