Saturday, July 28, 2012

Linking up on Friday!

I cannot believe we are already rolling into the end of July! Once next week gets here summer is going to wrap up quick! I don't have to head back to school until August 23rd and the kiddos don't come back until the 27th....but we all know how fast time goes once we start heading back into the classroom.

Today, I decided to link up with a couply linky parties. :~) First, I am joining again with Elizabeth in Fun in Room 4B to share a Fabulous Find. I was at Office Max to get more ink for my printer since I am ready to start printing all the wonderful things I have been pinning all summer. As I was heading to the check out, this little baby caught my eye!

It has six cups of different colors in this fancy little carrier. Each cup can be removed and since I have tables instead of desks, I thought this would work out perfectly for me. My plan for them is to have sharpened pencils in them and when I don't want the kids to get out their own supplies, I can easily have my pencil monitor pass out the cups to the tables. I plan to make my table signs to match these 6 colors and also put little labels on the cups that say the table number as well. (Then there is no fighting over colors). If you like this little guy, you can find him at Office Max for $9.99.

On to my next link up, I stumbled across a blog that I haven't been to yet and I am an excited new follower! I am linking up with Kelley from Teacher Idea Factory to share our Rockin' Resources! The idea is to list 5 things you couldn't live without in your classroom!

 1. My Teacher Easel

After about 5 years, I finally broke down and bought myself one of these babies last summer. I love it!!  It has a magnetic white board on the front, a tray to hold my markers, a space to hold a thing of chart paper or pocket chart, and another non-magnetic white board on the back. It also has 4 tubs that pull out for storage of all the things I need during our carpet meeting times. :-)

I found the Royal Reading Writing Center for the best price at

2. My Class Rug

I also just got this last year, but it made life so much easier! Finally, I had a carpet that was big enough for all my firsties to fit on. And with the letters it gave most of them a specific spot to sit on! I only had them sit every other letter and then filled in the middle but I think I will assign all of them a letter this year for times when we need to be in a circle. ;)

3.  My Laminator

I have been at my current school for the last 3 years (going into my 4th) and the whole time I have worked there, we have had no laminator! I hate it! If we want to laminate something we have to go to the adminstration office of our district and that is something I just do not want to do. So, I purchased this little Scotch brand laminator from Walmart for $25 and it is amazing. I actually like that the lamination is a little more sturdy than it would be from my school laminator anyway. Plus, I can easily take it home to laminate there as well.

4. Smelly Markers

My students LOVE when I make an anchor chart using smelly markers. Of course it takes a few more minutes because they all want to smell it...but who can blame them? I want to smell them too! My favorite brand is the Mr. Sketch scented markers and I do have the big box of 18. ;)

5.  Teacher Tool box

I just created this exciting pinterest find that EVERYONE seems to be making! I think this little baby is going to make my life SO much easier! Since I don't have a teacher desk, I have been storing all my desk items in sterilite drawers that are somewhat labeled but you know how it is when you are in a hurry to put something away...  I think this little tool box will help me know right where to find anything I might be looking for and it will make putting it away a flash too!

This is the one I created:

Please head on over to these blogs and link up! Enjoy your weekend~


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday Made it!

YAY! I finally get to link up with Tara at  4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It! Linky Party.

I have been pinning many ideas and looking at all the fabulous creations everyone else has made along the way and just haven't been motivated myself to make anything. But finally...I did it!

The first thing I made is one of the most popular items I have seen lately...The Teacher Toolbox!

It was hard to decide what all I wanted to have each drawer for. :)

My teaching partner and I have decided to use The School Bell.Com to teach our sight words this year. They have 11 lists to teach the Dolch Sight words for first grade. We made each list a different color and put them into baggies because the kids can use them to play games and practice with partners. We wanted a good way to organize them and when we went shopping for the items for our Teacher Toolbox at Lowe's we found an amazing little organizer that was perfect!

Here is how it turned out:

The bottom pink card is eventually going to say "Pig Cards" for the cards they need to play the game Pig.

Each door opens and you see three separate slots. The baggies of cards are inside. I also put different stickers on the back of each set of cards so if one gets lost, I will know which baggie it came from. :)

This is a baggie of cards for list one.

My last project, was also found on Pinterest. I saw these little to do frames and had to make some of my own!

I plan to use these for reminders or to do lists in my classroom...I think they turned out really cute!

Please head over to 4th Grade Frolics and link up with any of your creations!!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Fabulous Find Friday!!

Well, I have been pinning like crazy and looking at everyone's wonderful creations they have already made this summer, as well as, watching people find amazing finds and I have done nothing for myself...until now!

I have found quite a few wonderful finds today so I am linking up with Fun in Room 4B to share with all of you these fabulous finds!

First of all, a couple friends of mine went to CATO and knew that I had been looking for something like this little baby. :-)

This is supposed to hold jewelry I believe, but it has 30 pockets on both sides and it will be perfect for me to have students keep their "Tiger Paws" in. These are tickets they get for our PBIS program.

Next, I went to Walmart and discovered their new aisle that has TONS of teacher items that all cost 88 CENTS!!!

Reward stickers, badges, birthday certificates and fantastic work certificates.

Color words, holographic borders (they had lots of colors), and primary lined dry-erase boards.

Addition and subtraction flash cards, calculator, and eraser tops.

Packages of 3 file folders each decorated differently (they are SO cute!)

My final find for today was also at Walmart. I have been looking for a way to post my daily objectives each day. I originally was planning on making the frames with the scrap book paper in them, but I have been eyeing those neon expo markers. So, I found this poster frame that already had black backing inside the frame.

I couldn't get a good pic of it without a glare :P

We have to post the daily objectives for reading and math using "I can" statements. These aren't probably the exact ones I will use, but I wanted to put something on there as an example. :~)

I hope that if you have any Fabulous Finds today you will link up!