Friday, July 30, 2010

Back-To-School Treats

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I love to give my new students a little something special the first time they meet me.  Before the first day of school, our elementary has a "Meet the Teacher" day where students and their parents can drop off supplies, meet teachers, and tour the school.  In Texas, we can only have treats at school 3 days out of the year.  Well, our "Meet the Teacher" day falls before the start of school. I took advantage of this by giving them Blow Pop suckers! I have made lolli covers the old fashioned way before...cutting them out by hand & using computer images to decorate them. Well, Emma at My Creative Time had a fantastic tutorial for using your Gypsy to create lollipop covers.  Check it out here!  Using our school colors and mascot, I designed my own!!  I used Doodlecharms for the sweet little bear, Plantin Schoolbook for the lolli cover itself, embossed it with my Cuddlebug Argyle folder, and I printed the sentiment on my computer.  I think it will add a little sweetness to my classroom for that special day :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pencil Tins

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I currently have plastic bins in my class for students to switch out their pencils.  They switch pencils out daily. This cuts down on interruptions in class, and I am able to sharpen the pencils,  which helps preserve my electric pencil sharpener.  Currently my bins are pretty plain. Well, Wendy at Cricut Your Classroom has inspired me to upgrade!  I LOVE how she recycled Crystal Light containers to make hers.  I unfortunately did not have any containers to recycle, but I found these cute tins at JoAnn's for 40% off!  That's still economical...right?  I used Gypsy my  to manipulate the pencil from Potpourri.  The bear (our mascot again) and apple are from Doodlecharms.  The font is Makin' the Grade.  I made the tins coordinate, but not look too closely alike.  I find that if they do not look different enough, my second graders, in a hurry, often mix up the two!  I also coated it with Modge Podge to add some durability to it.  Well this is definitely an upgrade to our daily routine.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Smells like Team Spirit!!

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Hello Kitty holds a special place in my heart...she is just so cute!  Well, having 2 boys at home, I enjoy using her to decorate my classroom.  Our district colors are green and gold, so you see what inspired her clothes and accessories.  Since our mascot is a bear, I thought I could use the teddy bear with Hello Kitty as a poster topper.  I also put our school letters on her cheerleading outfit.  I used American Crafts Slick Writers to draw stitching around her clothes.  Also, I used my Cuttlebug embossing folders to give texture to her bow, pom poms, and outfit!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Birthday Cupcakes

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These cutie little cupcakes are going to be apart of my new classroom birthday display.  I used the cupcake from the Create a Critter cart and with my Gypsy, hid the face.  I tried to make them resemble the theme of each month. I am going to laminate them for durability.  I will type out each child's name and birthday on the computer, then cut it out and adhere it to the proper cupcake.  For instance, September might have 3 student's names and birthdays on them, depending on my class roll.  I thought this was a cute way to display our class birthdays!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Pin It Now! I am a second grade teacher in a fantastic Texas town. I have another blog that I have used this summer to categorize my everyday creations . I decided to make this blog to help catalogue my crafts and ideas for my classroom. I have found so many inspiring ideas on other people's blogs, and I hope to find the same inspiration in other teacher's blogs.