Holy Cow folks! Where is the month of July going? I know I’m not the only one rushing around trying to accomplish all those tasks I procrastinated all school year long. I am taking a little time though to link up with Forever in 5th Grade to show & tell you about a few things that have been going on around here.
I’m Raising Ballers
We’ve been busy building and creating around the house. My husband and his buddies formed and poured concrete for our three kids’ basketball court. Now all we have to do is buy an amazing goal and paint the lines and we are set for outdoor games.
In the house I have been busy creating vinyl items with my Silhouette machine. I made this jug for my son for Little League games and I made these sunglasses for my students’ end of the year gifts. Next item I’m creating is some cute teacher tees for myslelf.
Who loves to craft? I do, I do! I mean when I have time to do it. My husband built me this fabulous craft table from 2 bookshelf and I must say he knocked it out of the park. I found my inspiration from a blog post from The Story of Five that you can read all about here.
At the end of the school year I told myself I would disconnect from all things school related and really focus on relaxing. My goal was to only turn my brain on to school after our family vacation the first week of July. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed a disconnected June and my family vacation!
Now, I am in full blown school-mode since my return from vacation. I even completed my classroom decor theme for this year. I can’t wait for an “Out of this World” school year!
It’s a flat box with a side of plastic and an electric light that provides an evenly lighted flat surface or even illumination.
It took me a year but I finally bought a Light Box to use in my classroom! I found mine at Big Lots. It was only $8! It’s a mini that measures 8″x 6″ and has two inserts and runs on 4 AA batteries. I’m going to hang it in my classroom library with a couple of 3M hooks.
I’ve read a lot of different blog posts about others creating their own Light Box inserts using transparencies. So I got to thinking…hmmm…I wonder if I could just print them on multipurpose copy paper?
Guess what? You can! So now you know if you don’t have any transparencies handy you can just use computer copy paper. I think it looks great too!
How will I use it?
I plan on putting cute inspirational messages, growth mindset posters, and insert fun holiday posters into it. Emily from The Literacy Nest had an awesome idea to make phonogram templates to place in her Heidi Swapp Light Box. You can read her post about it here.
I can even use the light during my Guided Math, Guided Reading, and Writing Conference times too. It will be a great visual tool for my students. If the light is on it will indicate that I’m busy working with a group; if the light is off then I’m free to help answer questions.
Is is your mind racing with ideas like mine is now? Then you should run out and buy your own at Big Lots and download my mini insert freebies below and let your light shine.
So far, my summer has been consumed with watching my youngest play Little League baseball and my oldest two play summer basketball. I love watching them take enjoyment in their activities.
Create! Create! Create! I have been trying to create a classroom theme for my own classroom and I am really struggling to finding something that I am absolutely in love with. I did, however, put together a travel theme for my bestie’s junior high classroom. Now to decorate her room with it!
In my own classroom I have been working on my flexible seating plan. My school PTO purchased a few items for me at the end this past school year.
a mini futon
I was super sad when they told me the futon was on back-order. I have been looking forward to it coming in this month! I am excited to incorporate it into my classroom seating options this upcoming school year. For this school year I will have