Friday, July 21, 2017

Spreading Happiness and Cheer in Your Classroom

Happiness and Cheer are wonderful tools that should be in each and every classroom. Students love when they are recognized for their efforts and celebrated. When students feel loved and appreciated it changes the whole atmosphere in the classroom. I have never seen that to be so true that this past school year.

Last year was my first year at a new school. It is a Title One school and I could tell from the start that these kids loved to talk, work hard and share in happiness! We did a lot of character development lessons last year and those morning meeting times when we chatted were just the best. I could tell how much they loved sharing what was going on in their lives, what they worked on at home and more.

So this year knowing what my students are going to be like I wanted to start off the year showing and telling my students how very special they are. 

This is how I came up with the idea of Student Happy Notes. While shopping at Target I have seen these adhesive pocket square in the Bullseye Playground area.
I was thinking about how I could use these with my students and notes popped into my head! I am going to place one square on each students desk, next to their name tags.

To start off when they come for Meet The Teacher I am going to welcome them with their first note. I made a few different versions for other grade levels too.

I like to give a variety of options to teachers if they were to purchase this so I made each type of note in color and black/white. The above picture shows how you can print the black and white notes on bright paper and it really pops!

If using color ink makes you happy I made the notes bright and colorful too! I created 27 different types of notes to pass out to the students. Everything from Happy Birthday to Spread Kindness Like Confetti.
Here is a peek into what a few of the notes look like. As the year goes on I plan on giving out new notes 1-2 times a week. Especially when I see my students working really hard OR if they just look like they need a little extra TLC that day. I am really excited to share these with my kids and to hear their reactions to the notes on their desks.

You can see all these Happy Notes in my store. If you don't have the target square no problem. You can still share them with your students the best way that works for you.

If you do have the adhesive square you may also want to check out the editable labels I made for the target squares too!

Hope that there is lots of happiness and cheer in your classroom this year too!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Target Teacher Finds- Back to School 2017

Hey, Friends! I hope all of you are soaking up the sun and recharging. I saw a picture that says teachers are solar powered. They recharge in the summer. How true that picture was!!! As a teacher though do our brains ever really stop thinking about school? I know for me that I ADORE summertime but of course, I have been thinking about next year. If you follow me on Instagram( which I SURE hope you do!!!) you may have been that I have a LOVE of the Target dollar section. I think every teacher does!

            (I just love this shirt from The Wright Stuff. Click the pic to see the shirt in their shop.)

So a few weeks ago Ha from Happy Days in First Grade and I went to Target to have some fun! We checked out all the goodies that were out from the Dollar Spot and took tons of goofy pictures. You can check out her blog post to see what we found. I was excited to see somethings for BTS but it was not that amazing stuff I found last year.  Since I am no quitter (haha) and I knew this was about the time of the year that they stuff hits the shelves I was stalking patiently waiting for the shelves to be filled up with goodies.

THAT time has arrived and I can not WAIT to share with you all I have found!

To start off those bigger colored boxes are not from Target but, from Costco. I am going to use them to store my stations for each group during Guided Math and Daily 5 this year. This year Target changed the colors of the bins and I am in LOOOOOOVE!!! Instead of rainbow colors like last year, they came out with PINK and TEAL!!!! I am replacing all my red book bins with pink ( those who know me know that pink and purple are my colors!). So I may have had to run to 10 different Targets to get my pink bins but I FOUND THEM!!

Each Target I went to I found all different kind of goodies!

Here I found some dry erase sentence strips, pennant banners, rainbow dry erase labels and apple pencil toppers! I am going to use those erasers as math manipulatives. You can see how I use them
here (Mini Eraser Ideas).
Here is a closer look at the sentence strips and the ONE (1!!) pocket chart I found. Oh so happy it was purple!

They have these canvas bags this year for $3. This one was my FAV! I also saw a notebook paper one and one with a school bus. Super cute for extra tote bag at school.

Those BINS!!! I got a set of these square bins. One teacher can never have enough bins right? ;) Plus, how CUTE are those crayons and pencil? They are ceramic little decorations I will put under my window for a splash of color. There is also an apple too!


These letters are just so cute for any elementary classroom!! I can wait to get them up in my classroom. They also had these in cursive for older grades. Love the colors.

I love to hang my students work outside our classroom and these wooden clips match all the other colors they have this year perfectly! Then did you see the pack on the bottom?!?! How perfect would those be for some number recognition activities!
They also had letter ones too! These would be really cute to hang alphabet posters in your classroom. So many possibilities.
Look at these banners! I found more ABC ones that would be perfect for the clips above. I also found these pencil and corkboard banners. I think I am going to use to some vinyl letters and make a welcome banner.


