Friday, August 31, 2012

Chart Paper Storage

I love using chart paper, but I don't have a chart stand. They just take up too much space. So, I needed a way to store my chart paper when I'm not using it. This is what I came up with. I covered two clothespins with scrapbook paper and hot glued them to an out of the way spot on the wall. 

When I want to write on the paper I can take it over to my whiteboard and clip it up there. I also attached clips to my "fake" bulletin board so I can easily display and change out my anchor charts.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. I love followers and comments make my day.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Woot! Woot! Let's Celebrate!

Blogging has been and continues to be an amazing journey. Everyday I get to interact with teachers from around the country and even around the globe. Talk about collaboration! Blogging and blog hopping have become parts of my life that inspire me. 
I'm thankful for each of the awesome blog readers on this journey with me. Ya'll rock! With 294 followers, I am nearing a milestone. So, I've cooked up a surprise with over a dozen of my favorite bloggers. I'll be posting more once I hit the big 300. So, if you aren't already following me, please do. 

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Free Parent Contact Log

We all have to keep documentation. Lots of it. Yuck! I dislike paperwork. It is probably the one part of my job that I like the least. So, I try to keep the paperwork as simple as possible so that I can spend my time focusing on the kids. After all that's why I teach.

These parent contact logs simplify one aspect of my paperwork and I hope they can make your year just a little simpler too. Just click on the picture to download them and copy them front to back. 

As always, thanks for stopping by. I love followers and comments make my day.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tree of Knowledge

My room has an owl theme. One of my co-workers has a cute tree in her room and I decided to make my own version. Right now it is pretty bare. I plan to keep adding leaves to it.

If you want to make a tree like this, it really isn't too hard. Having a second person is helpful though. I brought the roll of brown bulletin board paper down to my room from our teacher workroom. Then, I rolled a piece long enough to go all the way up my wall. I crumpled it up and cut part way down from the top to make branches. I folded the edges under and hot glued it to the wall. I cut some shorter strips, crumpled them up, and glued them the same way to create branches. Finally, I added a few leaves to start the year.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. If you like my blog, I would love to have you follow it and comments make my day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Free Pokey Cards and A Sale!

It's back to school season and my baby started kindergarten. She is working on initial sounds and wanted some help. So, I made her a set of poke and check cards.

In order for them to be self-checking, I used a hole punch to create holes for her to stick her pencil through. I drew an arrow to the correct hole on the back so she could flip it over and tell if she got it right. This is a freebie for all blog readers because ya'll are awesome and I'm thankful for your visits. Just click here or on the picture to download your copy.

I am planning on making more of these with different skills for my TPT store. If you like them, please tell me what skills you would be looking for.

Speaking of my TPT store. The big Back to School Sale is Sunday and Monday. Everything in my store will be on sale for 20% off from me and you can use the promo code BTS12 for an additional discount making all of my stuff 28% off! Don't forget the code!

You can find more teachers participating in the sale over at Blog Hoppin's Back To School Sale Linky Party here.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Back To School Blog Hop

Some of my favorite blogging buddies and I have teamed up for the Back to School Product Premiere. We are each showing one of our favorite products for the back to school season. Be sure to check out these great products and more on sale at the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale.

My must have item is one of my editable classroom themed packs. It's over 140 pages. Many of them are editable. There are a ton of resources to help you decorate and organize your classroom around a theme. 

~Pennant Letters
~Student Name Plates
~Word Wall Card Templates & Alphabet Headers
~Stationery (vertical & horizontal)
~Newsletter Template
~Hall Passes
~Binder Covers
~Lesson Plan Template
~Grade Book Template
~Attendance Form
~Welcome Sign
~Display Cards for Names
~Sticker Charts
~Calendar Cards (Months & Numbers)
~Substitute Binder

It's available in other themes too.
Please take a minute and check out all of the other blogs in this blog hop.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Need Cubbies?

I don't have cubbies in my room. Boo! However, I inherited 20 blue crates. They fit on my bookshelf really nicely and they are big enough to hold all of the supplies my students have. I love how they keep the shelves looking neat. I just printed and laminated a sign for each of my students and then glued them to the crates. They are working great!

I also made a magnetic bulletin board that I had seen floating around on Pinterest. (That site is totally addictive.) I asked the custodians to put two of my filing cabinets together with the back sides touching. Then I hot glued a piece of fabric over them and added trim. I can't wait to open it up as a magnetic center for my students. They are going to love it!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my post. 
I love followers and comments make my day.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Guest Post

Dismissal on the first day of school is hectic at best, but for a teacher without a plan it can be a nightmare. Back in July, I wrote a guest post about organizing the first day's transportation over at A Differentiated Kindergarten. I wanted to share it with you in case you missed it.

I created free coloring sheets for each type of transportation and I shared how they can be used to organize your transportation. If you missed my guest post, you can find it by clicking here or by clicking on the picture.

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Followers and comments make my day.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ready, Set, Go...Setting Up My Room

Twice now, I've planned to write this post and forgotten to take the after pictures. Today, I finally got the pictures and can finally share my classroom with you!

So, here is what my classroom looked like when I walked it. I can't complain. The furniture was clean and everything was in my room. 

Here is a little peek. My colors are blue, aqua, lime green, and brown. It is still a little sparse, but I do love how uncluttered it is. I'll be sharing more about the individual areas soon.

As always, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog. If you like what you see, I would love it if you would follow my blog. Comments make my day. So, please let me know what you think.