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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Amazon School Lists!

As a parent and a teacher I want my back to school shopping to be as easy as possible. I don't want to confuse parents with a list of vague items they need to find, I can't tell you how many parents I saw standing in the back to school isles this past week reading a list and searching for something they couldn't find or confused by the many options of such items, they had no clue which one was best. As a parent I want to get exactly what the teacher wants my child to have, and I don't want to spend all day in the store trying to decide which one.

Amazon has a great way for teachers to share their lists with parents, that benefits parents as well. No more searching and trying to figure out which one! You can link to exactly what you'd like the kids to show up with, parents can log in and shop, then have the items shipped right to their home. Sounds wonderful to me!

Amazon is inviting educators and parents to try Amazon School Lists, www.amazon.com/schoollists, a convenient way for K-12 teachers to create and share online back-to-school supply lists. From kindergarten to high school, teachers can build their lists on Amazon and share it with parents via e-mail and/or a shared link so they can quickly and easily buy exactly what their student needs for school.

Are you ready to give it a try? Head on over to Amazon and build your class list, share it with parents and you could win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards! Think of all the supplies you could get for your classroom! Once you've created your list come back here and enter the contest using the raffle copter below. 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Keeping Track of Standards, and Chalkboard Cuteness!

We started back to school this week! It was a great start. I am so excited for this year. Today I wanted to share with you a couple of  products that are helping me in the classroom.

If you are using Common Core and you need to track if students are mastering the standards Carson Dellosa has a great tool for you.
This record book will make tracking the standards a breeze. It's laid out in an easy to use format with all the standards at your finger tips. Plenty of room for recording dates and notes. Check out this video to see all the exciting features! 

I am also in love with Carson Dellosa's Chalkboard Decor. The colors are fun and the black just makes them pop out. I put up this board in our hallway with the scalloped boarder and pre-punched letters.
I am going to take pictures of all my students to add up here. I love how it brights up our hallway, and it was so easy to add our school theme with these letters. They are already cut out all I had to do was pick out the ones I needed and put them up.I got lots of complements on the brightness during back to school night.

I am also using the colorful calendar, and love it. The colors are very vibrant and the numbers show up so well. It also came with plenty of special day circles to add to those special dates.
You can watch this video to see more colorful chalkboard decor ideas.

Review Disclaimer:  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

You can also check out Carson Dellosa on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest products and offers.

I will be back soon with this years classroom reveal. I'm so excited to share! You can also catch me on Blog Hoppin to see 2 of my favorite beginning of the year activities that's got us off to a good start!
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday Made it #3

It's Monday again! I'm back to share what I've been working on in my classroom. So here are this weeks made its....
I really wanted a way to put up some personal family photos and quick reminders around my "teacher" area. I didn't want it to take up a lot of space, I have a few frames but I really wanted it up off the counter because I plan on using that for materials this year. I was in Michaels again looking for something when I found these..
Cork squares, they came in packs of four and were on sale for 60% off so I got 8 squares for less than $3! They are perfect for the space I am wanting to use them in. 

I wanted to dress them up to match my classroom so I got scrapbook paper in my colors, and spray adhesive. I cut the paper to fit each square and glued it on.
 The cork came with foam mounting squares which I used to attach them to the wall. Here they are in use!
 One last picture so you can get a better idea of the size. I only have three up right now but I plan to continue the pattern putting all 8 squares under this bulletin board. I am excited to have this place to pin things where I will easily see them!
Simple, functional, makes me happy :)

I had this space above the clock in my classroom that was empty. It's right between two bulletin boards and it looked so blank. I decided to create a poster to put there. So I came up with this....

Here it is in that empty space.
I love the reminder every time I look at the clock! You can click on either of these pictures to download this print free!

Finally for this week I re-decorated my plastic drawers that will hold my science and social studies units. I used scrap book paper from Hobby Lobby and double sided tape to attach it. Since It's just me using the drawers I think it will hold up fine. I created the labels and printed them on business card stickers. I laminated them before sticking them on so I can write on them and wipe it off later if I need to. I know my units keep changing so I like to be able to change the labels easily.
My classroom is really coming together. Looking forward to sharing the finished product soon. Right now I am waiting for a whiteboard to replace my chalkboard, then I can finally finish the front of the room and I'll be ready!

Don't forget to check out all the other awesome ideas over at Tara's Blog
Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Made It #2!

It has been so nice to be able to go to my classroom and work slowly on moving things around and reorganizing this summer! I love how the room is really coming together. One of the things I knew I wanted to change was my individual book boxes. I had bought really nice tubs from Steps to Literacy, and I loved them but they just didn't work in our classroom.

I had a shelf they were suppose to go on, but if they were on the shelf then students had to be getting up to get them every time they needed them. They were never able to do this quickly or quietly. When the boxes were at their desks they got dumped over and books were all over the floor getting stepped on and destroyed. I found myself saying "pick up your books" or stopping to pick up the books myself constantly!

I searched for different solutions and finally decided to try book bags for next year. I bought canvas bags from Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. I wanted them to match my classroom so I was looking for red, green, and blue. I found really nice red bags at Hobby Lobby they were on sale for 50% off so I got them for 1.50 a bag. I couldn't find blue or green so I decided to get white bags and dye them the colors I wanted. The white bags come in packs of three for 7.99 I had 40% off coupons for both stores so I ended up getting them for $3.19 a set.

