Dyeing Pocket Charts Black: What NOT to do. And then more… of what not to do.

Disclaimer:This post does not end well. I just wanted to warn you now so you don’t feel cheated at the end. 🙂 I hate my blue pocket charts. Hate. They have never gone with my classroom colors, and this year, I happened upon this website via Pinterest which I thought just might change my life. This teacher’s website said that she simply dyed her pocket charts black using RIT dye. ‘Yes! Of Course! Why didn’t I think of that?’ I {Read More}

“Snowmen at Night” Chalk Art! {Art Lesson Tutorial}

 A few weeks ago Jen over at Runde’s Room posted about a super cute art project called ‘Catching Snowflake’s that she had done with her 5th/6th graders, via an idea posted at Artisen de Arts.  I had never been to this art blog and now I am hooked!  She has so many awesome ideas that are perfect for 5th graders to take art a little further than just cutting and pasting. One idea that I loved was working on blending, {Read More}

Sunset Silhouettes: An Art Lesson that will Wow!

Last week we had parent back-to-school night, and I knew I needed something on the wall that would WOW my parents.  So I decided to do one of my all time favorite art projects:  Sunset Silhouettes These are great because they are so easy to make, but they look like some hard work went into them!  I break the project into two days.  First start by gathering your materials: Day 1 1.) Gather your materials:  White Construction paper cut to {Read More}

Self Starts, Lunch Choice and Attendance Management and a Glass Magnet Tutorial

Wow, what a blur this last two weeks has been!  My fifth graders are a blast, but I must admit that I am pulling every classroom management trick out of my pocket to keep this super talkative bunch focused! Today I’m going to share with you two things that I do every morning to get the kids working right away, and to keep us on schedule! 1. Self Starts: When the students come in every morning, they know to expect {Read More}

5 DIY Teaching-Partner Appreciation Gift Ideas for Back to School

Today I was thinking about my old teaching partner Jill, and how she always made the cutest gifts for each member of our teaching team to kick off the new school year.  I’ve always seen a ton of super cute teacher appreciation gifts posted on mommy blogs and Pinterest, and with a couple tweaks, I think these are also perfect for making a fun and hopefully useful gift for your fave teaching partner bestie or co-worker! And we all know {Read More}

Ink Removal Tutorial and a Back-to-School {Freebie} !

I’ve been hard at work creating my Back-to-School Challenger/”I’m Done Now What” Packet for my TPT store.  And a bit later in this post, I can’t wait to share a Freebie from that packet with you. But first- a slightly off topic tutorial. Yesterday I left my 2-year-old at home with her Daddy while I went out grocery shopping.  I came home to this piece of “artwork” on my NEW white micro-suede couch: Yes. Let’s all collectively gasp while we {Read More}