June 30, 2016

Paper Cloud {tutorial and details}


 Last summer I had a vision of this "paper cloud" I wanted to make to hang on the top of my hall bulletin board. I like to do some kind of decoration that can be left up all year. I have done paper pom-poms and paper buntings but I wanted to do something a little different and this paper cloud was just perfect.

Everything you need can be bought at Walmart or on Amazon.

What you will need:


Cardstock
I used a variety of different colors and even a ton from my "scrap bucket". 
You will need lots of different colors and sizes.


Foam Piece
This picture is the exact piece of foam I bought from Walmart. 
It is a 36x12x1". It cost $7.46 at Walmart or $8.68 on Amazon.


Ball Pins
I used 1 1/2 box of these pins. There are 360 in each box. So, my paper cloud has around 500 pins in it. {Sore fingers.. yep! Make sure you pick the pins that have balls on the end.} This little box is $2.97 at Walmart or $4.19 on Amazon.

Pipe Cleaners
I used probably around 30 different colored pipe cleaners.


Also, I made a matching small wreath to hand on my door to tie in my door to my bulletin board. 


I bought this small foam wreath from the Dollar Tree.

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So, to make the paper cloud {or wreath} is the simplest thing you can do. 
It just takes awhile. Be patient!

Cut TONS of cardstock into different lengths and sizes.

Fold the card stock about an inch from the top or bottom into a L shape.

Pin the folded part into your foam.

repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat and REPEAT
and just randomly throw in some pipe cleaners here and there by 
twisting them around a pencil to make them curly!


 So, just a few other tips or insights...
This took me several hours. But, it was a mindless activity I did while watching TV.


The foam sheds little pieces.. be warned it makes a mess!
 Put down a sheet to cover your floor or table to make cleaning up easier.

Figuring out how to hang it up was the hardest part! Seriously, my mom and I did a lot of thinking! She ended up hanging it with long nails. It is actually nailed into the wall above my bulletin board NOT into the actual bulletin board. 

Don't forget to do the sides and bottom of the foam piece.
After we got it attached to the wall and board I added a bunch more paper to fill in some gaps.


I took my wreath off my door after about a month. It was losing a few pieces. I don't know if this was from the cheap foam piece I bought at Dollar Tree, from it being on a door that was consistently opening and closing or maybe from little hands touching it.


I joked about the cloud on the board that it might not last a month. It lasted ALL YEAR! In fact, I stopped by my room today {June 30th} and it is still going strong. 11 months later! This picture above shows it the last week of school. 
It worked perfect on my hall bulletin board all year and 
I love it just as much today as I did the day I finished it. 



















June 27, 2016

Wacky Watermelon Math Centers {with recording sheets and extra printables}


I wanted to take a few minutes and share my newest product with you! Take a look at these  



This unit included 10 watermelon math centers with recording sheets and extra printables. They are perfect for the beginning or the end of the year or if you are teaching summer school. Or, heck.. just use them anytime! They are cute enough that you will find a place to squeeze them in!

Here is what is included:


Count the tally marks + recording sheet

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Shape match + follow up cut and paste printable

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Numberword match (zero-twenty) + 2 follow up printables


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10 frame cards + recording sheet


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Count by 5’s (#'s 5-200) + 3 follow up printables


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Ordering numbers  + 3 follow up sheets


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Addition facts + recording sheet

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What number comes next + recording sheet


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Even and Odd Sort Cards + follow up sheet


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Fill in the missing numbers + recording sheet



The matching centers above fit perfect in a pocket chart or can easily be used on the floor or at a table.

I use the follow up printable sheets as early finisher work or as morning work if we have time. They are optional but great to have on hand as an extra activity to go along with the centers.








June 24, 2016

Five for Friday {Link Up.. June 24}

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A quick trip into Goodwill makes for some super fun finds. A dino that will get to hang out on our "theme table" during Dino week and 4 word books that are great for sentence writing but will also be enjoyed by my boys. For a total amount of $2.00. 


I spent one afternoon working on this box of laminated centers to be cut while trying to get through the 20 episodes of General Hospital that I am behind on. Oh the struggle...



And speaking of TV.. my favorite summer show has started! Do you watch Big Brother?

If so.. do you also watch the Live Feeds? Big Brother After Dark? Read the spoiler blogs? I LOVE LOVE this show but I have never watched the Live Feeds and I tried to watch the After Dark shows last year but it was too much jumping around for me. But.. I do read the spoilers especially when the HOH competitions leave us hanging until the next shows. 

Right now my favs are: Corey, Frank, Zakiyah {she is a preschool teacher!}, Nicole, Glenn, and James.

And who needs to go?? Paul, Bronte, Bridgette, Michelle, and DaVonne.



A good mail package was delivered yesterday. 
Amazon has this pack of 200 laminating pouches for $20.85. Run now and order a pack or two..

 
And, with the excitement of a good deal comes a dreaded piece of mail... Jury Duty. 
What teacher wants to go to Jury Duty on their summer vacation. For real?! And that bright yellow note states everything in the book that you can NOT bring into the courtroom. No phone, tablets, laptops, books, magazines.. {{sigh}}


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June 17, 2016

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. June 17th}


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June 10, 2016

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. June 10th}


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I spent last week on the beach. Which means I slept, ate, and read. On repeat...

Late afternoon and early nights are my favorite on the beach. All I need is a book in my lap.

Here is my stack of books that I took and read..

Top to bottom {Amazon links are provided below}

 I picked this up at the used book store. Sherryl Woods is an easy to read author who writes "fluff" that are just perfect for the beach. I actually didn't make it to this book but it will get read sometimes this summer.

Elin Hilderband NEVER disppoints in a good beach read. This one was a quick read that I enjoyed. It seems I read at least one of her books each summer while at the beach. You can never go wrong with her books.

This is a typical book for me.. chic lit. It was a quick read. Recommended for the beach for sure.

My sister handed this down to me. WOW! I read it almost in one sitting. It is definilty NOT my usual kind of read.. but it was good. Very interesting... Add it to your summer reading list for sure.

Can Liane Moriarty write a bad novel? Seriously, if you are living under a rock and have never read anything by her you are missing out. This one was good! Really good Totally recommend it! 

Umm.. YES! Order it now! It is supposed to be turned into a HBO series with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Love this one! A LOT!

And, after the relaxing week at the beach I came right home to work. I finished up a set of apple centers that I started last fall. I printed, laminated and cut one afternoon this week while catching up on some DVR with my trusty assistant by my side.

These will be finished and listed in my store soon. 


And most of the week has been spent catching up on orders for my 
The ac went out in my office the week before I went to the beach. 
I was so happy it got fixed while I was gone and I can work in comfort now.
Look at this precious set of owl goodies for a special teacher.
Address labels, bag tag, teacher postcards, folded note cards and stickers. She is READY for next year!!

I get asked occasionally about my Friday quotes that I share. I have been pinning them forever and you can see them on my Friday Pinterest board. A Friday in the summer is just not as fun as a Friday during the school year! HA!

Enjoy your weekend! 


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