Monday, November 9, 2015

Copy Room Makeover!

As we all know, teachers spend plenty of time in the copy room! Since so much teacher time is spent in this particular room, I thought it deserved to look "pretty"! I asked my principal if any funds were available to spruce up this part of our school and he said yes! So my wheels immediately started turning as I tried to come up with a nice "theme" for this space. So where does one go when inspiration is needed? Why Target of course! I found myself in the Target Dollar Spot as soon as I entered (well that's not entirely true... I hit up the Starbucks counter first!). I found these adorable teacher goodies and knew that I wanted to incorporate them into the prettied up copy room!
I couldn't find my original picture so I snagged this from my instagram!
I wanted to incorporate something else with the chalkboard and the tan/wood accented Target goodies screamed BURLAP to me! So I quickly set to work on chalkboard/bulap teacher quotes signs to hang around the copy room. 

These cute little black chalkboard clipboards
were also one of my finds from Target!

I wanted to use the little clipboards to hold photos of each grade level team. I decided to make a staff bulletin board with them. I had an old cork bulletin board already. I sprayed it blue first. Then I got thick burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby to create a border. I just used a hot glue gun and went down and up with the ribbon as I glued it to the frame. I finished it off with a black burlap flower in the corner and love how it turned out!

I created a second bulletin board to put some of my teacher quotes on.
This one has black fabric as the background to coordinate with the chalkboard clipboards!

This corkboard is from Target! I loved the pattern and thought it would
coordinate well with the chalkboard/bulap look I was going for!

If you'd like your own chalkboard/bulap teacher quotes to add inspiration to a space in your school click the image below!

If you have a less than "pretty" space in your school, see if there are funds available to do some decorating!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Managing Papers....from school to home!

I use take-home folders every year as one way to communicate with families. I'm always trying to think of ways to improve this form of communication between home and school.  I want my first graders to be able to manage the contents of the folders. My students are in charge of bringing their take home folders back and forth between home and school. They stuff their own folders at the end of the day. They turn their home work in every day from their folders. They bring me their lunch $ from their folders. And last but definitely not least, they complete the daily check-in page at the back of their folder. Read on to find out more about each part of my take-home folder system!
First, my team decided to purchase 4 pocket folders from, pictured below.
We loved these folders for so many reasons! First, there are 2 extra pockets inside these folders. We wanted to make one pocket for lunch $ envelopes and another pocket for our school lunch menu. The right and left side pockets would be used for papers we send home and homework. Then on the back, there is another spot to put something. This is where we will keep our "daily check-in form." Finally, we loved that you could slide a cute cover in the front!

I created editable Melonheadz covers for my folders this year. My pack includes 9 different editable covers to choose from!

As pictured here, the cover slides right into the pocket!

The bring right back pocket is where students put their math homework or important notes that need to COME BACK to school! I used this system last year and it really works!
The to be left at home pocket is where we send home finished/corrected school work. Students know that this pocket should be empty each day!

These can be easily printed onto Avery 2x4 labels

This is new for me this year! I'm hoping that my students will not come up to me in the morning with a $5 bill saying, "here's my lunch $!" I'm hoping parents will read this label and follow through! I will be one happy teacher this year :)

Simply print these on Avery 2x4 labels and stick!

This is new for me this year. I created it because I was tired of having students keep a book log, math home-work check in sheets, and a behavior calendar. I'm hoping that this new DAILY CHECK IN page will help keep students organized and keep everything in ONE SPOT!

I also included an editable DAILY CHECK IN page in this pack.  I made the headers blank so you can type in what you need!

Click on the cover below to see this in my store!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

7 Days til Baby SALE!

I'm so excited to be throwing a week long sale to count down the days until our baby boy arrives! Each day a different product will be 50% off and will remain that way until my scheduled C-section. So if you happen to miss a day, you'll have time to take a peek and see if it's something you could use for your classroom and still get it on SALE!!!

Follow me on Instagram to see what will be going on sale each day!

