Sunday, August 13, 2017

Get a Job

Do your students have jobs? I'm talking about classroom jobs...

I think classroom jobs are IMPORTANT and CRITICAL in the community building within a classroom.  The classroom is NOT just yours (teachers) it's ours (teachers and students).  If the kids have a job or responsibility they will learn to appreciate and take care of their areas, which only lessens some of the jobs that the teachers have.

Seriously, kids need responsibility and by given them a job in the classroom you are helping them to understand the importance of everyone working together to make a classroom run smoothly.

I've made a list of jobs that my students will have the opportunity to work throughout the year. These are jobs that my classroom needs. I know every classroom is different so some of these may not work for you but they are EDITABLE.  Just type in the name of the job you want for your kids.

On each job sheet I list the responsibilities of that particular job.  For example, The Absent Work Manager, is a very important job if a student is absent.  Their job is to put the WE MISSED YOU folder on that absent student's desk.  Throughout the day they will make sure anything that is passed out is put nicely in the folder for the absent student.

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How do you display your class jobs in the classroom?

My student's lockers are in the classroom so I will put small magnets on these job cards and place them on each locker.  They will be responsible for that job for the entire week and on Friday my Teacher Secretary will rotate them for the following week.

It's a job WELL DONE!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sew....I DID it!!

For the past 2 years I have looked at seat pockets and thought I'd really need like to have some of those beauties for the classroom.  I've also thought there is no way I can pay that much for those.  

I've sewn something once before so I thought "I really think I could do this."  Well, just as summer is wrapping up and I am running out of time to get things done I've decided to start this project.
You're not allowed to examine them closely AND honestly, they are a hot mess.  I'm praying they last at least half way through the school year.  If you think they look like a mess I will tell you it's "Shabby Chic". 😉

I used Archer All Stars video to help me as I went through this little project.  She has a video that walks you through how to do this but on a smaller scale.

If you're dying to take on this project yourself I say "Go For It"!

Hopefully you can use what I did and didn't do to help you.

I didn't practice on scrap material first....dumb.  So after I messed up 2 pieces I got smart and thought....I should practice on scrap.

I actually had scrap material in the colors that I use in my classroom so since my practice seat pocket turned out nice okay it is now on my teacher seat.  I think it will make a great sub seat pocket filled with all the little things that a sub may need, for example: nurse slips, behavior tickets, treats, timers or anything else that is small and helpful. ;-)

I would not recommend using regular fabric material for the students.  I just don't think that they will last or be durable enough.

I purchased a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot to use as my student seat pockets.  It's thick and strong and exactly what is needed for kids.

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I just purchased ONE and really needed TWO.  The second one I bought was from Wal-mart and I don't think it feels as strong as the Home Depot material.  So I may regret this by Christmas if they even last that long.

I cut my pieces 19 inches in width and 36 inches in length.  I folded one pocket to be 10 inches deep and the pocket that sits on the chair to be be 8 inches deep. I ironed my pieces and pinned them before I ever started sewing.

The plan is for the students to use these for their journals and folders.  I will update later in the school year to let you know how they go.

Have a sweet day!

Friday, August 11, 2017

A SPECIAL Note from Your Teacher

Do you leave notes out for your kids?  Do you need something for a Back to School goody? Are you students anxious about a test coming up?

I've made an editable DONUT WORRY note to leave for you kids.
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You could add little donut erasers with the note.  I found my donut erasers at the Dollar Tree but I'm sure you could find them on Amazon - and of course, real donuts would be a sweet treat to have as you reviewed for an upcoming test, a treat at Meet the Teacher Night or just a reminder to Not Worry-They've Got This!

Have a SWEET day!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

You Say it's Your BIRTHDAY....

How do you celebrate birthdays in your classroom?  

Silly straws for the win from Dollar Tree!!  Plus, I have always made a class book with my kids and I decided to give a fresh, sweet new look.

Every student gets a page the morning of the birthday student's special day.  This is the morning work for the day ;-) . My birthday student gets to decorate the cover.

The kids love reading the sweet birthday messages from their classmates AND it's a sweet keepsake to go back and revisit.  PLUS, it's free! 
I like to give my birthday student a little treat like a pencil or silly straw.  This year I found silly straws at the Dollar Tree, six for a $1.  Woot! Woot! But I think the birthday book would be just fine.  
A lot of my kids would keep these in their desk or backpack and pull them out to reread throughout the year.

You can pick up the tags and book {here}.

Have a SWEET day!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Let's Read...with Wands!!

Well friends, what do you do when you have just a few days left of summer and whole list of things that you need to get done???

You create new things to do that have nothing to do with your list of things to do. That's what I do. 
I've been busy making pencil holders and stumbled across another teacher making troll wands.  They were super cute.....AND they gave me an idea...

I created 20 different strategies to stick on pencils.  You can get them at my TPT store.  These can be used in whole group, small group, stations or buddy reading.  

