Thursday, August 16, 2012

Almost Ready...

I feel like I have been thinking about my classroom all summer!  I even went in early so I could get started.  I have been creating things on Photoshop all summer to personalize my space, and make it just how I want it.  In conjunction with a few things I bought on TPT, or got as a free download from some awesome teachers, I am happy with how it is coming along.  What to take a peek?  Sorry about the phone pics...


Welcome sign from Kreative in Kinder included in a big pack of classroom decor.  Click on the link to check out the set.  The owl ribbon I bought at Michael's and hot glued onto the top of each flag.


I'm super excited about my tree of knowledge.  I got the idea for this tree on Pinterest and simply sketched out a tree and branches, then traced three different sized circles in two shades of green.  I created the owl myself on Photoshop.  It says "Look Whooooo Knows their Letters & Sounds."  You can't see it in this photo, but since I'm crazy, I decided to add stitching lines on the darker green circles with black pen to help them stand out more.  I am going to put a little owl with each child's name on the tree once they have mastered their letters/sounds.  You can download a free copy of the owl by clicking the picture below.  Last minute I decided to cut off the blue chevron background so the owl would look like it was coming out of the tree through a hole.


Another new idea I had this year was to create a personalized classroom respobsibilities bulletin board.  Last year I got so tired of having to take down and restaple kids names up under each job week after week, so I decided to use clothes pins with kids' names on them.  Of course, being my crazy, crafty self, I had to make them cute.  I mean, this will save me work in the long run, right??  I created a page of pencils, printed them out, laminated them, cut them all (yeah, I know...I cut out most of mine at the park when we were having a playdate) and hot glued them onto clothes pins.  They are so cute, they were worth the work.  I made two sets of 25, plus a few extra for those newbies we get throughout the year...and I'm sure that a classroom full of littles will break a clip or two.  ;)  Oh, BTW, when you laminate them, you can use Expo whiteboard cleaner to wipe them clean, and you can use them year after year.  Click the picture below to get your free copy of my Classroom Helpers set on TPT.


Here is a pic of my finished clothespins.  Cute, right?


If you love my freebies, please share with your friends!  I just started my TPT store, so I would love it if you would follow me!!  I am also on facebook as Kindergarten Kapers.  Come join the fun!

7 comments:

abbeycatherine said...

Goodness! Everything is so cute! You did a great job! Have fun with your kiddos this year!

Gladys said...

LOVE the tree!

Gladys
http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

The Stevens Family said...

Thank you both!

aroma said...

Thank you so much for creating and sharing these. Moving names for classroom jobs is one of the things that gets me as well. Its always the last thing I remember on a friday (okay sometimes 1st thing on a monday). I love your ideas and appreciate that you shared them for free with us.
Have a great school year.

KinderKapers said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I made the clothespin pencils. They worked great!

Terri Izatt
KinderKapers

pswinford said...

Your page is such a light delight. Truly. A treat for the spirit. :)

KindergartenKapers said...

Thank you, pswinford! :) You made my night.
Krista

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