Saturday, August 31, 2013

Roll An Apple ~~Freebie~~

Just wanted to share a quick freebie with you! 

The abundance of apples in my backyard sparked this applicious activity.  This activity is great for fall and encourages students to make connections with the apple trees in their own backyard. 

Visit my TpT store for your copy.

Click picture for your free download!
Happy Saturday!  I'm off to make an apple pie!

Friday, August 30, 2013

~ Five for Friday ~

Here it is another Friday, where do those weeks go?

This is my last official day of the summer.  I did have in-service for the past four days.  I still have things to do in my classroom but I'm taking some time off over the weekend for fun!

1 - Apple Time!  Fresh from the tree and ready for the oven.  This pie will be delicious with ice cream!  I'm so fortunate to have a dear hubby who takes care of our apple trees.


2 - Last weekend we visited my daughter and took a little side trip to Agate Beach.  We were in search of Lake Superior rocks for a project but found this sandy beach instead.


3 - The leads me to number three.  Here is the project we needed the rocks for, this great looking, one of a kind lamps!  I've seen them for as much as $225!  Just to let you in on a secret this one certainly didn't cost that much.  I have ideas for a couple of other rock related items.

4 - Oh, the final days of summer!  Now I know we will continue to have great weather during September and October but there is just something about school starting the really signals time to get down to business.  I wouldn't have it any other way - I love going to my classroom each day and spending time with my 2nd graders.

5 - Finally, I have a new product - Magic Tree House #45 A Crazy Day with Cobras literature unit.  I love working on these with my guided reading groups.

Oh, one more thing, I promised a room reveal awhile back but the meetings this week took sooo much time that pictures were the last thing on my mind.  Please check back and I'll try to get the pictures within the week.

Happy Labor Day!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Freebie For You!

Here is a calendar freebie for you!  I needed a calendar for my teacher binder, so I created this one with holidays, large spaces to write important info, and is very printer friendly.  Visit my TpT store get your free copy of this 10 month calendar.

We are off today to visit my daughter and her husband but first we are taking a side trip to Agate Bay!  Sounds exciting!  I'll post pics later so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Five for Friday - - -

Thank you, Doodle Bugs for the great link up.  I love reading as many blogs as I can from all the super talented teachers across the USA.


I am one of the lucky ones who still hasn't officially gone back to school!  I say officially because I think I've been there everyday for the past week.  Here are my five random things...

1 - This is what my classroom looked like my first day.  Two teaching buddies used my room for summer so the cleaning team didn't finish my room until August 16th!

2 - I love this project!  The boards are some of the wood sample boards from my daughter, scrap book paper sent through the printer, and my favorite - Mod Podge.  Like magic the word READ, a perfect decoration for my classroom library.


3 - Here is a little back to school gift for my team mates.  I put the gifts on their chairs so when they pull out their desk chair a little surprise will be waiting for them.  Everyone loves a gift!

4 - My niece loved my classroom chandelier!  Notice it in my classroom library area. 

5 - Today is my last day of vacation!  Of course I'm spending part of the day in my classroom.  I hope to have my classroom tour uploaded over the weekend.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's Back to School Time!

It's time for a SALE!  My TpT shopping cart is filling up:o)  Everything in my store will be 20% off and if you use the promo code BTS13 you can get another 8% off.  WOW!  The sale starts August 18 and ends on August 19.  Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy your shopping trip.
Have a great Saturday!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Made It!

Thank you, Tara!!!

As the first week of school approaches my to do list grows longer!  Anyone else have that same problem?  Here are my projects for the week...

1.  My friend, Linda and I taught at the Triton Academy this past week.  The teachers in the classes were fantastic and very appreciative of everything that we had planned for them.  Linda and I taught three sections this year:  Something New in PreK-2 (a make and take-it workshop class), an introduction to Teachers Pay Teachers, and Web Resources for PreK-2.

