DIY Tear Away Reward Coupons Freebie

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Hi Friends!

I wanted to share a cute idea and a freebie to go along with it today! Using rewards that don’t cost money is definitely ideal, especially when teachers are already spending so much money on their classroom. So, reward coupons have become pretty popular. Well, today I’m going to share how you can make your own coupon book for your reward coupons.

You’ll need:

  • coupons
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • wood glue
  • rubber band

Step One:

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Carefully cut out your coupons. Be careful to cut them evenly.

Step Two:

Picture3Put them in an even stack.

Step Three:

Picture4Use a rubber band to hold them together. You want it to be pretty tight so they can’t move.

Step Four:

Picture5Use a cotton swab to brush wood glue on one end. You don’t need a ton, just enough to cover the whole edge, but not so much that it’s dripping down the sides.

Step Five:

Picture6Wait about 30 min- 1 hour. Mine only took 30 minutes to dry.

That’s it! You’re Done!

Picture7Now you have a coupon book. Just tear off one at a time to use!

Click any picture in this post to grab my coupons for free!

What coupons do your students flip for?

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Dear Teacher on the First Day of School

Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher,

It’s the first day of school, and even though I don’t realize how much time and money and work you put into making our classroom pretty and organized and fun, when I walk in to this unfamiliar room, I get excited because I think this year just might be my best year yet.8 Classroom RevealEven though I don’t know how exhausted you are and how nervous YOU feel; your big, kind smile calms my nerves and makes it that much easier to let go of my mommy’s hand and take yours.Picture2I don’t understand all of the research, reading, and effort you put into developing a kind, welcoming environment with procedures and expectations that are supposed to help my friends and I get along and feel safe, but the kind way you treat me helps me feel at ease and ready to learn.Picture3It will never even occur to me that you have a life outside of school- family and friends that you probably won’t see as often as you’d like during the next ten months- because you care too much about your classroom, but I will become a better reader, mathematician, and most importantly, world citizen because of the time and energy you pour into our classroom.Picture4I won’t ever know that you are up at night worrying about me and how you can just help me to understand this or have the courage to try that. I won’t know that my failures feel like your failures and my triumphs are the reason you do this. But, I will be driven to try because I can tell you really do care.Picture5I don’t realize that, by stepping foot into your classroom, I am now one of your kids, and I will always be one of your kids. You will think of me over winter break, next year, in 5 years, and beyond. But I will remember you every now and again. I won’t remember everything, but I’ll remember something silly you did, something fun we did as a class, and the way you made me feel.

pictureI don’t see the pressure that is placed on your shoulders by administration, testing, lesson plans, IEP’s, paperwork, & observations, and I never will because you will start and end each day with a smile and not let me bear any of the weight you are feeling.Picture6I will probably never thank you for everything you do for me because I’ll never realize all you do for me, but I’ll try to tell you in my own way with homemade “Best Teacher Ever” cards, sticky high fives, and too tight hugs. Because what you do matters. Everything you do, all the time, energy, money, tears, laughter, and effort is helping to shape me into the person I will become, and for that I am forever grateful.

Love,

Your Students

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Sunday School Room Make Over

Hi Friends!

I wanted to share what I’ve been working on with you! You might remember that I am currently the Children’s Ministries director at my church.
Well, I’ve been hard at work rearranging and reorganizing our Sunday School/Children’s church room and I wanted to share the end result with you!

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Just like any classroom, it’s really important that our Sunday School room is organized and functional. I, of course, forgot to take before pictures, but I do have one “in the process” picture.

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The main issue with the way the old room was organized was that it really wasn’t. There were a lot of random things in the room that were taking up space, and it just wasn’t functional. However, all of the nuts and bolts were there, they just needed some assembly. I spent a lot of time decluttering and removing a lot of the excess from the room, and this was the end result.

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There are two chalkboards in the room that were basically unused. I took this one and created a welcome bulletin board. Our theme is Fellow-Ship kids.

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I also labeled and organized the activities in the room. Before, the kids came in and had free time, then had their lesson and activity, followed by more free time. There were two problems with this “system”. First, the kids had a tough time “reigning it in” after free time. Second, there were very few activities, and they weren’t well organized. I labeled each bin and organized the activities. I also bought a few new activities and games from 5 Below (checkers, Jenga, etc) and grabbed some of my centers from my attic from when I was in the classroom. Now the kids know what goes where and that makes a huge difference. I also created a new schedule- Welcome Work, Lesson, Activity, Center Choice.

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This was the other unused chalkboard. I threw some Dollar Tree wrapping paper on there and a border that just happened to match my letters (score!). I’m going to add pictures of all of our volunteers to this board with their names. We have a rotating schedule, so this will help the kids know the teachers and helpers a little better.

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Of course, I had to get a little creative. I made these signs to hang around the room, and I’m in love with how they turned out. I just printed on card stock and hung in Dollar Tree frames. (Click the picture to grab these posters.)

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We already had the easel and art center, I just reorganized it and put it in a more accessible spot.

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When our room was originally designed, they put this adorable chalk banner up. I’m not sure what it originally said because it was blank for a while, but I thought this was the perfect 5 letter word. :)

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I  created a nice little meeting area for the lesson time. The chair was already in the room, and I had the plastic bins from my classroom. I really want to start incorporating music, so I bought a CD player and brought in my Slugs and Bugs CD’s for the kids to sing along to each Sunday. (If you’ve never listened to Slugs and Bugs, you’re super missing out.)

