Saturday, September 3, 2016

Classroom Reveal!

Hello All!

Well I am through the second week of school. It has been a whirlwind. Meet the Teacher Night, First Day, First Week… Even though this is year 16 for me, I always forget (selective forgetfulness I think) how long everything takes in the first weeks of school. I love having my kiddos in a routine!

Here is a peek into my classroom this year. (New room and color on the cabinets). I stuck with my beloved polka dots. I just love them! (Lots of pictures alert!!)

Welcome to my class!
Here is the wall as you enter my classroom. The students make their lunch choice and it is also a way to take attendance quickly. We keep our "Ask Me" necklaces there and bathroom/office checkout is here.

Here is the view as you enter.
Little stools are nicely tucked under the tables :-)

Writing supplies. This board will be used for our Growth Mindset activities.

Soon this will be covered in post-its with examples from the students.

To the left, you can see our carpet area where we do lots of mini-lessons.

Small group area

Don't you just LOVE this bulletin board paper?! 
Soon this board will have each students writing displayed.
My after school desk (I rarely get to sit down during the day). Student reading couch I inherited from another teacher. Love hand-me downs!

A little about me! The kids love knowing I was a kid just like them once :-)

 I am so excited that my new room is big enough to have two work tables and some alternative seating space! I am currently writing a grant with my team to get some other options too.

Our turn in box and mailboxes.

This was an idea I got from a teacher several years ago (Thanks Sonia!). They are velcroed onto the desk. Only the supplies we use regularly during the day go in here. Saves lots of time!!

Group signs

This area above their cubbies is a work in progress. It currently is used as storage and a makeshift book shelf. I plan to hang a clothesline up to hang my students art work up. Hopefully it will brighten up this drab wall!

That's all for now! Hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my 3rd grade classroom!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday Made It-July 4

Happy 4th of July!!! I hope all of you are celebrating our nation with your loved ones and have a safe and fun holiday.

It's my favorite day of the week (in the summer!). Monday Made It time!! I am linking up again with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics. I love that she has this event every Monday. It really motivates me to get things done.

Newsflash: As I was making everything new in gray chevron, I decided I will miss my polka dots. SO, I decided to ditch the original plan and stick with my polka dot theme! LOL I know it's silly but they make me happy!

My first made it is the hint that I gave you from my last post. If this is the first time you are visiting my blog (Hi!), I am in the progress of remaking A LOT of items I used to have in my classroom. You can read why Here and Here.

So this is the pic I posted last week.

Did you guess??

Yep, you guessed it-whisper phones. I really missed these last year! They are very easy to make. All you need is 3/4 inch pvc pipe and elbow joints (I think that is what they are called. They are in the plumbing section.) Just make sure the two ends are the same. Cut the pvc into 3 1/2 inch pieces, add tape of choice, and then put the ends on. Each one of my students gets one to keep at their desk so I also number them with a sharpie. Easy peasy!

If you are wondering where to get the polka dot tape, here is the website.

I did get it at Joann's years ago but I am not sure if they still carry it. Warning: The polka dots are clear! They look white in the picture because the pvc is white so it worked out for me. I have looked everywhere for actual black and white polka dot duct tape but I believe it does not exist. Someone could make A LOT of money if they would make it. HINT HINT!!!

My next made it was A LOT of sewing! I decided to remake my desk skirt and curtains. I have a new room with lots of windows so I am so excited to spruce them up.

Of course, my little ones had to help!

Here is the finished product!

Skirt for my desk!

 I can't get into my room (and really don't want to) right now because they are cleaning so I will show you my old desk skirt. The new one will look the same with different ribbon.

I miss using pink! (One day I will have a neutral classroom again so I can use it!)

One quick tip: Use sew on velcro (the fuzzy side) and line the whole top of the desk skirt. I just sew a straight stitch right in the middle. Place several pieces of industrial velcro (pokey side)  around the desk. Then it is very easy to put on. I also only do one straight stitch at the top of the ribbon piece so if I change my mind later it is easy to rip out. 

My last made it is the Close Reading Box that everyone is making. I had to make one too! This is a great freebie from Create, Teach, Share. You can get it HERE. I won't go into a lot of details as Tara blogged about it already. I have to tell you Amazon is the best and I love how it turned out. My students will love using them.

Well I am getting ready for my Thirty-One conference in Utah so I am not sure what will be on my made it list this week. Here is my site if you want to take a peek. Click HERE! I love Thirty-One bags so I started selling them this year.

See you next week!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Made It-June 27

Hello All!

I am back again to link up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!

I left off last Monday with one of my made its that was unfinished. See post HERE.

Well I finished my $1 yard sale frame. I added the ribbon with hot glue and attached the metal sheet on the back like so.
I used a stapler and stapled all around the frame. I hot glued the edges too just to make sure it didn't move. 
Here is the final product. I am going to use it as a message board. 

Next on my list was something I think we all need to discuss. Why does one buy white anything to use with kiddos? And, why would you get rid of it when it is in perfectly good condition? I found these in the teacher's lounge. (We put items in there at the beginning and end of the school year for others to take if they choose.)
If you look closely, they need a little love.
Score! I love FREE bins! Now I want to introduce you to my favorite spray paint.

It is the best for painting plastic. I did have a word with the man at Ace Hardware. Apparently, Krylon is not making it anymore.  They switched to a different paint-Color Max. Hmmm....I did buy the rest they had in stock out of panic. I don't like change like that! Let me know if any of you use something else that works great on plastic.
Okay, back to the project. It is nothing amazing yet but voila! Nice, new looking bins!

The next project was a "had to buy because it is so cute" item I found at Craft Warehouse. 

 So my thought was to make it a sign to hang on the outside of my classroom. I used some paint (pink of course!) and my Silhouette machine to make a vinyl label. I like using vinyl so I can quickly change the grade if I ever switch (Hopefully not anytime soon!)

Vinyl is so easy to use. I LOVE it! You can create a sign using all of your cute fonts and the machine cuts it out for you. You then use the contact paper to help transfer it to the object. See the pics below for the steps.

Cut sign out of black vinyl
Cut a piece of contact paper

Add on to the top of the vinyl letters. 
Peel off and attach on the object. Use a credit card to smooth out.
 Here is the final product! I love my new sign!!! I ended up painting my name on the heart.

 So what have you been up to this week? Here is a sneak peak of my next project. It is one of my redo projects. 

My hubby (and kitty) had to help!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I just wanted to share a really great deal for those of you who will be ready the BFG this school year. Tonya at Tonya's Treats for Teachers has a great novel study. She is doing a giveaway too! Head on over HERE. I always read this book with my 4th graders but plan on doing it with my third grade class this year. Her novel study is perfect for it!

What are you reading with your kids this school year?