Friday, June 29, 2012

Classroom Jobs Chart

Today I’m linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics: Made It Monday. :)

Today I’m going to show you how to make your classroom jobs chart…let’s get started. You will need these things:

I have my calendar that matches my room theme, mainly to keep my eye on the prize. I also have one of the hubs’ old white t-shirts, some beautiful turquoise ribbon that matches my theme, my classroom job signs, thermal laminating pouches from Wal-Mart, a hot glue gun, an iron, and the craft ironing board.

I made these job chart signs to match my theme. If you would like a set for yourself you can get them from my shop here. I printed my job chart signs on cardstock.

Open up your package of laminating pouches and insert one of your job chart signs. Lay out the t-shirt on the ironing board.

Slide the pouch into the t-shirt so that there is material surrounding the pouch. (Why do my arms look so hairy here?! They are not! lol)

Get iron happy. :)

Keep on ironing. I honestly can’t tell you an exact time but I let it sit for about 30 seconds and then I would move it to another section and let it sit. You can pull it out periodically and check to see if it is sealed. If not, keep ironing my friends. Ta-da. Completely sealed. Lamination makes my heart sing. So does glitter. So does my husband. And my kids…okay so my heart is always singing. ;)

Keep laminating all the sheets until you are finished.

Break out that gorgeous turquoise ribbon. Hobby Lobby must have recently got this in because I have never laid eyes on it before! Hot glue the ribbon down the back of the laminated sheets, centered of course. :) Make sure NOT to get hot glue on your leg! Ouch!

I left a small amount of space (inch?) between each paper.  And the final product:

I will write my students names on clothespins and then move them weekly or bi-weekly. I haven’t quite decided yet. Last year I did bi-weekly but might try something different this year! Some jobs will have more than one student like paper managers and clean up patrol.

So what do you think? I didn’t realize that I laminate things at home until I saw the pin fly across my pinterest feed one day!

You can find my jobs here at my teacher shop! :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

10 Simple Steps for a Greener and Healthier Home

10 Simple Steps

1. Start by replacing a bunch of your cleaners (your general spray cleaner, glass cleaner, counter top cleaner, floor and bathroom cleaners) with a natural, nontoxic all-purpose cleaner. You will only need one to do that. Really!

2. Replace your laundry detergent with a natural nontoxic one so the clothes you wear and the sheets you sleep on have no fumes for you to breathe.

3. Go to your bathroom and read the shampoo, makeup and moisturizer labels. Ask yourself, “Do I really need scent in these products?” Take stock of all of your other products and try to replace one a week with a safer, greener choice.

4. Use BPA-free plastic baby bottles and fill them with breast milk or organic formula. Choose powdered formula over canned formula to avoid BPA leaching from the can-lining.

5. Pay attention (without freaking out) to the toys you buy for your kids. Avoid lead paint and soft plastics that contain phthalates.

6. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid processed food. Even better, choose organic and locally grown meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

7. Try to get the plastic containers out of your kitchen and replace them with glass containers.

8. Make a vow to stop buying bottled water—NOW. Instead, buy a water filter pitcher and keep two in your fridge at all times.

****I’ve saved SO much money by switching over to the filtered water pitcher. We were buying 3 packages of Nestle water bottles a week. That’s how much water we were going through.

So we were spending $25 ($3 a pkg)a month in bottled water and we were NOT recycling. Can you believe that?!

So we spent the $60 to get the water filtering pitcher and have been using it for 2 whole months now and will probably make it another month before replacing the filter.

A single filter is $20. Let’s just say that the filter lasts 3 months. We are saving $55 every three months. (Originally $25 a month= $75 every three months, New system is one filter every 3 months=$20).

