Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Real Treat

Good evening everyone! I should be trying to get to sleep since I am working summer school early in the AM, but I just have to tell you about a wonderful site called Treat.  To me, there is nothing better than a homemade or heartfelt gift - and a card is just that.  I love looking through cards at the store, but I never knew that CREATING cards could be so fun and personable (for around the same price!)
On top of their quality cards, the workers at treat.com are there to help you and make sure that you are completely satisfied with your experience and your purchase.  They are awesome!
Treat is a greeting card company that want to create that special memory for you to send to your loved ones! There are so many different options at Treat, and there are wonderful "Thinking of You" cards just like the one I created below :)

I recently created this beautiful card for my mom.  Why?  Just because.  I think those are the best kind of gifts.. unexpected, and just from the heart.  I was able to easily navigate the site and pick the template that I liked... and on top of that, I could add any picture that I liked!  The picture I featured was on my phone, a little blurry and out of focus.. but it's one of my favorites, and I knew my mom would love it too.  I was very impressed with the quality of the print, and I couldn't imagine how amazing it would've turned out if my phone picture was even more in focus!

Something else that I love about making these personalized cards, is that you can PERSONALIZE almost everything about them! Instead of handwriting your message (which you can gladly do so with these cards as well) I was able to type the message I wanted, AND... it came with a beautifully typed up envelope to send straight to my mom's house.  Perfect!

Needless to say, treat.com takes greeting cards to a whole new level - sharing memories through photos and words from the heart, cards are something that will never go out of style - you can personalize them as much as you want, and make them PERFECT for your loved one : ) These can be printed or sent digitally - there are so many options!
Treat Cards

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fun Way to Book Shop

Happy Summer! I am already thinking about "bright ideas" for back to school - how can we not, they are all over the place ;) 
A cheap and fun way for students to book shop is with... book bags! Not the book bags you put on your back, but the cute little shopping bags that you can find in Target and other stores near you (I got "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "One Fish, Two Fish.." at Target for only $1 each!)
My students use these books during Daily 5, but you can incorporate them into any of your literacy blocks.  After talking about good fit books, the students are able to exchange their books weekly.  Especially with the little ones, they find it so much fun to use these bags and book shop! I let them do it a couple at a time, and with consistency and modeling, they quietly select books that they will enjoy and read for the week, while putting their other books back.  
 
 I use the little hooks like these and they will hold forever since the bags are so light :) I also recommend making a schedule for your children so they know when their book shopping day is!
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Being a less wasteful teacher

Today I am bringing you an idea of what to do with scrap paper.  There is always so much of it after the children are done cutting, and even with recycling, sometimes I feel bad "throwing it out."  I thought of something fun for the kids to do with their scraps - they were so excited about this!
During their free time, four of my Kindergarteners were very excited to make books out of construction paper.  And not just any books.. different shaped books! Rectangles, squares, stars, even trapezoids! I let the kids write about whatever they wanted and use crayons, markers, pencils, and stickers - anything to make it even more enjoyable.
My student below wrote about "Art and Glass" - can you tell she is quite the artist? :) The other two books were going to be for her sister and parents.  Such a nice little sentiment to give to your family and write from your heart.
Always remember that you can create something beautiful using old materials.  I hope this inspires you to think outside the box with paper and scraps!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

End of the Year Sale and Craft

Many of you have already started their summer vacations, but I am still in school with my sweet Kindergarteners - we are having a blast doing our 10 Day Countdown with something special each day.  
I will miss them very, very much!!
For one of the kids crafts that they have made at the end of the year, I cut out letters (L-E-A-R-N) on cardstock and taped them to a paper.  The students then painted (any color they choose) over the cardstock to form the letters - didn't they come out cute? You can use this with any word, any color paint, and the students decided to make it even "cuter" by adding a flower - so I helped them with a little bit of tissue paper, and they cut out green leaves from construction paper.

 To celebrate the end of the year, all of my TPT products will be on sale - 20% off including bundles.  
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/laura-love-to-teach

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014

Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful fathers out there... I hope you enjoyed your special day!

These are what my Kindergarteners created this year for their dads.  They did such a wonderful job and after I used spray sealer, they decorated paper bags to put the mugs in.  They used these paint pens from Michael's.
*Tip* - if you are on a tight budget, buy paper bags instead of gift bags - children can decorate them and make them beautiful!

Also inside the bag I found some fabulous freebies on TPT. Click on each picture below to see the cute printables.  The first one is perfect for uncles and grandfathers (we can't forget about them on Father's Day!) and the second one is soo cute for super dads :]
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fathers-Day-Interview-Questions-Grandfather-and-Uncle-edition-247086
    http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SuperDad-Printables-for-Fathers-Day-FREEBIE-722409