Saturday, September 13, 2014

Create Joy: DIY Glitter Acorns

I am battling some kind if illness I picked up this week at school and it is awful. Today I decided I would try to craft it away. I have a lantern that sits on the mantle in our living room and I like to change out the decor inside based on the season. What would be more perfect for fall than glitter acorns?? You know I am obsessed with glitter. 

These were actually fairly easy to create and super fun. 

Materials Needed: 

Mod Podge
Fall Decor Acorns (found at craft stores)
Glitter tray (best $4 I've ever spent)

I bought small packets of glitter at Michaels. I love these packs because you aren't stuck with an entire tub of glitter that you only needed for one project. I tried to pick out some fall themed colors. 


1. Apply ModPodge to your acorn with the paintbrush
2. Pour glitter over the acorn (use your glitter tray!), rotating to make sure you cover all of it in glitter!

3. Then repeat for each acorn. You can alternate colors or do them all in one color! I used five different colors for mine. 
4. Once your acorns with glitter have dried, spray a light coat of hairspray around it. This will prevent the glitter from coming off on everything. 

I used a plastic pumpkin as the center of my lantern and placed the acorns around it. I am also thinking of making more to put in an empty vase or jar. 

This is our fall mantle! Fall is definitely my favorite season. I am impatiently waiting for the weather to get below 70 degrees so I can break out all the pumpkin scented and flavored things. 

Let me know if you try this project! Would love to see your version of  it!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Made It!

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! 

I have spent a lot of time making things for school and TPT lately. I really need to make sure I have a craft day this weekend. :) 

I Wanna Iguana has been on my classroom books to buy list since my first year of teaching. I finally found it this summer for $3! I am looking forward to using to teach persuasive writing this year. I also made an interactive read aloud product for it! Click the picture to check it out! 

I also recently tried making my own math task cards! I am obsessed with them. They align really well to the 2.NBT Common Core State Standards. I can't wait until we started working on those standards so I can use them with my students. 

It includes 12 task cards, a recording page, and an answer key! 
Click on the picture to check it out! 

Make sure you check out the link up at 4th Grade Frolics! 

Have a great week!! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Happy National Read A Book Day! 

I am currently working on a goal of reading 26 books by my 26th birthday in December!
I just finished my 25th book today!!! I am hoping to finish 26 by the end of September. See all the books I've read on Goodreads!

Recently on Facebook, someone asked me to share my top ten books that I have read. I thought I would share them here as well to celebrate National Read a Book Day! 

1. The Hunger Games Series - loved this series, it helped me fall back in love with reading. 
2. Nights in Rodanthe - Mostly because of what it meant to me when I read it, encouraged me through our first year of long distance. 
3. The Light Between the Oceans - So many feelings and tears but definitely worth it. 
4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - This was an interesting read. I loved that it was written in the form of letters. 
5. The Fault in Our Stars - Once again many feelings and tears but a great story that made me think about life. 
6. Life as We Knew It Series - Fantastic series that made me think about the future and how I would respond in a crisis. 
7. Divergent Series - Enjoyed this series and the way it presented a strong female leader. 
8.The Giver - a classic that challenged me. 
9. Harry Potter Series - of course! no explanation needed. 
10. Wonder - as a teacher this really spoke to me and made me think about my relationship to my students and how important it is.

What are you currently reading? What should I read for my next book?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Websites for Students

My students always love using the computer to learn and practice skills we are learning at school. I am also a firm believer in the fact that students should not spend two - three hours each night on homework. 

I encourage students to use websites for extra practice at home. It also makes it more fun! Last year I spent more time than I should creating Symbaloos to put on my classroom website for my students and their families to use. Have you ever used Symbaloo? It makes organizing websites so much easier!!

I thought I would share them with you also! Feel free to use them and share with your students as well as fellow teachers! 

This one is for reading: 

And this one is for math: 

I hope these are helpful to you through out this school year!

Do you know of any other great websites I should add? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently September 2014

I am linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for September Currently! 

Listening to The Kitchen on the Food Network. I am currently obsessed with this show. They all look like they have so much fun and the food looks delicious! 

Loving breakfast for dinner, especially when it includes chocolate chip waffles! 

Thinking: Every Monday should be a holiday or at least a workday for teachers. I honestly think I would be a much better person if this happened! 

Wanting: New clothes for work, I really need to invest in higher quality professional clothes that will last for a while. It's hard when you are a teacher on a budget. :)

Needing: The ability to focus. I now have "school brain" which means my brain is trying to completed eight thousand million things at the same time. I start one task then think "Oh yeah! I need to do this other thing. I should do it before I forget!" It's a vicious cycle. 

3 Trips: I would love to visit Italy, the Grand Canyon, and Australia! They all look so wonderful and beautiful. Have you ever visited one of these places?

Enjoy your holiday weekend!