These are clipboards are perfect for small notes to leave on your desk and the bigger one has a pad of paper for taking notes! Perfect for that beginning of the year PD.

These pencils!! What a great way to others how your classroom runs! Then even had matching borders with the same messages. LOVE these to hand out at the beginning the of the year.
Target really has set the bar high this year!

I also got some brand new wipe and write sheet protectors with the new amazing colors. These are the best for my students to use during word work, math stations and sight word practice. All you need is a dry erase markers and you are good to go!

This year I have decided that I am going to make a positive inspiration board right next to my desk. I have lots of these adorable wooden signs from years past and then today I found these 2 to add to my collection. I can not wait to hang them all up and show you how it turns out!

I had so much fun shopping and planning for next year. I would love to hear about things you may have found at your target dollar spot by commenting below. Feel free to pin this image so you can save the ideas I have shared here.

Happy July and enjoy Summer!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sneaky Spinach

Hey, Friends! Today I am here to tell you about a cute new book I discovered this week!


As a mom and teacher. we always want out kids eating healthy. Though, kids tend to make different choices! This cute book shows how kids CAN get vegetables in their food without them even knowing about it!


In this story Nick wants nothing to do with vegetables BUT, loves to have a smoothie each morning. Little does he know but those sneaky spinach leaves keep jumping into his smoothie mix!

              This book is a great way start to showing kids that eating healthy is easier than they think!

You can find this book on Amazon and the Nekter Juice Bar page. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating 2,000 with Brinca into Bilingual (Mrs.Nicolau)!


Hi friends! I am very excited to help my friend Brinca into Bilingual (Mrs.Nicolau) celebrate her exciting news. Check out below how you could win some really neat prizes!


Mrs. Nicolau is giving away TWO RAE DUNN MUGS!
These cute mugs are very hard to find (depending where you live) and everyone is going CRAZY for these!

Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!!

Who does not LOVE TARGET?! We ALL do!!  So let's do a giveaway for a $25 Target gift card!

Since we are going crazy with prices, why don't we get even crazier?!... Let's also celebrate with a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!

Last, but definitely not least! I have many blog friends that have joined me to celebrate this amazing event! They have all joined me to giveaway bundles by grades!!!

The first bundle is for our Bilingual K-1 teachers!

Next is the 2-3 Bilingual Bundle!

Last is our K-2 Grades Bundle in English!

Are you excited enough?! We sure hope so! Stop by Mrs. Nicolau's blog to enter all these great prizes!!!
While you are there, drop a note to her. She LOVES hearing from her readers! :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Attendance Incentives


Recently at our school, we have started to have a problem with kids coming to school! So each grade level team was to collaborate and think about different ways we could encourage students to come to school and boost our attendance numbers.

Our team decided to go with a popcorn party. Simple and easy enough for sure. So I made this display that we hung up in our first-grade hallway
So each day a class had all their students present at attendance time got to add a popcorn sticker to their class ten frame. It was so fun to see how each class was progressing. I also began to notice how my students would really cheer for students when they showed up each day.  We have been doing this contest for a few weeks and last week WE filled up our class ten frame!!

Our class was so excited and the other first grade classes were really jealous! All the teachers kept saying that it is so important to be at school each and every day ( unless your sick).

My class enjoyed some popcorn and a movie last Friday and also got some tags and certificates

Now that we reached our 10-day goal, we are trying for 20 days! I will be adding another ten frame to the board in hopes we can fill it fast!

I have had other people comment on how well this would work in just their classroom or even as a behavior chart. All great ideas to promote student success.

You can click this link here or the cover below to see it in my TPT shop.


What do you do to promote attendance in your school?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

How to Store those Mini Erasers


Hey there! If you follow me over on Instagram you KNOW how much I love those target mini erasers! They are used for everything in my classroom. So you probably have them too but, HOW the heck do you keep them all organized???? Don't you worry friends I have a really CHEAP easy fix for you!

                                   These ziplock extra small square containers are PERFECT!!!

                                                Each square holds one bag of erasers.

The best thing about them is they are clear so you can easily see which one you want to use!

Now I took my storage a step further. Once I put them into the square containers I then organized them by season with these craft storage boxes I had from Michael's

I could fit 16 sets into one box. Then until I got some more I had to stack some on top.

Having them stored this way makes is really easy for my kids to use during our activity time. They can just grab a container and go.

                                        Here are some of the ways we use them in my classroom

           Make sure to check out my eraser activity pack for TONS of hands-on engaging activities!


Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to pin this image so you can remember where to find these ideas