Peppermint Party

My daughter had her Peppermint Party today.  It is her 5th annual party and she looks forward to it every year.  She invites her best girlfriends and they enjoy lunch, cookies, hot cocoa with peppermint candy stirrers, a craft, games, lots of peppermint treats, and each other.

It is a tradition she and her friends look forward to every year.  Here are some pics from this years party.  I will be sharing how to make the egg ornaments with your class, Wednesday, the 19th on the Classroom DIY blog site.

What is one of your favorite annual tradition during this holiday season?
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Hershey Kisses Christmas Tree Gifts

I am a huge lover of cute paper crafts.  A couple of days ago I posted an easy to make paper-strip tree that your students can make and decorate.  Today I am posting a really cute Hershey Kisses Christmas Tree paper craft.  

I get my love of paper crafts from my mom - the official queen of sewing, paper cutting, and crafts.  She found this super cute paper Hershey Christmas Tree pattern from Qbee's Quest website.  If you love paper crafts you will want to subscribe to her blog.  She has a video tutorial on making these cute trees.  They are detailed, but easy to make.  My daughter made 15, with my mom, this afternoon.

Here are some pics of the process:

I would love to hear if you like these and think you will make them.  Let me know if you like posts about crafts.  I am always making something and love to share.


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Classroom DIY Paper-Strip Christmas Trees

 These easy paper-strip Christmas trees are easy to make and make the cutest bulletin board.  
Come on over to Classroom DIY where I am blogging today to see how simple these trees are to make.

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DIY Monogrammed and Polka Dot Pumpkins

I just love pumpkins.  After seeing some cute polka dot pumpkins on Pinterest, I decided to make my own.  

I got a Zing cutter this summer and it is great.  It will cut any design you can dream up.  The initial and polka dots are cut out of sticky-back vinyl.  Then I made a bow with wire ribbon and thin wire.  I hot glued the wire that I wrapped around the stem to make it stay.  Wala!  Classy pumpkin decor.

I made one for my classroom, my son's teacher, and a friend (who has the same last initial!).  Each one came out different, but fun.  Here are the results:

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving next week!
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Happy Halloween!

We carved our pumpkins tonight for Halloween.  We go to a friend's pumpkin carving party each year. The last two years she has gotten me into making character pumpkins.  This year I made the Lorax.  I think he is so cute!  

 My son sketched his own face and carved it himself.  
Below are the pumpkins we made last year.  
 Four little pumpkins, sitting on a bench!
Phineas, Cyclops, and the Headless Horseman,
 Charlie Brown said, "Let's roll on down the street,"
The Headless Horseman said, "I love Trick-or-Treat!"

I hope you all have a very fun and safe Happy Halloween!

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Make Your Student's Halloween "Glow" or "Hoot"

Do you want to make your student's Halloween "glow" or be a "hoot"?  Check out my blog post today over at Classroom DIY to get the downloadable file and directions for these fun student gifts.

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Halloween" Tic Tac Boo" & Candy Corn Math Mat Freebie

The weather here in Phoenix is finally starting to give hope that we may see more than a couple of days below 100 degrees in a row!  It is enough to get me into the fall mood  to decorate my house (pictures to come!) and create some Halloween posters and math activities.

Here is a Tic Tac Boo Freebie for you.  You can use this by itself or as a game with just about any center that 2 students are doing together.  As a student gets a right answer during the practice activity, he/she gets to put a marker on the "Tic Tac Boo" board.  I print on cardstock and laminate.

Click on the picture to download your free "Tic Tac Boo" board, candy corn mats, and preview of my new Halloween Owls Math Fun for K-1.

If you like this set, you can buy it on TpT.  Just click on the picture below to go to the listing.  Common Core alignments are included.
I am linking up with Manic Monday Classroom Freebies this week.  I can't wait to see what you all have for me to look at!
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Happy teaching,

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DIY Unifix Spelling Cubes

Don't use those unifix cubes just for math.  With the flick of a Sharpie permanent marker you have a fun spelling center.

Come get step by step directions over at Classroom DIY where I am blogging today.
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My New Classroom Reveal

I am so excited to reveal my new classroom.  I haven't done a post in a month because I have been Overwhelmed with a capital "O" getting used to my new grade level and my new curriculum.  This is my fourth year teaching at my charter school where both of my kids attend.  They are in 3rd and 6th grade this year and I was my son's K and 1st grade teacher!  I stayed in first another year and moved grade levels this year to teach Jr. High Science.  So, now I teach my daughter who is in 6th grade!

My room is used by the church, my school rents from, twice a week.  So, it had to be designed so that I could move all of the furniture to one side of the room twice a week.  This includes moving my document camera and projector so I got creative and brought in a rolling kitchen cart for my equipment.  

The church also uses the tall white cabinet so the room has very little storage.  My principal agreed to add cabinets above the two counters and I reused the square fabric bins to store supplies.

Here is my room before and after!


Cabinets added over the counter add storage and I repainted the walls.

I made 3 fabric-covered bulletin boards for the back wall.
The large cubby is moved to the end wall.

I added a window valance and blinds over bookshelves that hold student file boxes.
This is my teacher desk corner - tiny, but it works.  I have my up-styled filing cabinet behind the blue  bookcase.
The textbook bookcase divides my teacher corner from the classroom.
Behind the bookcase is my file cabinet than I repainted and my refrigerator.
Here is my "Newton's Apple" that is filled with gum and Jolly Ranchers to reward helpers and smart answers.
Here are my new upper cabinets.  They came unfinished and I painted them to match the back wall.  I plan to paint the lower cabinets to match and put handles and locks on the cabinets.
Students check their file box when they come in the classroom.
Here I organize materials for my 4 different science classes.  I teach 3 different grade levels.
I recycled an unused charging station I had into my center for the pencil sharpener, walkie talkie, tape, and hole punch. It keeps the cords nice and neat.
Here is my class schedule and homework board.  The different classes are labeled across and the days of the week are labeled down to match the student's planners.
Here are my bins that hold my up-styled clipboards I made this summer and some workbooks.
My Lab Expectations are mounted above the student file boxes.
I store supplies in these colorful fabric bins on top of the cubbies.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my classroom.  I'd love to hear what products work best to organize your classroom.

Have fun teaching,

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