Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teacher Week: Who, Where, and Why

I'm a little late to teacher week so I'm combining a few days into one post! 

Here's twenty facts about me, Cheryl of Primary Graffiti...

1. I sleep with the TV on! It's a must! 2. I need one hour of me time after waking up. No talking allowed! 3. Starbucks is a need not a want! 4. I'm a football fanatic. Ask the 13 boys I just beat for the championship! 5. I have a degree in Sport Management. 6. I worked as a Media Relations Director in the Dodger Organization. Former Life! 7. I prefer pools to beaches. Sand in the pants is no fun! 8. Eyeballs gross me out. Never recovered from dissecting a sheep's eye in college. 9. I tap my foot continuously. I'd like to think I walk to my own beat. 10. Small dogs rule! 11. I'm obsessed with Derek Morgan of Criminal Minds. 12. I hate flying. Objects beyond my control send me into a panic. 13. I'm OCD. Blame that on my dad! 14. Coke over Diet. 15. I'm a hippie and beyond obsessed with plushy grass, pretty flowers, and cool trees. 16. Dark chocolate could be on my breakfast menu ever day! 17. My house is packed with antiques. Rennigers is the BEST antique adventure. 18. Not a fan of roller coasters. Remember, I need control! 19. Married my love on a private island. The deer were magical! 20. I couldn't survive without faith, friends, family!!!
One of my favorite purchases from the sale was KinderCraze library labels.  I'm over the moon about the organization and the independence factor is off the chain!


I've never had a more perfect solution to big books.  Moving to a laundry basket over the Child Craft big book stand has provided MUCH more function! 

I'm obsessed with my whole group carpet from Lowes for only $45.  Combined with a cheap chair and frames from target, they provide accent colors from the recycled fabrics!  Don't you love Elementary Shenanigans' Subway Art? 

I have eight bulletins and windows for days.  Since my school was built in the 60s and shows it's age, I removed the primitive blinds and covered the bottom windows.  To spice it up, I added borders and premade chalkboard clothespins from Target.  Since I no longer have a hallway to display a class set of work, this will satisfy my desire to display and allow more light into the classroom.  With minimum wall space, I decided to purchase door hooks from Target to hang over the bulletin boards.  I couldn't be more excited about my new system for displaying charts!

This new school lacks the storage space so organization is key!  Storing all my manipulatives, science tubs, and books without looking clutter was challenging.  I found great plastic shoe bins from Home Depot for a dollar.  The science books are displayed in ice buckets from Walmart.  With chalkboard labels from Michaels, I feel the room has a polished look.

I purchased this writing center from A Cupcake for the Teacher last year.  The new additions for my writing center include the rate yourself rubric pocket chart and an door display for writing materials purchased at Target.

My cabinet below is the ONLY space for materials to be store out of sight; However, I've moved my classroom 9 times over the past 8 years so organization behind the scenes is perfected. Over the sink had a disgusting display of torn black contact paper which was replaced by this whimsically fun design purchased from Walmart.

My literacy and math centers hasn't changed much from the previous year.  I hang my center rotation cards on binder rings so that it's easy to trade out for a new center.  I added the poofs found on clearance from the summer collection at Target to the computer center.  By removing the chairs, I have opened up the space in my classroom since the poofs store under the tables.

One of my favorite spaces is my teacher's desk.  One of my blog besties, The Bubbly Blonde purchased the owls for my classroom.  The bulletin display behind my desk has moved to five different rooms.  It's one of my favorite displays and available from Ladybug Teacher Files for FREE!
Throughout the classroom, I have seat creates to assist in opening up the space and provide the necessary extra storage for meeting with small groups and within centers.

Teacher week on Blog Hoppin' continues tomorrow with the following posts...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exciting TpT Purchases...

Click any of the following graphics to be redirected to their store!

Also purchased were the ADORABLE papers used for this preview!
You can link up your incredible finds on Blog Hoppin!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School Bash: The Ultimate Basket

Hey there teacher friends! We so hope that you are all enjoying the B2S Bash 2014 blog hop. We know how hard teachers work all year long, so we hope that some of these prizes will make your classroom life a little easier. We have one more HUGE Bash Basket that will go to one lucky winner. We are all kinda jealous of this one, and it really doesn't need a description or an introduction….




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The Ultimate Bash Basket: 

Are you kidding me?!? Now you see why we are completely jealous! We all know about the millions of different ways that you can use an iPad in the classroom…and $100 at TPT?!? What?!? 


Have y'all heard about the GoPro Camera?!? Holy amazing! The uses for this camera are endless, and it is made to endure a lot of rough housing. You know…surfing….swimming….skateboarding….24+ students! :) And the best part?!? As if it could get  any better…the videos download directly to your iPad. Just imagine the ways that you could use this in your classroom (and not have to worry about your students breaking it!) 

I know, I know! You are ready to enter to win, right?!? 

Here you go: 

And if you haven't started your Back to School Bash hop, you can begin right {HERE!} and enter for your chance to win 18 different prize baskets. It all ends TOMORROW…so hurry, hurry! 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Bash: Rock On Resources...

Welcome back for our annual Back 2 School Bash.  We are living by the 'go big or go home' motto with a bash that far exceeds the past. Don't miss out on any of the 18 baskets.  From technology to d├ęcor OR organization to fashion, there is a basket for all types of educators.  What a fantabulous way to start the 14-15 school year! To ensure you connect with each blog basket for a chance to win, you'll need to look for the following button at the end of the post for a direct link to the next blog on the hop.  I encourage you to follow each blogger, they're a breathe of fresh air! 