The countdown begins tomorrow... July 1st :)

Make Your Masterpiece TPT Challenge!

Even though I'm not officially participating in the TPT Seller Challenge, I decided to jump on board with this week's challenge. It really motivated me to get this little freebie up and ready to share with all of you!

This freebie contains all you'll need for a completely allergy friendly day to celebrate the birthday boy/girl! I loved the idea of having a "birthday in a bag" for just the special birthday boy/girl. Included in this freebie is:

* a birthday in a bag letter to parents explaining what they need to do for thier child's birthday in a bag

* birthday in a bag tags to stick to bags (color & black and white versions)

I also like to send the birthday boy/girl home with a special birthday card book from their classmates. So.... I also included the following in this freebie:

* an explanation page of how to use the Barenaked Ladies song "If I Had a Million Dollars" to create a fun and memorable birthday book from the class

* a happy birthday booklet cover (color & black and white version)

* a "If I Had a Million Dollars" page for students to fill out (compiled pages get stapled inside cover booklet above)

I hope this freebie helps make things easier for you in your classroom as you celebrate birthdays!

Click on the picture below to snag a copy from my store. Don't forget to follow my store so you can get updates on future freebies and products!

Thanks to the following ladies for doing this fun challenge!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Organizing Curriculum

I'm always searching for the perfect way to organize curriculum to make planning time easier! Although our entire district urriculum is housed online, I like to have a hard copy at my finger tips for lesson planning. Logging into the system, searching for the subject area, and then locating my units takes too much time.  For a while I bound my reading and writing units seperately, but found that they ended up all over my desk area in different places. I wanted to organize my language arts units so that reading/writing units went together and were easy to find.

I decided to put unit 1 reading/writing together, unit 2 reading/writing together, and so on. Although I feel like I have a zillion binders...I ended up putting the units in binders! Of course I had to create some cute to look at binder covers and spines... Click on the picture below to check out these editable binder covers in my store!

Six different melonheadz covers and matching spines  to choose from and edit :)

Now I can easily grab the reading/writing units at a glance!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Ready to Go.... lesson planner done!

Feeling pretty prepared for the fall after finishing my very first lesson planner! I normally purchase one from TPT but always find that I don't need very much. I just like the basics... so I figured I better make one! I purchased a pink/gold glitter pack from Sonya DeHart a while ago for a dedication party I helped my friend with. I loved the pink & gold colors so much I knew I wanted to create something for my store. I love how it turned out!
The cover is editable... I used fun glitter letters I have for my name!

I added a quote to the back of the inside cover, then the lesson plans divider is up next!

This is the inside of the back cover... another teacher quote :)

Back cover

Lesson plans spread with days along side, editable subject headers along top

Calendars divider page

Monthly calendars July 2015-July 2016

Birthdays divider page

Keep track of student birthdays on this 2 page spread. You can add your own text boxes to type in names.... I just write mine in to make it easier!

Student checklist divider page

2 page spread to make class checklists 

Usernames and passwords divider page

I made this page front and back because I have so many!

Meeting notes divider page

Copy as many of this page as you think you'll need for those weekly staff meetings!

Because I made this planner for me, and didn't go crazy with making it 100 pages with tons of options, I made this planner very affordable. It's only $4.00 in my store! First I went through the file and wrote down how I wanted things to be copied (back to back, more than one copy, etc.)  Then I took the file and my printing notes to my local UPS store where they color copy for teachers so CHEAP.... 25¢ per copy!!!!!!!! So this whole thing cost me $11 to copy! Also, I copied the lesson plans pages in BLACK AND WHITE from my printer at work to save $$$$$$. There's no need for all of these pages to be in pretty color! Once my copies were in order and ready, I took them to a FedEx store and had it bound for uner $4. I did have the cover and back page copied on cardstock for durability. Then I laminated just those pages from home. The result is a pink/gold glittery custom planner. Click on the picture below to check it out in my store! I hope you find it's all you need to get you through the year!