Monday, July 27, 2015

Old School: Open House Bunting

This year I am going with apples, pencils, school buses, and chalkboard decor. After 27 years of teaching and many different themes, I call this one "Old School."  I love bunting and these clipart freebies from Creative Clips were perfect for back-to-school!  I printed and laminated these and will use dry erase markers to write student names on them. I am going to connect them with cute green ribbon and hang them in the hallway for open house.  Click here to download this file.  There are blank flags for adding your own grade level.  It's going to be a great year...I'm just saying!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Target Dollar Bin + Pinterest + Freebie = Cute Goodie Bags!

So I found myself back at Target today. I wasn't going to stop at the dollar bins, but they are located at the front of the store and I just couldn't look away. I found goodie bags that look like notebook paper and snatched them up right away.  Earlier, I found a back-to-school freebie on Pinterest and knew that the kraft tags would be perfect for the cute button clip art included in this download.  As soon as I got home, I started printing and cutting and glueing and this is what happened!

 I am going to use these tags with the "notebook paper" goodie bags to hold these cute apple pretzels that I also discovered on Pinterest.  

Back to School Pretzel Apples  |  {Make Bake Celebrate}

These will be a fun treat at open house...
I'm just saying!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I'm Baaaaaaack!!!

      It's been a while, almost two years, since I have posted regularly on this blog.  Many things, this blog being one of them, came to a screeching halt when I began graduate school.  But now I am happy and proud to say that I have completed graduate school and have earned a masters in reading from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.  It was an amazing journey!  I am excited to implement all of the amazing strategies and that I learned and collected in graduate school.  I am also excited to share all of these things with you.

     My first graders finished school on June 12 and this is my first week of summer vacation which means it's time to hit the dollar bins at Target!  I went early this morning and was not disappointed.

     I love the clips!  (top left) I plan on gluing magnets to the back of each clip and use them on my white board for displaying anchor charts.  And what about this mini-school house chalk board?!? (top right)  I will definitely use this for open house, stations, word or math problem of the day...the possibilities are endless!! I like the simple black and white design of these name plates. (bottom left)  The labels are dry-erase! I bought lots of these.  I will be using them all over my room.

     As you can see, it was a successful shopping trip and only the beginning of back to school shopping...I'm just saying!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School "I Spy" Bottles

I spent this afternoon at the movies and am going to spend the day tomorrow at a nearby museum.  Teachers in my district return on Monday, so I am spending my last few days of summer with my husband and boys before we all go back to school.

 I had a busy summer.  I am getting my masters in reading and took three summer classes.  I also worked on a special project for my new "firsties" who will be joining me on Aug. 25.  I have seen many versions of the "I Spy" bottle on Pinterest.  I looked at many versions and decided to try something a little different...Back to School "I Spy" Bottles!

Step 1:  I drank a lot of ICE drinks!  The bottles are a little sturdier than regular water bottles and I like the smooth, elongated shape.  I used Goo Gone to get rid of the stickies.

Step 2:  I dyed rice.  In a gallon sized ziplock bag add one Tablespoon vinegar and food coloring (more drops for brighter colors) for each cup of rice.  Add rice and shake until rice is completely colored. Pour into a tray until dry, about one hour.  I dyed five cups of rice at a time. I ended up dying 10 cups each of red (which turned out pink), green, yellow, and blue.  This made 24 bottles.

Step 3: I used Detective Kids Clip Art from Creative Clips to create bottle tags.

Step 4:  To the bottle, I added the items explained on the bottle tag.  I hot glued the top to the bottle to avoid any messy spills.  Then tied the tags onto the bottles with ribbon.

I will have these on the desks for open house.  I hope my new students enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.  I'm just saying...Photobucket

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

There Was An Old Lady...Retell

I host a K-2 book club ("Wee Read") on the second Saturday of each month. This month we celebrated reading with, "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!"  Before reading, we colored, cut out, and assembled our "old ladies."  As I read the story, the children added each item to the snack bag tummy. The children took their "old ladies" home to share and retell.  A good time was had by all!  I'm just saying...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Spray Paint & Duck Tape to the Rescue!!!

I spent Sunday afternoon giving my old classroom bookshelves a new look. I was tired of the faux wood look so I purchased glossy black paint and green-gray-black-white chevron Duck tape. I had to paint in the garage because of the threat of rain showers.  After painting both feet (probably shouldn't wear flip-flops when spray painting!) and my right arm, I got a little help from my sweet husband.  Two bookcases done and one to go!! I am so excited to get them back in my classroom and load them up with baskets of books. Spray paint and duck tape are amazing! I'm just saying...


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Apples for the Students

I started setting up my classroom today. I brought along my husband and two sons to help. We arranged furniture, put up new bulletin board paper/borders, and did a whole lot of dusting! My brain was in still in school mode when I got home so I got busy and made these apple place cards for open house. The chevron apples are a freebie from the Hazel Owl Graphics on TpT.  I purchased the chalkboard journal tags from Erin Bradley Designs on Etsy. I printed, cut, and laminated the apples. The erasers came in a 6-pack from Dollar Tree. I used an X-Acto knife to cut across the center of the eraser. The apple slid right in! I don't have a class roster yet, so I used my boys' names for the "prototypes." I hope I get that class roster soon! I'm just saying...