Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A Fresh New Day Book!

A fresh new day book to keep you motivated and organized!

This package includes the following:
-Day Book Binder Cover
-Quick Fact Sheet about your class (Colored & Black and White)
-Arrival & Dismissal Info  (Colored & Black and White)
-Supervision Information
-Ocassional Teacher (Substitute) Tip Sheet  (Colored & Black and White)
-Math, Science, Art & Language Notepad
-Staff Meeting Notepad
-Parent/Guardian Communication Log Sheet

It’s never too late to get organized!
Click here to get your new day book printouts!


Saturday, 25 August 2012

New Grade....and a COMING SOON


Finally got the call.... and was placed in a grade 1/2. Have been busy getting my room together and getting organized. I will post some befores and afters very soon!

Also working on a fresh new DAY BOOK template! :) Stay posted!

Friday, 24 August 2012


Today is the last day of "Teacher Week". It has been great getting to know more teachers, bloggers and VERY creative minds! You have inspired us!
Here are some of our FREEBIES that we want to share with you that have worked great in our classrooms.


Do you hate stamping reading logs, asking for assignments, tests and quizzes signed or requesting the return of permission forms?

Well, we have the solution for you!

Click here to find out more and download this awesome package!


Student Questionnaire

Learn more about your students with this back to school freebie!

Lots of great questions to become more familiar with your students and make personal connections right away.

Click here to grab this freebie! :)

If you have any questions about any of these freebies, or any of our other products, please no not hesitate to ask us!

Also, if you like what you see, we would REALLY appreciate any comments or feedback, as well as a rating :) THANK YOU for taking a peak!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Therapeutic Thursday

Christine's Therapeutic Thursday....

With how busy life is and gets with home, and school, I have found that making time for "me" once a week early in the morning helps me stay in touch with myself.   Of course because it is summer and I have not been working everyday I have made this time happen more than once a week. :)

Therapeutic Thursday....set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than you need, sit with your favourite warm drink, could be coffee, tea, lemon and water, mine is coffee with milk, and do nothing. Absolutely nothing for 30 minutes.  This is harder than it sounds, because if you are like me, there are always 100 or more things you should be doing or things that need to get done. I find it is the only quiet time in my home, with the family still sleeping and I do some of my best thinking. 

Check out what others are doing to relax and rejuvenate!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012



Where I Work Wednesday, has been re-named "Still Waiting Wednesday".

Well, as I looked ahead at the "Teacher Week" poster, I was trying to put "Where I Work" into words. I am going into my 6th year of teaching and I will be entering into my 8th school this September. But the kicker is..... I don't know where it will be! 90+ teachers in our board were laid off at the end of June and have not been called back, as of yet. Until then, I wait patiently for the call and live vicariously through my friend and most recent (and favourite) teaching partner, Christine, as I try to do what I can to help her prepare her room for this school year. It's extremely difficult and VERY frustrating to wait and hard to understand why our board would do this...but I do believe everything happens for a reason, even though I do not know what that will be. I am a person that likes to be over-prepared and that just can't happen this summer. So I wait....

To see my room last year, as well as Christine's room THIS YEAR, click our "Classroom Organization" Label :)

Check out more "Where I Work" posts at Blog Hoppin.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


We're back at it today as we link up with Blog Hoppin' to share our "Tech Tip".

Christine's Tip

Tip #1- SMARTBOARD-- My goal this past school year was to use more technology. The more I used it, the more I continued with it. One thing I did learn was that you must prep in advance to use technoloy, as you never know what will happen....

One form of technology I used this year was the "Smartboard". I started off basic, using lessons that were pre-made from this site "SmartExchange". Something I love to use is the attendance boards-- (ie. In September, the students use their finger to move their name apple to the teachers desk! Super cute!)This is a site where people post their lessons for the Smartboard for FREE!

Kaitlin's Tip

Tip #2- CPS Student Response System-- My students took a Province-Wide test this year- called EQAO. It was a paper/pencil test so I was very limited in ways to prepare in a "creative" way, as I wanted to give them exposure to multiple choice questions etc. After searching for ways to reach the students, Christine and I discovered that our board had a "CPS System", which is like similar to the "real" Jeopardy. I made questions on my laptop and hooked it up to the CPS System. I gave them small whiteboards to work out their answers and then they used the remote control to click in their answers! It was AWESOME!!! The kids LOVED using the system. As a teacher, I could program it to tell me what kids were struggling (without them knowing), and what kids were just "guessing". I recommend that everyone check out what their board has available, as it is NOT advertised that these systems are available for "teacher use."

Here are my students using their whiteboards and clickers to solve! LOVE THIS TOOL!

