Sunday, September 30, 2018

Lesson Planning Freebie

Hi friends! Hope your school year is off to a great start! This year I promised myself that I would make the most of my planning time. With a new baby, I can't spend as much time at school as I used to. That means I really need to try to get everything done during my planning. My planning is at the end of the day when the kids are at specials. I spend part of the time planning and the other part setting up a few things for the next day. To make things easier, I established a routine where I do part of my plans everyday and I set up for the next day right before I leave. 

To stay on track, I created a to do list where I have these things already added along with some extra space for things that come up. So far, this has been a great tool and I wanted to share it with you!

Please note, this blog post may contain affiliate links. That means I can receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you purchase from one of the items linked. Affiliate links allow me to keep blogging and providing more freebies to you! :) You can read more about this at the bottom of my post!



To edit this document you will need to:

Open up the document (linked at the bottom of this post) in PowerPoint. Click in the text box.


If you want to make it a bulleted list, like mine, you will need to go to the top and select the bullet points you want. I like to use the square ones because I can check things off! If you want to leave some blank spaces to write extra things in you will need to type a space then hit the enter/return button on your computer to get just a bullet point.


Once you have done the steps above, you are ready to add your list! Just type it into the document.



Once your list is ready to go, print it out! I printed mine on different colored paper. I used Astrobrights!

After you print your lists, you are going to want to laminate the pages! I definitely recommend laminating it so you can use a dry erase marker to check things off and add things as needed.


If you don't have a personal laminator, I would definitely recommend one! I love mine and I couldn't resist buying this pink one, above!  Get my favorite PINK laminator here! #allthehearteyes

Once you have laminated your pages, use a hole punch to put a hole in the top corners. Then, attach the pages with a binder ring.





I like to hang mine on the bulletin board next to my desk so it's right there when I need it!





Grab the freebie by clicking the image below!




Happy planning!!



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Monday, September 10, 2018

Having A Ball at School: Door Decor Tutorial

Hi friends! This week I head back to school! This is year six for me and definitely bitter sweet. I was home with my son for four months so it's a little difficult to go back! Since I have a new baby, I didn't want to spend too much time on my classroom door but I still wanted it to be cute! I'm slowly transitioning my classroom to a farmhouse theme so I wanted my door to match it.

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Here is my classroom door:


First, I covered my door with this beauitfuuuul shiplap paper! I covered three of my bulletin boards with this paper as well. After that, I still had a lot left over... which I LOVE! You can grab this Fadeless Bulletin Board Shiplap Paper by clicking the link!

I added some White Scalloped Border around the edges and it really made it look so much nicer!


Next the garland, I fully intended to make my own but..... it just didn't happen this year. Luckily, Amazon to the rescue! I bought my Burlap and Lace Tassel Garland  a few days before we went back and have no regrets because it's beautiful!! If you decide to make your own, it's really simple! I made one for my desk years ago and I love it! I found the tutorial on how to do it by doing a simple search on Pinterest.



Now for the mason jars. I did a large one in the center of the door and smaller ones with students' names surrounding it. For the smaller jars, I bought some mason jar clipart from another teacher on Teachers Pay Teachers. As much as I would love to make this editable, I can't, because it would violate the clip artist terms of use. I am not able to add only clipart and that is all the document would be. If you would like to purchase the clipart from this seller and add your students names, you can purchase it from her here! To add students' names you will just need to add the clipart to a separate document (like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint) and use a text box over the image to add the names.



If you are not feeling very techie-that's OK! You can always write students' names! Just grab some cute mason jar cut-outs and just write student names on the cut-outs. I found a few options on Amazon! I love these Shabby Chic Mason Jars from Teacher Created Resources. If you want something more simple, you can try these Schoolgirl Style Industrial Chic Mason Jars Cut-Outs. Both are pictured below.


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Two different options for mason jars to add student names to. 

Finally, I've included the large mason jar as a freebie.

*****IN ORDER TO MAKE YOUR MASON JAR BIG LIKE MINE YOU WILL NEED TO VISIT THIS BLOG POST!!*****


Click the image to check out my blog post on how to enlarge the mason jar!

