Pinterest Project and a Freebie!

Hi guys!
    As my weekend winds down, I wanted to finish a pinterest project that has been lingering on my to do list.  The second grade teacher at my school did this, and I really liked how hers turned out, so I thought I would give it a try.

It was a very easy project, and only took me about 5 minutes to complete.  I started out with a 12 oz. sanitizer bottle and some fun duck tape.
I wrapped the duck tape around the bottle to hide the labels.
Then I added the labels that I created to the front with clear packaging tape,
and to the back, because we all know that our little darlings forget the bathroom pass in the bathroom at least once a day : )
If you would like a copy of the labels, click on the picture below.  I added an editable frame in there so that you can put your name and classroom on it to make sure that if lost, it returns to your classroom!  When these run out, we will just pour in sanitizer from other bottles in to refill.
Mrs. B's Beehive - Sanitaizer Labels


App Review - Can't live without this one!

Hi Everyone!
  Today I wanted to tell you about a behavior management app that I am in love with! It's called Too Noisy.  You can get a free version on the iPhone or iPad, but I highly suggest upgrading to the Too Noisy Pro for only $2.99, you, won't regret it.

The app has a very simple concept, if the class stays quite, they earn stars
Once they earn 10 stars, a big star flashes on the screen, and gives a little victory tune.  Once the students have reached their 10 stars, I add a letter to a word we are working on on the white board (currently we are trying to get all the letters to spell leprechaun : ) Once they get the word spelled, I let them watch a video as a prize. I also know other teachers who add marbles to jars, etc. to reward the students once they get the 10 stars.
What I like the best about this app, is how customizable it is. You can set the sensitivity damper on it, and choose what noise level is acceptable to you during a certain activity.

Once the students get too noisy, the glass "breaks" on the iPad screen, and a star is taken away, so the students can monitor their own noise level without constant reminders from you to keep it down. You can also choose different background themes to display.

One of the best customizable options on this app, is the ability to choose how much time it will take your class to earn a star, and the manual ability to add or remove a star as you see fit.

I have recommended this app to many of my colleagues, and it is widely used at our entire school. I've even had 4th grade students come up to me and thank me for introducing their teacher to the app, because they get to earn marbles in their jar faster now. : ) Teachers love it, but the students also really enjoy the challenge (and the prizes associated with it of course!)
This app can be used on the iPhone, some teachers just put it on their phone, and put the phone under the document reader for it to be projected, this can also be done with the iPad, but the best way to connect your iPad to your projector is with this little device:
I purchased this lightning to VGA adaptor for $50 at the Apple store, and it is a life saver.  It connects directly from the projector to the iPad, and projects exactly what is on your iPad screen.  

It is well worth the $50, I use it everyday. I switch the blue plug for the projector back and forth between the ipad, and the document reader during the day, and all my technology needs are taken care of. I hope you and your students enjoy this app as much as me and mine do!


Sprucing Up the Prayer Corner!

Hi Everyone!

    I've been obsessed with these prints that Maria over at Kinder-Craze has created.  Well, actually I am obsessed with her whole classroom, it's beautiful!

 Anywho, I e-mailed Maria to see where she got the adorable frames for her quotes, and she told me that she got them at Michael's during Spring or Summer.  I've tried to find other frames like it, but they were all more than I was willing to pay, so I kept checking back at Michael's, and lo and behold, look what I found!!!!

Let the Children Come to Me FREE print

Sorry for the blurry image, I was just so excited to find them!  I picked up two 5 x7's for $3.99 each, and a cross.  Do you all have the Michael's app downloaded to your phone?  If you don't you really should.  I always forget to bring the coupons, but with this app, you can just search for the coupon you need while you are in the store, and the cashier will scan it from your phone, amazing!  I picked up a couple of paints for 69 cents each as well.

The most difficult task was getting off the sticky paper with the barcode on it.  I scraped and scraped, and then washed it with warm soapy water, and it finally came off.

Next I painted my pieces.  I wasn't really paying attention to which side that I painted on, and there is definitely I smoother side that is less grainy that you are SUPPOSED to paint on.
After I realized that I painted on the wrong side, I just decided to paint both sides of the frame to cover up my mistake.
Next, I printed up the quotes from Maria using photo paper.  The photo paper really made them look clear and bright.  I decided to attach the quotes with a spray adhesive.

This worked okay, but I would have preferred to use decoupage, we just didn't have any in the house at the moment, and we did have spray adhesive. (Have you seen those Pinterest recipes for making at home decoupage?  It's just supposed to be half Elmer's glue, half water!  Let me know if this has worked for anyone, because that would save me a ton of money!)
I am so happy how they turned out!  I am not creative, but I can copy people's wonderful ideas like nobody's business! I added some scraps of wood that my husband had laying around with some hot glue to support the frames.
They are very cheap frames, so they don't come with all of the fancy accessories like glass or a pop out piece to stand them up.  These frames would also look wonderful in book display holders too.
I am loving my new prayer area, those frames and quotes just brighten everything up, and make it so much more inviting for the little ones! Thanks Maria! I am so obsessed with these frames, I am trying to see what else I can make with them in the classroom! 


Letter to Next Year's Parents - Freebie!

Hi Everyone!
    We got handed our supply list for next year a couple of weeks ago, and I have been working on updating it.  I took stock of all my many supplies and decided what to add/delete off of my list.  I swear, asking the parents to bring a ream of card stock last year was a life saver.  When I looked at the huge pile I had at the beginning of the year, I didn't think there was any way that I could go through it all, but lo and behold, I only have a pack and a half left!
   Next year I am adding a small pack of expo markers to my list, I think that will help me save money, and I will be able to do a lot more dry erase activities with the kids.  I definitely don't need any more pipe cleaners or tissue paper for at least a decade!!!!
   As part of my prep for next year I drafted this letter that will be attached to my supply list.

Mrs. B's Beehive - Parent Letter for next year
It lets the parents know what I am expecting out of their students for the upcoming school year, and what they can work on with them over the summer to make sure they are prepared for the start of school.  I know that not all parents will heed my advice, but there are many who work diligently to get their students up to speed before they enter my class, and their help is invaluable!

If you would like a copy of this letter just click on the picture above and it will send you to the link : )


March Bulletin Board

Hi Everyone,
   For our March family project, I sent home a note to the parents asking them to help their child decorate a shamrock.  I told them that they could put pictures on it, or little notes.  The theme of the project was "Lucky to be a Family" and I really like how they turned out!

I loved looking at all of the family pictures, and reading the notes that the parents wrote to the students!  If you would like a copy of the note to the parents, a shamrock for them to cut out, and the sign to hang up with your bulletin board, just click on the link below.

Mrs. B's Beehive - March Bulletin Board


2014-2015 Editable Curriculum Pacing Guide

Hi Everyone,
  I recently had a request to update my curriculum planning guide for the 2014-2015 school year.  I made one last year, just trying to get a clear picture of when I would be teaching certain concepts.  It really helped me align my subjects, so if I was doing a unit on plants in science for instance, I would  tie in my poetry with a plant poem, and some good non-fiction plant books in my reader's workshop.

  Overall, I feel that this pre-planning immensely helped me in writing my lesson plans this year.  The time spent on my weekly plans has been cut in half.  I decided to get fancy this year, and purchase Adobe Acrobat.  I am loving the editing capabilities, and I feel that this years planning guide is much more user friendly with that program.  If you are interested in my editable planning guide, click on the link below!
Mrs. B's Beehive - Editable 2014-2015 curriculum planning guide