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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Sunday Scoop

Hello! It's me again! 
I just found a new link party and wanted to tell all my bloggers hello by joining in on the fun!
This Sunday linky comes from Teaching Trio called The Sunday Scoop!


Here's my Sunday Scoop for you!


Guess I better get to working! :)



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Classroom Reveal

The long awaited...most anticipated blog post of all.
I've had so many questions and comments on my room reveal 4 years ago with my cubby crates.
This year....I feel like I love my room even more. 
It was time consuming this year. 
I was UN-MOTIVATED to go up to my room till mid July.
*SLACKER* I know. 
I wanted to enjoy summer and all the fun of it without room decoration stress.
But the stress hit when I wasn't ready 2 hours before parent night....AHHH..
Have you ever been there?

My room is still a work in progress. Each day we add a new little element to our room.
Artwork, Exit Slips, Creativity..and the list goes on.
Here's a sneak peak into my home away from home.

Here's the infamous process...SET UP...
Now most of my room was left up from last year, however....I'm that person who can't leave it the same each year. A few things have to move around.
Our friends Ryan and Lindsey came after work one night and helped me put up my outer wall decorations and some decor inside the classroom. Bless them..they stayed till after 9 but we KILLED it.

Our theme this year was carnival! We had our burlap border up last year and managed to salvage it and repurpose it for this years theme. LOVE this.

Our birthday board sits outside my "front door" as I call it. I have 2 entrances to my room. It obviously is filled with popcorn pieces with my littles birthdays on it now!
Here are my computers. I had to jazz up the boring table with a sparkly curtain found on clearance at Hobby Lobby!! 
This is the view of the room from
My desk in the back corner. We have since added crafts, super star work, exit slips and all kinds of kid made artwork to our walls. 

The infamous teacher table- the kidney bean table or small group table. We are here quite often in the day. I pull kids for interventions, reading small group, math small group and DIBELS progress monitoring here. My kids seem to love the crate seats this year and are taking good care of them!
Here's my window wall as I like to call it. Unfortunately my room has no windows. NONE. So in order to bring a little cheer and outside in, I bought SchoolGirl style's silhouette kids and made a window scene on the wall. Everyone who has come in is just like WOW, when they see it's a window of kids. 

We got new tables this year. LOVE THEM. Every little has their own place and their own spot and it's fabulous. No more crowding at the tables!!
Here's my back white board. On the right are our rainbow rewards. If the kids compete their center work and follow the rules during reading and math each day they can earn 2 suckers on their chart. When they reach 5 they get a new rainbow peice. Once they build their whole rainbow, they get a rewards coupon band get to start rebuilding for a new rainbow prize! To the left of that are the hand signals we use and the step picture directions when making big crafts!  As you can see our color bugs are on top on the board. 
Here is my little area. The area I never see. On the wall is where I keep all of my important papers and my calendar. Here in the 2 rainbow carts I keep center supplies on the left cart and all of my weekly papers and copies in the rainbow cart in the right. My little area I never see....At least it's organized.
New reading corner. Animals, books and a couch. A kids dream! 
View of the back wall of the room. On the white board we have our calendar and teachers pet. Our teachers pet is the helper of the day. Then we have our GoMath focus wall and organized library!!
Here's my unseen area again. My desl! 
This is my Scott Foresman Reading Street focus wall and our center rotation charts. Under in the shelf are hands on toys and manipulatives. 
This is a closer look at my newly organized classroom library. Special thanks to Really Good Stuff for selling amazing products! And for Kinder-Craze for making classroom library  labels. 
These are my new curtains I made this year. All of my stuff is organized but it just now isn't all out in the open looking messy! Happy dots!!! 
Here's one side of the countertop. We keep our journals and interactive notebooks organized back here and on too of the shelf are our Julie Lee center activities organized by weeks! 

Another random picture of my wall beside my desk. This stayed the same from last year.
Here are my popular crates. They are our outside cubbies. Everyone has asked and emailed about these crates. They are the crates from Walmart that come out around school time. They are mounted on the wall but could be Zip tied together too. I also use these same crates for my crate seats in my room.
Here is the last part of my clasroom. My themed popcorn door tying up our carnival theme in the hallway. 

If you want it to the end bless you. I hope you like my room :) it's my happy place! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Meet the Teacher- Mrs. Olson




So apparently I am REALLY behind for this blog post but right now I am celebrating that it is up and finished! WHEW...Better late than NEVER right.


THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...


 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
I used to dream of being a wedding planner. I loved everything about weddings. I thought I was going to be a wedding planner until I realized how much work goes into wedding planning. And how many weekends of your life are focused on other people and no time for yourself or family. However, if I wasn't a teacher now I don't know what I would be. Maybe a SAHM with a crafting business!

