Sunday, November 23, 2014

WW: Classroom Necessities - Nail Polish Remover

Hi friends! I'm back to share more great ideas with my Weekend Warrior pals!
Again, as I scoured my classroom for my "must have" to share with you, I tried to bring you a necessity that you might not have or know about.

Enter the Sally Hanson Nail Polish Remover.
Yes. It MUST be Sally Hanson. Why? I have no idea! Maybe it has something to do with the acetone. But the knock off/generic brands DO NOT work!

When I buy labels or name tags, I usually laminate them so I can use them from year to year. Then I write the students' names on the lamination with a Sharpie so it doesn't wipe off. But what happens at the end of the year, when you want the PERMANENT marker to come off so you can use it next year? I'm sure most of you have heard of the dry erase marker trick. Just color over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker, give it some elbow grease, and voila! Well, yes, this does work. But I have an EVEN BETTER trick! Just put a little bit of the nail polish remover on a tissue or cotton ball and wipe it off!

These are my birthday cupcakes. Before....
After!!!
And if you really want to see how fast and amazing this is, here's a video:
video
I did do a little extra at the end to wipe up some of the liquid left over, but isn't this incredible?! Just make sure you're using this in a well-ventilated space :)

Check out some more must haves from my girls below! Happy Sunday!



Saturday, November 22, 2014

WW: November Necessities

We're back a week early, bringing you some of the things we are thankful for in our classroom!
Of course I'm thankful for the technology my school provides me, my Flair pens and Mr. Sketch markers, and my HUGE classroom library… but today I want to share an idea you could take back to your classroom.

Insert my self-inking date stamp:
I LOVE this thing! I use it for several purposes in my classroom. I stamp all of my homework with the due date. Since I give a week to do all homework, it helps my parents stay organized, and it also keeps my hand from cramping up, since I don't have to write the date. I can also enlist a student to help me with this task. They LOVE to use my date stamper!
I also use the stamper to date work samples that go in my students' portfolios. It's just a quick and easy way to label these important papers and saves me a ton of time.

If you decide to buy one of these, here's a bit of advice. DO NOT throw away the stamp pad inside the stamper (it's self inking, remember?)! They don't sell replacement stamp pads, that I know of at least. You buy a tiny bottle of ink and drop a few drops of ink on the stamp pad to "refill" it. I threw mine away and had to buy a whole new stamper. And at $20, that was not a fun purchase. If you don't want to spend that kind of money on a date stamper, you can also buy the date stamp and stamp pad separately.

What do you need in your classroom? Comment below! Then stop by and see what my friends are sharing on their blogs. Happy weekend!





Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round Up

This time of year always makes me nostalgic, so why not take a look back at all the Bright Ideas that have been shared in 2014!
I love how this link up showcases genius classroom ideas from so many amazing bloggers! Literally, thousands of "ideas only" posts have been shared over the course of the last 10 months. Let's take a peek at some of the Bright Ideas I've shared this year:

This post shows how I organize my guided reading groups and paperwork using a set of two-pocket folders. I love that I'm not constantly flipping through pages in a binder or lugging a huge binder to and from data meetings!

Going along with the guided reading theme, this post shows how my team and I have compiled our guided reading books into one central location. We actually ordered a TON of books this summer and will be needing another cart! Not sure where we're going to put it though! 


In this post, I took a break from classroom ideas to share a trick for tying shoes that I learned in college. It works wonders on my kindergarten son!

 Lastly, I shared this post during the back to school season that explains how to use visuals to establish classroom routines and expectations. I love how my students' faces are all over my classroom!

Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me this month! I hope that you've been able to use or have been inspired by the ideas I've shared. Grab your coffee and snuggly blanket and check out the other Bright Ideas Round Up Posts from my friends below. Have a super weekend!



Thursday, November 13, 2014

SUPER Thankful Thread

I am linking up today with my girls over at Primary Powers for a Thanksgiving linky: The Super Thankful Thread. We're sharing the things we're thankful for. Here are mine:

I'm sad that's the only family of 5 picture I have. I'm going to have to fix that ASAP!
Despite all the extra demands and stresses that face us all in education (no matter what state you live in… we're all feeling it!), I really do work at the best school!
Can't say enough about my BBFs (Bloggy Best Friends) <3
I could've kept going, but I didn't want to cover up that SUPER cute turkey! Dang it! I should've added clip art to that list. Oh well :)

So what are YOU thankful for? Head over to Primary Powers to grab the blank image and link up. Or if you're not a blogger, leave me a comment below. HUGE HUGS to you ALL!! <3


Saturday, November 1, 2014

1,000 TpT Follower Giveaway

1,000 really smart, awesome people follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store! Ready to celebrate?!
I'm so thankful to my bloggy friends for helping my to celebrate by donating towards FOUR amazing prize packages. After you check out all the awesomeness, make sure you enter all the Rafflecopters at the bottom of this post to increase your chances to WIN :) You'll also want to double check to be sure that you're following my store because I will be sending out a freebie to all my followers next week! ARE YOU READY???

November Morning Work from The Tutu Teacher
November Math Workshop from A Burst of First
Subitizing Pumpkins from 2nd in Line
Shady the Shark: A sh Digraph Activity Pack by A Sunny Day in First Grade
Beginning Number Bonds by The Daily Alphabet
Vowels Digraph Pack from Teaching Little Miracles
November B.A.T. Book from Lucky to Be in First
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Winner's Choice from An Apple a Day in First Grade
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iPad Lessons-Selfie Snaps from I Live 2 Learn I Love 2 Grow
November Daily Practice from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
Number Munchers Place Value Centers from Teaching Maddeness
Disguise a Turkey from Swinging for Success
Winter Celebration Scrapbook from Totally Terrific in Texas
November Writing Center Kit from Creative Lesson Cafe
Winner's Choice ($10 value) from Stuckey in Second
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Winner's Choice from Diving into 2nd Grade
Winner's Choice from Teach Two Reach
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Patterned iPads from EduKate and Inspire
Reading Genres Poster Set from Buzzing with Ms. B
Popping into Place Value from Saddle Up for Second Grade
Captain Capitalization from Once Upon a Classroom: The Tale of Two Teachers
Winner's Choice from Owl in a Vowel Tree
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Thank you so much to all 1,000 of you! Here's to the next 1,000!

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