Awesome!!!****

9. For cleaner and healthier air, open your windows once a day when the outside temperature is comfortable.

10. When buying new stuff for your home, focus on green products especially mattresses and carpets.

 

We have made some major changes in the past six months and can tell a huge difference! :)

10 Simple Steps for a Greener and Healthier Home

10 Simple Steps

1. Start by replacing a bunch of your cleaners (your general spray cleaner, glass cleaner, counter top cleaner, floor and bathroom cleaners) with a natural, nontoxic all-purpose cleaner. You will only need one to do that. Really!

2. Replace your laundry detergent with a natural nontoxic one so the clothes you wear and the sheets you sleep on have no fumes for you to breathe.

3. Go to your bathroom and read the shampoo, makeup and moisturizer labels. Ask yourself, “Do I really need scent in these products?” Take stock of all of your other products and try to replace one a week with a safer, greener choice.

4. Use BPA-free plastic baby bottles and fill them with breast milk or organic formula. Choose powdered formula over canned formula to avoid BPA leaching from the can-lining.

5. Pay attention (without freaking out) to the toys you buy for your kids. Avoid lead paint and soft plastics that contain phthalates.

6. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid processed food. Even better, choose organic and locally grown meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

7. Try to get the plastic containers out of your kitchen and replace them with glass containers.

8. Make a vow to stop buying bottled water—NOW. Instead, buy a water filter pitcher and keep two in your fridge at all times.

****I’ve saved SO much money by switching over to the filtered water pitcher. We were buying 3 packages of Nestle water bottles a week. That’s how much water we were going through.

So we were spending $25 ($3 a pkg)a month in bottled water and we were NOT recycling. Can you believe that?!

So we spent the $60 to get the water filtering pitcher and have been using it for 2 whole months now and will probably make it another month before replacing the filter.

A single filter is $20. Let’s just say that the filter lasts 3 months. We are saving $55 every three months. (Originally $25 a month= $75 every three months, New system is one filter every 3 months=$20).

Awesome!!!****

9. For cleaner and healthier air, open your windows once a day when the outside temperature is comfortable.

10. When buying new stuff for your home, focus on green products especially mattresses and carpets.

 

We have made some major changes in the past six months and can tell a huge difference! :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Impress them on your kids…

I’m currently doing a Beth Moore bible study titled Jesus the One and Only. It’s one of her older studies but my goal from this study is to grow my faith in Jesus and learn stories and versus so that I can impress them on my children. Without having to pull out books. Not that books are bad but I would love to be able to talk to Tryp about Jesus more. So last night I did the introduction and one of the verses that we looked up was Dueteronomy 6:4-9 and it really hit home. It talks about my goal to impress them(God’s words) on my children. So I decided to make a printable. Click the picture to download your own. :)

Dueteronomy649

Monday, June 25, 2012

Made It Monday: Hall Pass Sign

I’ve been plugging away at my summer bucket list for the classroom because I have, are you ready, 22 days left before I start district training. Yes, that is it my friends. Kids come back on August 1st for me so I’m trying to get it all crammed in. :)

I had so much fun linking up to 4th Grade Frolics last week and met so many new teachers that I wanted to do it again! I probably will until I run out of projects! :)



DIY Hall Pass Sign Button

On my summer bucket list I posted this:

HallPass

I decided to give it a whirl. It didn’t look too hard and it really wasn’t! The hardest part is waiting for paint to dry! ;) My classroom colors are staying the same from last year but this year I am adding owls and more crafty things since my room is going to be 30 x 30! :)

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So here is what you will need:

HallPassSupplies

Paint (many colors: background and dots)

Paintbrush

Paint pens (white and black)

Wood

Fine point Sharpie

4-6 Clothespins

Glue gun (not shown)

Ribbon (not shown)

Sand paper (not shown)

Circle Stencil (anything that you can use as a circle guide)

When I unwrapped the board I realized that I could easily get a splinter if I wasn’t careful so the first thing I did was sand all the edges smooth.

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Then I took the board outside and spray painted it blue. The hardest part, again, was just waiting for that to dry. I did several coats because I don’t like to see the wood grain/lines through the paint.

