Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cute Kids Editable Bundle

Summer time is for relaxing, but for teachers it is also for getting ready for the next school year. I love to make editable files that can be tailor made to each individual teacher. I made this last year and used several of these for my homework folder cover, labels for progress reports and labels for notebooks. I was finally able to sit down and expand this file to include binder covers, spines, chalkboards and plain white background labels.I present to you Cute Kid Editable Labels, Binder Covers and Spines

These are the ones I used in my classroom to start.

I added my name and the school year under the kids. In the editable file you can do the same.

There is also a boy version of this label. I place these on the folders we send home once a month with the student progress report.

I made over 30 different editable pages to help you get organized for your school year with some Cute kids!! Graphics by Melonheadz illustrating

Monday, June 8, 2015

Winner and Summer Project #1

I'm happy to announce the winner of the CTP Giveaway here on Tales of a First Grade Teacher is 
Becka Lisa from Sparkling sped.

I have emailed you Becka!!!

Summer began for me on Friday ( I had to work thursday, without students to pack up.) There is something a little strange about being at school without a bazillion kids. 
My own children had to come with me.

Life a of a staff kid! I finished cleaning and purging cabinets by lunch. They were so good, and didn't even complain about being in their second home.

Friday I spent cleaning out--and I mean cleaning out my closet, big time purge! I've been in my home 11 years. I've donated clothes and shoes over the years, but never really did such a big clean out before.

This was only the beginning of the pile of clothes that were donated to Hospice.

If you follow me on instagram, which I am on quite a bit, then you saw my mission accomplished.  Look at all those hangers! I got rid of a lot of shirts. I even color coded my tanks. I live in Florida, Tanks are an essential part of my weekend wardrobe.

I got this 8 square shelf from Target yesterday. My husband put it together for me. I do not have a before shoe, because, well that is just too scary. I'm storing purses, books, pajamas, 31 bags etc...
It's so nice,neat and tidy now. Now just to keep it that way!!

Now to get ready for the next project of summer. Painting my daughter's room. (more pics when finished, but this may take a while)

We are thinking about doing an ombre wall, wish me luck!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

S'more fun!!

This is happening tomorrow! I have 3 days left of school! Hope it's sunny!
S'mores Fun

 My local supermarket (Publix) had a coupon for all 3 items plus bogos!! Our 5th Grade teachers do this every year, so I thought I'd join in on the fun. We are doing Cara Carroll's @ The First Grade Parade's Camping Capers for our fun EOY unit. S'mores is one of the components in the unit. We will write a How-To and do a Senses activity. 
My teammates and I weren't quite sure how to make s'mores with the whole, class. So I had to test it out.

I lined a pizza box with tin foil, then glued black construction paper to the top. I set it outside at around 12:30 p.m.
My daughter and I each made a s'more. You have to test it out before you do it in class right?
This is what it looked like after an hour.
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Friday, May 29, 2015

CTP 50th Anniversary Giveaway

Creative Teaching Press is celebrating their 50th Anniverary! I am thrilled to be a part of this giveaway and to share with you some new and tried and true products from this great company.

If you have read my blog before you know that I'm probably the #1 fan of Dots on Turquoise from Creative Teaching Press
I have had this collection decorating my classroom for the last 3 years. You can see images of my classroom from this year here at Take a Peek Inside My Classroom  and here at How Do You Calendar? 
 As I am finishing up the 2014-2015 school year, the teacher/planner in me can't help but look ahead to the next school year and see how I can update my classroom look for the new crop of first graders to come.
Here are few must haves from the Dots on Turquoise Collection. I use a combination of all the borders to make it more interesting with out being too distracting for the students.
Dots on Turquoise Border Collection: #1038 Dots on Turquoise Border and #1040 Stripes and Stitches Border or try out the Dots on Turquoise Perfect Pair #6585 with the Stripes and Stitches and Paisley paired up.

 I use the Dots on Turquoise Pennant Border #7144 on the top of  my Word Wall bulletin board.

Dots on Turquoise 6" Designer Cut-outs
These beauties have adorned my word wall for some time. They are the perfect size to display the letters of the alphabet.

The Posters below can be used in a variety of ways. Of course you can display the Dots on Turquoise Welcome Poster outside your door, and the Dots on Turquoise Paisley Poster  can be laminated to make re-usable as I used it on my calendar wall.

Now, to Spruce up my look with Chevron and Painted Palette for the 2015-2016 School year. Here are a just a few (wink, wink) of the items I'm looking at to color coordinate with my Dots on Turquoise classroom.

I'm sort of in love with these layered borders. These are just a few of the color combinations you can go with. I love the pop of poppy in the new Herringbone border! And ombre is not just a hairstyle anymore. The scalloped Ombre borders are just gorgeous!

Playful Paisley, Poppy Red Herringbone and Ombre Turquoise Scallops
Playful Paisley, Lime Green Mini-hexagon and Orange Chevron

Painted Palette Turquoise Maze and Ombre Orange Scallop

Ombre Turquoise Scallops and Lime Green Mini-Hexagon

 I love having crisp clean lettering on my bulletin boards that both students and parents can easily read. The Painted palette letters are 4" in height and will really pop on my turquoise blue background. I love doing patterns, so I'm looking at both the green and orange letters to do patterns in letters and words.
Painted Palette Orange Paint Chip 4" Designer Letters #0281

Painted Palette Lime Green Paint Chip 4" Designer Letters #0283

Painted Palette Ombre Poppy Red Herringbone 4" Designer Letters

 These letters also come in Turquoise, if you prefer to stay with the turquoise theme.
I can never have too many labels at the beginning of the year. The labels below are great for notebooks, folders, report card or progress report envelopes. You can color code by subject, reading group or table teams. Again, these labels come in more than just Orange and Lime Green. So if you are looking to spruce up a collection of your own, make sure to check out the other colors available.

Painted Palette Orange Herringbone Labels #0714

Painted Palette Lime Green Paint Chip Labels

These Library pockets are so versatile. I currently have the Dots on Turquoise Library pockets for my jobs board and to hold my students PBIS rewards cards. But since, I'm sprucing up for next year, I'm thinking of changing out the old and replacing with these bright and bold colors.

Painted Palette Ombre Lime Green Hexagons Library Pockets

Painted Palette Ombre Poppy Red Herringbone Library Pocket

Painted Palette Orange Paint Chip Library Pockets



You can also use the Painted Palette Name Plates to coordinate with the Dots on Turquoise colors. 

Chevron Solids Name Plates the name plates are great for desks or cubbies. 
These borders are bright and fun and will make a great accent to the borders I currently have. They can be layered or stand alone.
Turquoise Chevron Border
Orange Chevron Border
Lime Green Chevron Border

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