Saturday, September 10, 2016

Teacher Week 2016

We had a blast joining the Blog Hoppin' gals for Teacher Week. This year all photos were posted to Instagram (click HERE to follow us!), so we're linking up for one big post to share the FUN!

Monday was "Meet Me Monday." Of course, we had to change that to Meet US!

Tuesday was "Teaching Tuesday," and we shared some of our fave lessons. We both chose Science lessons! Ashley shared her Life in the Pond unit, and I shared my All About Penguins unit.

You can read more about my penguin unit HERE and HERE.

Wednesday was "Where I Work Wednesday." This was such a fun one! I loved seeing everyone's home away from home!
Ashley's Classroom:

Jana's Classroom:

Thursday Ashley shared her work style for "Threads Thursday."

Friday was "Friends Friday," and we kinda dropped the ball and forgot to post. BUT...thankfully we can post here! Here we are with some our friends/coworkers at the Get Your Teach On conference this past summer. We had such a BLAST!

There you have it! Thanks for stopping by. Head black to Blog Hoppin' for more fun!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Made-It: Revamped Teacher's Chair

Hey ya'll!
I'm excited to link up today with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made-It!

I've always envied the teachers with those cute teacher chairs in their circle-time area, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend a lot of money on one. After seeing some adorable chairs on instagram, I decided it was time to make my own. I posted a search for a chair in my local area facebook group and quickly came home with this chair for $35. Not bad!

 I then asked my friend, Freddy, if he could help me recover it, and we were ready to go! I headed to Hobby Lobby and found this fabric that I LOVE! (It's actually duck cloth, whatever that means.) I bought 4 yards and that was the perfect amount.

Here are some pics of the process. We did not take off the original fabric. We just covered it. (By we, I mostly mean Freddy.) We weren't able to remove the feet, so that complicated things. We used lots of pleating and folding to get a clean look.


And here's the finished product! I LOVE IT!!

Not an official "made-it," but since we rarely blog, I wanted to share that Ashley and I finally bundled our 1st grade math tubs!! You can find the bundle in my TPT store (Jana Guerra).
It's currently discounted as part of a #summerSALEbration that we are doing with some TPT friends. We have lots of sales and giveaways planned in the next few days, so search #summerSALEbration on instagram to check it out! (Do you follow us on instagram?? You should!)
That's it for now! head over to 4th Grade Frolics to check out the other Monday Made-Its! :)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Get Your Meet On

We did it!!! We officially hosted our FIRST teacher meet-up with Jordan from Hey Hey First Grade...and we're happy to say after all the hard work we'd TOTALLY do it again! We attended the Grapevine Get Your Teach On conference hosted by Deanna Jump & Hope King so we thought that would be the perfect place to meet some of our virtual teacher friends. We were hoping to have a small dinner with a few teacher bloggers who happened to be attending the conference, but as the RSVPs kept rolling in we realized we had a TEXAS sized meet up on our hands, including some extra special guests (see pics below). We're so grateful for everyone who stopped by and joined in our meet-up fun.
Thanks Hope (Elementary Shenanigans) for an AMAZING conference!
Many thanks to Cara (The First Grade Parade) & Abby (The Inspired Apple) for stopping by! It was so fun to meet you both!
So great meeting Chris (Famous in First) & Amy (Step Into 2nd Grade)!

A meet up isn't complete with a few giveaways and we had some GENEROUS donations! We have to say a HUGE thank you to all of our giveaway donors!
Thanks to ESGIGet Your Teach On, iPadpalooza, Teacher Created Resources, Teachers Pay Teachers, A Modern Teacher, Go Noodle, Renee Williams, Laura Beth Schneider, & LaRueChic Boutique.

Here are a few "behind the scenes" pics as we prepared for the conference days in advance the night before at roughly midnight.
We have the best friends EVER! Thanks for all of your help!
Such a fun night and we're so grateful for all of our virtual teacher friends who came together to #getyourmeeton!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Target Teachers TAKEOVER!

Hey there! We were so excited when we heard that we get to take over on of our FAVE Instagram accounts for the day: Target Teachers! If you don't already follow them, you need to get on it.
They post TONS of great ideas for using Target products in the classroom. (Note: Staging a photo shoot at Target with 4 kids is not easy...Especially with a baby and 2 toddlers! All 4th of July clothing is from TARGET!)
We absolutely LOVE using those cute mini erasers in the classroom, so thought we'd share some of the ways we use them.

Our students love playing math games during our guided math time. Erasers as counters make the games even more fun! A little novelty goes a long way.

 Most of our monthly math tubs include these "cover your number" games. We use the erasers to cover the numbers to practice addition, subtraction, skip counting by 10s, and telling time.

You wouldn't expect graphing to be a hot item, but these games go quickly because they love building the graphs with their themed erasers.
Addition and subtraction race games are always favorites.
We use the erasers as our little game pieces.

Another fun way to use mini erasers is on sight word mats. It's a fun way to change things up!
You can find these sight word maps as freebies in Jana's TPT store.

You can find these 2nd grade Math Tubs in Jana's TPT: September, October, November, December, January, February, March, & May.

We also shared our closet organizer (also from Target) and got lots of questions about the labels. Grab these labels as a flash freebie HERE.

Another thing we found at Target that's great for the classroom is this plastic bin. It's a perfect size for lunch boxes, library books, etc. We cut out the vinyl letters on the Silhouette and added some navy washi tape.

Thanks so much for stopping head to Target and grab some mini erasers from the Dollar Spot! Your students will be so happy that you did!!!  (Grab a new lunch basket and shoe organizer while you're there too!)