Friday, August 3, 2012

Fabulous Finds Friday!

It's Friday!!!  Not sure why I'm so excited about that.....when you're a teacher, and it's summer, every day is Friday!  I think I'm excited because I have made a TON of new stuff for my classroom this week that I can't wait to share, and I'm linking up with Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B for her Fabulous Find Friday.  Who doesn't like a fabulous find or a great deal? In the past two years, I have been pretty stingy with my money when it comes to purchasing for the classroom.  Most of the bulletin board trim, furniture, resoureces, etc. that I have came from other teachers.  I try not to spend too much on my students because I always feel guilty that I should be spending it on my own peeps.  Well this year our school is undergoing a major major in fact that all of our belongings are packed up and in a storage facility in another town!  Let's not even talk about my panic over when the place will be done and when we can get instead, let's focus on my new classroom goodies!

I've never had a theme in my classroom, and this year I didn't want a cute theme that I would tire of quickly so I went with a color theme.  I chose blue, black, orange, and lime green.  My students desks are black (and with 25-27 of them that's a color you can't ignore), their chairs are blue (again.....lots of it), and I collect Garfield (orange), and well, the green just seemed to go and livened up the whole pallet.  This year I broke down and purchased boarders and letters to match my color theme.  I cannot wait to get into my room and make all of my bulletin boards match....... color coordinating makes me so happy!

I scored big time at Dollar Tree and the Target Dollar spot this week!  Look at this loot!!!  Update: Oops, I think I've been a little misleading.....I need to clarify that the borders and letters came from Trend and MPM School Supplies, not Dollar Tree.....although that would've been nice.  Sorry for the confusion!

The cute little owl, the pencils, the stamp ink, beach ball, and fun little conversation bubble dry erase board came from the Target Dollar Spot!  The composition notebooks were $0.50 each!  I plan to put a quote of the day on the conversation bubble, use the owl to hold my whistle and playground bag,

put the pencils in a Welcome Back bag for the students on the first day of school,

use the ink pads for my Stampin' it Word Work activity ( I used it last year and got the idea from Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics.....the kids loved is so much that I'm out of ink!), and use the beach ball for a reading response activity!

The candy, eraser tips and mini small magnetic dry erase boards came from Dollar Tree.  The white boards will be used with the magnetic letters I purchased as a Word Work activity (more on that next week).

The ribbon is going in the students reading notebooks as bookmarks, and the clear pouches were $0.97 and will hold the magnetic letters and mini dry erase boards.  Off to take my son for a sports physical and enroll both of my little peeps in school.  After a bout of insomnia last night I'm hoping to have the energy toput together my Welcome Back bags and and create an activity for Work on Writing that came to me during the hours of sleeplessness! 


  1. Thanks so much for linking up! I love all of your loot :) I especially love that owl. Too cute! I'm with you on the whole "tire of a theme quickly". I'm a color scheme kinda girl, too. Black desks? I think that's actually better than the fake wood look :) Have a great day!!


    Fun in Room 4B

    1. Elizabeth, our desks are black, but they have a faux wood top. It's a light wood and matches all the new cabinetry we are getting in our remodeled classrooms so I don't mind it. It's sort of a modern color and looks much better than what we had previously. Good luck on a great school year!!

  2. I am amazed by the items that can be found at Dollar Tree! I love the borders! Great find!


    Teaching Fourth

    1. Kelly, I think my post was a little misleading, the borders and letters came from Trend and MPM School Supplies. I'm glad you commented.....made me realized I needed to update the post to make everyone clear and to give credit to those businesses. So sorry for the confusion!

  3. I think that a lot of people share the same opinion on Fridays, summer and great deals! And it looks like you had a lot of stuff to store in your storage space. Seems like you will not run out of supplies for the whole school year! Well, it will not hurt to have some extra school supplies in your closet in case of emergencies for some art attack. :-)


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