Our teaching friends had lots of projects they were able to print and assemble.  Linda and I really enjoy searching all of YOUR fantastic blogs and pins to find new items for this class year after year.  Monday Made It truly helps us become better teachers!!!
     A few of the items that we share with the class.  It is so much fun when our teaching friends from the many different schools tell us, "This is the best class I've ever taken!"  or "Thank you so much for putting in all the time to get ready for this class, we really appreciate it."  One of our goals is to have the materials ready to start using on the first day of school.  We know that a teacher's time is precious and if the items aren't ready to use they may not get used.

2.  This Happy Birthday jar makes me smile!  I hope my students will smile too when they see it.  The jar is filled with "kiss monsters" that I made.  They are called kiss monsters because when they open the mouth a hershey kiss is inside.  And for an added bonus I will put in a coupon from me for our school store (only 25 cents but they will love it).
     I love making these little guys!  The students in my classroom generally have never seen them before.  The little green guy with the open mouth is waiting for his hershey kiss.

3.  More raspberries - this time I thought my family would like some pie.  This pie is ready for the oven.

4.  Here is a great made it project from recycled items - a can from coffee or nuts, scrap book paper, mod podge, and toilet paper tubes.  I plan to use this to organize materials for my guided reading/math table area.

5.  Finally, my hubby, sister, and brother-in-law took a trip around Lake Superior.  What a fun trip!  We saw a lot of beautiful scenery and even a few bears!  If you have an opportunity visit the Great Lakes area, so much to do.  What did we make?  Memories and over 1400 miles!
Don't let the sandy beach deceive you, the water is a little cold even in August.
Have a great week!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Made It

Thank you, Tara!  I love Monday Made It!

I'll get right to my made its...

1.  Something for everyone to enjoy - raspberry freezer jam, yum!
From this...                                         to this, delicious.

2.  I appreciate all the great pins showing the no name boards.  I used wood sample boards for the base, mod podge and scrap book paper to pretty things up, and printed the words on scrap book paper.

The green one is mine, totally matches my green and blue classroom decor.  The gray one is to give away at Triton Academy.  One session we teach is using recycled/repurposed items in the classroom.

3.  Here is my B!  which stands for Mrs. Brown!!!  This is a totally recycled project.  Now I know some you may have seen similiar pencil letters on pinterest but honest truth, I really, really, really didn't look this up before I started working on mine.  Here is my version...

I used the same wood sample board. 

Searched for the just right B.  My dear daughter, Stacy helped me use the band saw to cut all the pencils I've saved during the last school.  These pencils are the ones no one wants to use because they are too short or don't have an eraser.

Next I played around with the placement of the pencils, just trying things out to see if I liked the B different ways.

Once everything was just the way I liked it, I used Loctite Go2Glue.  This is a great glue because you can move things if they are just not right.  The Loctitle Go2Glue worked much better than hot glue which is usually use for all my projects.

Oh, and one more recycled piece of the project - the ribbon is from my daughter, Rachel's wedding earlier this summer.  The ribbon decorated candle holders but who needs 35 candle holders with blue ribbon!

I hope you enjoyed my made its.  I had tons of fun making the items.  Wait until you see my birthday project for next week.

Please stop by my TpT store for my 20% off Triton Academy sale!

Happy Monday,

Sunday, August 4, 2013


I'm so happy to finally have all my reading activities/games organized.  I hope this will help me put my games back in the correct place as soon as the students are done using them.  Everyone has heard or read about touching a piece of paper only once, that is my hope with this.  With that said I'm generally a very organized person but sometimes I just toss things into a basket (in hopes of looking organized) and continue on my merry way.  Here is what is making me happy tonight...
Also, tomorrow I will be team teaching with a friend, Linda.  We will be working at Triton Academy, Triton is a fabulous in-service time for teachers PreK-12th.  Our sessions will focus on PreK-2nd grade.  To celebrate I'm having a 20% off sale on EVERYTHING in my TpT store!!!  Stop by and pick up a few things for your 2013-2014 classroom instruction.
Stop by on Monday for my Monday Made It, you'll be glad you did!