The mason jar is linked below. I enlarged mine to 300% in order to get it to the size I wanted. Go to the blog post linked above to learn how to enlarge yours!  I've included the kindergarten mason jar that I used. I also wanted to add one that would work for all teachers so I've included one that says "having a ball at school." As much as I'd like to create one for every teacher, at this time I can only offer these two choices. :)







Hope this blog post was helpful! If you decide to use this decor, I would love to see it!

Happy decorating,



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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rainbow Of Possibilities Door



Hello friends! Lately I've been getting some questions about how I decorated my classroom door! I wanted to write a quick blog post with some free printables to help you create this door too!

My classroom door!
First, the beautiful paper cloud at the top of the door was created using an awesome blog post from the amazing Doodle Bugs TeachingClick here to check out her blog post so you can create your own. I absolutely love my paper cloud and I'm so glad it held up all year long. Now I can use it for my classroom next year! Yay! It took me a while to create but it was so worth it because I can use it over and over again....plus it's so pretty! I definitely recommend finding a good show to binge-watch on Netflix while you create it. ;)

Once your paper cloud is finished, you will need to cover your door with black paper.  After that, it's time to hang the paper cloud! After some trial and error, I found the best way to attach my paper cloud to the door was with 3M Scotch Mounting Tape. You can grab my favorite kind here!


Once your door is covered and the cloud is hung, you can figure out where you want the letters to go. I liked hanging the paper cloud first because I was able to position the letters so they were not covered by the paper cloud. 

Print out the letters. I used Recollections Cardstock Paper to print out the word "rainbow." I love this paper because it has so many different bright colors! Perfect for a fun rainbow!  I used plain White Card Stock on the rest of the door. I've included a link to the printable letters below.



Once the letters are printed, you can just cut them out using your scissors. No need for a fancy Cricut or anything like that! :)


After I cut out my letters, I put them in order. Then, I glued them to my door.


Optional: you can add in some brightly colored raindrops and/or twisted pipe cleaners to fill in some of the empty space. To make the raindrops, I just drew them on my bright paper, cut them out, and glued them on the door.


If you like this door but don't have the time or are not allowed to decorate your door, click the picture below to grab it free as a poster! Two different versions are included.



Hope this tutorial and freebies are helpful! A big thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for allowing me to link up to her blog post so I could include the paper cloud tutorial!

Happy decorating,




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Friday, April 6, 2018

Keep Students Reading All Summer!



Hello friends! I can't believe another school year is coming to an end! With our building under construction and many of new changes coming to our district, we have a very long summer ahead of us! A long summer sounds like a teacher's dream right? Although I am excited to have a little extra time with my family, I am worried about my students regressing!


What can we do to prevent the summer slide? Well, we all know how important it is to get our kids reading every day! Most of our high-achieving students will be reading throughout the summer because they enjoy it. As for our students who need to be reading the most, they typically need a little more motivation. One of the best motivators I've found is to use reading logs. Reading logs can help to keep students accountable for their reading and it can be a great visual too.


Just sending home a reading log sounds kind of boring right? Thinking of myself as a student, it would have gotten lost by the first day of summer. To make summer reading a little more fun, I like to  put together personalized baggies for students.


The first thing I add to the baggie is a letter to parents explaining the reading log and our goal. I'll include a link below so you can grab your copy of the FREE letter! I always like to include my letters on brightly colored paper so they stand out! My favorite paper is Astrobrights! It's so bright, fun, and sturdy! Click the link to grab it!


Next, you will need to add a reading log.  I copied mine front to back. Add as many as you think your students will need!


To remind students to keep on reading and to add something fun, I like to include special bookmarks! You can grab these for free too!




Finally, I wanted to add something personal to my students' reading baggies, so I added a cute cover! I took my students' photos reading a book and added them to the cover page, included in the freebie. You don't have to add their picture but I think it makes it a lot more fun and they really enjoyed it!


I also added some printable books and passages to my students baggies! You may want to do this if students don't have access to reading materials at their level. I always seem to have some extra books or passages left over at the end of the year so those have been great to add!

To increase motivation, I like to give students a small reward when they return their reading log after summer break!

If you want to grab the materials listed above click the image below to grab them for FREE!



What do you do to motivate your students to read during the summer? Leave me a comment below!



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