Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make Over Reveal!!!

HEY, HEY everyone!!!!
I am so totally jazzed right now!  I got a new blog design and I am just SO excited about it!!!!  The wonderful Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs did it and I can't even tell you how much I LOVE it!!!!! 
A Bird in Hand Designs
Pop over and check out her cuteness!!!
I'm off for day 3 of FCAT......we are almost done!  Have a great day all!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Stay tuned......
there's a BIG change a coming!!!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Duct Tape in the Classroom - Bright Ideas Linky

Hello everyone!
Time for the fun Bright Ideas Linky!
Are you ready?!  Grab a notepad to jot down some great ideas.
Today I thought I would share some of the ways I have used duct tape in my classroom.  Duct tape is awesome and comes in so many fun, wonderful colors you just feel like ya have to find something to do with it:)
One fun thing I did with duct tape was to cover some ugly clipboards.
Another thing I did with duct tape was to make some folder holders for some of my centers.
Just tape up the sides and you're set.  Fun and cheap:)
One more thing I did with duct tape was to make a duct tape quilt to display student work.  This was time consuming but really worth it.
These are large Ziploc baggies.  It takes up quite a bit of space.  The baggies stay open (on the back) so you just drop in the student work.  Super easy to change out.
I love cute things.  I love to have cute folders but it seems like the cute ones are so much more money for just a few.

There ya have it!  I hope you got a few ideas you can use in your classroom:0)  I would love to hear other great ideas for duct tape.  I know there are a million!
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Thanks for visiting:)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Made It - April Edition

April is here!!!  It's Monday Made It time!!!
I only have one made it for you this month:/  I have been stressing/prepping for our state tests which are next week.  AND we pick ups my daughter's graduation present....
This is Callie!  She's a sweetie but boy does she keep ya busy!
So here's my Monday Made It.  I got/stole the adorable idea from Courtney at Ramona Recommends.  Her blog is adorable.  You must check it out.  She put this idea on instagram.  She called hers a Sunshine Bag...I'm calling mine Bag of Sunshine:)
I made one of these bag for each of my wonderful team members.  We have been working our tails off to prep for the state tests on top of a million other busy things we have to do.  I am hoping these bags bring a little sunshine to their day/week:)

Each bag has some orange and yellow sunshiny goodness.  I LOVE the chevron cup.  It is huge (you can't tell it from the pic)  I am going to have to go back and get one for me!!!!  They are from Hobby Lobby.  Also included are:
- pencils
- highlighter
- Juicy Fruit
- Lemon Heads
- Ducky
- A Pinwheel
- Post Its
- Tic Tacs
- Flower pot pen
So that's my Monday Made It....hopefully I'll be a little more productive next month:)
Link up and grab my button:)  This linky is open all month so you can link up anytime and more than once if you would like.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Math Gallery Walk, Math B. Bd., Book Raffles, Oh My

We were hopping today!  NEVER enough time in a day to get it all done:/  So much to do and so little time!!!  Today we tried something new.....we started a Math Gallery Walk:)
So FUN!  Don't know where I have been that I hadn't seen this until now:/  I have seen it on a few blogs and websites so I decided to try it today.
I made 6 different "posters" with a variety of different skills on them and hung them around the room.  Talk about getting their interest when they walked in:)  (I had pics of all my posters and then got home to look at them and they are all blurry:/  I stink at photos!!)
Then I divided the kids into 6 teams (6 posters)  They went around each station and solved each of the problems on their papers.  I forgot to take a pic of that:/
They LOVED this and it was awesome to see the buddy work/team teaching going on:)

We did have time for each team to go to each station.  We did not have time to present.  Tomorrow each team will solve and present on one poster.
This is also a great review for the big test coming down the pipe in 2 weeks.
I also wanted to show you one of my fave b. boards each year!
It's not done yet....
Each kiddo got a large index card and divided it into 4 squares.  The first box just has their first initial.  The second has a slide, the bottom left a reflection, and the bottom right a 90 degree rotation.
I'll try to remember to get more pics.  They are turning out awesome and they are learning while having fun!  Go
We also squeezed in a new book raffle.  The kids get so excited when they walk in the door and see it set up!!  If you want to read more about it you can click here:)
That's a few of the highlights of my day!  Hope you all had a great Monday:)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!!!
I wanted to tell ya I'm having a spring cleaning sale.  Everything in my shop is 20% off:)

 I'm joining lots of fab bloggers for this huge sale!
  I have avoided the "bug" for a while and I think it finally got me:/  I've got a cough and the dizzies:/  Almost my whole house...hubs, son last week and now me:(  Yuck! 