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Using the stencil I began marking the circles and filling them in….which required several coats to get them looking good.

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Once I felt like the circles were good, I had to let them dry. In fact, I think we went ahead and went to Wal Mart and when I came back they were dry enough for me to start the next part.

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As you can see in my theme pictures earlier, the poster has the white stitches and I love that look so I figured I could incorporate it on this project! If you get the paint pen just right you won’t have to do a second round and you won’t have a big mess. Those paint pens can be tricky.

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Once everything was really dry I whipped out the black paint pen. I did not have one of these on hand so I bought it. I wanted the big chisel tip. It’s time to write the words Hall Pass and I just do mine free hand and mine don’t look near as good as the original one but it will do! ;)MIM7MIM11

I got this ric rac on sale at Hobby Lobby and knew it would be perfect for my little project. I burned the edges so it wouldn't fray. MIM10

Then I hot glued it to the back. Like so…

MIM8It’s time to make the actual passes instead of just the holder. :) The easiest part really. Just write your last name on both sides of the clothespins because they are what the students will actually take (wear) to the bathroom. :)MIM17MIM18

It is complete! I think it turned out pretty cute and the colors match my theme well. MIM12MIM13

Now it’s your turn. GO make one! Winking smile

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Made It Monday: Hall Pass Sign

I’ve been plugging away at my summer bucket list for the classroom because I have, are you ready, 22 days left before I start district training. Yes, that is it my friends. Kids come back on August 1st for me so I’m trying to get it all crammed in. :)

I had so much fun linking up to 4th Grade Frolics last week and met so many new teachers that I wanted to do it again! I probably will until I run out of projects! :)

DIY Hall Pass Sign ButtonOn my summer bucket list I posted this:

HallPass

I decided to give it a whirl. It didn’t look too hard and it really wasn’t! The hardest part is waiting for paint to dry! ;) My classroom colors are staying the same from last year but this year I am adding owls and more crafty things since my room is going to be 30 x 30! :)

ColorScheme1ColorScheme

So here is what you will need:

HallPassSupplies

Paint (many colors: background and dots)

Paintbrush

Paint pens (white and black)

Wood

Fine point Sharpie

4-6 Clothespins

Glue gun (not shown)

Ribbon (not shown)

Sand paper (not shown)

Circle Stencil (anything that you can use as a circle guide)

When I unwrapped the board I realized that I could easily get a splinter if I wasn’t careful so the first thing I did was sand all the edges smooth.

MIM16MIM21MIM19MIM20Then I took the board outside and spray painted it blue. The hardest part, again, was just waiting for that to dry. I did several coats because I don’t like to see the wood grain/lines through the paint.

MIM1Using the stencil I began marking the circles and filling them in….which required several coats to get them looking good.

MIM2MIM3Once I felt like the circles were good, I had to let them dry. In fact, I think we went ahead and went to Wal Mart and when I came back they were dry enough for me to start the next part.

MIM4As you can see in my theme pictures earlier, the poster has the white stitches and I love that look so I figured I could incorporate it on this project! If you get the paint pen just right you won’t have to do a second round and you won’t have a big mess. Those paint pens can be tricky.

MIM6MIM5Once everything was really dry I whipped out the black paint pen. I did not have one of these on hand so I bought it. I wanted the big chisel tip. It’s time to write the words Hall Pass and I just do mine free hand and mine don’t look near as good as the original one but it will do! ;)MIM7MIM11I got this ric rac on sale at Hobby Lobby and knew it would be perfect for my little project. I burned the edges so it wouldn’t fray. MIM10Then I hot glued it to the back. Like so…MIM8It’s time to make the actual passes instead of just the holder. :) The easiest part really. Just write your last name on both sides of the clothespins because they are what the students will actually take (wear) to the bathroom. :)MIM17MIM18It is complete! I think it turned out pretty cute and the colors match my theme well. MIM12MIM13

Now it’s your turn. GO make one! Winking smile

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