Friday, August 1, 2014

#Create2Educate Classroom Decor Projects and Sweepstakes!

WARNING: This post is jam-packed with tons of pictures. Reading this post may cause the following side effects: a sudden desire to pin the pictures, a need to rush to your nearest Michael's craft store, an excitement to start making some cute classroom decor items, and the opportunity to win a $50 Michael's gift card!  Keep reading! I will explain it all. :)

I've teamed up with the amazing people at Michael's to make some adorable classroom decor items for back to school!  I'm participating in their #Create2Educate Sweepstakes and I was super busy this week making all of these fun and colorful projects for my 2014-2015 classroom!  

I would LOVE to show you what I made! Here we go! :)

Project #1: Small Group READing Decor
I have this awkward space above my small group reading table, so I picked up these large wooden letters for 99 cents each at Micahels! 99 cents?! Yes, please! I also grabbed foam brushes and lots of fun acrylic paint!



The paint completely transformed these wooden letters into the cutest wall decor for my small group area!

It works perfectly, doesn't it?!  I'm loving the color that these READ letters bring to this space!

Project #2: Classy Desk Organization!
For this next project, I found these beautiful colored glass jars at Michaels. I also picked up a chalkboard marker, some pretty ribbon, and chalkboard labels that I found in the scrapbook aisle. 


I'm ready for grading, notes, and homework! 
Don't these jars look sweet on my teacher desk? I love the little detail the ribbon gave them.

Project #3: Bright & Pretty Subway Art!
I grabbed a pack of 8x8 basic black picture frames for my next project. 

I love inspirational quotes, so I whipped up these 8x8 subway art posters for the picture frames. I printed mine on colored card-stock, inserted them into the frames, and then hung them up with pretty glitter ribbon!




You can grab these 8x8 posters for FREE in my TpT store by clicking HERE or clicking on the picture below.  I've included colored versions of the three posters and black & white versions in case you want to use colored card-stock like I did!

Project #4: Picture Frame Dry Erase To-Do List!
My picture frames came in a pack of 4, so I used the leftover frame to create this dry erase board for my desk.  I picked up a piece of pretty purple (and glittery, of course) scrapbook paper and cut it into an 8x8 square.  Now, I can write directly on the glass with a dry erase marker and wipe clean when I need to start over! :)

It works perfectly next to my classroom phone in case I need to quickly jot down a message that comes in during the school day. 

Project #5:  Ribbon Door Curtain
 Michael's had the *prettiest* ribbon!  I picked up the following five colors, which are the main colors I use in my classroom decor.  The only materials I used for this project were ribbon and a tension rod! 
 I tied the ribbon around the tension rod, varying the colors and textures of the ribbon.
 After the ribbon was tied onto the tension rod, I cut the ribbon so that it was even on the ends. Here is a picture of the "curtain" that is hanging above my classroom door!  It adds some sweet and colorful detail to the entrance of our room!
Here is another picture of what it looks like before you enter our classroom door!

Thank you so much for letting me share all of my #create2educate projects with you! I had SO much fun creating these decor projects with the help of Michael's! :) I can't wait to be able to share my classroom with my new group of firsties. They will be here in just two weeks! 

And now...this is the part where YOU come in! You can join the fun with Michael's crafting contest, too! Simply head to Michael's to grab your supplies, have fun crafting and creating, and then upload a photo of your project(s) to Instagram with the tags #create2educate and #sweepstakes.  Every time you upload a project to IG with those hashtags, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Super FUN right?!
I cannot wait to hear about what you create and see all of your awesome back to school #create2educate projects on Instagram! 
Happy Crafting! :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday July 29th: Crafting Craziness!


Thanks for joining me for another Wordless Wednesday! I LOVE looking at all of your pictures each week! If this is your very first Wordless Wednesday, I'm going to post the rules again.  Remember, your picture can be about anything and all you need to do is post a question that your followers can comment on. :)  


And now for my Wordless Wednesday picture of the week:


By the end of the week, I may very well give my husband an anxiety attack with the amount of glitter that is currently covering our kitchen table.  I've been crafting up a storm this week!  I'll be blogging about all of my creations on Friday. I can't wait to show them to you! :)

My question: If the sky was the limit and you could make anything you wanted for your classroom, what would you make?! (Mine would be a colorful coffee bar, complete with a barista and chai tea lattes during Writer's Workshop.) #agirlcandream

Link up your picture with us below! :)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sample It Sunday! {New Blog Series!}


Hi everyone! I'm excited to introduce a new series on my blog: Sample It Sunday! I think you are going to l-o-v-e it because you get to try out a FREE page from one of my products every Sunday! Yayy!!  The free page will only be available for a limited time on Google Docs. So....grab them while they're hot!!

