Friday, May 22, 2015

Five for Friday Randomness!

Well Happy FRIDAY!!!! Happy 3 DAY weekend!!!! So in true end of year teacher style I am going to say I have been superbly busy! I mean duh right?! I am going to try to squeeze a complete five in tonight but may only make it to 3-4 haha....
First off a FREEBIE!! I made these little tags this week for our admin team. It was educational bosses week! Once again, SO easy!! 
1.Go buy you some Burt's Bees products. 
2.Download and print these tags.
4. Smile and feel good you just made someone have a future smile too! 

Click here to download

So a few weeks ago I posted about starting a BIP. You can read about that here if you missed it. Ok, talk about glorious! This has worked like a charm! My BIP's I have had LOVE LOVE being a mini me. And let's just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE having a mini me also that can handle it! I can't wait until I can start this from like week 1 of the next year. 
The BIP today helped check off work due, filed papers, handed out reward coupons and walked  around answering questions  for me! 
The key is hand picking "randomly drawing their name from a hat" ;) oh ya'll know what I am talking about...BIP is not supposed to be more work for the teacher haha...

Our baby chickadees hatched again this year!!! We had like 17!! *hanging head in shame* I didn't do a good job this year of taking pictures and documenting their journey as I normally do (I am superbly busy remember?!) I did snap this one though as I had the kids come pet them. 

So I bought these wonderful word strip cards the other day on TPT from Tara West. 
 I was wondering how to organize them for easy access next year in guided reading and came across an empty plastic container. It happens to be the kind I normally use for magnetic letters but took out some of the dividers and it fit the strips perfectly! I then added some labels and WAH-LAH!

So I went through this banner phase...not sure why, but felt very crafty and these were so simple to make I gave in to the urge. I am one of those people who will pin things all day long but then never get the motivation to really go back and DIY. 
I made this one for Easter and hung it on the mantel in the living room.

We also had this empty frame that just sat around taking up space aka drives me nuts!!
So I decided to make the banner and put it inside for our guest room. You may not be able to tell with the horrible lighting but the guest room is gray/yellow themed. I painted the letters yellow.  

Well lookie there! I made it to 5! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and THANK YOU to all those who serve and have served our country! I know we focus a lot on how it is an extra day off school, but tend to forget or overlook the real reason we actually have off. 

Have a BLESSED weekend!!

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Freebie

Just a quick post today to share the teacher appreciation gift I made for the upcoming week. Really simple and not to pricey!

1. Go buy some nail polish
2. Download these free tags
3. Snip some ribbon
4. DONE!

I mean can it get any easier?
The answer is no! lol

Click HERE for tags!

Have a BLESSED and appreciated week ahead!

"And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God." Hebrews 13:16

Friday, May 1, 2015

Are you a BIP?

Happy Friday friends!
So it's May 1st and the last day of school, so some think...I'm just the messenger but sorry little friends we still have 5 weeks of learning left! We are too legit to quit! At least as of May 1st! Got to motivate to keep straight!

 So hubs and I got to be VIPS to a concert for our favorite band The Classic Crime. We got to meet them, hang out a bit, talk, take pictures- all the fun stuff you know special treatment bahaha. Soo it got me thinking (as usual when I was supposed to be sleeping or focused on my workout) what if I had a VIP? or actually a BIP? Someone that got recognized each week for possessing certain character traits we have discussed in school. So BIP was born!

Basically each week on Friday if the student has not received any marks and has done their best all week they will write their name on a piece of paper to go into the BIP drawing. Once chosen, they will come in the following Monday and be lavished with all kinds of "all access" perks.

Some of those perks include:
-BIP badge- so everyone, everywhere knows to roll out the red carpet ;)
-fancy-fied desk
-box full of my special writing utensils at their disposal
-automatic teacher helper
-pick a free day to have lunch in classroom
-visit office to be celebrated
-free pass to not complete morning work- they might have something else fun on their desk
-new pencil, bookmark, and sheet of stickers
-they get to use the tambourine to signal class
The list goes on and on....basically a "mini-me"
Instead of a boring, normal nameplate they will get their name written directly on the desk with dry erase....D-I-R-E-C-T-L-Y....I know,crazy right?! haha

(don't judge the lack of creativity on the desk decorating- I was in a hurry and do plan to make it really fancy once I have time to slow down a bit- I got some good ideas!)

They will get to be BIP all week long! Then the process starts all over again.
These last few weeks will let me try it out and see if it really works so I can start next year off putting it into place or let it simmer and then "BAM" (Emeril Lagasse reference) throw it out there like it's the best thing since sliced bread!

I suppose we will find out on Monday!
I also have a nifty teacher appreciation idea I will share (hopefully by Sunday) once I get it all finished! It will include a FREE download!!!
Until then...
Have a BLESSED night!!

"We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps." Proverbs 16:9