Monday, July 28, 2014

Back To School Hundreds Charts

It's Back-to-School time!!!!  These adorable Back to school hundreds charts are perfect for those first few weeks of school. There are 6 different student pages- school house, school bus, apple with worm, crayon box, globe and pencil with glue bottle. These are the cutest- it's just not a coloring sheet- it's learning. Have fun!!
Here's the link to our TPT Store where you can pick them up!! 
 These would be great to put up on your back-to-school bulletin board.

Here is the link again to get this great fun back-to-school activity!! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Walmart Teacher Finds

Well, here we are. School starts next Monday. HOLY COW!!! Did I just say that????? I am still in the summer mode. I went to school yesterday for the first time to get started on my room. I stood at the door and took a deeeeeep breath before I opened it. Because I knew once I opened that door, school had started for me. After I got over that, I seemed to go into this panic mode. I need to go buy something for our room!!!!! So off to Walmart I went. I did find some cutesie stuff I must say.
 I hit the party isle first. Here is the first thing I put in my cart.
How cute are these!!!!!! I an going to use them for the first day of school and take a group picture for my smartboard. It was only $6.00 and is something I can use every year. 
As I went around the corner, I ran into these cute cups. 
They were only $1.47. You can't beat that and they came in all kinds of colors. I thought they would be cute to use to hold paper clips, tacks, etc... at my desk or at my reading table. Stick a cute label on them and your ready.
Another item I found were these cute small bins. I got the teal color, That color is not shown in the picture because I got the last 3. Yeah me!!!! These were only $1.00. Which reminds me that I need to stop at the Dollar Tree on the way home.

 I made my way back to the electronics and ran across these cute hooks. They came in teal, black, and pink colors. They were $4.57. I only got one to check it out and then if I liked it will get some more of these. The word- RESTICKABLE- caught my eye. I went to school and stuck it on the side of my computer to hold the headphones.. It was too cute and worked like a charm. I will have to go back and get some more. Worth the money.
My biggest find of the day was this cute wrapping paper. It is Chalkboard Paper. How cute is that!!!!!! Found it over in the gift wrapping section. Man I really could have used this when I did my Sweet to the Core Bulletin Board. I can think of tons of stuff to do with this!!!!! It was around $4.47 per roll. I can't wait to use it.
I then had to go to the Dollar Tree and stock up on these cute bins for the room. I am using them to hold our "Read Well" reading books and they work like a charm.
Can you tell which ones I got??? I took all the teal they had!!!!!
So, how do you think I did???? Have you found any great deals yet?? Let us know!!!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Back To School Bulletin Board and letter Freebie

As we get closer and closer to school starting up again (only 3 more weeks for me!) I realized that I needed to start thinking about how I wanted to decorate and organize my classroom for next year. I really want to gather a lot of ideas and share them as well.
 This is one of my favorite boards to do for the beginning of the school year. Thought I would share this board with our wonderful blogger buddies out there on how to put this cutie together. This board will save you $$$$$ and is easy to make. 
1. I drew 2 big apple leaves on half a sheet of green poster board. My wonderful helper then added glue and then the green glitter to make the leaves sparkle. We did all our work on top of a torn trash bag for easy clean up.

2.  I then cut out the stem for the apple with brown poster board. You could just use a brown piece of construction paper. Use what you already have to save $$.
3. To make the red apple, I used red tissue paper. I bought my red tissue paper after Christmas on sale. I like to buy the red and green tissue paper mixed, that way I can save the green for other projects. You will need about 50 sheets of tissue paper give or take.  Cut the tissue paper in half.
4. After all tissue paper is cut, you are now ready to start on your board. I like to use black bulletin board paper for this board, but you can use any color you prefer of have on hand. I use the school's paper that is provided for us, but you can also buy bulletin board paper at your local school supply store. I like to get the fadeless paper for my board outside my door so it will hold it's  color for as long as I need it to.
5. Now, pick up one piece of red tissue paper and fold it together like a book. I then take and scrunch the bottom together to get it ready to staple to the board. 

 6. I first make a single row of about 4 to 5 pieces.
7. Then I start moving up the board a row at a time. Making each row a little wider than the one underneath until about half way up the board.Half way up, I like to outline the top part of the apple with one single tissue row going around to make the outline. 
8. Finish filling in your apple with the red  tissue paper. Staple your leaves and stem to the top of the apple.
9. Now you're ready for your boarder and lettering.

10. Once your board is ready, it is time to write the name of your students on the board. I used a white crayon for this. Here are the letters if you do not have access to a die cut machine for the board.
Now, your class can be "Sweet to the Core".
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

First Day of School Sweet Treats!!

Well it is getting that time of year again when you start thinking about and planning on that first week of school. I like to get a jump start on it so it don't sneak up on me like it always seems to do. I started thinking about that first day and started asking myself what was something that I could send home with the kids that they would enjoy and munch on too. I found this cute idea on Pinterest and made some up for myself and for you (a freebie).
How cute are these. I bought some Kool-Aid drinks and inserted the tag and BAM!! your done. Super simple. I already have them ready to go. Check that off my list of to do things. I made them up for grades PreK through 5th grade.
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Misty had a cute idea that she found off of Pinterest as well. And...well we had to make those up too. They were just too cute. And another freebie for you. Made these up for PreK-5th grade as well. Bet these don't make it home before some little hands open it up for a sweet treat.  All we did was cut out the tag and tape them to the back of a hostess cupcake wrapper. You could use any kind of small individually wrapped cake. Zebra cakes are my favorite!!!  That's what my little firsties will be getting.
Toooo Cute!!!!!
What a great way to end the first day of school and to help make your
planning for the first day " a piece of cake" .

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Back to School Freebie

 Did you think we fell off  the side of the Earth??????     Well, summer has been a very busy family time for us. We went on vacation this summer to the beach. This was my husbands and daughters first time to see the beautiful ocean. It was heavenly!!!! Could stay there all summer. Between swimming lessons, basketball camps, girl scout trips, we need another vacation!!!!
 But now it's time to get back to our second love, other than our families. School is just around the corner. We start back at the end of July. To get this year started off right, I thought this cute freebie would be a good way to find out what your little cuties did on their summer break. A good ice breaker for the first few days of school. Kids love talking about what they did over the break. And want to tell you all about it. It seems like all at once too.
     > Back to School Freebie<click here
 To get your kids thinking about their summer vacation, here is a good story and video by Mark Teague called How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Some kids spend their summer vacation at camp. Some kids spend it at Grandma's house. Wallace Bleff spent his out west...on a ride, a rope, and a roundup he'll never forget. This is sure to get their imagination going!!!

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