I'm a bit jealous that I cannot enter the basket I'm hosting.  I'm obsessed with both Jack Hartman and Shari Sloane.  My kids are too!  I have several CD's of each but would LOVE to have more! 

In addition to the ROCKIN' music, you can keep your body MOVIN' to the beat with GoNoodle's Swag Bag and GoNoodle Plus.  Active kids are healthier and learn better. I get very excited for brain breaks and transitions, seriously hyped!  I'm even jumping for joy in Vegas with Sarah {A Rocky Top Teacher}, Nicole {All Things Apple in 2nd}, and the GoNoodle team!

The final prize in the basket is an AllStar Ellison Machine with $100 in Die Cuts!  Say What?  Who wouldn't love having a die cut machine on hand?  This machine is versatile enough to handle all sizes of AllStar Dies and cuts everything from cardstock to fabric and many things in between.

This is hype, right?  Enter below...
a Rafflecopter giveaway
As if that wasn't cool enough, this basket will also receive a $25 dollar gift card to spend at Creative Teaching Press on Back to School Goodies!  Amazing!!! 
Don't forget to check out my post tomorrow for the HUGE announcement of our grand prize bundle!
Click the graphic below to hop along and enter to win many more outstanding prize baskets.  Trust me, you'll love the prizes!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back to School Bash!

It's the week I've been waiting for…and keeping a big secret…until NOW! It's time for the 2014 Back to School Bash, and I couldn't be more excited about hosting it with some of my favorite teachers bloggers friends! Be sure and follow all of these girls to stay up-to-date on what you can win over the next few days! It all begins TOMORROW and it's completely out of control! So brace yourself!


Along with the 18 Bash Baskets that you will see in a minute, there will also be a GRAND PRIZE, but that won't be announced until…

Are you ready for some amazing giveaways and prizes? You will want to stop by all of the blogs above for you chance to win all 18 Bash Baskets. I know, I know…you are so excited! Like jump out of your chair excited! But…it doesn't start until tomorrow.So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of our awesome sponsors! 

Let's Talk Teacher {All About that PD!}
1. SDE: A two-day conference or seminar. 
2. The Ron Clark Academy: School visitation and signed copy of Crash Course by Kim Bearden

Classroom Essentials
1. Classroom Carpet from Kids' Carpet
2. The Quietest Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies
3. Jumbo Classroom Timer from Lakeshore Learning Materials

What's in your teacher bag? 
1. Laptop Sleeve and Teacher Bag from Lilia Vanini 
2. Custom Phone Case from Cuptakes
3. Younique Fiber Mascara (because every teacher needs fabulous lashes) :) 

Classroom Must Haves
1. Personalized Pencil Decor from Yellow Bee Boutique
2. Chalk Talk Classroom Decor from Mardel
3: Teepee perfect for a classroom reading center from Ashley Gabby Designs

Classy up the Classroom
1. Pencil Decor from Young Love aDOORable Decor
2. Bebop Birdie Classroom Decor from Mardel
3. $40.00 TPT Gift Card

Classroom Swag Bag
1. $100 dollars worth of swag from Educational Insights
2. $100 Gift Card from Carson Dellosa
3. $50.00 TPT Gift Card

Decorate My Space
1. Dear Class Painted Canvas from JG Creations by Jenna
2. $100 Gift Card from Schoolgirl Style 

Accessorize Me!
5 Winners: 
$30 Gift card to design your custom case from Put a Case on Me! 
1 Winner: 

For the Love of Blogging
1. $125.00 Custom Blog Design from PJ's Design Laboratory 

All Things Monogrammed
1. Denim shirt and boot socks from Shop Memento
2. Monogrammed clutch from Social Manor
3. Monogrammed bracelet & necklace from Antebellum Baubles

It's the Planner in Me! 
1. $100 Erin Condren gift card to customize your dream planner

If the Shoe Fits!
1. $100 Gift Card to Jo Totes
2. $50.00 Gift Card from Tieks

Feed Your Marker Addiction!
1. A years supply of Scentos makers

Organize Me and More...
1. C. Jayne Teach Teacher Anchor
2. Decor Pack and $25 Gift Card from Teach Created Resources
3. Caddy from Land of Nod

Techno Savvy
1. HUE HD Camera and Animation Software from Hue Animation
2. $25.00 to MPIX (Print your instagram pictures)

Rock On with these Resources
1. 3  CD's from Kids Count 123
2. Jack Hartman's Science Songs All Day Long
2. Swag Bag from GoNoodle including a GoNoodle Plus Membership
4. ALLSTAR Ellison Machine from Ellison Education

Classy Up Your Resources
1. All Fonts Commercial License form KG Fonts
2. Lifetime License of Clip Art from Sarah Cooley
3. $35 Gift Card from Graphics from the Pond
4. $35 Gift Card from Melonheadz Illustrating 

The Teacher's Kid
1. Monogrammed Lunch Bag from Tin Tree Gifts
2. $50 Gift Card from Married in May
3. Back to School Dress from Round the Bend Again

As if all of that isn't enough…each basket will also include…

It all begins tomorrow! Don't forget to look for this little button on each blog that will take you directly to the next prize package! Hopefully this will save you lots of time during the B2S rush! 

See you all back tomorrow for some giveaway fun! 

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