Sunday, August 26, 2012

Freebie, catch up, snowballs

HELLO! I'm back from beyond! I survived the first week of school!!! It was exciting and chaotic!

I love, love, love meeting my new students! I already have a few who are choosing to push my buttons right away...So I pulled one student up and said "I can't believe what a great student you are! I hope you are a terrific student all year long!" Ummmm, he grinned a BIG-OLE grin, and has been an angel all week! I'm hoping it worked... a little reverse psychology?

Can't spill the specifics (privacy and all), but I have a celebrity's child in my class! How exciting is that?! I'm star struck pretty easily...but this is so fun!

Don't remember where I saw this...but I had the kids fill out an "all about me" paper. When all were finished, I had them all stand up and told them to make their papers into a "snowball". *GASP*! You want us to crinkle up our papers?!?!?! Yes! So they crinkled their papers into snowballs and they got to throw snowballs in class 3 times...below the shoulders... Then we all sat down with one snowball in hand...I called on students by pulling sticks...the student shared 3 things from the paper and the rest of the class took 2 guesses to see if we could guess whose snowball they had. It was a blast! They were shocked that I had them crinkle a school paper...then actually throw it in the classroom...let alone *at* a student!

Chaotic?! Bus mess ups, all week with no student health info (just kinda important, seeing there are peanut allergies and other health issues), scheduling...

I am going to display ELA and Math Standards I am teaching for the day in a pocket chart. So, I made some little Rock Star Themed Headers... Enjoy a FREEBIE! This *should* link up to my TPT store.

Since it was soooo crazy and we have Curriculum Night for the parents this upcoming week, I forgot to take pics of my new craftiness! I will take some pics of my classroom, post those this week, and show you my new craftiness that I am THRILLED about!

I'll talk to you sooooner!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Teeth, Birthday Treats for Students

TEEEEEETH! I finally get into my classroom, have my daughters helping me like crazy...we're accomplishing lots...until BOOM! My youngest falls flat on her face! She knocked 2 permanent teeth loose and 1 baby tooth loose. Blood everywhere...lip cut leave work...go to immediate care...then emergency ortho (she just got braces)...then to emergency dentist.... Both dentist and Orthodontist said the braces saved her teeth...WHEN WILL I GET BACK IN MY CLASSROOM?!?!?! Today I take her back to dentist for x-rays. Praying there's no extensive damage...

Well, I  my youngest daughter finished the little bday treats I give to students. Here's a look at everything in one pic...
I save toilet paper and paper towel rolls (cut those the size of toilet paper tubes). I wrapped tissue paper around the tube...attached a small piece of tape...tied off one end with ribbon...

Youngest daughter stuffed in each one...
some confetti (not pictured)
one bouncy ball (kids LOVE these)
small sheet of rock star stickers
rock star homework pass
one mini mechanical pencil (pack of 3 for $.50)
one eraser topper
and two suckers!!!
I tied off the other end with ribbon.

All the little gifts go into a "Birthday Basket" (a basket with various colors of ribbon at top) and on the student's birthday, we sing a quick version of "Happy Birthday"...and the student gets a little treat... These have been so successful! They love the little trinkets...I've helped make their bday special...and it barely cost me. For summer birthdays...We do the "half birthday" know, half way til their bday!



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Freebies...Rock Star Chair

OK so I've been a little busy. BUT not busy enough considering I only have 6 work days to have my room up and running! AAARRRGGGHHH! just a little bit stressed

And I haven't even been in my room since the beginning of June!

Since being home, I've created Party Like a Rock Star Birthday passes. I make each student a little birthday treat to enjoy on their birthday. I'm going to add these cute little passes...something about not having to do homework that the kids just eat up! 

So, enjoy if it works for your class!

I am NOT buying desk plates this year! I am going to use the ones below to go with my Rock Star theme that I created! Yay me! Feel free to use this too! It *should* open in Google Docs for you to print.

NOW THIS I AM SOOOOO PROUD OF!!!! I made a Rock Star chair for my classroom! I got the idea off of Pinterest (of course). I stole took a chair from my girls' crafting table in the basement...sanded it down...painted it (two coats)...added all the fun details! Took me about 5-6 days. I even let the girls paint a section on their own... with my "constructive criticism".

Here's the front!

Here's the back!

To continue my LONG list of things to do...I *plan* on making my children assemble those birthday treats/trinkets tonight and will post the finished product. They are always a big hit in class!

I'm going to attempt to be motivated enough to trace guitars on cute metallic shiny poster board I bought at the teacher's store for ceiling decor! AND to top off my trip to the teacher's store today...I ran into a friend! HI FRIEND!!!! It was so fun chatting with her! She FINALLY has her own classroom all to herself...and 28+ second graders!

Yeah...we'll see how much more I can get done tonight.

back to "busy"ness...