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Timer, Flipbooks, and Clean Desks

It's Friday again and that means, it's time for Five for Friday!

1. I try to tidy up my desk every day, but sometimes if it gets extra cluttered, I stay a little extra late on Fridays. I love walking in on Monday morning to a spotless desk! It's a great way to start the week.


2. Do you admire beautiful hand lettered projects? I definitely do! I decided to give it a try with THIS book.

Well, Chalkfull of Love released a set of her favorite lettering tools that I had to have! She releases these here and there on limited quantities via her website. If you want one, keep an eye on her IG because that's where she announces when they are available. 

3. It's no secret that I'm a fan of flipbooks!  We have been learning about presidents and I made a few fun ones for us to use.
I love February but there is so much to teach! We need a few extra February days :-) 


4. I picked up this timer this week and we started using it. I am in LOVE! I've used timers before but having the kids actually see the red that actually shows how much time we have left,  has been SO helpful! There are different sizes. I went with the largest size that can be seen from anywhere in the classroom. Game changer!
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5. Our curriculum night was on Wednesday. We prepped these books to hand out to parents. I love having all these tips in one handout. I like to copy extras so I have them on hand for parent conferences.
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6. An extra one :-D We were to a different school in the district for some PD and I saw these from my friend A Cupcake for the Teacher! They are so cute!


We ran out of time and didn't get to make them. I'll have to make sure there's time for them next year!

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Book Bins, Valentine's, and a new Flipbook!

Happy Friday! Time for some Five for Friday action :-)

I had a seriously busy week! Let's get started!

1. We receive one purchase order from school and the day I get to use it, is one of the happiest days of the year :-D

I went to Lakeshore and found these GORGEOUS bright colored book bins!!!
I had written to them via IG and they told me it was going to get passed along to their product development team. I didn't think I'd ever see them. Well, a few months later...HERE they are!

That obviously meant I had to redo all my buckets so that they would match my brights theme. 

They look gorgeous! I personalized my labels with these adorable Melonheadz to match my kids. The kids adore their little images! If you are interested in my labels, you can get them HERE.

Seriously! Look at how bright and happy these colors look!
All of these are from Lakeshore, except for the teal ones. The Lakeshore ones are more of a  baby blue and I wanted teal. I found them at Target.

Here is a room view of my cubbies. LOVE!

2. It was Valentine's week and we had so much fun! Our class made these adorable owl goodie bags for their cards. This is a freebie in Jennuine Teaching's shop. I also wanted healthy treats this year for my kids so I found this freebie from Teach Love and Iced Coffee on TpT.


3. Something else I found at Lakeshore were these magnetic book ledges! They are awesome! I used them to display some of our favorite books from the week. These two are great reads for this month.

4. We are focusing on story elements in my class. My class struggles with this so I decided to make a little flipbook for this purpose. Worked great! The best thing is that it only uses two pages of paper to create two books. That means each book uses one sheet of paper! We pack a lot into this one piece of paper :-) You can find this flip book HERE.



5. We are shopping around for a house and I always make sure to take pictures of things I like. I fell in love with the look of this room. My husband wasn't nuts about this look for our bedroom, but I would love to decorate my office with this theme one day. It's so beautiful! I could spend the whole day there!

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Lightbox, Blubber, and Melonheadz!

One of my goals was to blog more often. So thankful for Five for Friday or I'd probably never blog! Here are some things we've been up to :-)

1. I'm super late on updating my bookcase. It still looks like this, even though I'm already reading new books. So much to do!



2. I made my kids new bookmarks! They are obsessed with their Melonheadz pictures! I used my name tag file to create them. They are the perfect size!

3. You can see them below as name tags fro the beginning of the year. Also, see the square badge on the side? My friend Ashley from @teachcreatemotivate made them. They have been amazing! Instead of me reminding my kids about a rule that they are breaking, I ask them to read their goal reminder and they do it, then self reflect and are back on track! I LOVE them! They are a classroom must have! 


4. We did the blubber challenge and the kids went nuts! My mentor teacher showed me how to do this 10 years ago and I've done it every year since! Always a hit!
5. I updated my lightbox recently. This design is one of my favorites! 
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