Monday, August 29, 2011

The End Is Near!!

I can't believe tomorrow starts the new school year!! Summer is over folks and teachers at Madison in Michigan start back tomorrow!! YIKES!! I know it has to end but ohhhhh, I don't want it to!! Don't get me wrong I'm super excited for the new beginnings but I just hate to say goodbye! 

I'm not ready to show completed pics of my new room just yet. But, I do have pics of a project that I completed. I fixed up some ancient desks that needed some lovin. They were beaten up pretty bad and only worthy of being in public if covered with a table cloth before I got a hold of them. But now they are my new computer table!! Tadaaa!! The tops are chalkboard paint so I can doodle and jot quick notes! Fun huh?!

Anyone else completing projects?? 
I have a plant pot project coming next. 
The pots are literally drying in the garage as I speak/type. 
We shall see how they turn out!!
Saturday, August 27, 2011

Last Minute Super Summer Fun!!

I've been MIA cuz I'm soaking in some last minute summer fun!! 
Here is a little blurp of what I've been up to this week!
 Summer is about to leave us and I'm going to miss it so awful bad! We consider this camping trip a giant farewell to summer bash and we always have a wonderful time!! I hope that you and yours are finding fun ways to say goodbye to swimming pools/smores and hello to alarm clocks and football games!!

I'll be back in the blogging saddle again soon!

Oh, and guess what!! I so totally got to camp with a fellow bloggy buddy!! Holly over at Joy of Kindergarten just happens to be great friends with one of my friends/co-workers. We were all at Yogi at the same time with lots of bloggy talk going down while the kids played!! How fun is that!?
Jump on over and check her out! Her blog is adorable!
Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Wonderful Daily 5/Cafe Resource!!

I was typing along today and I stumbled upon a wonderful resource!! If you haven't check out this blog you REALLY need to get typing on over in a hurry!! Her entire blog is dedicated to the Daily 5 and Cafe. 

If your wondering about the picture above, I Googled daily 5 images and I found this. They happen to be posters sold by 3rd Grades a Hoot!  If you want a set of them go here.  
I will link up her site below!!

This brings me to wonder who else out there has wonderful resources to offer where the Daily 5/ Cafe are concerned. Do you have sassy posters, lessons, pictures, ideas, etc.?? It can be Daily 5 math too!!

Let's link up and share them! 
Let's make this a link up spot for all the Daily 5 / Cafe goodies!!

1. Your link has to be about Daily 5/ Cafe.
2. You must include the url to the actual post not the site. Unless the entire site is on the topic like the one I shared!
3. I just put in the first 4 entries. Yes, they are someone else's blogs! I just clicked the middle/second option under Get an image from the web page you entered WEB and it will give you their image. 
4. If you can, post about this linky!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lamination Take Over!!

I opted to stay home today and tackle the things I can do without being at school. I managed to get my welcome back letters stuffed and in the mail this morning! I send a letter, an information sheet, and one more supply list in this mailing.
Cute huh? I so love this paper!! 
Thanks Erin Pifer for hooking me up!!
I had to redo my bulletins so I have more laminate to cut than I normally do. My little ones are enjoying some grapes and Shrek for rest time in the background. 

I know Pinterest was down last night for a little while but it's back up and running now. I found an adorable paper banner that I'm going to whip up in my room!! I wanted to show you how stinkin cute it is!!
Cute huh?!

I have a lot of new pins 
just since yesterday so hop on over 
and check out my Pinterest!! 
If you want an invite just leave a message with your email!
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Friday, August 19, 2011


Progress was made today. I got a couple Pinterest projects that I like finished. My very good friend that has artistic talent (I don't) came to school with me today and whipped up the sassy rocket bulletin board. Looks awesome huh?! Thanks Sandra!! You rock!! I just need to add the stars. I'm so excited about how nice it turned out! I would love to give credit to the teacher who's blog I first saw it on but Pinterest is down right this minute and I forget who it was. I'll check when it's back up and running so I can give credit where credit should be!
Pinterest is up and running and I got the idea for this bulletin board from!! Go check her out her site is AWESOME!!


