Monday, July 25, 2011

Pirate Themed Classroom for Free! Here's How!

This past week I have been cleaning and organizing like crazy and I'm STILL NOT DONE!  I am having fun with this whole pirate theme and I wanted to share how I ended up with most of this FREE!  I was a grant writer at my school and wrote and received a few including a field trip grant from Target and other donations.  I entered our school into the Pepsi Refresh Project and was featured on a local news story, didn't end up winning, but came in 42nd out of 1,100 nationwide.  I decided to search for more ways to get donations for my classroom.  Walmart has funded about $200 worth of gift cards for me to purchase much needed items for my classroom including a colored printer and ink for all these cute ideas I purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers, fabric for my bulletin boards and to make hanging chair pockets, and a shelf for my Math Centers.  Here's how:  Call your local Walmart and ask for the Events Coordinator (or someone in charge of donations).  Tell them what you are in need of and they will ask you to come in to apply or just bring in a typed letter on your school's letterhead.  It was super easy!
Another great place for donations is Home Depot!  If you are wanting shelves, paint, PVC pipe for those great literacy phones all you need to do is go in with a letter telling what you are in need of on your school's letterhead and they will give you what you need.  I was able to paint some bookshelves and build this awesome tree that Mrs. Jump shared.  I even had enough for 5 more trees so I gave them to other teachers at my school.

Here is more with the Pirate Theme!

 After I meet the students and take their pictures, I will put their faces on the Pirate clip art

I didn't go total overboard on Pirate Theme. 

And finally, my daughter having too much fun with me!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pete The Cat: Rockin in My School Shoes

It is just around the corner...the new Pete the Cat book: Rockin in My School Shoes will be available July 26th!  I am working on some things to go with this only in a Pirate Theme for the start of school!  I will be posting more when the book is released!  Can't Wait!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Arrrre you doing the Pirate Theme too?

Okay, I been visiting many blogs and have heard the same thing...I'm doing a Pirate Theme in my classroom.  I hadn't thought of this before, but I had purchased Deanna Jump's Pirate Unit a few months back and loved the ideas.  So my first grade team and I decided to experiment with it a bit.  Boy is this FUN!!  I have been busy rearranging my classroom for this and now am ready to decorate and plan!  I am planning on putting this together for my Teachers Pay Teachers store for back to school.  Here is one freebie and I will be sharing more as I get it all going.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mini vacation and ready to tackle the...classroom mess!

I have enjoyed taking a week off to be with my 15 year old neice!  I am well rested and ready to tackle...well...the aweful messy and disorganized classroom!  I have been reading the Debbie Diller Math Work Stations book and am ready to make a change!  And I will definately share!!!
 While I am still in vacation mode, here is the visitor that has been stealing the peaches from our peach tree!  My neice really enjoyed this site!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Back To School Activites

I have finished and posted my Back To School activity pages for any of you looking for ideas for your Kinder or First Graders..  Hope you all have a great holiday and stay safe! 

                                                 Back To School: Character Counts

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Alphabet bunting

I want to thank Little Literacy Learners for this very cute link!!  I am totally using this for my 4 year old's room and my own classroom for next year!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!