Monday, July 23, 2012
It's Monday, again. Yay! I decided that this past week was a good week to finally make the crate seats I had seen a year ago on Erica's blog called The Honey Bunch. Yes, I did say a year ago...I'm a very slow project person but Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics has really gotten me motivated.
I already had three of the black milk crates so I only had to purchase three more. Target had them on sale for $3.97.
Then I went to Joann Fabrics and picked out my material and ribbon. Erica had given me advice about using a darker material to hide the grime so I did just that. The two patterns I chose match perfectly although it's a little hard to see in the photo. My oldest daughter was helping me and she has a good eye for these things. I am very happy with her find. She also found the matching ribbon. :). The last thing we needed here was the cushiony stuff. I had a couple of 50% off coupons so total cost here was about $21.
Our next stop was Home Depot. I went to the lumber department and explained what I was doing. I also added that I wanted to do it the cheapest way possible. A young gentleman went in the back and came out with a $19 piece of plywood. It was ugly but that didn't matter at all. So he measured my milk crate and cut the 6 pieces that I needed....for FREE! (I forgot to take a picture of the plywood pieces...)
Later that night,I borrowed my husband's staple gun, measured, cut and stapled away. Here's a photo of the back of the seat...not pretty but that's okay, too.
And finally, here are the seats all put together. I LOVE them! Thanks, Erica and Tara!
Monday, July 16, 2012
I so enjoyed Tara's Monday Made It linky party last week that I actually finished more projects!
They were a 'not-so-fabulous-find' as they were $12.99 each. But, I looked and looked for what I thought would work best for me and these drawer organizers were the only thing that even came close.
Now, here's where the craftiness comes in. I spent weeks looking for smaller baskets or containers that would fit into the 3 slots on the other side. No such luck. So finally, I decided to get a little creative. I found this duck tape at Target. It was $3.49/roll.
And these plastic, Chinese food containers at Michael's Crafts. They were $0.99 each.
I'm not sure how I feel about it. From a distance, they look good. But all I can see are the crazy seams I made all over the place. However, I'm not changing my mind now...maybe next year...
…and a cover for the top. Here it is all put together.
That’s it for this week. I know I am sorely lacking for the ‘home’ made-its but it is what it is. Hope you all are having a great week!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
|Here's a picture of my 'red tops' and 'red sides' decks.|
Next, I picked up some index card holders at CVS. I tried to get the holders to match the colors that I used but the selection was very limited...
Finally, I printed labels for the index card holders, stuck them on and there you go...all decks of cards are labeled and organized for easy set up and clean up.
Here's the best part! When a card goes astray or decks get mixed up, you can easily tell what doesn't belong by looking at the tops or sides of the deck. The oddball card will stand out because of its different color. It's ingenious! And I can verify firsthand that it really does work. Easy to setup, easy to organize and easy to maintain. Give it a try...you will be glad you did!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Next, I worked on these place value tent cards that I found at Teaching in the Early Years. Shelley's post is full of information on making/using/storing this tool, as well as where to find the templates. It's definitely worth your time to check it out.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I'm linking up with Michelle at Making It As a Middle School Teacher and TBA. Michelle is hosting one of the "There's No Place Like TBA" posts. Her focus is on classroom pets - one of my favorite things to talk about! Click on the links below to check out the entire series...it will be well worth your time.
So let me introduce my babies. Meet Daisy and Lilly...two of the friendliest pets I have ever had!
How did these girls come into my life? Through a wonderful foundation called Pets in the Classroom. If you are considering a pet, you simply must check this out. The grant application was so easy, then you wait about 4 to 6 weeks for approval and you're good to go.
here to read my previous post about Pets in the Classroom.
Moving on to my girls...these cute little critters have brought more joy to my classroom than I ever thought possible! I teach second grade and I confess that I was extremely nervous that my students wouldn't be gentle enough or kind enough or able to control their excitement enough... Boy was I WRONG! Not only were they gentle and kind and controllable (for the most part ;) ) but their desire to learn more was unbelievable. These little babies were the inspiration for many writing pieces and from several genres. Readers workshop read alouds often featured a guinea pig as the main character and my students brought in the books from our school or local library. Math lessons were easily executed and it didn't really matter which lesson I needed to teach. Daisy and Lilly always seemed to fit right into our topic of the day. And when it came to Science, the value of having these little girls as our classroom pets was priceless. Obviously, they fit right into our life science lessons but they also managed to be relevant during our physical science lessons as well. And believe it or not, we learned that guinea pigs have even been sent into space!
|Lilly (snuggling with my oldest)|
|Daisy at two months old.|
What about weekends and holidays? Well, before I decided to do this, I made sure that I would be able and willing to care for these animals on my own if I had to. My plan was to ask parents if they wanted to be "piggy-sitters" on weekends and/or school vacations. Ten of my 19 families happily agreed. I was SO nervous about letting the girls go home with people that I didn't really know but after the first couple of weekends, I was fine. My classroom community grew! The parents were so excited to help, as well as the older or younger siblings. Almost all of my families asked for a second turn and a few that declined at the beginning jumped on board as well. The guinea pigs were such a huge hit that two of my families adopted their own! My girls had play dates with their girl guineas. The travel bag that went home with the piggies included a journal and a camera. The pictures that came back were so cute! Unfortunately, they are all on my school computer right now. :(
|Moose - a 7 year old Shihtoodle|
|Ember - a 1year old deaf dachshund mix|
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A big THANK YOU goes out to Molly at Psyched to be in 2nd for giving me The One Lovely Blog award.
When you receive this award, you must follow 3 rules:
1. Follow the person that gave you the award.
2. Link back to the person that gave you the award.
3. Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers.
Here are my choices (although there are SO many fabulous blogs out there...)