Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday Treat for My Sweets: Back to School Roll Say Keep

Happy Saturday everyone!  Sorry this post is rolling out a bit late, I've been busy working on another Daily 5 post as well- stay tuned.  :)  Just in case if you're new to the blog, here's how it works:
  • Swing by the blog on Saturdays to snag a sweet free treat
  • See a sneak peak of the Sunday Super Steal Deal item (or items)
  • Super Steal Deals start on SUNDAY and last all week!
  • Facebook Fans have an additional opportunity to win the Sunday Steal Deal (so make sure you're a fan!)
Today's sweet free treat comes from my School Swing Roll Say Keep game.  It includes uppercase alphabet cards, a game mat and I-Can chart.  Click on the picture for your fun freebie!

Roll Say Keep games are a big Word Work hit with my students all year long!  

What I love most about these packs is they are EDITABLE and easily differentiated.  It's super easy to type in whatever words you need!

You can snag all my Roll Say Keep bundles for 50% starting Sunday- even the bundle!  That's like getting more than half the games for free!  :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday Made It: Clipboards, Letter Cases and Cute Binder Tabs

I am finally getting around this summer to linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!  Don't forget to visit the linky and check out all the fun!

This is mostly what I've been up to this summer:

{best. movie. EVER!}

But as I swinging around Hobby Lobby and Target last weekend I finally felt inspired!  Here's what I made:

First, I re-did my letter tile storage case with these awesome stickers I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot!  I love how they have a picture and the capital/lowercase letter.  Now I need to go find another case at Walmart for all my magnetic letters...

32 Compartment No Spill Case: Walmart, $7
Alphabet Stickers: Target, $1
Eureka Letter Tiles: Amazon, $9
{Total Cost: $17}

P.S. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway for a Target gift card!  Giveaway ends this Saturday!

I finally tried it... mod podge cute clipboards for my awesome new teammates!  Here's how it went- tell me I'm not the only one!  :)  

In the end (six clipboards and three trips to Hobby Lobby later) they turned out great!  Practice makes perfect, right?!  Here's what you'll need for this project:

 Mod Podge Matte Finish: Hobby Lobby or Walmart, $5
Clipboard: Dollar Tree, $1
Scrapbook Paper: Hobby Lobby, $0.59/each
Assorted Foam Brushes: Hobby Lobby, $2/pack
Decorative Ribbon: Hobby Lobby, $1-$3
3" Avery Printable Round Labels: $9
{Total Cost: ~$20}

{It is really important to add a MEDIUM coat.  This first time I didn't do a thick enough coat and my paper ended up peeling!}  

{It's very important to WAIT between each layer of mod podge, otherwise you will get terrible bubbles.  I did 3 total layers- 2 in the evening, 1 in the morning and they turned out great!}

Did I mention how important it is to wait for each coat to dry completely before putting on another one?  :)

And last but not least...

I learned how to print onto sticky notes {best.thing.EVER!}  Look how cute and classy my new organizational binder tabs turned out:

And it was pretty easy peasy lemon squeezy once I got going with it!  Here's what you do:

Print sticky note template onto white paper, then cover with sticky notes.  The template shown is for 3" by 3" sticky notes.  Be careful to place the sticky part towards the top in each box.

Edit the text in the template file.  The circles are designed for use with a 2" circle cutter or you can cut them out.  You can also add text to the plain boxes to print onto an entire sticky note.  (And yes, the text is upside down.  This is very important- you want the sticky side on top to adhere to the page and the text to stick out of the binder!)

Place template paper with sticky notes into printer.  Note the direction the sticky notes face- you want the paper feed in the smoothed down sticky part first.

Voila!  Beautiful sticky notes.  The lightly dotted circle makes it easy to line up with your circle punch or to follow with scissors.

Got that?  Here's the steps in review:

And that's all folks!  I hope you found some fun easy to use ideas.  Don't forget to pick up your sticky note template/tutorial freebie below and happy crafting!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tales of a Target Teacherista: Goodies & a Giveaway!

Having a love affair with Target is nothing new for teachers.  I've tried to save myself (and my wallet) all summer, so when I headed in yesterday it was like stumbling across an oasis in the desert!  Naturally I can't keep all the great things I found to myself.

Mmmm guided reading supplies!  The Eric Carle bags are absolutely adorable for sending reading bags home.  The word strips I use for Mix N' Fix (scrambled sentences) during guided reading.  I model making a connection and writing it down in a sentence, cut it apart and mix it up, and the kiddos help me fix it.  Then they write their own connection down on the small sentence strip whiteboards.

I love these card sorts, puzzles and bingo games for skill-building in small groups!

It wouldn't be a true Target trip if I didn't stock up some stickers, stamps and organizational goodies.  :)  I love the cute buckets with chalkboard/dry erase surfaces and color-coded baskets (great for turn-in work).  I go through a lot of stickers because each Tues/Thurs the kids bring back their guided reading back, they get a sticker for each sentence they wrote about the book in their journals!

Aaand I may have bought the same skirt in 2 or 4 different colors.  With matching cardigans.  And some coordinating scarves.  :)

Have you been craving a trip to Target but need some extra cash?  Enter the giveaway below and gain extra entries by sharing the good news with your friends.  Good luck!