Friday, September 4, 2015

Five for Friday Link Up

I'm joining Doodlebugs Teaching this week for my first ever 5 for Friday link up!

This was a habit forming week (hopefully).  I spent the time with very careful planning and goal revisitation trying to form a new rhythm for my work/home schedule.

I kept mostly to my hours and expectations with the exception of 1 day.  I hadn't slept well and had trouble focusing.  Hopefully I'll be able to make up the lost task time over the holiday weekend.

I made this new puzzle for factorization.  My son loves it!

You can pick up a copy in my TPT store.  

We're also engaging in some Jello STEM labs around here.

This is also something you can get in my store.  My kids can never get enough of these STEM labs

I've been eyeing some beautiful fall decorations.  I just can't wait for the air to crisp up here.  We don't always get fall here and it's in the 90's right now.  Hope lives in my heart though. I'm thinking of making these for Thanksgiving place cards this year.  If only my dishes were as cute as these as well.

Also on the home front, my husband built me a nice wood planter box.  I'm hoping to get a mini blackberry patch going.  I didn't have time to get a picture of it but this one is close.

Head on over to Doodlebugs Teaching and check out every one else's week!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Great Classroom Decorations for Back to School

I came across a few ideas (mostly of Pinterest of course!) with some fabulous classroom applications!

Like this door from

Even though this is a hotel room door, the idea could easily be applied to a classroom.  One teacher on another post mentioned adding pics throughout the year.  I was also thinking you could put pics of various 'places you'll go' during the school different ecosystems, math diagrams, etc...

And hey, why not use those fabulously fun (and cheaper than most decorations) giant tissue pom poms in the classroom!?

I saw these over at School Girl Style and she has some other pictures with coordinating decorations to go with them.  They're great because they're K-6 (or higher) and they fill in and brighten up the classroom when you don't yet have student work to put up.

I couldn't find the source for this fabulous scrunched tissue paper border, but I love the layers.  I like dimension on my borders but I've never thought of scrunching tissue.

I fell in love with this idea that just found yesterday on The Resourceful Room.  Binder clips + dollar store baskets with wire handles = storage underneath the white board rail.  The possibilities here are endless.  

KUC bluprint has this great idea to add to your teacher binder:

Put in a clear sleeve and add in birthday calendar items, certificates, anything else that goes to specific kids throughout the year.  Put one of these sleeves in each month's section of your binder.  I like to give my team birthday cards so those could go here too.

For other cute ideas you might want to check out my Classroom Management Pinterest board and my The Cute Classroom board!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2015 Currently

I'm linking up with Farley today over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for the September Currently.  I'm glad it's here, but I don't feel ready for it. ;)