I'm praying I feel better later cuz I wanna get my shoppin on:)  Have a great weekend all!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Reading Motivation

Happy Saturday everyone!!!! 
Poppin in to share a couple of things I'm doing in my classroom to rekindle the motivation to read.  Especially this time of year when it's really crunch time before state testing and some kids have spring fever, not to mention summer fever!
One idea I tried for the first time about 2 weeks ago.  My teammate shared the idea and book with me and then later that week I read about it on The Brown Bag Teacher's blog, which by the way, if you haven't checked out her blog you must!  It is all kinds of cute and packed FULL of fab ideas!!!!
The idea I am talking about is a book auction, or raffle, or whatevs you want to call it:)
It is one of a ton of wonderful ideas from the wonderful Donalyn Miller's book Reading in the Wild.
When you get in new Scholastic books or just any "new" to your kids books, put them out.  Put out as many as you want.  I did 4 the first time and when it was over had several disappointed kids so have 8 out for our raffle/auction on Monday. 
There are also several ways you can make to give out "tickets" for the raffle.  The first time I did it I just gave 3 "tickets" to each kiddo.  The Brown Bag Teacher did it a little differently and I liked the way she did it too so check it out. 
At the beginning of the raffle, introduce each book and with your best announcer/actor voice, read the blurb on the back to draw in the kids. (See the book with the fish?!  Just bought it at our book fair...My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish!!!  Looks great!!!  Think it will be a hit!)
Next the kids put their names on their slips and drop them in the bins/pails (whatever you choose) by the books they are interested in.  Then you draw names.  They can have the book for one week only (which really pushes them to read it quickly instead of pretending or stalling or plain old not reading) then they have to return it for the next raffle.  Rework those books in again the next week.  Once interest in the book has died down, switch out books with new ones:)
Yesterday we had a teacher work day and I had my report cards done already so had part of the day to just work in my classroom!  I can see the floor in my closet again!!!!  Got lots of filing done, piles of things put away and lesson plans cracked out:)  Love a productive day!!!!  Here is one more thing I set up.
An Author Spotlight: 
Right now I am reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as a read aloud to my kids and they are loving it!  So I set up Kate DiCamillo in our Author Spotlight in hopes of sparking some more reading interest:)

Hope these are ideas that can re-fire some reading sparks in your classroom:)
Have a blessed and great weekend all!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Monday Made It - March Edition (Early Shirley:p)

Happy Monday!  Almost.....I am posting this early because my to do list is a mile long and I need to check this  Also, there are some cute freebies I got from other bloggers on here that you may want for tomorrow:)
Tomorrow morning I will probably be shoving down my 4th cup of coffee and attempting to get back into "school" gear after a wonderful week of spring break.  (I may or may not be crying as I type this.....LOL)
So here I go with my made its:)  Lots of gardening and home made its:)
I have had these cards FORRRRRRRRRREVER!!!!  Just never knew what I wanted to do with them. 
Until now:)
I made little Read, Research, and Report boxes to use during our Daily 5 rotations.  I was going to make directions to go on the inside of each (and still might at some point) but didn't because I want to have the freedom to change things up easily.  For now, I will just put specific directions on the board.
I may have them make little foldables about one of their cards.
Maybe 3 FF (fun facts) and a little blurb about their card.  Still thinking the details through:)
I made these sweet treats for my kiddos for St. Patty's day tomorrow.
ADORABLE tags are a freebie from the wonderful A Cupcake for the Teacher!
I also made their adorable homework passes from the Inspired Owl's Corner.  SO cute!  They're also a freebie.  Link HERE
My kids will be so excited to come back to treats and a homework pass:)

Gardening is my therapy!!!!  I did lots of it over break last week.

Sadly, an egret has found our little pond and in one day wiped out all the fish but a couple.  Makes me sick.  Hubs researched online and one idea was to put out a rubber snake.
Scared the tar out of me!!!!!  I keep forgetting he is out there:/

LOVE this little glass planter I found at a nursery.  It's about the size of a softball.  I filled it with succulents:)
There you have it:)  My made its for the month:)  Now it's your turn:)  Can't wait to see what you all have to link up:)  Don't forget to grab my button and also post on Instagram with #mondaymadeit:)