School has not started for me yet. We go back on Tuesday without students. Then, the students come in on September 9th. Ugh, I cannot even believe it is September. The summer flew by!!! I had so many things on my "To Do List" and only got to about half of them.
I am particularly proud of accomplishing this task: I made my own teacher tool kit! Ever since I saw Ladybug's Teacher Files post about her Teacher Toolbox, I have been wanting to make one! This summer I got a new-used desk (more on that in future post) and it had less drawers, so I needed more storage. I used a 24 Draw Organizer from Amazon.com and created labels to match my Bright Polka Dot Decor items. Being a very visual person, I had to include pictures. I really like this clipart by Teacher Laura. I then took photographs of the items I could not find clip art for and then removed the background in Power Point. I used Cara Carroll's OhNoSheDidn't font (LOVE IT) and also included a version in KG Primary Penmanship for those of you who want it to match the other Bright Polka Dot items.
You can snag this packet for free by simply being a fan of my facebook fan page. You need to click the picture that says "Freebies" and then click it again to download the file from Google Docs. If you don't have FB you can purchase the packet here. *Please, no complaining about not having FB or about wanting the freebie in a different color scheme/font. It is what it is.
To match my other decor items, I have made these toolbox labels in chevron print also.
While searching for advice on how to re-do larger plastic drawers, I came across this awesome freebie by Learning in Wonderland:
I decided to make my own version to match my decor. I could only find wide drawers, like these, at Staples.
I posted it on Instagram and FB and many asked for the file. I couldn't post the file without first contacting Maribel about it. It was her idea and I was not about to go rip off her idea without giving her credit. So I emailed her to see how she felt about me sharing. She was so sweet and actually excited that I emailed her. She agreed that I should sell it. So, if you want a version that matches my decor items, you can buy mine by clicking here. If you want an adorable and awesome freebie, you can go to Learning in Wonderland. You should actually go there anyway to check out her adorable Box Tops Holder...sooo cute!
Here are my other versions:
I ended up also using Modge Podge and tape to make these drawers. I followed Maria at Kinder-Craze's tutorial and used basic scrapbook paper.
"Look Who's Been Spotted Owl Door Decor." For other fun door decor, click here.
Instead of trying to revamp my district purchased file cabinets, I broke down and bought two new ones from Staples. I had bonus points and a coupon. Still not cheap, but worth saving me hours of redo. I also feel so much better when I look at them. The old ones (on the left) were so different from each other and the one on the way left was hard to open.
Then, I went and spent more money at Target on these adorable stools! I bought four! This is the problem when you are not married...there is no one to tell you not to spend money on your classroom. I had to stop myself from buying four new bean bag chairs from Big Lots. I bought four two years ago and they now look like pilly flat pancakes :(
color posters. I love making items for TpT...but cutting and laminating and cutting again...not so much!
I just did my first ever Donors Choose Project. I would appreciate if you shared it!
Lastly, here is a freebie for you. It is free in my TpT store.
I will be back with complete room photos and a desk update soon! I hope you are having a smooth transition out of summer mode.