Your kiddos can choose a reading wand and focus on that particular skill while reading their book. Of course, I have the perfect place to hold these wands...A Reading Wand Holder.  Isn't this what every class needs??!!  That's what I thought too.

...and in case you haven't heard..

I'm having a **GIVEAWAY**!!

Do you LOVE farmhouse decor?? Do you LOVE it in the classroom??  This farmhouse picture would be great for pictures with your kids too...

Look at my little model...can't you tell she's thrilled about me taking her picture!?  In order to be in the giveaway all you need to do is...

*Like my Facebook Page and
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You can also increase your chances by:

*Follow me on Instagram @sweetestsecondsinaday
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Super easy!!  Good luck! The giveaway ends Sunday 8/13.  Good luck.  No worries if you don't can always email with your order.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Traveling Words

Do your kids ask you "how do I spell (insert word)?  I absolutely think it's important for us to teach our kids to use available resources.  They need to learn to use the word wall, books, environmental print and the words that are available to them throughout the classroom.  Of course, I teach them to write the sounds that they hear but another resource in my classroom is their traveling word wall words. 

One of the things that I've used with my kids starting in Kinder is a personal word wall.  These are the words that are IMPORTANT to that specific child.  It may be their video game name, the place they visited during a vacation, or a favorite t.v. show.  These are the things that they want to write about.  

After they have recorded the correct way to spell their important word in their traveling word wall they ALWAYS have it to refer back to AND they can be helpful to others that are interested in that word. 

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I will use a hole punch to place a hole in the corner and place a binder ring to hold these together.
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BUT if you don't have binder rings then I think ribbon in a double knot would also work great.  I plan to hang these on command hooks in the classroom for easy access BUT tacks would be another option.

Word walls ARE IMPORTANT but kids are not going to use the word wall if we (teachers) don't use the word wall.  If we throw words up there and say "use the word wall" we have NOT taught them how to use it.  

Each week we add words to our word wall and practice finding them, reading them and using them.  I have used Word Wall Celebrations for many years as a way to introduce new words.  It gets kids moving, thinking and using these words.  

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You can also pick up my Sight Words for the Year.  This pack contains the first 300 sight words that our new readers need to know.  This pack contains the flashcards and sight word bracelets to wear home as they are learning them.

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Hopefully I've shared something that will be helpful to you.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eraser Rewards

How about a new and fun reward in the classroom?!  I LOVE watching the kids chart their progress and get motivated to do better...or learn from their mistakes.  Honestly, this is LIFE we all make mistakes, right?! What if we had eraser awards in the classroom?? 


I have the perfect place to display them.  Yes, it's a pencil holder BUT the pencils can hold your super cool erasers or pencil toppers that the kids can choose from.  Oriental Trading has so many to choose from.

You could even put out thematic pencil toppers for the kids to earn.  How fun!!!

Another classroom management tool that I like to use in my classroom is using currency to help the kids understand financial literacy while working on personal responsibilities.  

I've created a behavior that makes "cents" that I like to use with my kids.  You can read all about it here.  Every year is different and what works one year may not work the next but I like to start with this as I'm getting to know my children PLUS they are working on that coin recognition and adding coins ;-) --which we all know takes lots and lots of practice.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Getting Things Ready for the BTS

I'm sure you can picture my cabinets at the house and I'm positive that I would drive some of you crazy but my sweet family has learned to LOVE it....I think.  Josh doesn't even ask me anymore if I want him to save....this or that, he just washes the container and puts it away for me.  He's pretty great.  If you read my last post then you know that I bought WHITE enamel paint on accident. Well, I decided to use it on some of my jars in the cabinet.

I needed another (yes another) place to keep writing utensils.  I'm a teacher....we love all the writing things. ;-) This paint was perfect for the jars.  I love how the color turned out.  I cut up some old fabric for the ribbon around the top.

A circular sponge made the just right polka dots and I taped off one of the jars and used chalkboard spray paint to cover the bottom.
Yes, that's glitter on my workbench.  Every girl needs glitter all over her workbench, right?!

The writing is vinyl that I cut out using my friend's cricut...that thing is AH-MAZING. It's on my wish list.😏

I decided to turn Jenna's lemonade stand into a writing station for the classroom.  Ever since the construction quit pushing traffic down our street lemonade business has not been good.  The stand has just been sitting in the I painted it.

Really, the most important thing that you get out of this blog is that you should never leave anything around my house for too long.

...because I will repurpose it. I LOVE how it turned out and I think the kids are going to love coming here to write.  

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If you are looking for writing prompts you can pick up my "I Can Write" writing prompts here. They provide students with ideas for a variety of purposes to write. I put mine on rings and hang them in the classroom. The kids use these when they get stuck or need ideas.  

Email me if you are interested in purchasing your own birthday sign.

The birthday sign was made with old fence pickets, ribbon and small clothespins.  In the past I've used pictures of the kids holding the name of their birthday month. But the past 2 years I've had so many kids moving in and out that it was too hard to keep up with.  I think that this will be much easier to manage for me.

