My New Bugged-Eyed Ant & Froggie Themed Daily Work Folders!

Now at TeachersPayTeachers and Teachers Notebook!
Homework Folder,   Reading Folder,   Math Folder
Science Folder,   Social Studies Folder,   Word Work Folder
Spelling Folder,   Vocabulary Folder,   Reading Group Folder
Language Arts Folder,   Take Home Folder,   Writing Folder
Phonics Folder,   Work Station Folder,   Center Folder
* Helps the children learn organizational skills, no more papers shoved into their desks.

Use the ant for one reading group. 
Use the froggie for your other group!
  * Printed in both color and as a black and gray version to save you the cost of colored ink!
*Looks great if you print the black and gray version on colored paper!
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Repurposing To Make A New Pen Holder!


This is one of my favorite repurposing posts.....We had hit a garage sale & found a cup? bowl? mug? Well, we'll just say something red & also later in the day, a little turtle at an estate sale. They were so dirty, but the darlin' teen said, "Mom, it can be a pencil holder for your new classroom." So we got them both for a quarter. It always helps to say, "This is for my classroom, how much do you want for it?" {grin, grin, grin!} I wish I had taken the before picture with all the garden dirt! So the teen and I took a few quick pictures & the two nasty garden items became a new pen/pencil cup for school! My students love it, when they want to borrow a pen I say, "Go see Mr. Turtle." 
Cute, cute, cute!
BEFORE! {But I wish I had taken the picture with the items still dirty!}
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Lunch Bunch OR How To Make Lunch On Wednesdays EASY!

While You Are Planning For Next Year, Here's a Wonderful Idea That We Do...
Every Wednesday two people on my team make lunch for 12 people. TWELVE PEOPLE!! I know, you are thinking it is a crazy idea already ~ but keep reading. If you were on our team, you and a friend would make enough food for 12 people this Wednesday. A crock pot of chili, a pan of lasagna, pulled-pork, whatever your specialty is that most people will like. You also provide some sides, like fruit, bread and cookies. Then for the next four weeks you do nothing on Wednesdays but show up to eat! Fabulous! We work on a five week cycle of 10 people cooking. Number 11 and 12 are the principal and assistant principal...they eat for free! It is a lovely way to ♥kiss up♥ & they already do so much for us!! They're people too & it is just as nice for them on Wednesdays to wake up and not worry about packing lunch!
So ~ Pros:
*You wake up and not worry about cooking for 4 Wednesdays in a row!
*You get to try new and exciting foods and desserts!
*One less day a week you are staring at a cardboard box of frozen food!
*It develops a nice sense of getting to know each other and having something to talk about at lunch while you share recipes!
*One Wednesday every 5 weeks you are lugging food to school. In my case, The Panic is the Tuesday night before when I remember and the teen & I have to run up to Publix.
*Even with signs saying "Lunch Bunch Only, Do Not Eat" people will sometimes eat your food. {To avoid this have the first person coming to lunch set it out and then the last person to eat take the stuff back to their classroom.}

Also, one last bit of advice, don't go over 12. You can't make everyone happy all the time and the more you add, the more stress it will become. For example, I am allergic to all molds, so no mushrooms, blue cheese, peanuts, peanut butter, etc. But my group knew that before we started and they're good with those limits. When others start to see your fun and ask if they can join, tell them you will be happy to help them set up a second Lunch Bunch! All you really need is 4 people and you can start, 2 cook for 4 people this week, the other 2 cook next week! :)

I have started a board at Pinterest with our recipes, My Pinterest Board for Lunch Bunch Recipes, it only has my recipe on it, but if you "follow" it or "follow" me, you'll get the updates. If you need an invite to join Pinterest, just leave me a comment or an email, but forgive me when you get Hooked on Pinterest!

To read about how easy the rest of the week is for me, click here to see how we pack lunch for each other and have one day a week as Takee Outee!
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Florida Blogger Meet-Up Excitement!

 This Week's Most Popular Posts & the Continuation of  My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife will start up again next weekend. 
While you are reading this I'm at the Florida Blogger Meet-Up and pretty durn excited to be there!
Pictures To Follow!

You Know It Is Summer Vacation When...

My friend Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle is having a great LINKY PARTY!

Kindergarten Lifestyle


My answer..."you work on a TPT product until 4am and think, "It's fine, I can sleep until noon tomorrow!" 
Go to Jeannie's blog ~ Kindergarten Lifestyles and see all the other fun ideas!

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