I'm pretty much going to be restricted to HOME this last full-week of summer. Anywhere else I go, I end up buying a cart full of stuff for school - anyone else with me? GEEZ...it's an addiction, I tell you!
Mr. Madden and I were at A.C. Moore a few days ago, looking for adhesive vinyl for the Cameo, when he found a "great deal" on packaged canvases. You see, I had casually mentioned to him that I would like to have the kids paint their own monster pictures on the first day of school for our hall display. The hall display has been the ONE thing stumping me with this theme. :( So, now I have 21 canvases (gulp!)....looks like we'll be having a painting party on the first day of school! I'm not sure how to display them though - any ideas? Ribbon and 3M hooks? But those hooks are so expensive! I want it to be really cute. Ideas for a title? Ugh...I really wish I could hire someone to do my hall display...wouldn't that be AWESOME?
Speaking of monsters, I just LOVE when people think of me when they see this theme out and about. Vicky over at Keep Calm & Imagine sent me an email (and posted on her blog) about this great find at Wal-Mart.
I had lunch with an AMAZING group of teachers from a neighboring district on Friday. Their 2nd grade team came to observe in my classroom last year and they were the sweetest bunch. We've kept in touch through email some (and my blog - hey, girls!) and we met for lunch to talk about genre studies and some other things. Well, they brought me some new great monster finds (totally unexpected but totally awesome....although now I really owe them!) Take a look at these cuties:
Notepad and Stamps
More Target Bin Goodies!
Make Your Own Monsters Kit!
And if that wasn't the key to my heart...
More laminating pouches for my new BFF!
a Barnes and Noble Giftcard which I used to purchase this new book! I can't wait to read it the first week of school! :)
New teacher friends are the BEST!!! Speaking of new teacher friends, I told you I would put some "action" shots of the laminator on today's post for those of you who are still skeptical (I know...I was there with you a few weeks ago!)
I seriously can't quit talking about it. Mr. Madden even asked me today if I was secretly working for Scotch (ha! No, but wouldn't that be awesome? I bet I could get free pouches then!) And, I'm going to need them because guess what? We were at Target today and I bought this...
I did pull the Silhouette out of the box today and hooked it up. I made a few little projects that will be part of my Monday Made-It post tomorrow. It was way easier to use than I thought it would be! I can see lots of potential here. :) However, I've been kind of bummed that I haven't been able to find the adhesive vinyl locally in bright, fun colors. :( I had to order it from online, so now...more waiting! If you have a cutting machine, where do you find your vinyl? And, I hear I need to get transfer sheets to make it all a little easier. Any other must-haves or tips from those of you who have been using your Silhouette for a while?
I haven't done one of these in a while, but want to get back into the habit of showcasing a new blog each weekend. Today, I'm asking everyone to drop by Starring in First Grade! to show Stephanie some blog love! She is the cutest thing ever!! I'm not just saying that because we have a lot in common...like we both get HANGRY or that we're both Jeff Gordon fans, love the Hollywood classroom theme (sigh...I am going to miss that theme) and SEC football (although she's a Razorback and I'm a Gamecock!) She is starting her second year of teaching first grade and is a brand new blogger in the midst of getting her room ready for the new school year. I'm sure she'll be sharing lots of new ideas this year that you won't want to miss!
I'm going to switch this feature for the school year to more of an interview type of post to let new bloggers share a little bit about themselves and their blogs with others. If you're a new blogger (I'm going to say fewer than 300 followers) and would like to participate, send me an email!