Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Books for the First Week of School

I'm so excited to take part in this linky party!

I'm obsessed with children's literature and have even been working on writing my own children's books...someday! Anyways, here are some of my faves for the first week of school.

This one is a little obvious! I always read it. Students are *ALWAYS* surprised with the twist at the end! Then, we make our own class book about the "jitters" they feel on the first day. I keep the book in my class library for students to read all year. At the end of the year, we go through it again to see how much they've grown and then I raffle it off to a lucky student!

This is a great one for teaching the school/class rules the first week. This year we even made this cute David project where we wrote some general school rules.

Another fantastic read for the first day of school. This year, I may record myself reading this book and post it online at my class website for my incoming students to listen to before school starts. Then, I'll ask them to share their thoughts and what they did the night before first grade once they get to the class! 

Now to go browse what you all have posted! So excited!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Made It June 24, 2013

Here we go with the main goal this week - get the blog out there...wherever "there" is.... and get some followers! So I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics to present my "Monday Made It"

I did this a couple of weeks ago, as inspired on Pinterest, for Father's Day. However, this is so super cute that it can be done for any holiday, birthday, etc. I love a good beer once in a while, but sometimes you just gotta have CANDY!!!!!! So here's my candy six-pack to cheer up my crabby dad:

Get your self an empty six-pack container. Use construction paper (I used card stock) to measure and cut pieces for all 4 sides. 

Don't forget to cut some paper for the handles at the top. I suppose you could glue the paper on, but I used transparent tape. It was just easier and quicker for me.

Decorate the outside to suit your event.

Get yourself 6 bottles (I liked the look of the clear ones to make the candy stand out), and cover the labels with paper. Next time I do this, I'll buy some cute scrapbook characters/stickers to go on the bottles.

This is where it got a little tricky....Filling up a bottle with candy is not the simplest of tasks. I used a funnel, which got clogged with candy most of the time. Also, depending on the size of your candy - you'll need more of some and less of others. Here's what I bought in little boxes at Walgreens: 
Sugar Babies - 2 boxes
Snow Caps - 2 boxes (*should* have purchased 3 boxes!)
Boston Baked Beans - 3 boxes
Mike and Ikes - 2 boxes (*should* have purchased 3 boxes!)
Trail Mix - 2 small packages
Pistachios - 1 small package

To get the caps back on, I taped over the opening with transparent tape (to make sure the candy didn't get icky) and simply placed the cap on top. Obviously it didn't fit perfectly but it looked great!

Add a list to the side to let your recipient know what's included in your candy six-pack and voila! 

Button Problems

I quite literally spent 3 hours yesterday trying to format a button for my blog....after much frustration and aggravation and google searching...I gave up and went to bed. ALAS, thanks to Little Miss Short and Sassy Teacher, I was able to locate this website to make my button for FREE! WOO! Crisis averted.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


After much aggravation and YouTube searches...I DID IT! Thanks to blogger Jessica Stanford! You can check out her video here if you want to try it out!

I'm active

Hi all! I've spent the greater part of my day designing and playing around on my blog. I'm very lucky to have a husband that will do the grocery shopping so that I can be my teachery self!! Any suggestions on my format? I'm in the very early learning stages and would love to hear from some veteran bloggers.

Also, like many teachers, I am already planning for next school year! I've set up my Teachers Pay Teachers account. You can check out my first item here! It's a FREEBIE!! Enjoy!

The big blog plan for the upcoming week: find followers! 

Also, a big shout out to my friend and co-teacher Erin. Her blog is already amazing and she's just started! Follow her here!

Until next time!