I didn't want the dyeing process to be a lot of trouble, I've seen posts about dying things in the washer and decided to go that route. I bought Rit liquid dye made to be used in the washing machine.
I decided to use emerald green and royal blue. I like lime and aqua but I know the bags will be used a lot and I didn't want them to be really light colors, I am sure they will get dirty. Each bottle of dye cost $2 at Walmart.

I followed the directions on the container, putting six bags in the washer using the hottest water possible and ran it through the cycle twice.This did mean I had to watch the time and make sure I set the cycle back to the beginning before the water drained, but that was the most trouble I had.
The washer did all the work! After the bags ran through the double cycle I washed them one more time in warm water with detergent, then hung them up to dry. The color came out really vibrant. I was surprised at how dark they were when they came out of the wash, but after drying they were much brighter. I ran the empty machine through a small wash with a cup of bleach after the bags were done and there are no signs of dye left over in the washer at all.

Such a simple process and the bags turned out great! I am so excited to see how these work for us this year.
It's hard to see the green but I really like the shade! It's not too dark but not super light either.

I wanted to label the bags as we will be using them for individual book boxes so I made these cute little tags to match them. I plan to laminate them and attach them to the bags with book rings. I didn't have a ring at home so I just put this one on with a paper clip!
I still want students to have a little ownership of the bag so I am going to wait and let them write their names on the tags before I laminate them. If you would like to use the labels you can download them HERE!

I also spent part of the week organizing my library and labeling books! It's been a big job but it will be so worth it!! I'll share it all with you when it's finally finished.

Don't forget to head over to Tara's blog to see all the other Monday Made It Projects!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

First Monday Made it of Summer 2015!

I've already been on summer break for three weeks and I haven't even had a chance to link up with Monday Made it yet! I've gotten a lot done that I'm excited to share with you so here comes a picture overload!
Up first is a desk redo that I am loving! I had this old desk/computer cart that I really wanted to use in my classroom but it was soooo ugly. I decided to give it a make over.
 See I told you UGLY!

I primed it first since it's laminate, and then spray painted it with an aqua blue. I used this beautiful contact paper I picked up in the Target Dollar Spot to cover the top, and I love how it turned out! I am going to use this at the front of my classroom for my document camera and teachers guides. I really love it!

Next I wanted new curtains. I searched and searched for something that would match and I just couldn't find anything I liked. So I decided to make some. I ordered this fabric from Fabric.com.

Premier Prints Zoom Zoom Twill Harmony

Which matches my room perfectly and sewed simple valances for my windows.I think they look much better than the old ones which didn't match my colors at all! 

What do you think?

I had a large blank space in my classroom last year that I tried to hang things on but everything kept falling unless I used hot glue and after about November I just didn't have time to hunt down the ladder and use the glue gun to get things up there. So I decided to create some easy bulletin boards that I could pin stuff on. 
 See that big blank space! I need to use that!

 I got foam board from the Dollar Tree, I used spray adhesive to attach colorful paper and a boarder to each board. I LOVE this new Painted Palette Ombre border from Creative Teaching Press. I got the mounting tape from Menards. I used this last year for a hall display and it was great. It's removable but holds really well. I taped the back of each board generously and then stuck them to the wall.

 Here's that space now! Can't wait to add our vowel team activities here this year!

I added these above our writing center as well to display grammar and punctuation anchor charts!

I saw this post by Melissa at Got To Teach and knew I wanted to make one! So I had the poster I made last year printed as 18x24 at Vista Print..
I got a poster frame at Michaels. It was white and I liked it but the poster blended in with it and I wanted it to pop, so I painted the frame red and I LOVE it! Can't wait to hang it in the classroom.

I wanted name plates for my students desks that 1.) match the classroom, and 2.) have only the references that we really use all the time on them. So I made these.
Again so very excited about these! They are exactly what I was looking for!

Now head over to Tara's blog to see all the amazing teachers out there and what they are creating this summer! I love Monday Made it!!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

First Day of Summer Break - Celebrate with a Planner Giveaway!

It's the first day of my summer break and I'm celebrating by getting my new planner all up to date for next year. Total teacher brain still in high gear over here. I wanted to share my new planner with all of you. I am in love with this gorgeous personal planner from April at A Modern Teacher!

It's just so beautiful and functional! I can not wait to use this next year.
 I love the little sayings throughout the planner!
 There's a two page monthly calendar that is perfect for scheduling important dates and events. Each  month has a tab that makes it super easy to find what you are looking for.

I  also love that larger planning calendar pages are included. I do most of my planning day to day online but these long term/overview pages make it so easy to jot down topics and big ideas for the whole month.

 In the back of the planner you can record important information. Contacts, birthdays, and I especially love these note taking pages. I've always used a binder but it was big and clunky to carry around and I never ended up taking it to meetings because of that. I am super excited to be able to grab this and go to our meetings this year and have all my notes in one place!

Of course a new planner calls for new pens! I love these bright colored Flair Pens from Paper Mate. They make writing in my planner so much more fun!

If you are in the market for a new planner I think you'd love this one! Go on over to April's blog for a better look at just what you get! They sold out fast but will be available again on July 17th, make sure you sign up for April's Newsletter to get all the details right in your inbox. In the meantime you could win one right here. Enter using the rafflecopter below.

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