I grabbed up the "Read" letters at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off! I used spray adhesive to put scrapbook paper on them and I think they turned out pretty cute! I haven't figured out where to put them in my room yet but wherever they do go they will be looookin gooood!!  :) 
My poor kids are so done with me dragging them in to school with me but it could be much worse then a fancy playground and all the games etc. Such is the life of a teachers child.  :)

I know my friend Amanda over at Plumdoodles is hosting a Pinterest Linky party so type on over and check out all the cool projects!!  
I know there are a few other blogs hosting linky parties for Pinterest projects but I'm not sure which ones. I'll have to look around and link up! 

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Jump on over to my Pinterest 
and check out what else I'm 
planning/dreaming of making!

Library Bin Labels

Here are the library bin labels I've been hooting and tooting about. I included a blank of each on the last 3 slides so that you can create your own. You could just print out those three then print your book titles on blank labels to place on them. It will look just as nice. I had several requests for blank ones so here you go!! I hope you like them. These would work nicely for locker tags or your schedule tags.The font is called annoying Kettle.

Library Lables Space
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Printables Paradise!!

Kristen, AKA Ladybug has gone on vacation!

While she is away she has arranged for 7 guest bloggers to bring you fun printables that they use in their classrooms! 

I am honored to be her Wednesday freebie girl! 
Hop on over and check out the freebies that have been posted since Sunday!! 

Stay tuned for the next 3 days for even more! She really does have awesome bloggers lined up!! Leave it to Ladybug!!
Saturday, August 13, 2011

SMARTBoard Link Up!!

Hey everyone!! 
I started a SMARTBoard link up a while back and I want to remind you that it is still open! We have 28 links up and they are jam packed full of resources for you to implement in your room this fall. You should really take a look and see what you could use! I just move into a room with a SB so all this jazz is pretty new to me. I knew I could count on my blogger buddies to hook me up with all that I would need to get rolling!! 

If you have favorite resources please link up!! 
I know we all would really appreciate it!

If you have a SMARTBoard 
check out these amazing resources!!

If you love LINKY PARTIES as much as me then you really should check out TBA's ultimate linky party!! They have a single spot with lots of linkies!! You can check out all the linky's going on and click on whichever floats your boat!! Make sure you take a look! Thanks TBA   :)

TBA's Ultimate Linky Party
Friday, August 12, 2011

Heads Up 3rd Grade Bloggers!!

I'm so excited to announce the beginnings of a blog co-authored by 3rd grade teachers!! This site can be read and utilized by all but will be geared toward the 3rd grade population. They are looking for 3rd grade bloggers to be a part of this and I hope the many 3rdies that I love will jump on board!! Keep in mind you could be totally new and not even have a blog! This could be your nitch. Check it out! Minimum come on over and follow along!! You could be one of the very first!

 This is where you can find more info. in order to get started! They originally started with just 2nd grade and are now expanding.

Me and My Gang is expanding! They are on the look out for teachers k-3 to author up lounges separated by grade level. This is a wonderful opportunity to go to one hub and collaborate with teachers all with the same focus.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Who Wants A GC To Target??

We are really getting down to the nitty gritty here. Some of you have already greeted your little lovelies. I still have time and I would love to spend it shopping! Well, I'd love to spend it lots of ways but since Set this Circus Down is having a Target GC giveaway, shopping for free would be a pleasant way to go. $25 buckaroos baby!! Get clicking on over there because today is the last day to enter.
Monday, August 8, 2011

Classroom Photos Linky Party!!

As you know from my previous post and pictures, I am sooo not ready to post pics of a finished room. I have a long ways to go.

I love looking at all these finished classrooms they are so motivating and inspirational!! Take a look around and get motivated to finish yours!! Who could ever doubt how much teachers ROCK!?! 

If you haven't had a chance to stop by TBA lately 
then here is your chance to stop by and take a peek!!

Is Anyone Else on the Brink of Panic?

Every year I get that little (ok big) feeling of panic. How will I get this all in order and make it into what I want/need in just a few weeks? I take deep breaths and keep on trucking. Eventually all is well and I always make it happen. 

This year I moved and holy macaroni and cheese is my room a disaster!! Last year I was switched to 3rd grade with the know that I would/could teach 4th again the following year. So, I didn't switch most of my materials out. I just left things like my library alone knowing that I would be back to 4th. I was allowed to stay in the same room and all. Well, long story short I fell in love with 3rd grade and I decided to stay. Which meant moving all that I had and actually converting it to 3rd.

