Sunday, 28 July 2013

Monday Made It- DIY Chevron Corkboard

I am linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her weekly “Monday Made It!”
This may be one of my favourite things I’ve crafted in awhile. The best thing about it is it cost me $0 to make! I already had everything at home!

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Corkboard – I had these 2 square corkboards sitting around in a bin. They came in a pack of 4 squares and I had 2 up on the wall in the computer room already. Any size corkboard would do.
Paint- I used some acrylic craft paint which I already had in the house.
Brushes- I used some little foam brushes I had to sponge paint it.
Tape- I just used masking tape and my lines turned out pretty neat.
Pencil and Ruler- To measure out lines before you tape.
Exacto Knife- Just to clean up some of the tape corners so they are straight.
Chevron Tutorial- I found this great tutorial by Amanda over at Mommy is CooCoo (haha) Even her 5 year old could make chevron stripes!

Step 1: Follow the tutorial that Amanda made. :)

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Hard to see but all my squares are traced.

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Step 2: Make sure your tape is firmly down and paint! I tried to do an Ombre effect…not sure if I achieved it.

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tep 3. Let dry and then remove the tape!

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I don’t even want to put any tacks in it! It’s too pretty! I am now tempted to take down my other 2 which are holding pics and info and paint them too!
Now to find a place in my classroom for them!

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Happy Birthday Bags

Last year I made birthday bags for my kiddos to help me remember their birthday AND so I wasn’t scrambling around at the end of the day trying to put birthday stuff together for them. Here’s what last years bags looked like:

Each bag was filled with a Birthday Certificate, bookmark, pencil, eraser and a little pack of stickers. When it was a student’s birthday, I already had everything to go for the day!

I found some cute things at Michael’s today for this years birthday bags! New certificates, bookmarks, birthday crowns and some other teacher things.

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what do you do for birthdays?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Social Media Icons for your Blog

Olivia over at My Favourite Things wrote a great tutorial on “How to add Social Media Icons to your Blog” It was super easy to follow and she even has cute icons that you can use for free!

I loved her bright blue ones as they matched my blog colours perfectly!

Head on over to add some cute icons to your blog!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Monday Made It

I am linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It.

I saw this pin on Pinterest for word building. Which was awesome because I do this all the time already with my kids! We use Elkonin boxes or sound boxes as I call them every day! I use them whole group during our Morning Meeting for a quick assessment and also during my guided reading groups.

I have kids start with a vowel in the middle and then I call out changes for them to make:
Make the word rat.
Change 1 letter and turn rat into hat.
Change 1 letter to turn hat into hot.

Click on the pic to head over to Make, Take, Teach and get some word building lists and a mat!
 have my kids use the sound boxes with magnetic letters and with dry erase markers. I never had letter tiles to use until now! I have the plastic squares she mentions using but decided I didn’t want to write on them. Soo..I decided to use what I used for making my kids math bag counters. Foam Squares! Super easy to cut and make!

I buy these foam sheets from the Dollar Store for math counters and now word tiles!
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I then measure and mark out 1 inch squares. They fit perfectly on these sheets.

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I use a sharpie to write letters on the tiles. I like to make vowels 1 colour and consonants another. I decided to make 6 of each letter for each tray. Once written, let dry a few seconds and cut out!

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I usually use small clear trays that hold beads for my other letter tiles but couldn’t find them anymore. I did find these colourful ones at another dollar store. I like to label each compartment with the letter so that kids know where to put each tile back. It helps with organization and kids aren’t spending their time searching for a letter when they should be working. Some compartments have 2 letters.

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Finished Tiles! Each box will hold enough tiles for 3 kids to find the letters they need to build with during whole group. During small group, everyone will get their own box.

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Cheap and easy!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Colour Me Rad

I’m finally finished with my summer program and starting summer! Yay!
Today I ran in the Colour Me Rad 5K run! It was so much fun! The 5K is all about having fun and as you are running, staff on the sidelines are throwing coloured cornstarch at you! It was a blast! Here are some pics from the morning!

Before the race with my sister and cousin! I’m on the right.
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Waiting at the Start Line
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After the Race!
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Check the Color Me Rad site to find a run in your area!

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Karen over at Adventures with Firsties is having a 100 Follower Giveaway! I’m helping her out by giving away my Addition and Subtraction Mental Math Strategy Posters!

 A few more days to enter to win great products from tons of bloggers! Click on the picture below to enter!

100 follower giveaway

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Dollar Store Finds!

I headed over to Dollarama today in search of some more foam sheets to make letter tiles out of and couldn’t find what I had bought before. But I did find all this!

1. Stylus for the Ipad

I only bought one just to see how it works but it works great! So I am going to head back and buy a few more for when we get the class set of Ipads to use. It was a little tricky this year to write during projects as we weren’t able to write small enough with our fingers! Hopefully this will help!

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2. Ipad Teacher Case

As I mentioned in a previous post, every class received their own Ipad at the end of the year. I found a great case at Target a little while ago for when the kiddos are using it. I also wanted to find one to put it in when I am taking it to staff meetings, PD events etc. I found this cute one for $2 today at the dollar store!

Teacher Case (from Dollarama)

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What it looks like when its opened:

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I also found a cute case for my laptop. But it doesn’t fit. :( Oh well. I can find other things I’m sure to fit into it!

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3. Ice cube trays

I found these to make this word work activity I saw on Pinterest! I would attach it but I can’t find it now!

You glue vowel letter tiles in the middle…and then kids create 3 letter words by filling in the beginning and ending sounds with letters that make sense.

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That’s about it! I can always find something at the Dollar Store! One of my EA’s this year even gave me a gift card  for Dollarama! It went to good use!

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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Happy Canada Day and Summer!

OOPS….I wrote this post about a week ago and forgot to post I am about 6 days late but….Happy Canada Day!

It’s nice to be out of school and ALMOST on full summer break. I’m running a summer learning program until the 19th and then I can enjoy summer!

Right before school ended, we received our own iPad for our classroom! I found a great protective case at Target and already created a special lock screen to make sure it stays in our room!

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I am excited to download some apps from my own iPad onto this one! It will be nice to have the school set to take out to do projects with and then a classroom one for portfolios, choice time and other activities!

My kids used Skitch tons this year and we are going to work on eportfolios next year with Evernote!

Do you have any favourite apps and programs for the ipad?

Also…..I have had TONS of people in the last little bit emailing me about my CAFE Headers and my CAFE strategies for my board in my room. I’ve been sharing them with anyone who wanted them and emailing people the files!

I think now I will just post them and if you want them, then great! The reason I hadn’t posted them before was because I was still a little unclear on the copyright stuff involved with Daily 5 and I didn’t want to get in trouble. I am sharing them for free and I am in no way affiliated with the Daily 5. This is just my version and take for my own classroom.

With that being said…..I didn’t make all of the strategies for my board. There are some I just don’t cover with my grade ones and when I was making these way back when….it was before my blog and just for myself! So if you notice some strategies are missing….I apologize. I did go back and add in a few more…so If you had previously asked for them and I emailed them to you…please come back and re-download!

Here are some pic’s of what they look like in my classroom…sorry for the laminating glare. I laminated the strategy cards and put velcro on the back. I then add a strategy to the board as I teach it.

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Thank you everyone for your support and interest!! Hope you can use them!
Click Below!

CAFE Owl Strategy Headers

CAFE Strategy Cards

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