Monday, August 8, 2016

Ribbon Love

Here's a little sneak peak into this year's classroom update - my bulletin boards - at least so far.  Notice my new love - ribbon border!  I don't have to laminate it, it's easy to hang, versatile, and easy to store.  I used wired ribbon and gave it a 3-D effect by pushing it together before stapling.  I also skipped the background paper this year since the color of the boards actually matched my theme!  Easy!

This is my Accelerated Reader board to keep track of the points the students earn for reading books and taking AR tests.  AR Stars - get it?  This ribbon was from Michaels.  It has lace on top of the burlap, but is kind of hard to see.    The AR banner was made using left-over pennants from my alphabet mentioned below.  I made the incentive charts to match my theme and put the template in my TPT store - for FREE!  There are also matching name tag templates.  Just print on card stock!  So click here for the link.

Star Student for the student of the week.  I do this instead of having classroom jobs.  My Star Student will do every job for the week and have a personalized bulletin board display as well.  It's easier for me to keep track of than multiple jobs!  This ribbon is from the Dollar Store!  Yep - $1 a roll.  Needed 3 rolls for a 4 foot by 4 foot board.  The frame was from the thrift store, painted ocean blue and I made the pennant with left over scraps of burlap.  I used Elmer's Glue on the edges to keep it from fraying and cut the letters out using our Ellison machine at school with a font called Lolliopop and scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.  Then I just glued them onto the pennants and strung some burlap through the tops.

My calendar board.  Sorry the days aren't up, I just now finished cutting them out!  And of course, some of them need re-laminated because they peeled as soon as I cut them out.  Don't you hate it when that happens?  The M's are from Michaels on HUGE sale and the frame was another one from the thrift store.  Ribbon border is from the scrapbook section of Michaels.  The flowers, butterflies, and pennant banner up above are from Hobby Lobby.  The alphabet was done with the Ellison machine again.

Finally, I always need a place to keep important notes and personal pictures, so I used command hooks to hang some extra netting on the wall above my phone and attached some mini clothespins I found for $1 at Michaels.  The M is also from Michaels.  The gold garland was a leftover from my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, but I originally bought it at Hobby Lobby at Christmas time.

I hope these help to inspire you while you're getting ready for back to school.

Monday, August 1, 2016


Today is the first day of The-Month-That-Must-Not-Be-Named.  There are many myths and many truths to this final month of summer.  Let's take a minute to look at some of them.

Said no teacher ever!  Fact.  We all do it.  All year.

 Yep.  Goes right along with the one above it.  And now you know what's coming...

Because who needs to get ready for the kids who are coming tomorrow?

And admin thought 4 hours was being generous.

Enough said.

"Can't sleep.  Clowns will eat me."
Okay, it's not that bad, but truthfully, every year I have at least 1 back to school nightmare.  Sometimes I lose kids at recess, or I forget to send my class to lunch, or I don't hear the dismissal bell and I have students in my classroom overnight, or I swear at a school board member's child.  It's not officially back to school until I have "the dream."

Again - the dream.

Yes, the days of shorts and flip-flops are coming to an end, and none of us - kids or teachers - want to say goodbye.

We all have them.  Those friends and family members who think it's SO FUNNY to remind you that you have to go back to work.

I'm not sure about this one.  My own childhood was filled with mixed emotions.  I loved school, couldn't wait to see my friends, but hated to see summer come to an end.  I'm pretty sure my own child feels the same way and so do many others.  But the parents...

Okay, I'm sure a lot of parents feel this way, but I know other parents who have a hard time saying goodbye to summer and letting their children start school.  True, most of the parents I'm talking about are teachers who hate to leave their own children and go back to work, but still...

So true!  We spend all summer praying that our class list isn't as bad as we heard it would be.

And finally...
The greatest myth of all...  But there's always wishful thinking.