August 2013 - Miss Kindergarten

Busy, busy, busy!

I've been SO busy and I haven't even gone back to work yet! Well, I take that back, I did go into work 3 days this week for assessments and to plan with my amazing team, but no teaching! Yet I still managed to fall asleep at 7:30 every night ;)

Here's what I've been busy doing...

Organizing! {of course}
You all know I'm an obsessive organizer so this project has been something I have been looking forward to completing all summer! I have a thing for bins and labels, so this was the perfect job for me! I have found myself walking by the closet and opening the doors to admire my own work ;) Ha! {Shout out to my sweet friend Christie for being just as self-absorbed as am I when it comes to admiring our own work}

My sweet teaching partner and I have been putting up new bulletin boards. They are turning out so cute! We are still putting the finishing touches on a few, so I will share pictures when they're done. For now, here's a sneak peek at one of our new calendar boards. I'm kind of in love it!

I've also been working on my print and go printables for fall. They're perfect for when I want a fun hands on activity for my kiddos but don't have time to set up a center.
I've included lots of beginning of the year skills that my kinders can do *mostly* independently while practicing their cutting, gluing and other fine motor skills.

Here's a closer look at some of the pages included:

I had some requests for ways to help with name writing, so I added this fun page. You can pick up this page for free {here}.

And lastly, I started my first week of Masters classes this week! Can I just say PTL that I don't have my own children yet! I'm sure many of you can understand why I laughed so hard when I saw Crystal post this ecard on her Facebook page!
That pretty much sums it up!


Stock Your Classroom Giveaway!

Can you believe September is around the corner?! I know some of you have been in full swing for a while and some are just gearing up to meet your new little sweeties…. Which to me sounds like the perfect time to Stock Your Classroom!

I am teaming up with 8 of my blogging friends to offer an amazing giveaway package to help stock your classroom for the coming year.
Check out what is up for grabs!

You can enter by following us on TpT, our blogs, and/or Facebook. Enter using the rafflecopter below!
Good luck! The winner will be announced this Thursday, August 29th!

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Scotch Expressions Tape {organization ideas!}

I love crafting and I love organizing so when Scotch Expressions Tape asked me to review their new line of tape, just in time for the back to school season, I was super excited!

Look at all that beautiful tape!! Scotch Expressions Tape is available in over 100 colors and patterns and four varieties- Magic Tape, masking tape, washi tape and shipping tape. Obviously the washi tape was my fave!

I had several ideas floating around in my brain on how to use this tape, but I decided on these three ideas inspired by dear Pinterest :)

I have supply caddies on each table for my students to use, but I like to keep extras handy, just in case! I also plan on using the labels on the first of school to sort supplies that the kiddos bring in!

I started by covering my clothespins with the masking tape which was way easier than I imagined! It literally took 5 seconds! Just lay the pin on the tape, snip to size and press down! And I loved all the colors it came in! Matches my room perfectly!

Then I used double sided tape to attach the supply labels to the pins.

Aren't those labels just adorable!? They are from sweet Laura Martin and available in her TpT shop!

Finally, I clipped the pins onto cute little bins and now they are organized!

My second project was inspired by this little pin {when I first saw it all I could think was, duh!}

Copy Clothespins!
I mean, why have I never done this before!?

This time I used the washi tapes and they were just as easy to use!

Then I made some labels on my computer and laminated them using my Scotch Personal Thermal Laminator {l.o.v.e. that thing!}. I attached them to the pins using double sided tape, but it didn't seem to hold it that great since I will be handling the pins a lot. What should I use instead??

Now, when I need copies of things, I just clip the pin onto the masters and the directions are right there! Need a class set back-to-back?! No biggie!

Need a specific amount of copies and want the copies darker!? Use a dry erase marker to specify!

I'm thinking I might add my name to the pins so that the volunteers or assistants making the copies know who they belong to!

Want a copy of the labels?

Finally,  my last project, and maybe my favorite, was inspired by washi tape pennant banners! I think I might use the board to host our word of the week, or maybe star student. Not sure yet! Right now it's holding vocab cards!
I had the cork board and twine already, so it was super easy to throw together! I layered the tape around the edges because that's always fun and then I watched this tutorial on how to make a washi tape pennant banner. The tip to tape your twine onto the table while working was priceless.

Then I used hot glue to attach tacks onto the back of the pins and stuck them into the cork board.

Isn't this tape awesome!? It's really affordable too! The Scotch Expressions Tape line ranges in price from $2.50 for a single pack to $5.99 for a triple pack! Scotch Expressions Tapes are available at office superstores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as online. Head to to find a store near you! It's easy! Just type in your zip code.

Office Depot is also currently selling five limited edition One Direction tapes in partnership with an anti-bullying campaign.

Follow Scotch Brand on Facebook and Pinterest for more great ideas!

Disclaimer: A representative from Scotch Brand contacted me to do an honest review of their products.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and were not influenced by the company or the incentive given.


Back to School is No Joking Matter! {blog hop}

It's almost time to head back to school so I'm joining in with my Freebielicious girls to share how I feel...

LOL! Is anyone else annoying themselves?!

Well this should make you feel better!

 Teachers Pay Teachers and throwing a sale this weekend to celebrate going Back to School! My store will be on sale Sunday Aug 18-Monday Aug 19.
 {thank you Traci for creating such an adorable button!}

ALL of my products are on sale for 20% off, but here are some of my favorites! Don't forget to use the code BTS13 at check out for an extra 10% {I mean it, don't forget!!!}

Now hop on over to Kinder Alphabet to see how she is coping with the BTS stress!

Kinder Alphabet