This meant really converting my library. I'm reorganizing my books and storing away the higher level books. Last year I found that even 3rd graders who could read a higher level still struggled with staying engaged in longer text. I'm going to tuck some higher levels away in the cupboard until the end of the year when some of my gifted readers build ample stamina.

The rest of my room is a little better off but the bulletin boards haven't been touched. I'm going to consider these my before pics. I hope this will motivate me to put some hustle in my bustle. I have three little ones under 7 and they DO NOT get excited about going in to work on mommies room.

I know the rest of you are experiencing similar feelings. It's nice to know I'm not alone! I was going to do a before/after photo linky party but I know that Leslie from Kindergarten Works is starting one on Monday. I plan to link up to that one. Maybe it will get me moving a little faster.
Saturday, August 6, 2011

I Need Help

I finished my library labels and they turned out super cute!! I did them in PP and it took about 16 slides. I'm having trouble loading them on Scribd or on Google docs. Both programs upload them to page 5. 

I don't understand why the whole file isn't loading. Anyone?? Thoughts?? Do those programs only take certain size files? I know many of you load large things and so I'm calling out for help! 

When I figure it out there will be a freebie for everyone.
Thursday, August 4, 2011

What do you think of my library tags??

I'm working on new library bin labels to match my theme!! What do you think?? I'm heading in a little later to take stock in what I need. I'm excited to get my library done. I have been putting it off but my room will look so much better when I get all those books organized!! AAHHhhhhh!

My gaphics are from Just So Scrappy!! She has super cute stuff!! I'll be posting when I finish! I'll make it a freebie for a few days then Notebook it! 

If you have a minute I would really appreciate 
 a comment/suggestion/thought. 

A Winner!!

Lesson learned! Next giveaway an email is going to be required. I feel so bad about the redraw. I'm happy for you though Ali! You should be about my biggest fan. ha! Just teasing!! I'll email you with details. Thanks again for everything!

I really want to give 
one more shout out!! 
These ladies were awsome to donate to my giveaway!! 

I hope that even if you didn't win 
you find something over there 
that you have to have!!
I know I did!! :)

If you want to give Ali a big fat 
then click on her button below! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Super Cute CAFE Posters

My friend over at 
just posted her first freebie. 
 This is just a snippet! 
You have to go on over to see her for the full boat!

She made some super cute CAFE/Daily five posters!! 
Talk about nailing it on the first try! 

She is pretty new to blogging 
so go on over and show her some love!! 
AKA - Follow and leave comments!!  :) hehe!

5 Hours Left!!

This is it ladies and gents!! You have under 5 hours to get in on the giveaway going on right here at Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher!! I know you love these cute little bags, wristlets, lanyard, magnetic boards, magnets, etc.. Soooo, if you have been putting it off get on it!! :)
Baffin Bags is donating a  $20 GC! Here is a little peak!

Livy Lou Designs is giving a way a 12 X 18 magnetic board. 
But, keep in mind she sells tons of super cute things!!
I just saw her necklaces and they are awesome!

Thanks to everyone who has signed up 
this has been so much fun!!
Good Luck!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hip Hip Hooray!! It's TBA's Day!

I'm honored to admit that I'm a member of Teaching Blog Addict!! It wouldn't be fair not to share this wonderful resource with all my readers. TBA is a blog site that is co-authored by 70 teachers and I'm lucky to say I'm one of them. This site is packed full of teacher resources and it offers a platform for educators both professional and stay at home the opportunity to collaborate with one another. When you go there you will see all the latest and greatest that's happening in teacher bloggerland!!

If you're a follower then you know just what I mean! If you're not then, what are you waiting for get over there!!  :)

Here is a litte schedule freebie!

I've been tinkering and trying to get my creative juices flowing. I think it's all about time and frustration level.  :) I think I'm going with a space/alien/shoot for the stars kinda theme this year so I'm going in that direction. I hope someone can use these. Let me know what you think!!

Have You Seen This?

First of all no doubt about it he is HOT!!! 

I just saw this recently on FB and I thought I would share it with those of you who hadn't seen it yet. I know he is an actor and all but I totally teared up. To picture one of our own children standing and supporting us like that. 

Don't forget to click here and get in on my giveaway going on until tomorrow!! It's quick, it's easy, and the prizes ROCK!!!

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