Month: July 2018

Back to School Bulletin Boards

I can’t believe I’m saying it, but it is back to school time! Although it is only July, I have had to start getting back into the classroom to prepare for a new year. We will be traveling the first few days of August, then celebrating my sister’s wedding, so I’m hoping to get as much done as possible beforehand!

One of the first things that I do in my classroom is put up my new back to school bulletin boards. Some of these boards are year round boards, but take awhile to complete at the beginning. This year I reused quite a bit of material from past bulletin boards. I knew I had saved all that for a reason!

Theme Board

My first bulletin board relates to the theme verse. This year that verse is Philippians 4:8. “Finally dear brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or prasieworthy – think about such things.”

Typically, my theme boards take a lot of time to put together. However, this one was probably the quickest I’ve had in a long time! I painted the words to “think about” on a piece of poster board, then cut it in the shape of a think bubble. Next, I found a clipart image of someone thinking. To make it the correct size, I enlarged it on the projector screen and simply traced it and cut it out. So easy!

Scientist of the Month

This board is a repeat, but an excellent one. A few years ago, I was wanting to make a board that was somewhat interactive, but I had little time to put anything together. Thank you to TeachersPayTeachers for this extraordinary find! This Scientist of the Month packet came with 10 different scientists (we are only in school 9 months, so there was an extra!). A picture, a fact sheet, and a sheet with QR codes for students to look at on their own were all included. It was WELL worth the $4 I paid. My bulletin board is set for the year (although remembering to change it every month was sometimes tricky…) and I plan to use it every three years or so! Perfect.

Keep Calm and Do Science

I had seen this board floating around on Pinterest for awhile and had it pinned several times (Does anyone else actually do that-pin it like three times without realizing it?). I figured it would be a good one to start the school year with. The Periodic Table Flash Cards I found here were perfect! I simply printed the elements that contained the letters I needed (looking at the picture for guidance!), cut them out, then highlighted the letters to spell “Keep Calm and Do Science” so they would stand out. Easy peasy!

Not the best picture, but the one I took from a straight on angle had a terrible glare. Sorry!

One bulletin board, three sections, complete for back to school! Now there are a few in the hallway I have to get to…

Summer Time = Get Organized

I completed a huge task this week. My classroom closet is finally organized! I began this project the last day of school and worked diligently on it for several hours the first day of summer break. And then that was it. The gusto of summer time = get organized left and the pleasure of “relaxing” with the kids at home began.

Until this week. My husband was able to stay home with the kids for a few hours one morning and I reluctantly needed to go to school to get a few other odds and ends done. I did those odds and ends, and then tackled the last shelves of the closet. The closet looks great and will hopefully stay that way for awhile! At least until the second day of school…

Here are some before and after pictures:

Before:

All of this came out of the closet. The trick was putting it back in!

 

After:
I can actually see what is inside! Yay!

Now, school is not the only place I have been trying to get organized. This is always an ongoing summer project at home. The problem at home though is as soon as a slave for hours getting one room of the house organized, another is totally destroyed. With two small ones nothing stays organized for long either!

I used the following guidelines to stay organized as much as I can!

  1. Do a little at a time – I work on a nap time schedule when it comes to organizing. Sometimes I only have 20 minutes! However, that is the perfect amount of time for cleaning out a drawer or organizing a shelf. Usually if I just have the goal of clearing just one part, I get into the swing of things and do more than I intended!
  2. Get rid of things you don’t use! – This can be difficult at times. I tend to save things “just in case”. However, when I organize, I try to have the mindset that if I haven’t used it in several months or more, it probably needs to be moved to a new place or trashed.
  3. Take a few extra minutes here and there to maintain the work! – Another one I have trouble with doing consistently! Spending a little time here and there to keep up the organization would save much more time! Easier said than done though…
  4. Don’t be too hard on yourself – You know what? We all do what we can when we can. Sometimes keeping your giant science supply closet organized is NOT top priority. That’s ok. And sometimes snuggling and reading a few books with your toddler needs to happen more an organized sock drawer.

Happy Birthday, America!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer! Make sure to take some time to celebrate our country this week! I’ve been taking some time off writing posts, but hope to be back soon. Happy 4th!