Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Whole Lot of Stuff....Miss V's Busy Bees Giveaway, Freebie, and How Do You Display Birthdays?

Katie and I are both heading to school this morning for meetings and are actually excited to be able to have a few hours afterwards to start arranging our classrooms!
We stopped by yesterday and got a quick peek of our clean classrooms with all the furniture in one corner! It is driving us both nuts to not be able to put it back where it belongs!

I posted a freebie earlier of our blends and digraph posters that we both have on our walls and today wanted to share our reading strategies book. There are so many different things the kiddos can use to help figure out words when they are struggling and I decided that I wanted them all in one place! So I compiled some of our kiddos favorite recources into a book and keep them out on my reading table so that they can flip through to find what they need to help them when they are stuck on a word. The fun thing for us is that they kiddos love being in charge of deciding what resource will help them and even willl flip through the book to find a resource for a friend! Our first grade teachers, resource teacher, and speech teacher have all asked us for copies. (and of course we shared!? Click here to grab all the pieces needed to make the book!
Here are some pics of what the book looks like!

We are joining up with Sara at Miss V's Busy Bees for her 200 follower giveaway. Make sure to stop by and check out her super cute blog and enter her giveaway!!!

And finally...what do you do for your birthday display? Do you have one? What does it look like? I change a lot of things, but thanks to my good friend Jenn, I have stuck with my birthday bag display for the past 10 years! The look changes, the bags get changed out and so do the month signs, but every year I come back to this! I love the 3-d aspect of it and that my kiddos can take home their birthday blast at the end of the year!

This display is actually really easy!  I just buy gift bags (hobby lobby usually has 2/$1, or something close to that) and then add some kind of month label to each bag. (these are from the poppin patterns line at creative teaching press - my absolute favorite line for borders, letters, etc!) Then I use our die cut to make the birthday blasts.  I think it is actually a sun or something, but I just die cut them in white, add names, and dates and then hot glue them to bendy straws.  Then I put tissue paper in the bags and add the birthday blasts to the appropriate bags.
Katie is redoing her birthday display so we would love it if you want to share how you display your birthdays!!

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  1. Hi Ladies,
    I just found your blog through Sara at V's Busy Bees. I love your birthday display! When I had my jungle theme my I displayed my birthdays using the Monkey Mischief BB Set and then I created the Birthday Balloons that I gave to students on their birthday. I haven't decided what I will do with my western theme this year, but I will still use the birthday balloons.
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  2. Cute birthday display!

    Leanne :)

  3. I'm definitely using your birthday bag idea this year! Thank you so much for sharing. I have been kind of stuck with how to display birthdays for my pirate theme & you just solved my problem!! Thanks for sharing! :)
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  4. I love the birthday bag idea. I just moved rooms, though, and I'm lacking in wall space. I'll have to see what I can think up.

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  5. Wow! Thank you for sharing your Reading Strategies book! What an amazing resource!

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