Thursday, October 6, 2011

I forgot that this was stress-relieving...

Wow! I am finishing my third week back from maternity leave and feel like I can barely catch my breath! Now I know how everyone else has felt since the beginning of the school year...overwhelmed! I am still adjusting to my larger class size and have really struggled to find a behavior system that has been effective. I am beginning the "clip chart" next week from The Polka Dot Patch. I've used a red, yellow, green system in the past, but am excited about the concept of moving up OR down. I'll let you know how it goes! It also involves classroom BINGO where students can earn rewards when everyone is following directions. I use SMART COOKIES right now, but am willing to try one more positive behavior idea!

I have a super simple freebie that I use in my classroom for our Bucket Filler system. When students are caught filling the bucket of someone else (student, teacher, etc.) I fill out this card and put it in our classroom bucket. At the end of each week, I draw some bucket filler cards and let them sit in rocking chairs for the AM or PM. Enjoy! Bucket Filler Cards

Oh and one last random baby girl turns TWO at the end of this month. Naturally, I was feverishly making her birthday cards today during my conference period- ha! We're doing a dog theme because she LOVES Clifford, Mac, T-Bone, and Cleo and anything puppy-related! know when you have an idea in your mind about how you want something to look?! Well, I had that problem. I came up with a little rhyme and thought I could just add it to a template. But, of course, could not find a template that worked. Enter: DIY Birthday invites. Anywho, I found some scrapbook paper at Meijer last night that I thought could work. I drew a bone and traced it on different colors of plain paper and then added my little "doggy" rhyme! Voila! Birthday invites! There are 4 different aren't the greatest because I took them with my phone. I'm happy with how they turned out for now though! Have a SUPER weekend everyone!


  1. These dog bones are WONDERFUL! They are adorable :) Thanks for such a creative idea :)

    Lisa :) (new follower)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  2. I love the bones! I also love to hear how others use bucket filling in their classrooms.

    We add helpful hearts to our bucket...they are heart shaped craft beads. At the end of the year, we make bracelets that each child gets to keep to remind them that filling a person's bucket fills a person's heart! =)

    I am your newest follower and would love for to you come visit me when you get the chance! =)

    Heather's Heart

  3. Thanks very much, Heather! Thanks for sharing the bucket filler idea...I have seen so many great ideas and think I need to change it up a little next year for my kiddos! By the way, I love your blog! :)