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Here’s the view from the door. The room is organized in a circle. The kids come in and do Welcome Work at the tables (a word search, puzzle, maze, etc), then move to the carpet area for the lesson.

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After the lesson, they can choose a center (from the bins or the art center) until their parents come to pick them up.

And that’s it! Simple, but functional.

Before a go, I just wanted to let you know that I finally finished my First Grade Welcome Work Bundle, and am very close to finishing my First Grade Common Core Activities by the Standard Math Pack! I highly recommend purchasing it NOW before the price goes up! :)

Here’s a few picture of it in action from Ms. Smarty Pants!

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Safari Birthday Party: A Wild ONE

Hi Friends!

I’m really excited to share something non-teaching related with you all today. My daughter turned 1 on April 21st, and we celebrated with a Safari Themed birthday party!

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Here are some of the highlights. Click on the pictures to check out where I purchased the items.

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My amazingly talented hubby built the sign from a picture I gave him, and the balloons are from Oriental Trading. We just bought one of the cheap-y helium tanks (like this one-Balloon Time Disposable Helium Tank) to fill them up ourselves. There’s also a sign I created on the from door directing guests to the backyard.

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The napkins, plates, table clothes, and cups are from Oriental Trading as well. (Also, I took this before putting out all of the bananas.)

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The leaf trays are from Oriental Trading (are you noticing a theme?) And I made little signs for all of the different snacks. We kept it simple when it came to food since it was Open House style.

7These adorable and delicious cupcakes are from Bake Everyone Happy and if you live in NJ, I highly recommend them! Click on the picture for this awesome cupcake tree. :)

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As our favors for the kids, I just put some animal crackers in a ziplock baggie and attached this cute sign I created. I also had thank you cards ready to go for all of the adults because, let’s face it, I wasn’t going to remember to mail them out anyway. 😉

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We also kept it simple for drinks. I made homemade lemonade (sugar, water, lemons) and had water. I loved these bamboo straws from Oriental Trading. I also got the burlap from there as well. The ribbon was from Michael’s and was left over from baby girl’s nursery. I made the labels. :)

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Above the food table, we hung her monthly pictures.

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This was one of my favorite decorations, and I my sweet niece pointed out that it looked like a smile!

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I had tons of safari themed props, so I put them out for the kids with a cute little rhyme that told them they could take one or two to play with. They were a HUGE hit! To check out these- (hatsmasks, binoculars, nets are no longer available)

11I also set up this cute bean bag game for the kids, although the adults were more into it than the kiddos. Super cute, but it only comes with 3 bean bags (which is obvious in the description, I just wish it came with more).

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And I made her birthday banner. You know those things that shouldn’t be that complicated, but are? This thing took me forever! I joked with my hubby that we’re going to just change the 1st to 2nd and then 3rd and then 4th… I was kidding. Sort of.

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Under the tent we had some seating and a collage of pictures of the birthday girl.

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I had this idea for a finger print giraffe, so I went to my amazing hubby and told him what I wanted. He painted this! (FYI- he’s also a clip art artist on TpT) I did have directions for the brown to be used for the giraffe and the colors for the balloons, but some people didn’t read directions- oops! Luckily, I think it still turned out really cute. :)

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We also set up a DIY photo booth, and it was CRAZY fun!

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I typed up step by step directions on using the self timer, and I just taped them to the tripod.

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I had a bin full of fun props- mostly from Oriental Trading. I also used a big piece of cardboard and construction paper to make a jeep.

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Here’s a picture of my hubby, the birthday girl, and I testing out the photo booth.

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Our guests were such good sports, and the kiddos really enjoyed operating it themselves.

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And of course my nails had to match everything as well. 😉

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I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t a lot of work to put this together, but seeing this little girl so happy and getting to celebrate her (and making it through the first year of parenting) was 100% worth it.

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And the icing on the cake? This little girl went right to sleep after a fun, busy day. :)

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EXCLUSIVE TpT Follower Freebies

 Do you follow me on TeachersPayTeachers?

If not, you should! A little later this week, I am offering an exclusive TpT follower freebie. You will ONLY be able to access it if you are a follower in TpT.

Exclusive TpT Follower Freebie

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow my store on TpT by 4/8/2015.
  • On 4/9/2015, I will send out a message to all of my TpT followers. (please allow a day or so for delivery)
  • Check your inbox for a link to a quick form. (so I can email you your FREEBIE!)

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  • I’ll email you your EXCLUSIVE freebie to you by Tuesday, 4/14/2015!
  • Enjoy your FREEBIE!

It’s as easy as that!

Are you wondering what the freebie will be? Well, it will be an ENTIRE, top selling paid product that is already in my store! I promise, you won’t want to miss out!

BUT wait, there’s MORE! (said in my best infomercial voice)

My hubby is the artist behind Picture Paradise, and he’s also offering a TpT follower exclusive freebie!

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So, go to his store and repeat the exact same steps as above to ALSO grab an EXCLUSIVE clip art freebie!

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Primary Paradise and Picture Paradise, follow our stores, so you don’t miss out!

*Must follow the store by 4/8/2015 to receive freebies.

*Freebies may NOT be shared with other people.

*If you do not fill out the form by 11:50pm EST on 4/13/2015, you will not receive your freebie.

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