Monday, July 25, 2011

Recycling for School

It is official! ONE month from today I will be back in my classroom!!! I'm not sure who is more excited me or my sweet husband. It may actually be my Bill, because I will be taking all my wonderful "treasures" out of our downstairs den. It seems I can't resist saving things for school. Here is a sampling of the items I am currently saving and the reasons I give my husband for putting up with the mess . . . .

  • Bottle caps - I must have at least 100 different types of plastic bottle caps. We will use them for color matching games, counting games and crafts. I never expected my class to have fun with milk caps, but they do.

  • Sunday comics - I love to use the Sunday comics to lay out on our tables for art time. They are colorful and happy. I feel they represent our classroom.

  • Toy Store Newspaper advertisements - My class has always loved "reading the newspaper"! That's what they call it when they sit down and look through the toy ads. One little boy actually took it into the bathroom, "just like Dad"!

  • Paint Chips - I have a box of paint chips. We will use them not only for crafts but also for a very fun color game (details to come).

  • Cardboard Boxes - I have several small cardboard boxes that will be just perfect to store small games and game pieces in. A little leftover scrapbook paper and they look better than store-bought.

  • Feathers - It seems summer is the best time to find fun bird feathers. We have a hawk that lives in a tree near our house and he/she has lost several LARGE feathers in our yard. I am always finding duck and goose feathers at the lake. (I put the feather in a Ziploc bag and pop it in the freezer overnight, just in case there were tiny bugs on it.) We will use the feathers for art projects and during "Q" week we use them as quills!

  • Allergy Syringes - Now that sounds scary doesn't it??? I have a severe allergy and must take weekly allergy shots. I pull out the needle and wash them out. We use the syringes to squirt paint for art projects. REALLY FUN!

  • Cardboard Tubes - LOVE THESE! I keep all types of cardboard tubes. There are tons of great art projects that can be done with paper towel and toilet paper tubes. Also, it has been wedding season around here so I even have the large wrapping paper tubes. These are so fun during "T" week. We make giant tube and tape towers.

  • Old Markers - I went through all my scrapbooking supplies and found some old dried up markers. When I dipped them in water they suddenly had a little life let in them. I think they will be wonderful for a special impromptu art time.

  • Scrapbook Paper - Speaking of scrapbooking, I found all sizes and types of scrapbook paper from left over projects. Most of it is small pieces but they will be wonderful when it comes to making a color collage or other art projects.

  • Styrofoam and Plastic Containers - My husband and I don't eat that often but luckily my Mom and neighbors do! Those take-out containers may not be good for the environment but they are great for pre-school. You can use them to hold glue or mix up paint in. If you are lucky enough to have the lids, you can store paint or other items in them. No need to wash them out - throw them away when you are done. Saves money and time!!

  • Old 3-Ring Binders - They are a little rough around the edges but they will be perfect to use at school. I will add some writing paper in them and my class will have a wonderful addition to our writing center.

  • Diapers - I know I have no need for baby diapers and/or Pullups! BUT, I received them free in the mail. I am a huge fan of "free" stuff off the internet and I will sign up for just about anything. Diapers and Pull-ups were free so they will be making the journey to school with me. Someone will need them I am sure.

So, here is a sampling of what I am saving. What are you saving???

Saturday, July 9, 2011

10 Things To Know About Me

I found the most fun activity over at Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens Everyone is invited to list ten things about themselves. I thought it would be fun to join. Here is my 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ME . . . .

  • I am a closet artist. I love to paint and I am determined to one day have a piece of my art work on my walls.

  • I'm not very good with the computer. My husband is always having to help me with my blog and other computer emergencies.

  • My escape is the lake. I enjoy our little lake house more than any other place on earth.

  • I cannot swim, not one stroke. I sink.

  • My hair is naturally curly. Not really a pretty curl, just a kinky mess.

  • I cannot sing. The most awful noise comes out of my mouth when I try. But, I do keep trying.

  • I have at least 100 home improvement projects ready to do in my head.

  • I could live without chocolate.

  • I could not live with potato chips.

  • I love teaching preschool. I think it is the most wonderful job in the world. But, I guess you probably already knew that about me.

Thanks for looking! I hope you come back and visit!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

International Blog Hopping Day!

Teaching Blog Addict will be celebrating International Blog Hopping Day with all of their loyal blogstalkers. They will be posting linky parties all day long so you will have plenty of opportunities to satisfy your addiction and explore teaching blogs throughout the web. Hop on over to participate!