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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Classroom Theme

Summer is coming to an end right before my eyes!  I'm now thinking about my new classroom and what box or wall I'm going to tackle first.  Yikes!  While waiting for my classroom to let me in, I'm creating things in my head & on the computer to make the best classroom I can.

I'm so lucky to be part of the best kindergarten team ever.  We just get along so perfectly and have such respect for each other.  Well, this year we decided to go with a superhero theme as a collaborative team.  I'm so excited!  I know it's a lot of work to change your classroom decor every year, but it's so worth it. It's also fun when your whole team is on board and just as excited as you are.  

I've been working really hard on things to include in my classroom this year.  Here's a sneak peek at the new classroom rules that I'll be posting.  Grab them {here} if you want!  I bought the frames for $1 at IKEA. Can't beat that, right?

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bwvh6pPyY8fSV3JCUmhIdEQxaVU/edit

Here's a picture of my super helper chart that I'll be using this year.  My plan is to use clothes pins with their faces on them, so it's easy to see who has which job for the week. 


I just got my superhero contact paper to cover some of the cabinets in my classroom.  Ordered on Amazon.com & arrived 1 day later thanks to Amazon Prime! Can't wait to see what it's all going to look like.


You can find my whole superhero theme pack here:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Superhero-Editable-Classroom-Decor-1291773


More pictures to come!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dollar Tree!

Okay, so I'm one of those teachers who really never stops thinking about school.  I think about how I can organize and change things up for the new school year.  I've been working on A LOT of projects this summer, while also trying to squeeze in fun time.  Man, is that tricky!!  

Well, today we ventured into The Dollar Tree!  I promised my kids that I would get them a little toy.  I know whatever they pick out won't cost me an arm and a leg. Ha!  I became the cool mom today when I allowed each kid to get 2 things.  Man, were they excited.  I heard one of them say as we were leaving, "I love that store"! 
Here's why I love the Dollar Tree:
I seriously get excited when I see these in the store.  My mind goes crazy thinking about all the possibilities!

I'm pretty sure my school closet is filled with these!
I always need googly eyes.  I love the colorful ones here!
I am obsessed with these!  They hold a deck of cards perfectly.  Very kid friendly!!

I love the grips on these.  They're perfect for the kids lunches. 

I know I'll put my new things to good use!  I forgot to get my little white board erasers (facial scrubbers 3 pack) for my class, so I'll be back for more! If you have any must haves from The Dollar Tree let me know!
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Very First Post!!

Vegas, Baby!!  First, I am so excited to have my brand new blog.  What an added bonus to make my very first post all about the craziest place on Earth, Vegas!  So, let me just start by saying that I've been looking forward to this Vegas trip for months.  I knew it's what I HAD to do even though I knew NOBODY!

I was lucky to meet the founder of TPT, the millionaire of TPT, and the TPT "crew" who make everything function properly on the site.  It was truly inspiring, heart-lifting, & motivating.  I got to see that all those VIP's are just like us, real down-to-earth people.   It was also pretty powerful to be sitting in a room filled with over 700 energetic positive teachers!


Left to Right: Debroah from Happy Edugator, John - TPT CEO, Leslie from Page Protector Printables, and me :)


THE Amy from TPT support and me!

What an amazing conference & I can't wait for next summer.  I'm sure it'll be even bigger and better!