Monday, 20 August 2012


We are BLOG HOPPIN'....Here are some of our must-haves for the classroom:

Kaitlin's MUST HAVES:
1.) Green tea in a Thermos mug- To start off MOST days i enjoy a Green Tea. in my reusable mug. A must have to battle through the morning! My favourite brand is Thermos. T've tried them ALL, but this one keeps my tea warm until the end of the day (if I forget about it).
2.) A Comfy classroom library- Pillows, comfy chairs (bean bag chairs) and new books! A stop to the local public library once a month allows me to get our hands on some new reads, without spending my entire paycheck!

3) Papermate pens! These for me write very smooth and are inexpensive for the quality! A must for marking in something other than red!

4.) A camera-  I use this everyday! I take videos of my students working and thinking aloud. I rotate and ask them questions and use the videos of them as a end of the unit review so they can hear their answers and we can discuss as a class the topic at hand. I also take a million pictures to make a movie at the end of the year for each of them!
This is the camera i use below, because it is light and slim and can slide in my pocket.

Christine's MUST HAVES:

1.) Smelly markers- can't imagine starting a school year without them!

2.) sharpened pencils in a jar and a really good electric pencil sharpener!
3.) An eco-friendly water bottle- water helps the brain function and stay alert! I also let my students keep one on their desk!

4.) Gum ball machine -full to the top- gum helps the brain think and isn't really a bad candy incentive, I have a really cool dispenser I picked up at kohl's that is going to be in my math centre....I call it smart gum, I plan to use it as an incentive when working on things that can be challenging to students, gives them the confidence some of them may need,

Click the BLOG HOPPER below and link up with your must have!

Back to School Freebie!

Learn more about your students with this back to school freebie!

Lots of great questions to become more familiar with your students and make personal connections right away.

Click the link below to download this for FREE!

Friday, 17 August 2012

My Transition Book {Supporting Students with Autism}

“My Transition Book” is a book created to support students with ASD (Austism Spectrum Disorder). This book allows students to provide information about themselves (filled out at home with a guardian or adult or at school), in order to give educators a better understanding of each student.
*This book can also be used for any student(s), as you get to know them better*

Some sections in this booklet include:

-All about Me
-Home Life
-Morning Routine
-Play Time/Recess
-Learning Styles
-What I Learned/What I want to Learn
-Favourite Things
-Favourite People

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Displaying Student Work

I don't know about you, but I HATE changing bulletin board paper and borders! Last year, Christine and I put up "Brag Boards". Each student had their own board. Sometimes they were able to display any work they would like, and other times, we as teacher's would decide.

Here is what Christine is working on this year..... Stay tuned for the finishing touches....

Creating Spaces for Students

Here are a few spaces coming together in Christine’s room...
Reading Area- Classroom Library (lookin' for a carpet to accompany this space).

Math Area

Individual bins for school supplies

Independent Reading Boxes- Kids can take these to the area they would like to work in or back to their desk.
(Check out Ikea for these---- CHEAP!)

Labels help teacher and students navigate the room independently.

Christine-Labelling all book bins

Kaitlin- Labelling the "Star Student" Board!

Monday, 13 August 2012

BUSY BEES- Beginning to Organize

In Christine’s room today...
Re-labelling all notebook bins and classroom bins with new “Black and White Labels.”
Black and White labels go with just about any decor!

When students are done, they hand their work into the "IN BIN." When you are done looking at it/marking it, it makes its way into the "OUT BIN". Very easy way to carry what needs to be marked with you on Prep.
Science/Social Studies Book & Bin.
Adding a little die cut and googly eyes makes it a touch more fun to work in!

Daily Journal- "Whooo Knew?"

All student workbooks make their way into a bin. Less issues with messy desks and no one can ever say  "I CAN'T FIND IT!"

No not in the curriculum, but a still a good skill to learn.... Add a popsicle stick and an elastic to the pages you are working on, and it's a book on the go!

Kids getting sick of the books in your classroom library, too quickly? Put a quarter of the books out and introduce the rest later! They never remember what was out and always think they're NEW!
Click here for book bin labels and aroud the room labels. 

Sunday, 12 August 2012


Trying to think of an "All About Me" activity that doesn't just involve colouring and drawing pictures?

This is a great beginning of the year project for students to dive right into!

Package Includes:
-Display pages for the activity for each day of the week
-Instruction page explaining assignment to parents and students
-Instruction to parent/guardian for note from home
-Labels for parent letter envelopes
-Invitation for lunch friend
-Certificate for Star Student

Click the Star below to find out more about this Star Student Project!

Getting the "Star Student" Bulletin Board Ready!

Check back this week for FINISHED bulletin board photo and teacher example! :)

Saturday, 11 August 2012

We are working on some more freebies and an AWESOME Star Student Project! Check back at the end of the weekend for the link and some new pics!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Looking for classroom labels that can fit into any decor?

This file contains 46 Classroom Library Labels, as well as 16 Around the Room Labels.

Some of the Library Labels include:
*Various Authors.... and more!

Some Around the Room Labels include:
TEACHER'S DESK... and more!
Click the link below to purchase for $1.00!