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Crafty, Optimistic, Caring

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
I love spending my weekends tearing and sorting workbook pages OR
Summer is so relaxing and work free.


Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Lucille Ball. I have loved "I LOVE LUCY" since I was a kid. I've always wondered what it would be like to meet Lucille Ball. She still makes me laugh to this day.


Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
"The Non-Stop Teacher" or "The Coffee Crafted Teacher"


 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
Invisibility. Need I say more. 
 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
"I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength.- Phil. 4:13


Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
"Don't Stop Believing"- Journey
Not sure that's proper for a female voice but I belt it out every time it comes on the radio.
 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Well...I don't LOVE the morning. But I do get up at 5:00 am every morning for an hour workout before school. I like the fact that I get up and get it done but I sure love sleeping on Saturday's. In the summer I tend to be more "night owlish" since I don't HAVE to get up.

 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
Well, I've never created a resource for TPT. That is one of my goals for this school year. Hopefully I will have some soon!


Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
I used to dance when I was younger. I loved it and quit to take piano, which I was no good at. So I went back to dance and stopped as a junior in HS. I wish I had never quit. I loved dance!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Meet Me!

Happy Monday!!


Today I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for the last week of Monday Meet Me!


Hope you enjoyed this Monday of Randomness! :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Smorgasboard

Happy Sunday! 
Whew. Sunday is a busy day for the hubs and I.
He is the production assistant at church and I sing in our worship band at our 10:30 and 5:00 service.
I love Sundays but they are busy.

Today I am linking up with Fabulous in First for her Sunday Smorgasbord.

http://fabulousinfirst.blogspot.com/2014/06/sunday-smorgasbord.html?m=1

 
I love how she says a whole bunch of random! 
This will be random!


Ok so I know everyone has been SO SWEET about my door hangers! 
Several of you have asked me if I have an Etsy shop.....well not yet. 
However I do have 2 door hangers for sale if anyone wants them....
They are random. 
Two that I just wanted to paint ...just for the heck of it!
I'd love for 2 of you to have them if you want.

The watermelon above will come with a green and black bow at the top. When it's finished it looks like this below!
     This one is $30 plus shipping!! 

Another door hanger I made is this one: 
I love this pencil!
This one is $30 plus shipping and free personalization. It will also come with a multicolored bow and hanger at the top. 

If you are interested in either of these please email me at mrseolson31@gmail.com or acraftyqueen@gmail.com

Payments would be sent through PayPal. 

Happy Sunday!
Hope yours was as random as mine! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Five For Friday- 4th of July edition

Happy Friday!!
Happy 4th of July everyone!
Can't wait for some Braves Baseball and Fireworks tonight!!!

Today I am linking up with Doodlebug's Teaching for Five for Friday.

It's been a fun week! 
Here's my favorite 5!

Well my big Really Good Stuff order arrived last week.
The hubs and I hauled it up to the school this week and unpacked it.
It was staring at me to do something with it so....I did.
I went and started sorting and labeling book bins..
I didn't know what a CHORE it would be.
ICK.



And then this happened!
I got an email saying I had 150 followers on Bloglovin'
150?? WOW. 
Y'all made my day!

I may just have to giveaway one of my door hangers...
What do you think??


Speaking of door hangers...
I finished a custom hanger for my co-worker.
She ordered them for her sons' teachers this year.
I am in love with this door hanger.
I wish I was a science teacher.


I purchased Kinder-Craze white library labels.
They are turning my mess into an organized mess :)

They are GREAT!

Lastly, I am enjoying a weekend getaway the hubs in ATL.
We're enjoying World of Coke, Shopping, ATL Braves game and the Zoo.


Happy Friday to you!!!




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pinspired Thursday!

Happy Thursday!
I am posting from the road today.
The hubs and I are finally getting a weekend getaway JUST US 2! 
Wahooo..

Today I am linking up with Just A Primary Girl for her Pinspired Thursday!
I just love her little person from Melonheadz! 
I want my own little person! :)

So I made this recipe from Pinterest twice last week.
The hubs loved it! 
Frito Chip Taco Salad by Six Sister's Stuff.
I left out the tomatoes due to me not being able to eat them but it was REALLY good.
I mean really good!
This is a keeper!

My next pin is from Kinder-Craze blog.
I adore her room. 
I want to be a kid in her room.
I fell in love with her framed rules she painted. 
She gives a whole tutorial here!
Aren't they cute??

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/173247916890367083/

I have some rules I printed off last year for my room that needed a REDO.
I've painted mine but haven't added the gloss sealer yet..
Not bad..
Can't wait to hang them.

Lastly...
I love this pin
I just recently purchased new bins from Really Good Stuff.
I want to print these labels for my tables so each child knows WHICH number table they are! 
Mine will be one blue, one green and one pink!

Happy Pinning!