Let the Sun Shine In! ( ....Or Is It Friday Already?)

Why do the summer weeks go by so fast......? Anyway Friday is a fun day because it's time for Favorite Pins of the week!!!!!!!!!!! But SADLY, I could not find that The Favorite Pins linky was available- I did find a linky for Five Random things so here we go:

Here's my Five Things:

 (1) Let's start with my very favorite pin of the week:
I love all of that outfit and have most of it already- so I filed that away to pull out when the weather turns (right now it's 97 in Alabama....) 

(2) Look at these amazing re--creations made by Becky at Beyond the Picket Fence! On one of these posts she even gives a tutorial of her painting technique:

The cart in the first picture is actually a rolling cart used for an overhead projector- I know we have several of those still in my school.....hmmmmm......

Okay, now that I got those out of my system let's just focus on school...right...cause by this time of July we are only thinking about getting started back...tell the truth, you are even beginning to dream about your classroom again, right?!

(3) So here's an old pin but one of my favorites on my Art Ideas board and the reason for the title of this post:
I love this project ---so myself and two of my teacher friends hosted an Art Summer School and recreated this! Here's a shot of our display in the hallway of my school:
Pretty awesome, I know! Thank you Farley for  that idea! Click on the picture to link back to her post about how to do this project!

(4) Now, I know this next one is something you have seen on Pinterest--- a re-created filing cabinet! You just use some mod podge and scrapbook paper and turn your boring cabinet into a masterpiece. Here's a comparison of the Pinterest idea and my cabinet:
Now, I am not going to lie- this was not easy. First, the drawers have to be pretty empty- so removing the contents is a big task all by itself! I took the handles off and removed a plastic insert. Then I was able to remove the label frame which left a pretty smooth surface. Once, the stuff dried I went back and added a strip of thin duct tape to the bottom of the drawers to help with opening and closing and possibly damaging the scrapbook paper where it overlapped. I might also have to go back with some tape around the drawer sliding buttons to reinforce. But, it did turn out cute!

(5) Next project-----PAINTING BULLETIN BOARDS!!
Like this pin (sorta):

Several of my friends have tackled this and their boards all look great! It eliminates the need for covering boards with paper---- here's a step by step for you:
1. Purchase supplies- I got the little paint container at our local Sherwin Williams store for less that $7. (Click HERE to see the product- it's called "Color to Go".)  I used a little roller and a very old paint tray:
2. Start painting- I did not tape edges or anything extreme- just started rolling:
Also, I used a small sponge brush to get close to the edge of the board but did not paint it completely to the edge as it will be covered with border anyway.

3. Finish and let it dry:
Add the border and here's a close up of that and you can purchase it HERE from Creative Teaching Press):

Finally- don't we all love quotes:
Seriously, that sign may be my next project !

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Moving Day!!

Well, yes, I want to spend lots of my summer moving into a new classroom......actually I really do. After 18 years in third grade I made a decision to become our school's STEM Lab teacher! Yahoo!

So, first, I explore my new classroom! It's our school SCIENCE LAB-- too cool for words!

So, I'm a little OCD (ahem....a lot) and the first thing I did was empty all the cabinets and drawers:
That left me quite a LOT of Science related stuff to put away--- but into the organized cabinets the stuff went:

Then I started hauling my personal stuff from my old classroom....
That was the first of about 50 trips OR MORE!

So I am still working on the little things: painting bulletin boards, making curtains for the doors (FOUR of them), decorating bulletin boards, stocking shelves, labeling, good grief.
Pictures later when it is FINISHED!

So, for all those people that think teachers do nothing during the summer (and still get paid) ha!
Watch this video:

In the meantime, I can't wait to start this new chapter in my teaching life!! 

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Awesome Week and new Fav Pins!

This week was BUSY...Busy...busy...I am moving my classroom!I will be the STEM Lab teacher in my school and my new classroom is the SCIENCE LAB!

How Cool is that for a classroom!
Anyway....it's a work in progress.

Favorite PINS of the Week:

First this is hosted by Cara at The First Grade Parade:

Here We GO:

First is an Anchor chart about Reading. The picture itself is too cute, but I love the words around it! 
This is from The Teacher Trap. Click on the picture to get there!

Another Anchor chart I liked this week is about Writing. I also love the art work- this be will be fun to make with the kids!
This is from Life is Better Messy Anyway (I think). Click on the picture.

One more Anchor chart- but it's really also kinda like a Rules poster.....I love it. I think I would have the kids each make their own little self and then attach to the poster. That's probably what this teacher did!
This is from For the Love of First Grade. (Click on the picture!)

One of my new favorite blogs is called Pinterest Told Me To. If you have not visited that blog, GO NOW! It's funny, informative, and Sheaffer directs you to sales on all the items she recommends.
I actually just received the jacket she suggests Yesterday and it IS terrific! 

Do you just love this idea!!!!!!!!! I wish I had thought of this!

I cannot find the original source of this pin. But I do think I would combine this idea with the highlighters in a basket I used last year. Kids had to highlight their names on their papers before turning the paper in. It worked GREAT!

One last pin and it's a Book Report Idea--- and too cute!
How fun would that be????
Also, cannot find the original source for this pin.

Well that's it-- a great week-- next week will be even busier. Tuesday we are tackling a Farley Art Project....and I have to get settled into my new classroom!  Yahoo!!

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