Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
I’m laying in bed watching the Opening Ceremonies and trying to check some things off of my Back-2-School list. This is my kind of Friday night! How about you all?
I thought I’d share how I’ve set up my classroom jobs display in the past. Last year I had a frog themed job display titled, “Leap Out and Lend a Hand.” I know I took pictures of it, but I can’t seem to find them now. It was super cute. I created a huge pond and inside the pond were lily pads. The lily pads had different classroom jobs written on them. Then, each student had his/her own frog cut-out, and every week the frogs would leap to a new lily pad. My kids ate this up!
The year before last, I created this display: “Help Needed On the Friend Ship.” My students were “classroom lifesavers,” and each week were assigned a new job on the job board. Their names were written on lifesavers I made out of orange and white paper.
My students loved this; however, they always wanted the same two jobs: morning director (calendar helper) and line leader. So, about halfway through the year, I decided they would have to persuade me to give them the job they wanted by completing a classroom job application.
They took this application VERY seriously!
(click on the picture above to download the application!)
I haven’t decided how I’m going to set up anything in my classroom this year. I have some things in mind, but nothing is set in stone. I haven’t been able to get into my classroom yet, so it’s been hard to really get thinking! But, I have created these cute classroom job cards. I plan on using these SOMEHOW on my classroom jobs display. I created two different sets: a chevron set and a bright and colorful set. I also made an editable version so you can write your own classroom job names on them. Unfortunately, though, TPT is STILL down for me. I can’t upload ANYTHING. I’m hoping this will be fixed soon. The editable version will be available ASAP!
(Graphics from: KPM Doodles)
You can download the PDF version (non-editable) below:
Keep checking back in for the editable version!
Do you give your students classroom jobs?
Monday, July 23, 2012
(Okay, I’ve always wanted to start a post that way. You Southern folk are just so cute. Ha!)
I rarely share anything about my personal life on here since this is an education blog, after all. But, when I saw the sweet Amy Lemons was hosting a Tell Me More, Tell Me More linky party, I knew I had to chime in on the fun.
So here it goes…a little bit about me:
1. Last summer, when preparing for the school year, I googled “First Grade Classroom Ideas” and Sarah Cooley’s blog, “First Grader…At Last!” came up. I had no idea what teacher blogs were at the time, but she TOTALLY hooked me in. I honestly have a notebook full of her ideas. She is my BLOGGY IDOL, and I love her. She has totally changed my life!
2. Who is that handsome guy? That is my sweet boyfriend, Michael. We have been together for 5 whole years, and I absolutely adore him. We make an amazing team. He is funny, kind-hearted, and always so encouraging and supportive. I love him dearly! (I just realized I don’t have any photos of us together on this laptop. Sorry!)
3. I am in NO RUSH to get married or have babies. However, I do love pretty weddings and other people’s children.
4. Michael is an artist and I am a teacher (I know you already know that part about me!), so between his artwork and my crafts, our apartment is often a hot mess. You can always tell when our creative juices are really flowin’. We do not allow guests over during these times.
5. I love scarves. More than shoes. (IPhone pic. Sorry!)
6. I’ve had all kinds of jobs in my life, and gone on countless interviews. I’ll never forget when I was interviewing for a nanny position and the mom asked me to turn around so she could bury her nose in my hair. She believed in a “scent-free environment,” and did not like that my shampoo was fragrant. Ha! I ran to the door and never looked back. Can anyone say SCARY?
7. I love me some Colin Firth.
8. This is my sweet sister, Faith, my niece, Abby, and my nephew, Christopher. They are the funniest kids EVER! LOVE THEM!
9. Another one of them. They are a few years younger here. Still as cute. For sure!
10. Iced lattes make it all better.
11. My sweet grandmother died when I was just 10. I wish she was alive now. I have so many questions for her. I miss her! Isn’t she pretty?
I have so many other fun facts and many stories about my crazy (and HUGE) family. But, I’ll save those for another post (when I switch over all of my pictures to this laptop).
Okay, so now it is your turn to Tell Me More…
Go link up with Amy!
Also, please take a moment to go say hello to my sweet, sweet teacher-friend, Tracy, over at her newly designed blog. She is a 2nd grade teacher at my school and is PHENOMENAL! You all will LOVE HER. Becca (another one of my favorite girls) from Jumping Jax Designs did the blog design. LOVE!
