Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Simple Storage

I used this bin as a shelf in my classroom closet! :)

These particular bins I found at Walmart for less them $5!

I hung the bin on the wall next to a shelf using a nail and the holes that are already in the bottom of the bin.

It works for storage on top, inside the shelf and I also looped a bag through one of the holes on the bottom and I now store extra plastic bags in it.

Happy organizing! ;) You may also be interested in:
Moving Well
Tips For An Organized Move
Household Chore Chart
Classroom Organization
Organizing In Small Spaces

The Teacher Tree

I found the idea for this tree on Pinterest but I made my own and I wanted to share the "finished" product. 
The tree represents me as a teacher.
Each thumbprint leaf represents a student I've taught. (For me that's over 60 children so far!! WOW!)
Each different color of leaves represents a different year that I've taught.

Re-Using Old Charts

In a classroom with young children posters like these don't often last long... We've all been there.. The poster is still in good condition but the edges are worn and bent and starting to peel away from the edge. I don't know about you but I hate the idea of throwing away a perfectly good poster that could be used otherwise... 

First I would suggest that when you get a new poster have it laminated or for a cheaper alternative.. line the edges with clear packing tape and fold over around the back of the poster to seal the edges and make them more durable. 
 When the poster has finally met it's end as a whole poster however.. here's what I do...Cut each letter or number from the poster.. laminate the pieces and use as smaller decorations. The cut our letters look fresh and nice and can be used in smaller places or as a border around the room. If you don't have a place for them to hang around the room cut them and use them as flash cards or as part of a learning center! :) The letters below are cut from an old alphabet poster I had hanging in my classroom! :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Derby Parade

The school that I teach at has a tradition of hosting a Derby Parade each year! For the parade each classroom chooses a theme based upon events of the Kentucky Derby and we take turns parading around the play ground for parents to watch. :) This is a tradtion I've always thrown myself into and I thought I'd share some of my ideas! :) 
Most recently my class participated as the "CHOW WAGON"...I dressed the kids up as servers.. aprons, official name tags (Thanks to an awesome parent!), and trays of food. The kids always love getting dressed up and parading for their parents! It's so much fun! :)

In previous years... 
Millionaire's Row-
Balloon Glow-