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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.



Monday Muse Edition 5

So I am totally in love with that is Steampunk right now. The earthy colors, the sumptuous Victorian attire, with the mix of hardness from the antiquated props and the ingenuity of a world that never was ...

I mean really top hats, ruffles, corsets, skeleton keys, gears, and cogs. 

I decided I would pull 3 similar, but different schemes for your weekly inspiration. They are all so beautiful in their own ways.

Seriously, how can I work this into my life without looking like I am wearing a costume?
See you next time! We are getting close to pre-season football ya'll. Fall is right around the corner!

13 Reason Why You WANT to be in the Cool Kid

1. Because being a cool kid is the 'shhpoopy' - as it is said around here.
2. Because being a cool kid gets you cool shhpoopy. (Like Fa La La Friday Graphics)
3. Because being a cool kid gets you free shhpoopy. (Like free coloring pages)
4. Because being a cool kid is something that everyone wanted to be at some point and time.
5. Because being a cool kid puts you in the know.
6. Because being a cool kid gets you attention.
7. Because being a cool kid is special.
8. Because being a cool kid is like being a VIP.
9. Because being a cool kid is way cooler than just being a kid.
10. Because being a cool kid gets you discounts.
11. Because being a cool kid is good for your health. (Coloring may relax you. Relaxing is good.)
12. Because being a cool kid is just way awesome.

and last but not least ...

13. Because being a cool kid is just cool.

So, I ask. Would you like to be a cool kid?

Fill out this form right here. I will hook you up with some free coloring pages!