Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pinterest Inspiration Dumbed Down

And I mean really, really, really dumbed down!  I saw this pin and sighed.  If only...


You see, my necklace storage has been bugging the heck out of me for years.  If I leave it in my "jewelry drawer" with everything else, it gets tangled up in no time.  I tried hanging on a hanger but it wasn't idea either.  Hooks on the side of my dresser wouldn't hold and I didn't want to drill anything into my frniture. So today, I offer you a simple, can-do-it-now project that isn't fancy like above but just as effective!

What do you need?  Cupcake holders and a shoe box!


These are much sturdier than your average ones. I got these for $2 at Homegoods (my favorite store in the world and right down the block from me!) and they are meant to be sturdy enough that you dont need to use a cupcake pan.  These are usually $10!  (BTW, I would NEVER pay that!)

Then I plopped them all into a box:

 
 Nice to recycle, isn't it?

And then...the BEST part:  I placed them in a bottom dresser drawer that was being used for gift storage.  Why is this a good idea?  I am oh, so short and when I open this drawer, I look DOWN into it to see my necklaces!

 
I should have thought of this years ago especially since I've beed using min-muffin pans for my earrings for at least twenty years!

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year Freebie!

I'm honestly looking forward to making realistic goals this year.  I'm already starting to generate a list today. Yep- I'm a list person, are you? I don't necessarily FOLLOW them but, hey...at least I make them!

But better than that, I'm going to visit a brand new baby today! Is there anything better?  And I'm getting my hair a much needed cut!  Double yippee skippy!

Click on pic to grab this freebie.  This one has a "Wild Card" in it. My kids just started using the wild card in December and they went crazy over it!  Like Halloween excitement crazy!  I kid you not!

If you haven't done these with your kids, make that one of your resolutions!  The kids really crank out the words and it's great when you see them working on letter combos that they've learned.

My firsties loved them so much that I decided I had to make a whole bunch for my store. I don't think I'll ever have enough for them!
 
 

Enjoy the freebie!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

End of Day Rockin' Routine! (Freebie, too!)

For years, I've had a closing circle (when time permitted!) at the end of the day.  Honestly, it never knocked my socks off.  Same old, same old...you know what I mean?

So this year, I wanted to make it more meaningful.  I thought and thought and thought some more and I do believe I've found one of the best, most focused, activities to do at the end of the day.  You know what?  With my idea of Personal Daily Goals, I make the time.  I NEVER have to fit it in.  It's a must.
 
What's so great about it?  It really allows the kids to be reflective of THEIR day.  I don't set the goals for them...they come up with them all by themselves and take it very seriously. 
 
Their goals range from, "I will try hard tomorrow to raise my hand" or "I won't pick my nose" or "I am going to push is my chair so no one trips and falls over it."  It tickles me to hear their goals each day and how well targeted they are for the following day.
 
Sometimes a child will keep the same goal because it wasn't reached.  They decide. It's very insightful what they choose to do.  In the beginning, some kids would simply make up a goal- any goal- even if it didn't apply to them.
 
Example: one kid said, "I won't run in the hallway."  But this child NEVER did that so we spent the first two weeks practicing naming our personal goals and telling WHY it was chosen.  I explained that they had to think about their own day and think hard about what they could improve upon tomorrow.  That really helped a lot to see the connection. It took about 20 minutes in September at the end of day.  Now?  A breezy 6-7 minutes for whole class. They get SO EXCITED the next day if they can report to the class that they reached their goal.  Ownership of the task is so important. 
 
It also allows ME to be reflective because I often hear MY WORDS coming back to me when someone states goal like,  "I need to remember to bring back my homework so I can be more responsible."
 
Up until now, I've been writing the goals to save time.  Starting in January, they will take their sticky off the door, fill it in, and it will be their exit ticket as they hang it back up and share their goals with us.  On Friday, kids always take paper home with them.  Seriously, if you are looking to change up your last miutes of the day, try it!  Let me know how it goes.
 
Click on the picture to get the printout.
 Edited post by using my answer below...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday Gifts To Parents from Kids

Aren't these As Cute As A Button?  They were so easy to make and if you still need a gift for a grandparent, aunt, etc., for the holidays, you can make one in a snap.


