Monday, August 30, 2010

Beginning of the Year Bulletin Boards

Here are some easy beginning of the year bulletin boards!  
These bulletin boards can be done for any elementary grade!

I had a jungle themed classroom my 1st year and I used this as my beginning of the year board!  I loved it because I kept this up in my room all year.  I used fabric as the backing and it never fades and is super cheap! "We are wild about 1st grade!" 
"Look who popped up in 1st grade!"  If I did this beginning of the year bulletin board again, I would buy those mini bags of microwave popcorn and put the student's names on those instead of the popcorn cut outs.

"A New Twist on a New Year". This was the beginning of the year bulletin board my first year. I bought a Twister board for $10 and I used the box and the spinner for 3D decorations on my board.  You can look for a used one at any thrift store.
"Kids at Work-Under Kidstruction", This is currently my beginning of the year board! Love it! The kid bulletin board is from DJ Inkers.
I love this bulletin board idea from my teammate Amber!  She used Hershey's wrappers, graham crackers, and bags of marshmallows! I am pretty sure she traced clipart on her projector and then cut it out of butcher paper. A lot of work, but SO cute!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Glue

GLUE! Do you have a love/hate relationship with glue in your classroom or at home?
  It's great for art projects or review worksheets, but it is always clogging! I get quite frustrated during every project using glue because I am spending most of my time with a thumb tack  in my hand digging out hard glue clogged in each bottle!  I have a great tip for you! Just use oil in the lids. Here is a tutorial. -Thank you to my student teaching cooperating teacher who gave me this tip a couple years ago!


Disclaimer:  This does not work miracles. You'll just notice that your glue will clog much less and will be easier to un-clog if it does!  :) 


1. Take off caps {I use pliers} and put them in a bowl.



2.  Add 2 tablespoons of oil (any kind) to your bowl of lids. Get the oil inside the lids too!

3.  Rinse the lids.  Don't worry about getting all of the oil off. It works in your favor!


4.  Put the lids on and enjoy clog free glue!




Friday, August 20, 2010

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!  I am a first grade teacher in Herriman, Utah and I love my job! I don't actually consider it a job-it's my life!  I am here to give tips for teachers, parents, and anyone in between.  If you have any suggestions on postings, just email me (whattheteachewants@gmail.com).
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