Thursday, July 25, 2013

Christmas in July

If you follow me on Instagram, I think you know how obsessed I am with shopping & especially shopping for BTS supplies! Seriously #outofcontrol! 
The Freebielicious ladies know how much teachers appreciate good freebies, but we know that teachers are downright OBSESSED with new school supplies. In honor of the back to school season that is quickly approaching, Freebielicious is hosting a MEGA Christmas in July Giveaway. 

School Supply Giveaway Blog Hop

We have selected our very favorite school supplies and each blogger is hosting a mini-giveaway for a chance to win our favorite supply. I discovered my "NEW" favorite supply when I joined Instagram & all the other OBSESSED teachers started posting about supplies they have discovered. I am sending my new favorite BTS supply to a Bloglovin or TPT follower of Seusstastic. 

Use the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a a set of 5 Pilot FriXion ERASABLE Highlighters!

Freebielicious MEGA Giveaway

In addition to the School Supply Giveaway Blog Hop, we also have a few amazing grand prizes over on the Freebielicious blog. First of all, you could win an entire set of ALL the favorite school supplies of the Freebielicious bloggers! 
Favorite School Supplies Giveaway

We also have a special Grand Prize of Back to School goodies from Santa's Helpers (aka our sponsors). You won't BELIEVE the amazing lineup of prizes in this collection. 
Santas Helpers Grand Prize

Make sure you stop by the Freebielicious blog for your chance to enter to win both of these MEGA grand prize collections!

Keep Hopping

Follow the giveaway hop and enter to win a special treat from all of Santa's blogging elves! Your next stop on the Christmas hop is  Teaching with Love & Laughter. Click on the image below for your chance to win a set of Zebra Daisy Ball Point Pens!

Merry Christmas in July from Santa's elves at Freebielicious!
Thank you to Santa's Helpers for being such generous sponsors:

Isn't this the best giveaway EVER? 


Monday, July 22, 2013

Positive Rewards for Classroom Management

If you have been a follower for the last several years then you know I focus on positive classroom management. Several years ago when I implemented my reward coupons I witnessed a drastic change in my classroom atmosphere. It was truly amazing to watch. Along with the reward coupons I also use a combination of character trait student recognition necklaces (pictured above) and my other student recognition necklaces. It is amazing how the students just light up when I would tell them to go grab the "I was respectful" necklace! They wore them proudly & loved the extra attention they received from the principal, other teachers & staff members. 
This is how I used to store them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way these were stored BUT you know I like to change things up........keep reading. I simply printed the necklaces out on REGULAR PRINTER PAPER, not card stock & then cut each necklace out & pasted it on tie dye scrapbook paper. Of course I laminated them & used a colorful stretchy string on each of them.

These are my original student recognition necklaces. These are still in my store if you would prefer just purchasing one sheet of 6 necklaces. Again, I needed an update. I am in love with Melonheadz graphics & made brand new ones. I would write down every time I saw a student do something that needed to be recognized. I did not have a necklace for them which made me tho thad :o( Even though I have been teaching for 10 years I always change things up from year to year. You never know what kind of students you will have, each and every one of them has different needs. 

So here is what the hubs & I have been working on!!!!! 
 I am so IN LOVE!!!!! As you can see I am now into chevron & neon. Seriously, I need help. I keep coming up with different projects to give myself an excuse to go "shop" for what I need for the blog & search for more neon! It totally brings me back to the 80's man...totally tubular! The second neon zig zag is is not orange as it appears...sorry that was bugging me. 

This is how it all started........................

I found this beauty on ETSY as I was searching for a jewelry organizer for my dressing room...that is a whole other post friends. If you are curious, just pop over to my Instagram & check out the pics! It looks incredible! 
Anyway, I showed it to the hubs & asked him if he can make me one. Then a light bulb went know how that goes! It happens to me @about 3 am & then I get obsessed about it. I have black & white chevron in my dressing room but am adding some neon/chevron to my classroom. Are the peace signs going away, um no...never. 
So my fabulous hubs went to Home Depot & bought a 2'x4' piece of peg board for $8! Since I am on my vampire schedule & am up all night & sleep till noon-ISH, this is what he did while I was sleeping. If you look on the top right corner closely you can see the pencil marks. I have no clue what they mean but it had to be done, according to him. I really didn't think it was that much work & measurement...ugh..I am not good with measuring...that's why I teach first grade. It looks great, right? Well, my OCD self was not happy until those zig zags matched the rug. 
I can't even tell you now many coats of neon this took. I just asked the hubs & he rolled his eyes. I'm thinking it was a lot. He also picked up those silver hooks so I could hang my necklaces. 
The neon paint is acrylic paint from Michael's.  You need to check out my Instagram...I am there constantly & always take pics of what I find. 
This bright neon paper came from Target. I LOVE how bright it is! I can't find it on their site but it's made by

****UPDATED JULY 2016*****

Here are some shots of the different choices. There are 250 DIFFERENT choices! I know, I go overboard! I do that with everything! But, it's all about my kids & I want to acknowledge every thing they do. 

Positive Classroom Management

Positive Classroom Management

Brag Tags for Positive Classroom Management

Below is the updated design! You can print them 24 tags to one page by clicking multiple on your printer. You would put the four pages you want to print for your page numbers. (directions included).
Brag Tags

Brag Tags

Brag Tags

Brag Tags

Below is the old design. I updated all the fonts & graphics to match each one. I have done necklaces for 3 years & this year I decided to go with the "Brag Tag" approach which could be done with these same necklaces. I left them big because that is how I originally sold them & I want two choices/options since I switch things up so much. When I did necklaces, my students would have to return them at the end of the day...sometimes they would be tho thad because they wanted to show their parents....that is why I decided to switch to brag tags. I am working on a post that I will link HERE, when I finish it. 

