Monday, July 30, 2012

Hoarding Buried Alive: Teacher Edition

My last post was about Classroom Glitter. This is more like exploding a jar of glitter and not knowing where to begin cleaning first! When that school year ended, I had things well organized and it seemed neat and tidy. Over the summer we received a great blessing, new floors. I was so excited because the carpet that I had was simply gross. They would try to clean it and it was just mud and when wet it had a terrible musty odor.  There was a curse in that blessing though. They had to empty my ENTIRE room. Yikes! Last week they sealed the floors and then brought everything back in my room. That is what you will see in the picture below. I didn't realize how much stuff I have. It is crazy! I spent the entire day in there today. I have been doing a lot of purging which really helps.I have been doing a lot of purging which really helps. Things are coming together slowly but surely.
     So not to save the last bit of sanity I have left, I decided to redo my bulletin boards and rearrange the furniture to give the students more space. Why not go all out, right? Anyways... I will be posting progress pictures throughout the week. Check back often to see how it is going!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Classroom Glitter

I thought that I would add a few pictures from my classroom. I have been decorating up a storm and I love my new color scheme.  The black really makes everything pop. Below are a few pictures, but there MANY more to come!
 This is my Mac Book update! I used Photoshop and my Silhouette to create this. Now I will always know which one is mine. If you look close, I "carve" our school acronym into the branch. I LOVE this!! (Now to update my IPad).
 Gone are my UGLY powder blue, rust stained counters. The zebra print update looks fab!
 I reupholstered my chair and added a clear poly overlay. I really wanted white, but knew that it would be every other color if I didn't protect it. I hope this works! *DIY HINT* If you upholster and add a clear poly overlay, use a blow dryer when you are stretching and tucking it under. It creates a gap-free, non-wrinkled surface. It truly looks perfectly smooth, even in the corners.
 My podium matches the counters. What can I say, I feel the need to coordinate! I also plan on doing another counter top surface. -the artsy rule of thirds!
Here are a few of my book boxes with the bin labels attached. My library has gotten a bit out of control as of late, including a super find,  a COMPLETE set of Nancy Drew Mysteries for $7 at our local "Last Chance Mercantile" (i.e. the store at the local dump!). This alone is a few hundred books. Because I am running low on shelf space, I have put many of the books in my cupboards and will rotate them as needed. My library itself has 50 book boxes and I could use even more. What can I say, I love to read and love to see my kiddos read too!!!

Another Freebie! Fillable Pennants/Buntings

After a summer full of teaching, I am finally getting to all of the projects for my classroom. Next up are the pennants for the ceiling. I will take some pictures once my classroom is reassembled. Until then, I figured that I would make a sampler to share too! Click on the picture below to download your set. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Hugs, peace, and chicken grease,
Shelly

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Classroom Cuteness and a Freebie!

I have been up late the last few nights in an attempt to revamp my classroom. I have accomplished a ton, but there is still a ton to do and only 15 days until the first day of school!
First up are my new office passes. Up until now, I have been using what the office provided for me, two yellow index cards with "2b" written on them. They were laminated, but beyond that they were gross. This is what I came up with:
I purchased ticket shaped wooden cutout intended as pieces of a shape scrapbook. I then decoupaged them, got to work in Photoshop, and even added some bling! It is hard to tell from the picture, but the printed piece is actually laminated and attached using adhesive and contrasting fabric tape. They are double sided too! I LOVE them!

Next up, are my student number sticks. Since I use these regularly, they needed to be cute. To create these, I merged a few flower shapes in Photoshop, added the number (applebutter is the font), laminated them, and glued them to colorful tongue depressors. I can't wait to give these a try!


Last up for tonight are my library labels.
Again, I created the file in Photoshop (are you sensing my obsession yet?), put my color coded leveling codes at the top, added the information for the labels that I needed, and laminated them. I then connected them to my book bins using a combination of key rings and hot glue. They look AMAZING in my library.
I also created a file so that you could create your very own. Click on the picture below to download them. If you do download them, please leave me a message. What can I say, I am a sucker for gratitude!
Hugs, peace, and chicken grease,
Shelly

Monday, July 23, 2012

CAFE / CRAFT Freebie

It is very late here on the west coast. I am trying to get everything ready before school starts and have been pulling a few all nighters! I have another new freebie for you, my CAFE/CRAFT board headers. I have been using CAFE in my classroom and love it. If you have yet to read the Two Sisters' books The Daily CAFE and The Daily Five, they are a must. The CAFE strategies have become and integral part of my ELA instruction and my students have shown tremendous growth through the application therein. You can download the file by clicking on the picture below.
Hugs, peace, and chicken grease,
Shelly


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Award Freebie

I have TONs of files that I have created that I would love to share with my bloggy teacher friends! First up are my class awards. I use these at the end of each trimester and the students love to get them. I typically print & laminate them, but you could just print them if you choose. As I am an IB PYP teacher, I have included learner profile awards (i.e. risk taker, inquirer, etc...) You can download them by clicking on the picture below. If you download these, please leave me a note and let me know what you think!


Monday, July 16, 2012

I.B. Unit Subway Art

I have a LONG list of things that I want to accomplish this summer (most revolving around a cohesive decor scheme for my classroom)! I have been slowly working my way through the list. (Teaching during the summer sure limits my free-time!) Any-hoo, today I completed my I.B. unit preview posters. There is nothing better than teaching and creating I.B.(International Baccalaureate) units! I feel blessed to have the opportunity to guide young children through this inquiry model. If you don't know what I.B. is, CLICK HERE and check it out! The posters will be hung in my classroom so that students can see what we will be up to throughout the school year. I have also had them printed onto postcards. My plan is to send the postcards out a few weeks before the unit will begin. The postcards will contain a synopsis of the unit, important dates, and touch points for family conversation. Also, students will not know which unit is next until they receive their postcard at home! In my mind, it is a great idea, but you never know! I will update you after the first batch of postcards go out!

Here are a few of the posters:


The posters contain the transdisciplinary theme, the central idea, key words & phrases, and names of unit activities. Another SWEET fact is that they match my decor! Yeah me!!

I have LOTS of posting to do, so check back again soon.

Hugs, peace, and chicken grease,
Shelly

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