Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

a little late... I know. Maybe you can use it next year? I do these every year with my kids because I think they are just so adorable. In the past I pre-cut the collar part, but this year I gave my kids a ruler to lay along the top, trace a line, and cut a little on each side. They turned out so well, my best friend invited us to her class to help her kinders make them. :) Here are some pictures. 

Kinderglynn and Friends Giveaway!!

Amaaaaaazing Giveaway over at Kinderglynn. Anna from Crazy for First Grade, Melissa from Mrs. Freshwater's Class, Erica from Erica Bohrer's First Grade, Michelle Oakes from Fabulous in First, Amanda from One Extra Degree, Cara from The First Grade Parade and Kinderglynn

have put together a HUUUUGE assortment of goodies. Head over and enter. There is not much time!

Drawing will be held Sunday night at 10:00 est.

**On a side note, I have been having trouble entering this. I've been trying since Monday and no luck. Anyone else having trouble leaving a comment?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Linky Party!! Top 10 Favorite Teaching Things

I haven't posted in fooooorrrreeevvvveeeerrrr. Things have been crazy and super stressful. I got a lay off notice and am just waiting and hoping that California can get it's act together and I can get my job back. On a happy note... blogging always cheers me up and Deanna's  favorite things post made me think about some of the things I love and couldn't teach without. Linky Parties also make me happy. Feel free to link your favorites at the bottom of this.  

1. My Scotch laminator : It cost me $18.99 for the machine and 50 laminating pouches at Sam's Club.

2. Sharpie fine point pens : enough said.

3. iPoint pencil sharpener : Okay everyone. Student teaching and credential classes did not warn me about the thing that would drive me the most crazy. Pencil sharpening. It took me 4 years to figure out a system that works for me and this sharpener has been my savior. It was like $15 and has lasted me years. It sharpens pencils REALLY well. Better than the Xacto ones most teachers have. Costco. Get yourself one. 

4. Sterilite storage drawers : I use these on my desk. See my classroom tour photos for more explanation. I just like how clean they make things look. 

5. Swingline 3 hole punch : This was one of my "bigger" purchases. Well worth the money.

6. A ladder : I know this is soooo random to some people, but I got so tired of hunting down ladders that I bought one my second year. Best idea ever. Costco and not expensive.
7. Fabric: Now if only I can stay in one classroom long enough to experience the amazingness of not having to change your bulletins.

8. Starbuck's Venti Black Iced Tea with 2 Splendas : So the closest Sonic to me is like 40 miles away and I don't drink soda anymore so this is my addiction.

9. Staple remover: I know what you are thinking. "Brittney, what teacher doesn't have a staple remover?" But this is a wall one! When I found this little treasure, I decided to set her up with my ladder and send them on a date to my classroom walls. Too many teachers before me had left their staple stragglers all over the walls and these two made such a great team and got rid of them all super fast.

10. Lakeshore Learning All Purpose Teacher's Organizer  This has to be their top seller. I was lucky enough to find mine in their warehouse. This is a great gift for new teachers. 

So what do you all love? With summer here, I know we all have some shopping to do! Link up here and let me know what you could not teach without.