Highlighter Magic!

Just a random teaching tip...

When I first began teaching I was always afraid that I would give a student my original worksheet by accident and lose the worksheet forever! I kept extra "back up" copies of everything until my filing cabinet was ready to bust but then I discovered this handy little tip. I use a yellow highlighter & write "original" on MY original copy. When the worksheet is copied the highlighter does not show up! How awesome it that?!?! This makes it so much easier to keep my original copies safe and sound! It also helps my parent volunteers keep the originals separated when they are making copies for me. ALWAYS test the highlighter brands in a small area first because some of the cheaper brands will show up a little bit when copied. Yellow seems to be best but some of the other highlighter colors work as well. 


Flannel Board Storytelling Kits

If you have a flannel board in your classroom, then you may be interested in some things I have listed on eBay. Many years ago, I received a grant to purchase some things for retelling stories. I used them quite a bit but I no longer have a flannel board in my classroom. I am selling these storytelling kits that I purchased from Lakeshore Learning so I can buy some other things I am needing for my classroom. 

Books Not Included!

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Set of 4 flannel board Storytelling Kits from Lakeshore Learning. Books not included. Stories include Silly Sally, The Very Hungry Caterpillar,The Napping House, & It Looked Like Spilt Milk. Pieces are cloth & each set originally cost $30 each.

Back to School Book Boxes & freebie

I only have 2 1/2 weeks until I go back to school and my classroom floors have still not even been cleaned and waxed! I love to get my classroom set up and then have a week or so of not thinking about school before the big day. Now that doesn't normally happen so I am considering this inconvenience a blessing. So while I wait another week to be able to get in my classroom I have been working on other things at home.

Today's project was Book Boxes for our Daily 5 time! I found the plain white cardboard book boxes at IKEA for $1.99 for a pack of 5 boxes...what a bargain! (My first trip ever to IKEA & I loved it!) Now I can't have plain white boxes in my bright, cheery, & primary colored classroom so I spray painted them before I unfolded them & put them together! I know you are probably thinking that would make them sticky & wrinkle them up but they did great and once the paint dried they are smooth as silk!  I can't wait to put them on my black shelf so the colors will really pop!   
 Just a tip- The green Valspar paint still feels a bit tacky but the color is great. The red from Walmart did not cover as smooth as the others and I had to touch it up with a second coat. The blue Rust-oleum & ACE hardware brand were the best. They went on smooth and only needed one coat of paint.

...and here is one of the finished boxes!
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