Monday, July 23, 2012

Organization: First-Aid Bag & Freebies

I have linked up with 4th grade Frolics for made it Monday.

I actually made this back in 2005 (but I think it still counts because I did make it myself).  Please excuse the messy sewing job...I have improved since I made this project.

I cut out red felt for the letters and white felt for the cross, then sewed it on a small bookbag I got from the dollar store.  I chose the color red so it looked like a real first-aid bag.

I like having the bookbag because the "special person" of the week gets to be responsible for it during their time.  They bring it outside when we have recess, give "aide" during classtime so I won't be disturbed during small group instruction or when I'm conferencing, and carry it when we go on field trips.  They are also responsible to letting me know if the supplies are low or out so I can replace them.

Let me tell you, kindergarteners take this job seriously!  Some years I laugh when I hear a student assessing another students "booboo."  It helps cut down on band-aids being wasted because I teach them when the use of a band-aid is really needed.

Below are pictures of the bag I created and some of the content inside.  Click here to get the first-aid checklist click here to get the booboo lotion labels and click here to get the accident report free!  The accident report is something I fill out and send home with the parents so they know their child was hurt.

*Boo Boo lotion is just regular lotion that they rub on when they don't have an open wound or a real Boo Boo but insist they need "something on it" to make it feel better* 


Here is my newly revised accident report.  I made it checklist style (so filling it out is fast and easy) and tried to include everything I could think of that could possibly happen.  You can edit this document if you want to remove/add something to fit your classroom specific needs.

*Note:  the format will be off when you download this document because you need to change the title fonts.  Please highlight the title and change the size and font.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Classroom Decor: Rit Dyed Clothespins

I LOVE the way my clothespins came out just look at how opaque the color is!!!  I knew I didn't want brown clothespins because my bulletin boards are going to be black and I wanted something that was going to blend in.  I only used half a pack to dye over 30 clothespins.  AND, I got the RIT on sale at Jo-ann AND was still able to use my teacher discount so it only costs me $1.50.  It's the small decorating details that make me happy :-)

Thanks Pinterest!!!

This is the inspiration picture from pinterest.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Organization: Binder Covers

I've linked up with 4 grade frolics for Made it Monday.
I made these binders covers to go with my updated assessment and lesson plan binders. I used scrapbooking paper, printer paper, and cardstock. Why?  Because the cost of ink is killing me and I have gone through waaaay too much lately!  Plus I have a ton of scrapbooking paper and cardstock because that's one of my hobbies. 

I printed the large titles on white cardstock and the small ones on regular printer paper.  I used a really simple "freestyle" design (no templates involved).  Just assembled the cut pieces until I liked the arrangement.  There are no embellishments because I am going to laminate these pages and I wanted them as flat as possible.

You will see the same title repeated more than once because one is for the cover of the binder and the others are going to be used as dividers for my assessment, guest teacher, and lesson plan binders.

The cardstock I used is really sparkly.  The paper pack I used is called Lemon Flower by DCWV.  I also used black ink around the edges of each page to add more dimension.

 Close up so you can see the shiny part.

Binder Cover

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Shopping: Quirky Date Stamp

As I was shopping today again for my classroom, I came across what I thought was a regular old date stamp.

 It turns out that you have the option to put quirky sayings on the paper when stamping the date.  So, I flipped it over and thought...

sayings are in order:

1. (I Love This) Awww, I could use this when stamping the date on their writing pieces.

2. (Hot Mess) I wish I could stamp this on some of their writing pieces.

3. (Oh, Snap!) Could be cute to stamp on their work when they catch on to a strategy when followed by something positive example: Oh Snap! Better Job on finding the part you know in a word.

4. (To Do) Could be used when they don't finish their work in the given time frame.  That way I (and the parents) know that they needed more time on their work. Or could be followed up with To Do At Home.

5. (*smashed) I know this stamp was made for a smashbook so this one won't translate to the classroom.  Not useable!

6. (Mad Props) Could be cute to stamp on their work when they have improved significantly.  Could be followed up with Mad Props on using capital letters at the beginning of your sentence.

7. (That Warrants a Fist Pump) This one is my favorite!  So cute to put on their paper for doing outstanding work.

8. (Today Is) This one needs no explanation as it is always useful.

9. (Blank Space) Very useful.

10. (Stolen) I can't see a use for this one.  If you guys think of one let me know.

11. (*blank rectangle) Could be used to write a comment or leave a numbered rubric score.

I picked this up at Michaels and used a 50% off coupon so it was only $2.50.  8 out of the 11 sayings are useable (to me) and I think that's money well spent!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Adding an Anchor Text Link When Leaving a Comment

I know I'm not the only one that didn't know how to add an active link with my comments on blogger. I thought it was something I had to set up in my Google account but after several failed attempts I decided to do a search and I found this awesome link.

All you have to do is insert your info, copy the code, and paste it when you make a comment. It's so easy and I thought it would be hard. 

Here are the directions taken from

<a href="URL">Title</a>
URL: Simply Replace it with your website url.(Url must start from https://) For Example
Title:Simply Replace with the text that you want to see as an Anchor text
After doing these change's simple go the the Blogger comment form and paste it there and just press comment now and you will see Picture Perfect Results

Be sure to check out because it's full of tips and tricks.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Classroom Decor: All About Yellow

I got this all about yellow pack for FREE on TpT and I couldn't believe Mrs. Messenger made it with yellow chevron and polka dots. It is so super cute and goes perfectly with my new color scheme of yellow and gray.  I can focus on making other things now thanks to her freebie.  If you are doing a color scheme with yellow in it you should definitely download this freebie.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Classroom Decor: Pomanders

I've linked up with 4th grade frolics for made it Monday.  Head on over to check out more cool projects for your classroom.

This is a picture guide to making pomanders for your classroom, home, or event.  I have made these for my newly designed kindergarten classroom.

You will need:
-tin snips
-fake flowers ( I used about 15 bushes)
-styrofoam ball (I used a 6 inch ball)
 You can also use the wire cutters that you make jewelry with.
 I removed the leaves from the flower bush and saved them for future projects.

Cut the flowers.
 These comes in 3 different sizes.

Optional if you want it to hang:
-hot glue or E 6000
You can use any ribbon you like.

These are sooooo easy to make!  Just snip the flowers off and stick them in the styrofoam ball, it's really that easy!  I'm not sure if I'm going to hang mine from the ceiling with table numbers or put them somewhere else but they will surely brighten up wherever they go. Be on the lookout for more pictures this fall.

 Just poke the flowers in, no gluing required for this part.
Finished product!
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