And I can't forget the pencil holders.  My little helper helping me get pencil holes into them. We are loving the drill press. ;-)

Finally, my "hello sign" is a repurposed cabinet door.  I painted it with the chalkboard spray paint because I thought the "hello" cut from particle board looked like 3D chalk.

If you have ever used a scroll saw then you probably know that scrolling out letters from particle board is not easy.  Y' was hard but I was determined to get it cut out.  I wouldn't suggest particle board BUT if that's all you have in your garage then GO FOR IT! may not want to leave anything at my house for too long or it will become one of my '"sweetest seconds".

Sunday, July 30, 2017

They Make a Tool for That???

I seriously don't know what I'd do without my neighbors. I currently have nice garage lights, a supply of repurposed wood, saw blades, saw horses and I'm sure countless other tools that my neighbors have supplied me with.  I probably drive them crazy!  

These past few days I've been busy making pencil holders in my garage for several different people. 
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And then look what I did???  After all my hard work I went out to spray a clear protective laquer on it. 

Uh huh, that is NOT clear...that is white!!  Why would they make a white protective coat?? I almost cried.

Y'all....every night I'm sitting on the couch with "ice on my wrist" AND NOT THIS KIND OF ICE!

I'm talking about the COLD ice that starts to burn after awhile.  Do you want to know why??
Well, for every hole in that pencil holder I have to drill it 3 times. Yes, for one pencil holder that has 20 holes I've actually drilled 60 TIMES!!  That is a lot of drilling and that is why my wrist feels as though it may separate from my body.

Now picture my neighbor stopping by to check on me.....and picture them asking why are you doing it like that??  Now picture my face explaining that this is how it has to be done to get the just right hole. Finally, picture my face when they tell me that there is a tool that you just set the wood under and it drills right into the wood in a straight simple easy line.  ONCE. {{sigh}}  

It's called a drill press and it is heaven.  It was as though I was drilling through butter. My neighbor even set up a jig-(I don't even know what this is BUT I think it's nice) and  a stool for me to sit at and put the pencil holes in the holders.  Seriously, WHO HAS THE BEST NEIGHBORS EVER?!!!?!!

And since my neighbors have all the tools I thought......hmmmm, maybe he could help cut some slices of wood because I have another idea.

best neighbors ever

Y'all he was like a spider monkey climbing his garage walls pulling different saws from different cabinets. He seriously pulled out 10 different saws because what I asked him to do was NOT EASY.  At one point it took all 4 of us to cut the wood and catch it so that it wouldn't hit the ground and knock the bark off.  It didn't quite work as nice as we would have liked.

No worries....he was up early in the morning visiting another neighbor for his saw.  

And LOOK at these beautiful pieces!!  Apparently there is the perfect tool for this too. I'm so excited about all the things I'm planning to do!!

Speaking of the perfect tool my BFF visited with her cricket...
Of course I had a list of words that needed to be cut out. I CANNOT wait to share my next little trash to treasure. 

There is really nothing sweeter than friends and neighbors that are friends. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christmas in July

Well, it's not really Christmas and if you ask Josh he would say that he has received what would be equivalent to coal for some people... 😁 Especially when he was helping pull nails from all of these. 
Yes, this is a TON of scrap wood.  My neighbor, the one who gave us garage lights, gave me a trailer FULL of scrap wood.  

I'm super excited BUT also a little overwhelmed.  I normally have 8-9 pieces and have to get really creative if I want to make something. 

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This Texas sign was my last project I made with all my scraps. I loved how it turned out! I think it would look great with a heart burned in it where you live...or where someone you love lives. 

Last week I attempted to make a giant Jenga for the classroom.  Well, I didn't measure my pieces across the top and just decided to cut each piece 10 inches. That actually doesn't work... Basically, I was setting the kids up to fail-->terrible!

This was upsetting because it was HOT outside and I had already worked so hard on all the wrong pieces.  


I turned my mistake into this cute little back to school gift for teachers.  Doesn't every teacher need a pencil holder? Why yes they do! 
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I'm not sure if I'm going to finish my Jenga before school starts because my "to do" list (which is really my "fun list") is growing and my summer is shrinking.

I'm currently working on something that I think is going to be my ALL TIME favorite project.  I can't wait to show you the final results of that little "trash to treasure". 

Lately, some of my sweetest seconds have been in the garage with a pony tail and power tools.

Friday, July 21, 2017

NEW!! Back To School {{FONTS}}

I have some NEW fonts for you!  You can stop by my TPT store and download Volume 4 for FREE.

I LOVE how they turned out.  I think my favorite is "SK No Bones About It"- perfect for October or a Pirate Themed classroom, "SK Stitches" - I think this will be a fantastic fall font, "SK Thick Nick"- perfect for....EVERYTHING, and "SK Star Student" - great for notes to you Star Student.  

I've also added a silly but fun font that mixes letters and pictures.  This could be used to write code messages for students to try and figure out...

This is just a fun and silly one...I must have had too much time to play around. You can download these new fonts here.  They are FREE in my TPT for the weekend.