Saturday, November 24, 2012

Another Freebie

This is getting to be an addiction!  I had lots of time in the car today coming home from our Thanksgiving travels.  I decided to make my classroom labels with the polka dot theme.  There is a full set of black with white dots AND a set of white with black dots.  I think it would be fun to mix them up and use both sets together.  If you would like to share these, they are on my TpT store for FREE.  Next week I'll focus on putting on some common core materials. For now, I'm just having fun creating the decor items. If anyone is even seeing this blog, please become a follower or leave a comment!   


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I'm really lucky to have so many drawers and cabinets in my room. I have assigned a drawer to each student to keep materials in. 

My file cabinet covered in polka dot fabric (by my stepmom... I have no patience in dealing with fabric!)  It is just folded and pinned. The top is the zebra placemat/whiteboard from Hobby Lobby.  Notice there is not a picture of the front, still can't figure out what to do with that!  

This was an idea I saw on Pinterest.  My husband painted the fridge with a black glossy paint. I then tried to add painted dots.  The paint just slid off.  So, I ended up cutting dots with a Cricut and then running the dots through a sticker machine.  
My theme this year is polka dots.  I got the idea from "Teaching in Flip Flops" blog . This is the entryway into my classroom.
This is my favorite thing in my room!  I think it was an old music storage cabinet . I found it in the old band room looking pretty disgusting.  I dragged it down to my room against the custodian's wishes.  I told her I thought I could make it fabulous.  I think it turned out pretty fabulous!!  I put duct tape around the edges.  For the top, I covered it with some zebra "whiteboards" that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  They fit perfectly.  It works great for storing the one inch binders that kids keep in my room.  Love it!!
The bulletin board above this cabinet includes a printable that I got for free from Teaching in Flip Flops.

Found this on Pinterest.  The letters were a freebie from Create-Teach-Share. I printed them and then mounted onto cute scrapbook paper.  Thanks to Create-Teach-Share for the letters and the Boggle printable.  Saved me so much time and turned out great.  

Love my lanterns!  Pier 1.

Yay For Thanksgiving Break!

I'm ready for a break!  On the way to our Thanksgiving destination, I worked on designing a few labels for my classroom.  I have drawers that my students use, and I wanted to put numbers on them correlating with the student's number.  I like how they turned out.  While I was at it, I decided to go ahead and make some materials labels with them as well.  It is a freebie on my teachers pay teachers store!
J   Enjoy!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


I'm learning new things already!  So today while trying to figure out how all these talented bloggers add all the cool "things" to their blogs, I found out how to make some fun printables.  This is my first effort, but it makes me excited.  I got so caught up in it that I missed my Sunday nap! So here is my first of hopefully many printables to put on my blog.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

First Post!

Well, I guess everyone has to start somewhere. Here we go...
This week our school received letters written by students in 1988, 25 years ago. They had written the letters during National Education Week after thinking about how students thought the world (including school) would be different in 25 years.  I was student teaching in 1988.  I couldn't remember anything being much different in education, other than computers. How much I had forgotten!  The first thing I noticed about the letters was the handwriting!  Oh yeah, we used to teach handwriting!  My students today couldn't even read them because they were in cursive.  The students of 1988 predicted that we would have personal servant robots, flying cars, and use the computer for almost everything.  We live in a small town, so some of the signatures of 1988 students (now in their 30's) were recognized by my students.  One of my students even found his uncle's name!  My students decided they wanted to write letters of their own to the students 25 years in the future.  I love it when they come up with my lesson plans for me!