I wish I didn't have to blur the kiddo's faces so you could see what cuties they are.  Here is one up close without a pic.




One of the reasons I loved this craft was because I didn't have to get the paint out!  Now I love a good painting project but my classroom doesn't have a sink so it's a pain in the neck.  Instead, the kids used markers to color in one side of each stick.  Worked great!  Kids picked out buttons and I glue gunned them on.  From start to finish- ENTIRE time for 21 kids...about 45 minutes!  I printed pics out on printer (4x6) glued on back.  Kids trimmed themselves. Then the kids wrote names and 2012 on back.  Easy peasy!

And I don't wrap for my kiddos.  Why would I when they can make these cute giftbags?

Green and White yarn, colored reinforcements, markers, lunch bags


I think I've finally found the gift I'll be making each year! 








Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snow Much Fun Clipart

Hi there!

I have three more days to go before winter break!  That's fine with me since I feel I have so much to do and so very little time.  But I guess we all feel that way this time of year.,, 

I'm starting to sell clipart in my store.  My husband makes most of it.  He's a teacher, too!  We hope you like it!  The first three people to leave their email addy will get a free set.  Ho, ho, ho!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Winter Holiday FREE TpT Ebooks are Here!

Ho, Ho, Ho and Fa La La...The FREE TPT Holiday Books are Here!  This amazing resource was the brainchild of Rachel Lynette over at Minds in Bloom last year.  This year, she outdid herself, enlisted some awesome elves helpers, and compiled FOUR books to meet every grade level needs!  The two below were compiled by Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business.  I'm in the 1-2 edition and couldn't be more excited!



No need to print the Ebook...all products are linked so it's easy peasy to get your hands on the goodies with just a simple click! Like what you see?  Be sure to leave feedback.
I'm off to start downloadin my freebies...hope you are too!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hats off to You Freebie!

Gulp. First time posting clipart!  Hope you like it!

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

What Does Your Calendar Look Like?

For twenty years, I've been perfectly happy with hanging up the current date on the calendar one day at a time and then proceeding to do my daily calendar routines.  I honestly never gave it much thought.  Once in a while, I'd walk into a classroom and see something "odd" on their calendar:  all the days filled in even before the date happened. Can you imagine? :)
Um...why did I always think that was odd?  (Shrugs shoulders!) In fact, it's not odd at all. That's how the five calendars in my house look right now.  In fact, that's how the one at the bank looks, the one in my wallet looks, the one on my phone looks....

So why was I doing it the "other" way?  Why didn't I ever really THINK about it? 

To be honest, I never questioned "my way" until I read a blog post yesterday. Take a look. 

http://weedsareplantstoo.blogspot.ca/2012/08/rethinking-calendar-routines-is-it-time.html

Since lots of people repinned my pin of the post yesterday, I bet there are lots of opinions out there today.  I'd love to hear yours if you care to share.

I'm thinking there has to be a more authentic and meaningful way than I've been doing it for...gulp...20 years!




Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Math Freebie...

It seems like yesterday that my kiddos were playing Roll and Cover games.  Time flies!  Because I needed some new ones, I created one specifically for my first graders to kick off the new year. So...

Gotcha Covered: First Grade Rocks is a freebie.  Hope you enjoy it! 


Monday, August 27, 2012

Differentiated Math?

I really want to step up this area this year.  I read the most wonderful post by Anna Brantley on the topic and pinned it a few weeks ago.  Really helped me clarify some of my thoughts.  If you haven't read it or need some ideas, click pic to take you there.



I was wondering if anyone has any other posts/links/books they care to share?  I'd really appreciate it.

One week of summer vacation left for me...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Sale is Coming! The Sale is Coming!




Howdy Friends!
Sunday marks the start of an amazing sale over at Teachers Pay Teachers.
You won't want to miss this event! You can save 20% on my entire store plus an EXTRA 10% off with the code BTS12 at checkout!  Didn't I tell you it was an amazing sale? Just click on the link below my picture to get started shopping.  But before you do, see my entry to win my latest chapter book series giveaway.  No hoops to jump through!  Just leave your email and you can win!  Good luck!


  at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Book- Princess



But looky here!  All of these stores are having a sale as well!  Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and take some time to find some great deals at their stores and visit their blogs.  Happy shopping!


John Hughes

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