Monday, June 24, 2013

Mingus Mountain/Sub binder!

So I didn't do my normal post last week because I was in the mountains. We had church camp up at Mingus Mountain and it was AMAZING! There is something about praising God out in His creation that makes it that much more powerful. We got back on Saturday and I have been feeling a little mountain sick. I can't wait to go back next year! If you live in AZ and ever get the chance to go do it! Here are some of the pictures I took while up there. I got some really good ones but there is no way to show all of the amazing beauty that was up there.

View from hang gliders point at 5am!

Watching the sun come up, woke up at 4:30 and hiked all uphill but was by far worth it!

Pinching the sun as it came up at 7,000 feet!

This trip was by far one of the highlights of my summer! I got put with 7th graders which was a whole new world to me but I really enjoyed it. Trusting in God really does help!

So for the school part of this post. My friend Katie is amazing and creates all kinds of awesome stuff. She recently put up here first TPT post and it is of course awesome. It is a freebie and it is a substitute teacher binder! Sub Binder Freebie! Go check it out!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Yearly Calendar For Parents!

I originally promised myself that I would not start working on school stuff until July but to be completely honest, I miss it and I miss it a lot. I do know however come about October or so I will probably be ready for summer again :). Anyway this is what I made tonight in my urge to be in touch with the classroom again. I got my original idea from a pin that a friend had put up! Here. I was looking at it and thought great I could highlight certain dates and give one to parents at the beginning of the year, plus it had a cute little space where kids could draw a picture. After I opened it I noticed it didn't include 2014 and I wanted something that spanned the school year not just 2013. So I made my own. I went to this website and downloaded their yearly calendar. I then copied and pasted it into Pages(like Word but on a Mac) so I could edit it better. It was a little time consuming but it came out to be exactly what I wanted. It has the whole year displayed and I was able to leave a little space for the kids to personalize it. I plan to use different colored highlighters to highlight half days, days off and special days. I was also thinking that I would put a small sticker of some kind of that specific child's birthday. I am then going to put a key of what each color means on the back and laminate them. I LOVE to laminate.  If you would like to download the calendar here it is! I apologize that it is two pages but you can just tell the printer not to print page two. I just wanted it to be big enough to be legible! Enjoy! 

2013-2014 School year calendar

Monday, June 3, 2013

Graduation Gifts

I know it's a bit past the end of the year but I wanted to share what I made for my students for their graduation gifts. They all worked so hard and I wanted to give them something special. I found my idea on Ketchen's Kindergarten! The puzzles she found were smaller than the ones I was able to find at the dollar store so I ended up making my own labels. I did use the same text as her since it was so darn cute. Here is how mine turned out. 

I found the smarties candies and the puzzles at the dollar store. I got princess puzzles for the girls and superheroes for the boys. That was what the store had and thats not to say I wouldn't have given one of my girls superheroes or boys princesses but knowing my students I knew doing it the way I did would go over well. I just printed out the label, taped it to the front of the puzzle and then taped the smarties to the top. I used two because of the size of the puzzle but one in the middle would look cute too. My kids absolutely loved these. If you would like to use the label I made here is the file for it. It is a PDF file. I use a Mac and the way I made the border doesn't transfer to Word but it should save and print just fine. :)