 You get the idea of all the choices...hopefully. I don't think I missed any opportunity for any student to

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I HAVE to give my fabulous husband a shout out. He is really a great helper! Not only did he make the board he also cut out, pasted & laminated everything! I know, he's a keeper & he's mine...HANDS OFF! LOL!
My boys! Aren't they precious?
I took a close up of the necklaces with the chains for you. I used acid blue, rose red & silver.

I did not want to use string again so I was off to EBAY to order these ball metal bead chains. They are already put together unlike the ones you get at Hobby Lobby. 
Why did I choose those colors you ask? Since I included a girl graphic on the girl necklaces I used the pink chain for those & blue for the boys. The more general necklaces such as; I lost a tooth, Happy Birthday, Bucket Filler, No Bullying, etc. I used silver for those.
This is my gorgeous niece sporting one of the necklaces. She chose which one she thought she should get. Since she was on the Ipad, Macbook, Mini Ipad, Kindle, Ipod all weekend, she thought this was for her.

She is at the age where she loves to clean, organize & help out in any way. First we did my new borrow bucket. We marked all the pencils with washi-tape. 
She did not like this job so much. Hopefully I will have all my organizational stuff done by next Monday Made It & I will post what we have done. I do post immediately on my Instagram.

When I do see things while I'm out shopping I will post ideas like this one. 
I saw these at Hobby Lobby & thought this would be fabulous for your little nuggets to hold for a BTS photo prop! The ONLY choices are 1-3. I am working on my BTS photo prop & will post about it soon. 

This board is 1 of 4 I found at TJ Maxx.....SCORE! I live dangerously close to TJ Maxx & Marshall's & am there several times a week. I have this internal radar that goes off when a new truck load comes in. I am also convinced my car came with some kind of powerful magnet that just forces my car to go to those stores. My husband doesn't believe that one either. 
The board my niece is holding is a chalkboard. LOVE! 

 Then, she wanted Bentley in the photos. Not Java or Olive, just Bentley.

I am going to leave with this photo to ponder. I literally have not stopped LMAO!
I have been asking around where I can purchase one of these. It would make online shopping around the hubs much easier! 

Now go go check out 4th Grade Frolics & get inspired. This is my first Monday Made It!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Classroom Photo Ideas

Last year I decided to continue a classroom blog & post yearly photos to share with the parents. After looking at the page views from my first year I knew they were really into it.

If I were a parent (I wish :o(), I know I would love to see pictures of my child in the classroom. I posted pictures on this blog throughout the year but decided to have them all in one place for you! 

Unfortunately, I don't have pics of the first week but I do starting in September. I actually just used a boring old sign that said "I am a first grader". It was very cute don't get me wrong. I have something in the works that I will post soon.

I've been making photo props all year long for my nuggets. All I did was take the graphics that I already had & just blew them up & printed them on card stock & taped a dowel rod onto the back of it. I also had props that I have picked up throughout the years. Here are some examples of different photos we took. 

This was actually taken at the end of the year BUT I might use this for the beginning of the year photo. OR I might just have something up my's almost done...I swear! 

I took a class photo with the Johnny Appleseed hats but of course I can't find it. 

 This photo was for our postcard exchange...................

 Our Halloween group photo in our ugly gym.................

 Thanksgiving pics during our annual feast..........

I wrote a grant and received it....woo hoo! This was on the front of our thank you card.

I would always let the parent know when I was planning on taking photos. Usually they came dressed to a "T" for the photo shoot. 
I developed the holiday pictures at Meier & put cute holiday borders around each one & put it in one of those Christmas photo cards for the parents. I also would let them pick two friends to take a picture with and we would also take a classroom photo.

For every holiday and big event we would take group shots with them holding up letters...this was too stinking cute!
Isn't the chevron background awesome? All I did was duct taped my rug to the Smart board...ha! Perfecto!

Oh, how I miss my little nuggets. Here is a pic of my two faves in their penguin hats. We took a whole class photo as well.

The "Text Me" about kills me! Too flippin cute! They insisted on having staches for EVERY photo shoot.

What girl doesn't love a big, fluffy pink boa????

Holy cuteness, right?

Again, they each had individual shots & then they were able to pick two friends.

This is one of my perfect little nuggets holding up a sign for Mother's Day! They each wrote a little message on this board (which hangs in my hubby's bathroom). 

And now for the grand finale....we went kinda nuts with our peace themed E.O.Y partaaaay!

 This was literally $3! It hung from our classroom ceiling & the pics turned out so adorable!

BLOGGER IS ACTING FUNKY....GRR! The first pic I ordered the hippie bus photo prop on Ebay & already had the tie dye tapestry hanging perfect!  
The second pic makes me a a lot little teary eyed. This was our very last classroom photo together. I made a copy for each student.

I took a picture of each student with their choice of props alone & with me. If their parents were there then they had their picture taken too...of course.
This picture can definitely be a back to school photo op! I might just do that if the weather is nice! I'm not to sure how they would feel lying on the ground the first day of school though...ha!
Human peace sign??? Yes, please! This was so last minute! I brought our custodian about 6 cupcakes in order for him to stand on our roof & take this pic! I.LOVE.IT! I have it hanging everywhere I go. I have one on my fridge, in my car, in my office, on my bathroom love with this photo!

If you don't follow me on INSTAGRAM, you should. I post pics immediately on there & I am kind of addicted....really? Like I need another thing to be addiction too! JEEZ! I am BTS shopping like a nutcase & post as I buy or create things. 

I hope I gave you some classroom photo ideas. If you use some of these photo ideas please link back to the inspiration :o) Happy Photo Opp--ing! Totally just made that word up! Peace!