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Summer Projects
30 May, 2013. 6 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Summer vacation is such a fun time to start new projects, to finalize projects that are in the works, and to get all that stuff done that you don’t have time for during the school year.

In the last four days I have had made more appointments than I have had all school year! I am busy making dentist, doctor, eye doctor, and house appointments. Not to mention I finally went back to the gym! (it’s been WAY too long!) My dog also is getting “fixed” today. {poor baby!!} 
Yesterday I FINALLY hung curtains in my kitchen and bought a new painting to go in there. I’m still getting used to seeing curtains in my kitchen…  overall, I think I like it.  I really like the pattern and that my neighbors can’t see into my kitchen anymore!! {the main reason for needing curtains!} 
This is the print:
This is what they look like closed in my kitchen
{curtains from World Market}
Now, school stuff! 
Over the next few days I plan on purchasing some new fabric to cover my milk crate seats again. They lasted two years before needing new fabric. I guess I could attach the fabric with velcro and then I could wash it… I might need to look into that option. My milk crate seats take the brunt of our science experiments and cooking activities so they got a little dirty this year! It would make it much cheaper if the velcro option works!!  I’ll let you know if that works for me! 
I also purchased galvanized sheets to create a few magnetic centers. All the teachers at my school have these huge “cubbies” in our rooms. This past year I used it for my word wall and it worked so so. I didn’t love it so I’m going to change it. 
I purchased these sheets at Home Depot for $9.99. This was after I hunted around for “oil drip pans” for 35 minutes. (they were no where to be found.) I went up to a worker and asked him if he had anything that was skinny, rectangular and could be drilled into a shelf. He brought me to these. I was beyond excited. They are light, skinny, and SO MUCH CHEAPER than oil drip pans. (He said the oil drip pans would be $20! No thank you!!)
So I happily picked up 3 of these with wonderful center visions in my head. 😉 
 I am going to spray paint them in fun colors and have three working centers on the back of this “cubby.” I foresee them being a great addition to my word work activities. Not to mention so many other games that my students will be able to play on these sheets. I will keep you updated on the progress of these! 
Also in the works:
cutsified organizing!!
I recently found this blog called I heart organizing and am IN LOVE with it. The next two pictures are from her AWESOME blog. If you click on the pictures it will take you to two great posts that are totally inspiring my recent projects. 
I bought this organizing unit at Jo Ann Fabrics (they have a fabulous teaching discount!) and am currently trying to put some of my “back to school” centers, word sorts, RTI activities, and materials in it. 
This storage unit is so amazing and fits SO much in it. {Plus it was not nearly as expensive as some of the other ones I have had my eye on.} I have seen  similar pieces for upwards of $79.00… this one was around $30! It has three tiers and removable levels. 
I love that I can easily get into all the drawers. 
It also fits the storage containers I use perfectly. I store some of my activities in picture cases. They are normally $2.99 but I have found some really great deals where you can get 6 for around $12. When I see these deals, I stock up! They hold center pieces so nicely. 
I hope this gave you some ideas for organizing and classroom set up and summer projects. I will keep you updated as the days roll on. 

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6 Comments
  1. what a great organizing tub! I know what you mean about trying to schedule apointments, I’m holding off for the dentist until school gets out so I can go whenever and not scramble to fit in an appropriate time. lol

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

  2. For the chair cushion fabric, you could just add elastic instead of trying to get velcro to work. That way you could just slip it off and wash it as needed. :) It all looks wonderful and I am jealous! Our school gets used for summer classes that are experience and differentiated so we can’t get into our classrooms until about two to three weeks before school starts again. Enjoy!

    • LOVE this idea!! I’m going to have to try that!! :) Thank you!

  3. oh my goodness!!! LOVE those magnetic sheets!! Now I’m trying to think of a place they could go in my room! lol!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

  4. Can’t wait to see how the magnetic sheets work out, it’s such a great idea!

    Erika
    teachtraintriumph

  5. I love the idea of using magnetic sheets! I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party…stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

    Brigid
    Bits of First Grade

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  • what a great organizing tub! I know what you mean about trying to schedule apointments, I’m holding off for the dentist until school gets out so I can go whenever and not scramble to fit in an appropriate time. lol

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

  • For the chair cushion fabric, you could just add elastic instead of trying to get velcro to work. That way you could just slip it off and wash it as needed. :) It all looks wonderful and I am jealous! Our school gets used for summer classes that are experience and differentiated so we can’t get into our classrooms until about two to three weeks before school starts again. Enjoy!

    • LOVE this idea!! I’m going to have to try that!! :) Thank you!

  • oh my goodness!!! LOVE those magnetic sheets!! Now I’m trying to think of a place they could go in my room! lol!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

  • Can’t wait to see how the magnetic sheets work out, it’s such a great idea!

    Erika
    teachtraintriumph

  • I love the idea of using magnetic sheets! I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party…stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

    Brigid
    Bits of First Grade

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