It's Day 2 of Weekend Warriors! Welcome Back! If you are new to WW here's what we are all about.
My second Weekend Warriors project this month is to cozy up my reading area in my classroom. 
My kids love to sit on the little rug there and just have someplace different to read. 
It was getting a little over crowded so I really want to snazz up the space and extend it out a bit. That rolly cart thing-a-ma-jig in the back there got the old heave ho. I had intentions to spray paint it and I never did. So off it went. 

This space is going to be a summer long project. But of course when I need ideas I always head over to Pinterest. Seriously...What did we do before Pinterest existed? How did we get ideas? I shutter at the thought that it used to not be around and we had to come up with original thoughts. Eek! 
I made myself a little class library board and let the pinning begin. 
I love this library by Reagan Tunstall. Although pillows for the kids boags me out a little. Hello head lice! Those chairs and ottoman are to die for though. Heck! I even want to sit in them. 
This space is amazing! I spy some IKEA benches up in there. 
I am for sure adding one of those to my library in the fall! 
I actually own this sign already. I think it dates back to the Christmas Tree Shop 2007ish. It's vintage. It's collecting dust up high at my house. Maybe it needs to move to my classroom. 
Could this space be any cuter? And a chalkboard table?!? We have an old coffee table in our basement that also might be getting walking papers to my classroom as a chalkboard table. Read more about this space here
I think this idea might be the cutest ever!! I don't think I have the wall space to pull it off, but it is so adorable. The kids would absolutely love it as well!
I've already purchased R-E-A-D for my room! I can't wait to spray them and hang them up for the new crop in the fall. Read how this teacher modge podged these here
I have been saving book covers for ages. The kids are so rough on them! This banner is adorable. I have two closet doors near my library that I am going to fill with these sweet covers.  
Read how Kinder-Craze made this banner here
Hopefully come fall my new and improved class library will be pin worthy as well! 
Looking for more Pinterest ideas? Follow me! I have loads of ideas you'll never have the time for =)
Now pop around and check out the inspiration my friends are dishing out!



I made it!! That's right....Schools out for SUMMER!
Just in time for WEEKEND WARRIORS!
This month myself and my awesome blogging gal pals are coming to you with great pinspirational ideas. Don't you just love Pinterest? It's the black hole of great ideas! 
I hit Pinterest up for a little inspiration for my end of the year gift to my kiddos. The are oodles and noodles of ideas out there!! So many that I made a whole board just for class gifts
Here are some of my faves. 
These fish are adorable. Check out a freebie for them here!
I think I will definitely do these sometime in the future. 
Check them out here
I am in love with these cuties. I know what I am going to be making on Valentine's Day next year! Click here to peek at these. 
How delicious is this idea? The kids would be psyched. Although old fun pants Mrs. Eldredge over here really doesn't give out junk food. We have a district wellness policy that we try really hard to abide by so my kiddos won't be getting Oreos any day soon. 
This you wouldn't give to your students because they are $32 each. But, I think it is the cutest graduation idea for a bigger kid in your life. Check it out over on Etsy

So with all this pinspiration it was time for me to make a little something for my crazy cats. 
I happened to pick glow sticks up at Target 2 for $1 awhile back. What a deal!! Honestly I don't really like spending a ton of money on these kinds of gifts because I know where they end up. I do a lot of secret pitching at my house when the kids are asleep {insert evil laugh}. It's basically crap...You know it- I know it. But, kids LOVE it! Heck- I even love free crap!! Glow sticks are extra great though because eventually you have to throw them out. And for 50 cents a kids. Boo Ya!
I made a boyish and a girlish label. 
Grab them for FREE right here!
I popped a cutesy quick note on the back =) 
I tossed the note and glow stick in a baggie!
Gave everyone a hearty hug and off they went.
So long sweet friends...Happiest of Summers!!

If you like the ideas you see here I'd love for you follow me on Pinterest . I have over a 1000 pins that I'll most likely never get to. If you join me maybe we can work together to knock a few out =) 

Now it's time to hop around and check out my sweet bloggy friends pinspirational ideas! I love these gals and am so excited to meet them all in Vegas in just over a week. Wahoo! This tired full-time teacher/mother of three is so excited to have a solo vacation. I've been smiling with a spring in my step for about a month. I am so looking forward to it!! 




So sorry this blog has been so horribly neglected.
I've been on a camping adventure and time has eluted me. Well...I haven't been on a real camping adventure. I've been on a delightful classroom camping adventure! The kiddos and I have been enjoyed a fun thematic end of first grade with activities that keep them engaged and having fun.
We have been trying really hard to stick to the regular 'ole routine in grade one. As much as I'd love to kick my feet up this time of year I know I must keep them as busy as possible.
Busier than I've ever kept them really!
If not it just gets ugly...you all know!
Strap on your backpacks and grab a flashlight to see what we did in Room 12!

 I'm am not generally a big "centers" person during the year. I find them a bit time consuming. I LOVE me some Daily 5 and try to avoid too much laminating/card cutting. But, as those cute little first graders progress they can handle this with such ease at the point in the game. So centers we did!

 We had a couple of "movin' and groovin'" centers as I like to call them. I tape the cards up around the room. The kids gather the info and fill it in on their recording sheet, then they have to fill in the missing information of the recording sheet. 

 Oh and of course there was crafting!!

In the spirit of keeping the kids busy this activity was a fan favorite. They cut out, fold and tape a little rectangle with a flashlight on one side and a lantern on the other. They then drop and graph the rectangle. The dropping of the little piece of paper is similar to giving them gold! 


The class had a great time making their own camp brochures. We brainstormed ideas for camp names and then they worked like little bees on their adorable camps. The camp songs are my favorite. I may have even performed several (or all) of them of them to the class. 

We did several of these "Listen, Do, Cut and Glue" activities. 
The kids are practicing important skills and don't even know it!
I love tricking them into working hard...insert evil laugh!

We ended our camping unit with "S'more Fun!!" This doubles as our end of the year celebration as well. Two birds, one stone- I like it! In the past I've made real s'mores in the classroom with the kids, but that sterno gives me heart palpitations. So a friend suggested s'more trail mix. Great idea and so easy! You don't even need to write down this recipe- Golden Grahams, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips. That's it!! The kids LOVED it! I swear you could give them plain bread and they'd be psyched to just eat. Of course, I had to make them sing for their supper and they had to fill in a little recording sheet. Which is a freebie to you! Click here to grab. We had some delicious fruit kabobs as well =)

Everything you see in this post is in my brandy new
Happy Campers Unit
This unit is jam-packed...just read that cover!
And I didn't even chat about the
research project yet {next week}!



That was way more than 5 this Friday!
Head over to Doodlebugs to see what other fab teachers have been doing. 


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