8.22.2014

Apple Mason Jars: Perfect for Back-to-School!

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When I saw this adorable Apple Mason Jar Tutorial over at The 36th Avenue, I knew I had to try it right away! Mason jars are pretty darn cute all by themselves, so painted as an apple THEY ARE STINKIN' ADORABLE! I made 20 of these bad boys for the teenage girls at church, and the fact that they are filled with candy is a sweet bonus. They will love these!


To make these cute apple jars, I followed the tutorial {here} and I found my small mason jars at Target. I spray painted the lids with Rust-Oleum Satin (EDEN) and I painted the rest of the jar with Americana Primary Red and Dark Chocolate.  You can buy the wood pegs at any craft store, but they are on Amazon {here}.


I made these cute little tags and draped them over the peg with red twine. (I have a twine obsession... anyone else??) I used my Cameo to cut out the tags, so they are a nearly perfect circle and they look professionally done. The perfectionist in me REALLY loves using my Cameo. I use it to cut out circles all the time, because I am not good at cutting with scissors... apparently I missed that lesson in kindergarten! If you have a Cameo, you can download the tag file {here}, but make sure you download this font and this font. If you don't have a Cameo, you can download the PDF version of this tag {here}. I also cut out the leaves with my Cameo and I bought the leaf shapes {here}.


You really can't mess these jars up! They are so easy to make and they turn out so AWESOME! Like I already mentioned, I will be giving them to the girls at church, but they are also perfect for students, teachers, principals, librarians, custodians, secretaries, student teachers, parent volunteers, etc.


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8.20.2014

Easy Tips for Staying Organized at School

One of my favorite things about being a teacher was being extra organized. I am an organized freak, to say the least... Just ask my friends! I love to make things easier by being organized and I love to share these tricks with other teachers.


One of my favorite organizational tools was my Reading Bin. You can read more about it {here}. IT. WILL. CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE. I promise and you will love me for it.


When I was teaching, I was always trying to "get ahead of the game" by preparing my lessons and activities ahead of time. Click {here} to see how I used these files to get organized. 


A must have for all teachers is a dependable, useful Plan Book. I used mine like a bible and I couldn't have survived without it. Reading more about mine {here}.


Click on the button below to head on over to Blog Hoppin' to check out other tips and tricks for staying organized!


What are your organizational tricks and tricks? 
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8.14.2014

Rocks ROCK!!! (Igneous, Metamorphic, & Sedimentary)

I've always loved teaching about rocks to my students. I love my little rock characters (pictured below) and they always make teaching this unit so much fun for my students and me. I've just update THIS. ENTIRE. PACKET! If you own it, you can re-download it from your TpT dashboard. I promise that you will LOVE the new updates and additions! :)


This packet includes: a detailed rock notebook (teacher and student edition), rock anchor charts, rock characters, adorable rock craft, rock hunt activity, rock cycle anchor charts w/ accompanying worksheets, rock sort activity with a parent letter, yummy rock recipes, practice pages, and more!


Besides the rock characters (pictured above) I'd have to say that the rock notebook (pictured below) is the best part of this packet! It includes a cover page, KWL chart, a separate section for igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, a page for their favorite rock, and a rock test. These rock notebooks will become a great resource for your students and they will be SO proud of them when they are finished. This rock notebook also comes in a mini form and it includes a teacher's edition with all of the answers! PHEW!


This adorable rock craft is a new addition to this rock packet. Your students can model their rock craft after an actual rock sample and then personalize it on the back. If you don't have rock samples in class, you can use this website {here} and display it on your overhead projector or interactive white board. This website has great pictures and is also a great resource throughout the entire unit.


How adorable are these Pet Rock Printables from U Create? Seriously! I want to go make that elephant right now! What will my husband think when he comes home to a pet rock? He will officially think that I've gone CRAY CRAY! But I'm okay with that... ;)


I am slightly OBSESSED with children's literature and I will tie books into EVERYTHING (just like a teacher does)! These are some of my favorite books about rocks. You can click on the carousel widget below to check them out on Amazon. 


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