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Gearing Up… August 2, 2010

Filed under: back to school,bulletin boards,classroom,decorating — hey2blondie @ 5:40 pm

Today I decided that I would work in my classroom since school starts in a week in a half. It’s 5:25 pm and I am still at school. I have worked on my bulletin boards most of the time and they are finally done! I teach 6th grade Reading, English, and 7th grade English. At the beginning of the year, I like to have a board about their summer reading. This year they could choose one book from the following list:

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Hatchet by Gary Pulsen

Old Yeller by Fred Gibson

Island of the Blue Dolphines by Scott O’Dell

My students then had to write a book report using the criteria provided. They could write a newspaper article, radio drama, or a song. I will display their work the board below. Each student will also decorate their own flip flop to place on the board along with their book report.

We also have to have a religious bulletin board. I got this idea on our way to Florida. There was a bus that said, ” Jesus is the real lifesaver.” I made my”soulsaver” candies out of construction paper.


My last bulletin board I got the idea off of the internet. I added more parts of speech than what was shown on the internet. I made the puzzle pieces out of construction paper too.

I feel that my bulletin boards look great! I guess tomorrow I will have to get organized and maybe hang some posters!


Creative Juices Flowing February 9, 2008

Filed under: decorating,Quilting — hey2blondie @ 10:58 pm
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I was browsing around today on Ali’s blog and noticed her creative weekend project. Well, it got my creative juices flowing. In January I had started a quilt wall hanging for my den and I think I finished (just sewn together not quilted, yet)  it. I think I like it the way it is, but I am contemplating on whether or not to put the row of piano keys on the top and bottom like the sides. I like the uniqueness of the asymmetrical look.

Who says you have to have all 4 sides the same?



The Pumpkin Patch September 30, 2007

Filed under: decorating,Fall,thoughts,wn entry — hey2blondie @ 5:10 pm

Fall is my favorite seasons of the year! I love pumpkins, mums, colorful leaves, scarecrows, and the changing scenery. Every year my husband and I go to the pumpkin patch Green Acres in Milan, TN where we get our yearly selection of fall goodies. I am so excited because there is such an abundance of pumpkins and gourds to choose from. Today, we picked out some interesting goodies. Once I got home, I created my outdoor decor!

boy scarecrow girl scarecrowhouse


My Classroom September 6, 2007

Filed under: classroom,decorating — hey2blondie @ 8:55 pm

Here are some shots of my classroom! Enjoy!

writing binders station

writing center

reading corner

Readers are Leaders


Finished Celebrity Profiles

Filed under: decorating,writing activities — hey2blondie @ 8:48 pm


My students finally finished their profiles and they look fantastic.

They loved creating their own pen names!



Our Writer’s Notebooks August 29, 2007

Filed under: decorating,personalizing,wn entry,writers' notebook — hey2blondie @ 6:31 pm


Our notebooks are finally done! My students enjoyed creating these works of art!




Personalizing Writer’s Notebooks August 27, 2007

Today we personalized our notebooks. I learned that you need 2 full class periods to get the job done and there still might be some that don’t finish. Glue sticks work the best ( I will definitely ask for those on the supply list next year). I used laminate paper to cover them and that was a chore. Next year, I am going to have parent volunteers help me because it was very cumbersome. Laminating was a TWO MAN JOB! I wanted to have them covered because it protects them and their pictures won’t fall off. They also move from class to class with them. My students’ notebooks look fabulous. I will try to get pictures soon.

Why personalize? Well, personalizing creates a since of ownership with the notebook. When a student has ownership they are more likely to keep up with their notebook. Another reason to personalize is that they can use what is on their cover as writing topics in case they get stuck. My students were excited to show off their art work to each other. The room buzzed with enthusiasm.