Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Made It....

I only have 2 Monday's left before I officially report back to school.  That means that the next few days will be insanely busy with trying to prepare myself for that moment.  My parents have been in town this weekend, but I was still able to spend some time at night printing out the things that I needed for this week.  Thank goodness for a wireless color printer!  I don't have a color printer at school so for the last few years everything has just been printed on colored cardstock.  It's served me well, but I wanted to do something different this year.

Project #1 - Birthday Balloons

Thanks to Once Upon a First Grade Adventure for creating the birthday balloons and sharing them with the world.  I LOVE them and cannot wait to give them to my guys. It saved me SO much time!  All I had to do was cut them out and tape them to the Dollar Tree crazy straws I found this weekend.

Project #2 - iPad

Let me just say, I am in LOVE with the way this turned out today.  When I was told in February that I would be moving to 4th grade AND I would be working in a 1:1 iPad situation this year, I knew I wanted to create a hallway display that showed my excitement for the year.  I have searched and searched for materials that would allow me to create an authentic representation of an iPad.  One night, while I was surfing Pinterest, I stumbled upon a Boggle board that used an oil drip pan with magnetic letters.  I was completely inspired.  Today hubs and I headed to Auto Zone to find an oil drip pan.  I paid $10 for it and bought a can of spray paint to finish the job.  I don't think he could envision what the finished product would look like at this point, but he's known me long enough to know that when I have an idea, to just go with it.

 The hubs lovingly made sure my spray paint job was perfect.  I should mention that he is my most crucial back to school item.  I can't tell you how many times he has helped me or he has created things for me that I had no idea how to do, but had a vision.

After spray painting, I lugged everything inside and began to create the icon buttons.  My hubs had a brilliant idea to create silhouettes to start the school year.  I cut 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares from scrapbook paper (50% off at Hobby Lobby this week) and then made silhouettes for each square.

After making each square, I then arranged them on the iPad. 

My picture is up in the top corner.  This will hang outside of my room with the title "Ready for Amazing "App"ortunities in Mrs. Looper's Class!

Project #3 - Pennant Banner

I had some time last Monday night and decided to knock out my own pennant banner.  I've seen them all over Pinterest, but didn't know if I wanted one for sure.  I went into my classroom and decided I needed a little umph to the reading nook.  The banner was the perfect addition.  I have enough pennants left over to go around the remainder of the room, but it was a BEAST to hang.  I may just add enough to my windows and call it a day tomorrow.

*I'll have to post a picture later.  I'm working from a new MAC and I can't figure it out.  The others photos were added from my memory card.  If you can help a girl out, I would greatly appreciate it.


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  1. I love you ipad. It is too cute. As I saw it, mind started turning. Although I am not going to use and oil drip pan, I will be "borrowing" your idea for my bulletin board outside. It goes great with my color theme and since our system is purchasing everyone Ipads, it goes great with that at well. TOO CUTE!

  2. I love the ipad too! I might be using that idea! ;)

    Ginger Snaps

  3. Your iPad display is awesome! Your kids are going to love it!

    Success in Second Grade
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  4. I love your iPad display! Your students will think you are the coolest teacher! Can't wait to see the rest of your room.

    Teaching Special Kids

  5. Yep, that iPad turned out so adorable! What a fabulous idea!!! I'm super excited to give out the bday balloons this year. So cute!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  6. Your iPad is awesome! What a great idea!

  7. Oh that Ipad display is fabulous!

    I'm loving all the pennant banners everywhere :)
    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings


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