June 26, 2015

My Favorite Cup

I'm linking up with Molly at Classroom Confections for her "My Personal Side" linky.

This linky is all about your favorite cup and what's in it. I'm trying to drink more water, but I honestly don't love it. So my favorite cups are the ones that have fruit infusers. My go-to is this water bottle with lemons in the infuser. Sometimes I also add strawberries, blueberries, limes, or raspberries. 
My students always thought this was so funny when I brought it to school. I got lots of questions why I had lemons in my water. I explained that I liked the taste better. One day I put lemons and blueberries in the infuser and my students were completely confused because they thought the blueberries were olives. They thought I was pretty crazy. No worries though, I stick to fruit!

So what's your favorite cup? Check out what other bloggers are saying here!

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October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

I LOVE that Halloween is on a Friday this year! My sweet husband took off work so we could wear our couple costumes for my school's Halloween Parade.
 We also had an awesome class party with fun stations! It's great to see the kiddos so excited all day. I LOVE Halloween!!

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August 19, 2014

Back to School 2014

Whew! My first day with students was today. I'm pretty sure there is no tired like  
teacher at the beginning of the year trying to get everything ready tired

We had our Meet the Teacher last night and it was so exciting to meet my new firsties! It was a long day of getting everything ready for them. My wonderful parents came in to help me get everything set. My library collection is pretty massive and I gave my mom the job of organizing my new books and making all the bins look pretty. I usually take on this job because I'm kinda OCD about it. From now on this will be my mother's job, she turned out even more OCD than me! My library has never looked so good! I keep my books organized my AR level and my mom even sorted them by height within each bin so they would look nice for Meet the Teacher. She organized all 60 bins! Let's be honest, the books will not stay looking that nice, but at least they started out well, haha!

I made these little welcome gifts for my students for Meet the Teacher:
Our Meet the Teacher is the night before school starts so I thought this book was fitting.

I also made these little coworker gifts for my awesome team:

And my AMAZING husband brought me this nice little treat when he came to help out:
And today I had my first day with the little ones. They are so cute and eager to learn and I am just so excited for this school year! I used chalkboard marker to make this sign:

I took a picture today of each student holding the sign. They are such a cute group!

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August 3, 2014

Back to School Sale 2014

Stock up for the new school year at the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale! My store will be 20% off and you can get an additional 10% off by using the promo code BTS14. The sale will run Monday to Tuesday.

Check out some of my favorite products:




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July 30, 2014

School is Cool Mega GIVEAWAY!

Becca at Teaching First has organized an AWESOME giveaway!


The lucky winner will win 23 great items, including my Vowel Teams Phonics Readers.


Check out my blog post about my Phonics Readers!


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July 23, 2014

Chalkboard Labels

Every summer I used to go label crazy! I would make, print, laminate, and cut out labels to go all around my classroom. I like to keep things super organized, but it's not something I'm naturally good at. My labels always started out so great, but then the school year started. I plan like crazy during the summer, but I found myself always needing to rearrange what I stored in all my pretty little plastic organizers once school was in full swing. I always ended up buying new manipulative or activities, but I never seemed to find the time to make new labels for them.

This. Drove. Me. Crazy. {But not crazy enough to actually find the time to make, print, laminate, and cut cute new labels}

Last summer I tried something new. I completely reorganized my classroom because I was switching rooms and grades. I threw out all my paper labels. This time I put chalkboard labels on most of my plastic bins and used chalkboard markers to write on them.

I LOVED it this year! If I got new supplies and needed to change what was in a bin, I just wiped it clean and wrote the name of the new supply. So quick and easy! 

I recommend using chalk markers because you have to use a wet paper towel to erase them {meaning they didn't smudge if my little firsties touched them}. I found lighter colors erase the best.

As I'm getting ready to prepare my classroom for the upcoming year, I find I'm not dreading labeling. Some of it will stay the same, and the rest of it can easily be rewritten. I also like the look of chalkboard. 

To make my labels I bought chalkboard vinyl and cut it to size on my Silhouette. Then it was just peel and stick! I've also seen sheets of chalkboard stickers for sale.

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July 19, 2014

My Favorite Fonts

I'm linking up with Ashley Reed for her Favorite Fonts Link-Up. I am a little {ok, a lot} obsessed with fonts. A good font can make anything look better. I also love experimenting with how fonts look together. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Now make sure you check out Ashley Reed's linky and enter her awesome giveaway {5 KG Single Font Licenses}!

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