Sunday, December 1, 2013

Already back

Wow.  I didn't even search yet.  Back here to post a few more things I'd worked on.  Quite a bit happens in a year?!  I'll try to keep it simple.

30th Birthday.  Created these treats for Ty's 30th.

Mother's Day tags.  Created these for a graduation/mother's day celebration.  We hooked each tag to flowers for the 'moms' to take after the graduation party.
Found the idea on Pinterest.

Volunteer Gifts.  Searched around on Pinterest and found this idea to create cups for the volunteers that helped in the classroom all year.

End of the Year Gifts.   At the end of the each gymnastics season I create booklets for the gymnasts with the season stats/info.  I decided to create a similar booklet for my students that would be a mini 'scrapbook' of their year.  I started in September and saved any 'craft' (or artsy items I figured a parent might want to keep )we worked on throughout the year.  Each booklet was put together with items from Sept to June.  All year they looked forward to receiving their 'Memory Book'.  When the last day of school arrived you would have thought I handed them a $100 bill!  They were also looking forward to receiving their framed Wordle I put together for each student.  Students filled descriptions for one another and I simply created a wordle and printed and framed them.  On the last day we all sat around and I read off the descriptions before saying who it was.  Again.  $100 bill. Their faces were beaming as they walked up to receive their frame.  They felt proud and truly enjoyed hearing what their classmates thought of them.  It was also fun to hear them all guess who I was describing!

Memory Books

Wordles for each student

Student Journals.  So I created these over the summer to use as our reflection journal.  After reflecting about the use and time of these journals they are now being used as each students' Book Club journal.  Each student was able to pick out their own and each journal is different.

State Testing treats.  I always look forward to putting together some type of treat for my students after they finish their state testing. Can you blame me?  They work almost 5 hours a day for 4 days!  And they work hard! So this year I found some cute ideas on Pinterest and make a treat for the end of each testing day.  I kept each treat a secret until the end of the test so they were always looking over to 'the basket' to see a glimpse of what they were in store for!

I don't like to do a lot of candy so I tried to keep them 'somewhat' healthy. 

Classroom Library.  Some of us had to do some shuffling between classrooms at the end of the year to make space for a new kindergarten room.  That meant I had to pack up the room and move next door.  Yes.  You read that right.  Move 20 feet down the hall... give or take.  And unless you're a teacher, you will never understand having to move.  On the bright side, I was able to re-organize EVERYTHING.  Especially my library.  For years now, okay only 4, I've wanted to level my library.  Each year would come and go and it always seemed like too much work.  It was a lot of work, but SO WORTH IT!  I packed up my car on the last day of school and books lived in our office for the summer.  I should have taken a picture of the room at home because it was filled to the brim with tubs of books.  You had to follow a careful path just to get around!    I spent the first few weeks of summer leveling my books (lexile level) then printing a label for the book that matched the label of the tub.  In my classroom the saying goes "there's a place for EVERYTHING. Make sure it's in it's place"!  Luckily the June weather was crummy and it was raining a lot.

Mishka jumped in the car as I was unloading.
Wasn't much help.

...and this was taken before I was done loading them up!

4th of July.  Last but not least I have the goodies I made for the 4th of July.  Spending most of the summer at the lake means the 4th of July is as special as say Christmas. Really.  A lot of work goes into getting ready for this holiday.  

Clockwise from top left: 
Star containers filled with candies for our parents. 
Polka dotted straws.
Glow sticks. 
Extra candies put into a jar.

  Okay.  I think that's enough.  For now.  I REALLY need to get some national boards work started.  Lets hope I'll be more successful this time around.  I still want to google how to put a 'signature' at the end of each post though.  That and learning how to have the layout look MUCH more appealing.  That might have to wait until another day...

Until then...


  1. Hi Shelby,
    Do you have a printable page for the State Testing Treats? I love the way you did yours and would like to do the same for my class. :)

    1. Hi Christin,
      Do you have an email address I can send them to? I can send a PDF without my name so you can simply print and sign your own name... or I can send the original Word doc so you can retype anything you'd like. Let me know! I cut out the tags then glued them onto a colored cardstock then stapled them onto the goodie bags. Kids enjoyed them after such a LONG day of testing!