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Magical Monday 3

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It’s Magical Monday…time for some of my new favorite pins from this week! πŸ™‚

First up, I love this pocket chart idea from Kim Adsit!Β  She’s so creative! πŸ™‚

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This will be a wonderful activity for the beginning of the year!Β  As we learn new letters, we can sort our names to find out which letters we have in our name.Β  I can see this becoming one of our first Pocket Chart Work Station activities.Β  I think this activity is wonderful and the only change I might make to it is to add the children’s pictures to their name cards to help develop name recognition among my students. πŸ™‚

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Wouldn’t these make cute Welcome to Kindergarten gifts for your kiddos?Β  Easy to make!Β  Just get some scrapbook paper, glue on their name, laminate, and attach the ribbon!Β  I’ll be giving these to my kiddos at our Back to School night. πŸ™‚

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 8.08.48 AM Why didn’t I think of this idea?Β  Putting your dry erase boards in a dish draining rack!Β  I love that the silverware cup holds the markers and the eraser!Β  This idea will be so great when working in a small group.Β  The kids can see where to put their dry erase boards and they won’t weigh down the wire shelf I currently have them on.

Check out my boards on Pinterest or follow me using the link at the right. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Kinderland Collaborative!

If you love Pinterest as much as I do, you’ve got to follow this board called Kinderland Collaborative!Β  A bunch of my blogging friends have teamed up to bring you the best Kindergarten and 1st grade pins!Β  We already have 440,000 followers, so click below to go there and start following us! πŸ™‚


Kristen πŸ™‚

Indianapolis Chapter Early Childhood Conference

If you attended my Science workshop today, here is the Power Point I shared (and if you didn’t, it’s okay to look too!).Β  Please e-mail me or contact me by e-mail ( or by leaving a comment below. πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming!Β  I hope you got lots of inexpensive science ideas to use in your early childhood classrooms!

Kristen πŸ™‚


Glactic Playdough

I found this idea on Pinterest and thought my kids might enjoy some new playdough:

Glitter Playdough! Be the coolest mom on earth (well you don't even have to be a mom) and make this galaxy playdough for a fun play date.

So, I made some of my own.Β  It took me all of 10 minutes.Β  I did use purple cake dye instead of black and it did not dye my hands at all, even after 5 minutes of kneading the dough.

I kneaded silver and a red/purple glitter mix in as well as some glitter stars that are silver.Β  I think it will be so much fun for them to play with! It’s not sticky at all and I had everything already at home to make it with. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚


Pinterest Idea

I found this great organizer on Pinterest:

School Supply Caddy

I wanted to make one, so I sent my husband off to Goodwill to find a used stand like this one or some buckets we could repaint to make cute.Β  No luck, so off to Target he went and he came back with this exact stand!Β  He also picked up some buckets from the Dollar Spot there and after some spray paint, the whole thing looks like this:

It was really difficult to keep my son’s supplies for homework from vanishing.Β  This way, he can take the bucket he needs (my husband took the handles off the blue and pink buckets so they would take up less room) and bring it back when he’s done.Β  This sits on the counter in our dining room and now his supplies are ready when he is!

I think they used soup cans that had been spray painted in the original and if I had eaten enough soup, I would have used those!

I think it took me probably 10 minutes to put this together, but about 1 hour while waiting for the spray paint to dry.

The stand was $19 and the buckets were $1 each, so the entire project was under $30.Β  We had the spray paint from another project, so that didn’t cost anything. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Weight Watchers

This post is totally unrelated to anything having to do with school–although, these would make a nice treat for breakfast or an afternoon snack after school!

I found this recipe on Pinterest for Weight Watchers muffins and decided to try them–they are supposed to be 1 point each.Β  I made them today and they are GOOD!!Β  You cannot taste the pumpkin AT ALL!Β  I’m not a big pumpkin fan, but you wouldn’t know it was in these muffins.Β  You just replace the oil, water, and egg with the pumpkin and you’re set!Β  They do bake up a little funny because they are dense (as the recipe says), so they will look odd, but things don’t have to look cute to taste good right?

You can click here to get the recipe. πŸ™‚

Try them!

Kristen πŸ™‚

I {heart} Pinterest! :)

I’ve decided to try something this year–since we’re still at the beginning of the year! πŸ™‚Β  I’m going to see how many lessons I can create by getting inspiration from Pinterest.Β  We all use the ideas from there! πŸ™‚Β  It doesn’t mean that I won’t come up with my own ideas, but with the time crunch we are all in now as teachers, I thought it would be great to not reinvent the wheel too many times! πŸ™‚

I’ve already got a button on my left sidebar so you can check out all the pins I have so far, but I’m going to link a few of my boards here:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

The Kissing Hand


Hope you can find some more great ideas! πŸ™‚Β  Happy Pinning!

Let me know what great ideas you’ve found on Pinterest! πŸ™‚

New Dollar Tree Finds

Between assigning everyone to swaps, I did manage to get out yesterday and hit up the Dollar Tree.Β  Look what I found:

Foam Blocks!!! Now I know this isn’t earth shattering or anything, but guess what I saw when I looked at them??

DICE!! That make no noise when you roll them because they are foam.

What’s a girl to do??? (Buy 4 packages!)

How about this:

Roll-a-Jack o'Lantern

or this:

Keep your dice from flying all over the room! amazing!

or even this:

"Roll a Shape" Game

I’ve linked up all these ideas to my Pinterest boards if you’d like to learn more about them. πŸ™‚

What would you do with yours?

Kristen πŸ™‚

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