Along the way, I'll also share some inside tips, activities, and ideas on how I use my packs and/or how I teach various concepts to my kiddos. Okay, enough chit chat...here we go!

This week's featured product is my Word Family Warm Ups pack: 
If you are like me, word families are *super important* to K-2 students in the fall.  I start teaching the word family "at" to my firsties right away and before you know it, we are off and running with our reading abilities! These word family "just print" pages are the perfect partners for your phonics lessons, morning work, center or review work, small group instruction, or even homework! 

Each page includes:
A Key Picture that Matches the Word Family
Trace, Read, Draw
Word Search
Nonsense and Real Words Color Coding
A Short, Decodable Passage for Fluency Practice
An Area to Illustrate the Passage for Comprehension Practice 
The pack also includes a colorful, appealing poster for each of the 35 word families! 

Soooo are you ready for a free sample page?!
Click on the picture below to download your Sunday Sample from Google Docs. 


Remember, it will only be available for a limited time, so grab your sample page today! :)

In addition to our Word Family Warm Up page, we also use poetry to reinforce the word family.  I use LOTS of poems in my room.  Whenever I talk about my poetry binder, I always have people ask me for a link of the place I get my poems from.  I don't have a link because I get them from ALL over the place. :) Different teacher resource books, Pinterest, nursery rhymes - I want my students to experience a diverse amount of poetry to enhance their fluency. 

But here, friends, is always, always, always our FAVORITE poem. It's the first poem we add to our binders!

There is a catchy song to this poem that will be stuck in your head the entire first month of school.  Don't say I didn't warn you!  Our dear friend Rat-a-Tat comes from the following Scholastic resource:


After we study a word family and use our practice page, we go back to our poetry binder. By this point, we can recite the poem by heart because we have read it over and over again and their teacher has sang the song in lots of crazy voices.  We highlight the word family words with our highlighters and practice our decoding and fluency skills again. 


Thanks for stopping by today and joining me for my first edition of Sample It Sunday. I hope you enjoyed it and stop back next Sunday for another featured freebie page! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five for Friday with a Freebie!

I need to rewind summer. Please?! I spent the entire day working in my classroom because school starts...soon.  I'm not going to say exactly how many days away it is. It will make it too real. So you'll have to take my word for it. It's soon. Very very very very very soon.

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another Five for Friday! Here's a look at my week in pictures! :)

The biggest thing that happened this week was the two day, full day class that I taught on Monday and Tuesday. The sweetest group of K-2 teachers signed up and we had a blast together! I wanted the class to be engaging, hands-on, and practical for teachers! Needless to say, I think it rocked! I never thought I'd be teaching an all day class to other teachers but I had so.much.fun! Take a look! 

We learned about small groups, organization for small group literacy, how to look at your data and determine your next instructional steps for your small groups, interactive notebooks, writing, and more! It was truly a hodge podge of fun and learning for two days! 


 We learned a lot about small group math, math games, and about independent math practice! We even played my Back to School Write On/Wipe Off Math Games & Centers with a partner! How fun to get to play during a PD day! :)

I got to work today covering all of my bulletin boards.  I'm sticking with the same theme and decor that I had last year,. I'm only adding a few little extras.  Here's a little sneak peak. :)


 I shared this picture on my Facebook page but I need to share again because I'm excited about my find! How cool are these photograph stickers?! I found them at the United Arts & Education store. Grab the freebie in #4 for a response sheet to use with photograph stickers! I am so excited to use them for informational writing with my students! :)

Here is a little freebie to go with the picture in #3 this week!  I think writing facts and simple sentences about the animals the kids see in the sticker will spark some writing enthusiasm at the beginning of the year. :) You'll need some photograph stickers like the ones I'm holding in the picture above for this writing activity/center.  Have the students use the sticker in their illustration. They can add illustrations and pictures around the sticker to provide more detail  if they choose.  Then, students will write facts match what the kids see and know about their new sticker! Super fun. :)

Click on the picture below to download this FREEBIE from Google Docs! You can also click HERE to download it!


 My husband helped me put up my word wall this week. Do I need to say more?! 
#lovehimtopieces

That wraps up another Five for Friday! :) 
Thanks so much for joining me. :) 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: July 23 "Color Me Teal"


My sweet hubby painted my bookshelves last night.  It was the only major thing I planned on doing to my room this year. I'm trying to get rid of so much "red" in my room and using my blog colors like I did last year.

What colors or theme are you doing this school year OR are you sticking with the same decor as last year?

I would LOVE for you to link up below with a fun picture to share with us! :) Grab the button above and post a question with your picture. Please link back! :)
Have a Happy Wordless Wednesday!!