Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My TpT store: Free Olympic Theme Pack!

I have been on a slight hiatus from my blog because I have been working on opening my brand new teachers pay teachers store!  I am so excited that it is finally open, and I would love for you to go and snag 2 of the free products that are there.  I have an Olympic Theme Pack full of back to school activities in both English and Spanish.  I would appreciate your feedback, as I am brand new at this.  Here is a link to my store:

Also, check out my brand new facebook page.  I'll be doing giveaways both on the blog and the FB page, so I'd love for you to be a follower.  Stayed tuned for a giveaway coming up soon!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Glittery Grouping

I saw a post on pinterest about using colorful bracelets to group kids.  I love this idea because kids can randomly choose a color, or as a teacher you can assign colors based on who you want in what group.  I found these cute bracelets at the dollar tree, and they are gLittErY!!  LOVE.  I just won't tell the boys they are called princess expressions =).  What are your fun grouping ideas?
Monday, July 23, 2012

Office Chair Makeover

I am starting to get in the mood to do a few fun craft projects for my classroom.  I saw a picture on pinterest of how to re-cover an office chair and give it a whole new look.  I don't sit down a lot in my classroom, except during reading small groups and Tejas Lee testing.  When I do sit down, though,  I really don't appreciate the incredibly uncomfortable chairs I have to choose from.  So I decided to try out this craft project and it turned out awesome!  I am looking forward to having a comfortable chair to sit it when I need it =).

First, I bought an office chair from a family friend for $10 (thanks Karen!).  Here is the before picture.

The most difficult part of this project was taking the chair apart.  The bottom was easier, as it just unscrews.  I googled around and found out that the top part is supposed to "pop off".  Sort of true, but not quite that easy.  I put a screwdriver in between the plastic pair and the padding, and was able to pop it out but not remove it completely.  (My dog was VERY curious about this project, isn't she cute!)

It turns out my husband had to help me because hidden on the back of a chair behind a plastic piece that popped off was a part you had to unscrew.  After that, the top section came off no problem.  It took me awhile to disassemble the whole chair, but it was a fun undertaking.  After I got it somewhat disassembled, I cut off the red fabric with scissors.  Some people actually removed the staples from the back, but I didn't go that far.  I just cut around where the staples were and left a little bit of fabric on the back.  It was way less time consuming and didn't change the outcome of the project.

The last and easiest step was to staple on the new fabric with a staple gun, and then just reassemble the chair.  I wasn't worried about it being perfect, and it wasn't hard to staple the fabric.  If you're wondering how much fabric to buy, I bought a yard of nice, thick fabric from Hobby Lobby and it was on sale for $6.  It was cutting it close, though, so I might suggest a yard and a half.  I chose animal print because my classroom is safari themed.  So, here is the finished project, and it only cost me $16 to complete!!  I had so much fun rolling around on it at my house last night =).

I would love to hear of any fun craft projects you are doing for your classroom-- thanks for stopping by!!
Monday, July 16, 2012

All about the teacher book

I just returned from my beach vacation to South Carolina and it was GLoRioUs!!  My husband and I enjoyed relaxing on the beach and eating lots of yummy food.  Summer definitely has its perks =)

Today I have been working on updating my "Todo Sobre Sra. Humphrey" book.  I type up the pages (making sure to include lots of pictures!) and put them in a small binder.  I read the book to my students on the first day of school, and then leave it out for them to read when they have time throughout the school year.  Last year, one of my students told me my own life story because he had memorized the book.  SO cute =).

I am also starting to make my list of things I need for the start of the school year.  I plan on using a few pinterest ideas, so I am including those items on my shopping list.  What do you put on your list for beginning of school shopping?
Friday, July 6, 2012

Type A Teacher Heaven

Upon checking the mail last week, I discovered that I received a birthday gift from my friend Kelley. I opened the gift and almost jumped up and down because I was so excited. She sent me an Erin Condren teacher planner, which is heaven on earth for the type A teacher. I am so excited to use it in the fall and I just know it will be the talk of the teachers on my campus.

Use the code 2012OFF and get $5 off!
Sunday, July 1, 2012

I'm baaaack!!!

Well, I guess the school year got SO crazy that I forgot to blog. Oops. But thanks to some encouragement from Candis, I'm back! I hope to blog once every week or two and I definitely want to connect with other DL/ bilingual teachers from across the country and the world.

I am enjoying summer and some time to relax. My toes will be in the sand in a little over a week. How about you?