Tracy just recently posted a tutorial on how to make a teacher toolbox using DUCT TAPE!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Owen is another great book to read the first week of school. Owen and Mrs. Tweezers will win your children’s hearts over time and time again.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Hello Sweet Friends!
Who doesn’t love receiving mail? I know I do!
I just finished designing these fun welcome back postcards. My whole team will be sending these out to our new students. If you’d rather not spend the money on postage, these could also be used as first day welcome cards.
You can download these for free below.
Thanks to all of you that entered to win the Easi-Speak Recorder. Congratulations to Vera! You’re the winner. Woo hoo! I will be e-mailing you today. For those that didn’t win, be on the lookout for many more giveaways in the near future.
Friday, July 13, 2012
This week I’m dog-sitting for a friend while she’s on vacation with her family. The dog’s name is Luke. He’s a year old Golden Retriever. SO ADORABLE!
In between walking and playing with him, I’ve been creating book bin labels for my new and improved classroom library. This past year I had very few genre labels (without pictures) for my library. Although they served their purpose, these new labels will work much better. I tried to think about the books I currently own (and the books I dream of having) when creating these. I found a great resource online, Mrs. Meacham’s Classroom Snapshots, to help guide me along. This website has some great tips on where to find books for awesome deals and how to set up your library. It was a big help!
The past two years, I’ve organized my book bins using little circular dots that come in different colors. I would place a colored dot on a label, and then place the same colored dot on all of the books that go in that bin. For example, if I placed a red dot on my Dr. Seuss label, I would also place a red dot on all of my Dr. Seuss books. This helped my students (and me) stay very organized! Each week, I always chose 2 students to be “Librarians,” and it was their job to make sure the books were put back in the correct bins. It seemed to work pretty well.
Please feel free to download these book bin labels to use in your classroom library. They are FREE!
For the PDF version (non-editable), click below:
Also, here’s a sneak peek at the latest unit I’m working on. It should be finished by the end of the week. This packet will be perfect for the first few weeks of school and will nicely add to your Social Studies curriculum.
(Don’t forget…it’s not too late to sign up for the Easi-Speak giveaway. It ends tonight!)
How do you organize your library?
Monday, July 9, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I am always in awe of you teachers who are so organized. You know who you are. My word, how do you do it? A big goal for myself this upcoming year is to stay organized. I always start off the year with my desk nice and tidy; however, by mid-October, it is a big ole’ mess covered with papers that need to be graded, filed and recycled.
So, this year I’ve promised myself I’m going to make a more conscious effort to put things in their place right away! To help myself accomplish this goal, I’ve created these sweet (and functional) binder covers. I figured, the cuter they are, the more likely I will use them. Plus, I like that even though the designs on each cover are different, the colors all go together nicely.
If you are anything like me (or if you are one of those teachers, but you’re in need of some binder covers to stay even more organized than you currently are), please download these binder covers for free. (I apologize I don’t have any multi-cultural clipart for these covers. I’ve had a very hard time finding any multi-cultural clipart besides Scrappin’ Doodles. Any help would be appreciated!)
If you’d rather personalize your own binder covers, you can download an editable version (I’ve saved these blank pages as JPEGs) at my TPT shop. All of the covers you see above, plus these are included in the editable version.
Click here to download an editable version (meaning you can add your own text and clipart):
What tips and tricks do you all have to stay organized?
Thursday, July 5, 2012
A few posts back I wrote about my classroom theme for this upcoming year: bright and playful. For this new theme, I created some cheery and welcoming Daily Schedule Cards. These will pair nicely with the many items sitting in my Shopping Cart from Melanie’s (Schoolgirl Style) Rainbow Collection.
(Graphics by JW Illustrations and Open ClipArt)
If you’re doing a cheery and bright theme (or perhaps you’re just up for a little more color in your classroom) this school year, grab these cards below or at my little TPT shop for free:
Also, I’ve received a lot of messages asking if I would adapt my first grade Back-to-School packet for second grade. The answer is YES. It’s changed! All of the components of this packet are the same as my first grade (click here to read all about the first grade packet).
You can find my first grade and second grade Back-to-School packets at my TPT and TN shops by clicking on the links below.
I will give this packet away to the first friend who leaves a comment with their e-mail address (if you teach first grade, I’ll send you that packet instead!).