Thursday, August 2, 2018

Teacher Toolbox Make Over

Let's talk about the teacher toolbox.
For the last couple of years I've had a teacher toolbox in my classroom.  Once I had gotten rid of my teacher desk it was a no brainier that I needed something to house all my teacher things.  I had seen several teachers making them and of course I had to jump on the bandwagon and make one too.  At the time (and still today)  there were a couple of different toolboxes to choose from.  I made the decision to get the 22 drawer stack-able toolbox that I found at Lowe's. 

It is currently not available on-line but you might be able to still grab one at your local Lowes store.  When I picked mine up it was around $20 at that time.

The next step in my toolbox make over was to purchase spray paint to make my toolbox match my classroom color scheme.  I purchased Rust-Oleum high gloss spray paint.  
I fell in love with this color, St. Tropez.  This paint has really lived up to my expectations.  The color is exactly like the cap and it covered my plastic toolbox wonderfully!  I did give my toolbox 2 coats of paint to make sure that I hadn't missed any spots (I'm not the best spray painter). 

The Busy Busy Hive teacher toolbox
first coat of spray paint
Look how pretty it is and I wasn't even finished yet!

My next step was to find some pretty labels that fit the drawers and would help me stay organized while putting the finishing touch on my toolbox.
So, I created some labels that matched my new alphabet and other classroom decor.    
teacher toolbox labels
click the picture to check out these labels in my TpT store
My last step was to print the labels I wanted and put them on my toolbox.  I hot glued my labels on the front of each of my drawers.  I'm so happy with how they turned out.    

teacher toolbox labels
My new and improved teacher toolbox!
There you have it!  It didn't take that long to do once the paint was dry then it was smooth sailing.  Do you have a teacher toolbox?
Has it been helpful for you?
I'd love to know what you think about them!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Classroom Behavior Calendars

Summer is slowly coming to a close for me.  
August 1 marks the being of the new school year for me.
No, I don't start back on the first but I do have to start thinking about what my classroom is going to be like for the year.
This year, I plan on stepping up my game on classroom management.
I struggle with this each year.
This year, I plan on using my behavior calendars again.

click pic to check them out

Sometimes I don't need all the bells and whistles with being able to edit.
So, I usually use my free version of these in my classroom.
Super easy to just print and go.
I staple them in the front of my students' take home folder.
Parents are to check them each night and discuss their child's behavior.

click on pic to check them out

Hope you find these helpful and that you are still enjoying your summer!
I'm off to enjoy a day with my kids and grandson:)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spreading Kindness = A Giveaway

Oh how I LOVE Maria Dismondy's books!  I have a few and I'm purchasing 2 more today.  When I found out she had a new book being released I immediately asked if I could review it.  And she said YES!

I just read this book to my first graders on Friday.  Of course they were excited because I had a signed copy and they received bookmarks.  Before I read it to tell I told them Maria really wanted to know what we thought of her new book.  As I read it students would whisper to each other that they really liked this book.  They were even more excited when I told them I had a couple of her other books too.   So guess what I have ready for next week:)

Showing kindness seems like a simple thing to do.  And in truth it should be very easy, however, it isn't for kids and adults alike.  I try every hard to teach my first graders to be kind and share.  Some days we do a really good job and others we have to work on it harder.  We as adult have this same struggle.  We can learn a lot from a good picture book.

Click here to check out Maria's books on Amazon.  If you don't have them all check them out.

How would you like a chance to win a new copy of Maria's book?  She has been so sweet to allow me to host a giveaway for a copy.
Just enter below and Good Luck!!

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