March Bulletin Board

I thought I would share my March bulletin board in my classroom.  I made a tree from bulletin board paper a few years ago and laminated it and I use on my bulletin board most of the year!  I just change the leaves, theme and sign to make it work.  For March, I put up my green leaves which I made from a sample book of wallpaper I got for free at Crayons to Computers.  Then I added glitter shamrocks that I found in The One Spot at Target.  I attached the shamrocks with my ladybug push pins for good luck.

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tree close up tree sign

The sign says, “Good Luck Is Nice But Hard Work Is Better!” which is so true…  I used a font I made called Ckawesome.  It’s available for free in my store.  Here is the link!

CKFonts {Set 2}

I love bulletin boards but as a teacher and mommy, I don’t have tons of time to make elaborate ones!  The tree is a nice way to spruce up my classroom each month.  My students like to check out the tree and ask me about it.  I hope you like it!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”

(Psalm 128: 2)

Student Gift Idea: *Hightlight* of My Year!

I wanted to give my students a little end of the school year gift and didn’t really want it to be candy.  I love candy, and give out candy, but wanted to go another route this time.  So I decided to give out highlighters!  Hopefully, students will use it this summer to highlight something!  Here is a pic.

Highlighter Gift

I got the highlighters from Crayons to Computers, and I had the plastic wrap. I found the ribbon at Michael’s for $1. I made the little note for each gift that says, “You are the *highlight* of my year.  Have a great summer.  Love, Mrs. Keimer.”

Here is the template for the gift tags. Don’t worry.  I took out my name.

Click on the picture for the link to the *free* item in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  If you download, please leave me feedback and follow me!  😎

Gift Tag for Highlighter Gift

Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend and these last few days with your kids!

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

(2 Corinthians 9:7)

Monster Fun! Bday and Classroom Ideas

So this post may not include as many teaching resources, but had to be shared.  My son’s first birthday was this past weekend and it was a success.  The theme: little monsters.  My son is definitely not a little monster.  He is super sweet and such a good boy.  LOVE him.  I just thought the little monsters were cute.  🙂  I found these monster invitations at Party City which prompted the theme.

Here is a pic.

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 Then in talking with the Speech-Language Pathologist at my school, who also happens to be an incredible baker, I decided to make monster cupcakes.  She gave me lots of great tips and the cupcakes turned out awesome!  She has a baking blog, which is really cool.  Here is the link.

Sweet Your Heart Out

And here are my monster cupcakes.

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Tadaa!

More pics…

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I was pretty proud of my monsters.  I’d like to create monster themed teaching resources to use for the fall.  I have this book, The Monster Who Loved Books, by Keith Faulkner and illustrated by Jonathan Lambert.

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It’s really cute.  It’s adventurous and touches on different genres.  It is also a pop-up!

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I love the picture on the back cover.

And I found these monster stickers at Crayons to Computers.

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So these should be fun to use for a monster activity.  I will have to work on an idea this summer.

Lastly, I wanted to share that tomorrow, Thursday May 2, is National Day of Prayer.  If you are a teacher, I encourage you to pray for your students. You might be the only one who does.

Short Vowel Sounds – Recordable Frames

Here is a little resource for you.  It’s just a simple alphabet model.  Now days they are on about every student name tag at their desk, but I like to use this one in the resource room.  It’s a little bigger and there’s not as much going on as on those name tags.

Here is the document.  There is a color version and a black and white one.

alphabet model

And here is an idea for you!  I have been collecting these small recordable frames from Crayons to Computers for the past couple months.  Teachers are able to take 2 frames per shopping trip.  I finally got an idea how to use them to help my kids.  I have a kindergarten student right now who is working on blending consonant vowel consonant pattern words.  He has a hard time with short /e/ and short /a/ sounds and always mixes them up.  We have been doing short vowel sorts with the two sounds, but they are just tricky!  So I framed each of the vowels in the little frames and then recorded the short vowel sounds on them.  So now we can use short vowel frames for word sorts and other activities too!  I am pretty excited about them.

Here are the capitals.

Short Vowel Recordable Frames Capital copy

Here are the lowercase in the ABC center.

Short Vowel Recordable Frames Lowercase copy

The little button for the recording is down at the bottom.

Happy Friday!

Earth Day Fun

Earth Day is coming up and when I was at Crayons to Computers last week I found these stickers…

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Perfect.

So then I created this little writing activity to help kids celebrate Earth Day.  Like other writing activities I’ve posted, there is a pre-writing activity where students are to list 5 things they will do to show the Earth some love.  🙂  I did this with a couple students yesterday and they had great ideas like plant trees, pick up litter, go to the park, have a picnic, feed the birds, ride their bike, etc.  Then students write a paragraph using their ideas about how they will show the Earth some love.  There is also a poster I made that you can use to display students’ writing.  I am going to have my students make posters too using these Earth Day stickers!

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Earth Day Writing

Earth Day is April 22.  I will share some of my students’ posters soon!

Crayons 2 Computers

I get so many materials and ideas from Crayons to Computers.  It is a free store for teachers in the greater Cincinnati tri-state area.  Teachers are eligible to shop at C2C based on the percentage of students that are in the free and reduced lunch program at their school.  Teachers can also earn a free shopping trip at C2C by volunteering for 3 hours.  You can support C2C by making donations or volunteering!  Here is their website.

http://www.crayons2computers.org/

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I loved this little message a student left after she was done with the mini magna doodle.