Sunday, May 20, 2012

Labels Freebie!

Yesterday I posted my super cute ocean-themed subject labels.  I realize not everyone has an ocean theme and that perhaps those are a little too young for a lot of teachers, so I also whipped up a similar set that just has traditional images for you as a FREEBIE! :)  It has these 10 subjects/events: math, writing, reading, PE, art, music, study hall, lunch, social studies, and science.  Click HERE to get them free from my TPT store.

If you haven't seen my earlier post, I print these on cardstock, laminate them, and then affix a small magnet to the back so they will stick to my whiteboard.  I use them to brighten up our daily schedule.  You can also print them out on sticker paper and use them to help you organize supplies, centers, etc.  Hope you like them!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Under the Sea Labels

It has been so crazy over in my neck of the woods lately.  I have the big classroom move hanging over my head and on top of that, my husband and I are also moving into a nicer place the same day I'll be moving my classroom!  Needless to say, I'm so sick of packing and still have tons to do.  On top of all this, my beautiful cat, Zipper, fell from the dresser and seriously hurt her tail.  It's her biggest asset and now it just hangs there like it's paralyzed.  The vet gave her some steroids and said only time will tell if we have to amputate (oh no!).  I needed a break from all the chaos that is my life right now and decided to make something I could use next year in my third-grade classroom.

I know a lot of teachers who use an ocean theme for their classrooms because it's so easy to find decorations and can turn out so well.  I'm still not sure on my theme for next year yet, but I couldn't resist making a set of subject labels with some cute clipart I purchased.  There are 15 labels for the following subjects/events: math, language, reading, PE, art, music, recess, lunch, assembly, special event, study hall, dismissal, science, social studies, and writing.  I tried to cover everything I could see myself using.  For next year, I will print these on cardstock, laminate them, and attach a small magnet to the back so that they'll stick to my whiteboard.  I think it will add some cute pizazz to our daily schedule.  I might also print some out on sticker paper and use them like traditional labels for marking my supplies, centers, and other materials.  I'm thrilled with how they turned out and am happy I can finally add something else to my store.  Click here to see them at my TPT store!

I hope everyone's year is winding down smoothly and that you're ready to get some relaxation in!  I can't wait to be all unpacked both at home and at school so that I can start organizing and decorating, which is what I do best!  I'll be back in a few days with a freebie as well, so come back soon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Making the End of the Year "Pop"

I hope you all had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our PTA organizes a lot of what goes on that week at our school.  They had themed days this year, which I thought was such a fun idea.  On Monday, our doors were decorated and the kids brought us treats for being such a "treat" in the classroom.  The kids wrote thank-you letters on Tuesday and on Wednesday they brought us flowers to show thanks for helping them "bloom."  It was quite cute to see how creative the kids got with this.  I did get a lot of actual flowers, but I also got some flower decor and origami flowers.  Thursday was my favorite when kids thanked us for being their "recipe" to success by bringing in copies of their favorite family recipes.  I love adding recipes to my collection and I already tried a homemade pancake and syrup recipe this past weekend that was delish!  On Friday, students treated us however they liked.  It was such a fun week to be me!

I wanted to share an idea I got from Pinterest.  I can't describe how excited and accomplished I feel that I've actually done something I've pinned.  Does that seem silly?  In order to celebrate the end of the school year, I decided to use Here We Go Loopty Loo's idea of putting different rewards/activities inside balloons and letting kids pop them each day as a fun way to countdown.  I did 15 days instead of 20 since our last four days are already full of special events.  I was going to put them on the ceiling like she did, but I realized I had a bright red bulletin board that needed filling and I got the idea to make it more like that balloon pop game you always see at a fair.  I got some balloons and a dart and was all set.  I really feel like I missed out on a great title for this, but I was short on time and google failed me, so I simply labeled it 'Balloon Pop!'  Please excuse my balloon sizes.  I apparently cannot blow two balloons the same size to save my life. LOL.

I let my kids write down ideas of things they'd like to do and I chose the ones that were doable and added a few of my own.  Unfortunately for them, having class on the roof was not one of those practical suggestions, lol.  Some of the suggestions I approved were:
  • Mrs. Glasmann eats lunch with us in the cafeteria  (I have been trying to avoid that one! lol)
  • Eat lunch in the classroom
  • Extra PE time
  • Extra recess time
  • No homework for the night
  • A day with no desks or chairs
  • Mrs. Glasmann shows us her 6th grade picture (Where do they come up with this stuff?)
  • Play a class game
  • Rearrange desks however students want (This came with the stipulation that I can move them back any time I'd like.)
  • Bring a drink and snack to school
  • Movie morning with popcorn
So far, we've popped three balloons.  Because some of the ideas required prior notice either for me or students, we pop a balloon at the end of the day to see what we'll do tomorrow.  I kind of use the pop as a behavior management tool because they know if they do not behave the whole day that they will not get to pop a balloon for tomorrow.  Ironically, my coworker is also doing this and we both popped 'a day with no desks or chairs' on the first day.  That was fun for the kids.  Today we got to have extra PE time, which was a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful weather.  Tomorrow they will get to eat lunch in the classroom and are so excited about this.  It's funny how such simple rewards I'd never imagine were "cool" get the kids pumped up.  So far, it's working out great!

Proper balloon popping form.
Check out the dart about to pop that red balloon!

I'm planning on trying to make the dum-dum tree I've seen floating around on Pinterest for next year and I need to make some time to finish up my clip chart.  I've got three levels down, only 4 more to go.  We're in the process of moving, so it makes it hard to find space and time for crafts.  I'll be back soon!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Thank you to all those amazing teachers out there.  Without them, I know I certainly wouldn't be who I am today and I wouldn't continue to become a better teacher each year without my talented colleague's guidance and patience.  I hope you are all feeling loved and appreciated by your kiddos and school this week.

I wanted to announce that I am participating in the TPT 3 day sale until the 8th. You can use their promo code to get a discount from items on their site AND all items in my store are 10% off until Friday of this week.  I don't have many things up there since most of my products are freebies, but I wanted to participate in the spirit of things!

Enjoy the rest of your week.  There's no doubt that you deserve all the love and appreciation!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Cute Owl Freebie

It's finally May!  I'm just a teensy bit jealous of all those teacher who don't have to teach into June.  My students don't get out until June 6th.  But really we have so much going on (pool party, field day, class party, etc) that those six days will fly by, I hope! Anyways, I've still been thinking about my future classroom and my owl obsession.  I've been working on my clip chart that has the title "Owl-Star Behavior" and a little owl on it.  I'll post pics when I'm finished. Thanks to Google, I came across a super cute owl freebie that I wanted to share.  It was posted on My Owl Barn blog last summer, so you might have already seen it if you're an owl fanatic like me.  Click here to get the freebies below.  They include bookmarks, book plates, and journal pages. 

I absolutely love this blog! You should really check it out if you like cute things.  Who doesn't, right? :)  I hope you have a great day!