Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Teacher Planner!

I have used already made planners, and made my own Binder but I haven't seemed to be satisfied or as organized as I want to be. So I went with something a little different for this next school year. I found this wonderful lady and her website through a teacher friend.  I decided to check it out for myself and ended up LOVING her stuff.  She designs planners, calendars, business cards, mailing labels, and much more and her designs are so cute! Check her out at  This is what the outside of my planner ended up looking like after I chose from many different designs, it's customized to fit you!
The inside is even better!  There are so many things included- yearly dates to remember, a place to mark absences, graphing pages for seating charts, a yearly plan (for each month), lesson plan templates, gradebook, note taking space, and a two-pocket folder along with a plastic page protector!  I didn't take a picture of every single one of those things listed above, but did take pics of the things that you would want to take a peek at.  All of these topics are labeled in the planner with plastic tabs :) 

The left is a picture of the lesson plan template and the right is the yearly plan.

On the left are stickers that come with the planner.  You can place them inside the monthly calendar sheets which is what the picture on the right is showing.  

The notes section is on the left, and on the right is the grade book.

Now that you have had a quick peek, go ahead and design your own by clicking the link below!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Crafting!

A lot has gone on since my last post, because it was FOREVER ago!  I apologize.  I moved up to first grade last year and had a very busy year so I am going to try my hardest to post more.  I am not as good as others when it comes to taking pictures and uploading things, but I will try :).  

DESK STORAGE: I saw this idea on Pinterest, and saw that other teachers were making one and loving it!  Also, I am a pretty big organizational freak, so I tried it out.  I purchased this 22 storage drawer at Lowes, but others said they got theirs at Home Depot.  It was in the aisle with the nails and small tools, NOT the storage and organization section.  

I decided that I wanted to spray paint the outside purple (favorite color).  Then, I used primary color chevron borders to put inside the drawers for labeling.  It turned out pretty neat, and I think it is going to  really help organize those small important items.

PIRATE WALLET: Here is another thing that I found on Pinterest.  As a grade level team, we all use "Pirate Coins" as a positive reward in our classrooms.  The coins are just the assorted plastic colored coins from Oriental Trading.  In the past I have given my students Ziploc baggies to keep them in, but they just haven't held up that great, and they are kind of boring.  I saw a teacher make these wallet like things to gold flash cards for math and other things in and figured that they would work great as a wallet for the kids to keep their coins in. 

 I bought the really cheap folders from Wal-Mart and used a bowl to trace the wallet flap.  Then I cut the wallet in half and used both sides.  I folded the flap over, and placed velcro dots on the flap and bottom.  I also stapled the open side where I cut the folder in half. 

 Hopefully these will last all year, and allow the kids to keep better track of their coins.