Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pinning and a Freebie!

I remember talking to my mom about getting pinned. When she was going to nursing school, getting her pin meant a great deal to her. Each nursing school presented their pin to their graduates to welcome them into the nursing profession.  She had to work hard to get her pin and was quiet proud of it. I was always very proud of my mom, too. She was a wonderful nurse and an even better mommy! I miss her very much, but feel blessed that she gave me some amazing siblings to remind me of her and we all look like her more each day!

Hasn't pinning taken on a whole new meaning?! I like getting pinned, too. I feel a sense of pride when someone says, "I pinned your idea"! Usually "my" idea came from a pin I saw on pintrest! With so many great ideas to be found on pintrest, it's hard to keep up with all of the different ideas and recipes I've pinned! I am making an attempt to try at least one pin a week in my classroom and in my kitchen.

These dish racks have worked beautifully in my very small room! I can quickly clear of my tables for center activities or for cleaning. The pencils, highlighters and scissors fit will in the silverware drain. Students can easily grab a book to read any time of the day. Individual marker boards fit so nicely in the rack, too! It has really helped keep my room much neater!

I love this book, too! Benny and Penny are a brother and sister who act
in a very typical brother and sister way. It is written cartoon style and easy
enough for my youngest readers, but written well enough to keep
my high end readers engaged, too!
I modified the pin I found for dice to work well in my room. I used to misplace my dice often. These magnetic shakers have worked very well! Dice don't roll all over the room, even "on accident"! They can be quickly put away by placing them on my storage metal storage cabinet. I love the way these have worked out, too!

I keep thinking this is Friday, but it is only Thursday! It has been a long week with a sick husband and sick daughter. The flu has now hit everyone in the family, but me! I'm hoping that shot I got will be my ticket to staying healthy. I must say, they make sick look like a lot of fun! They get to spend the day watching videos and reading books! 

I have managed to put together an aMAZE-ing money packet. It has helped my students identify different coins. I'm always amazed at how quickly some students learn to count money and how hard it is for others! If you would like to get this money pack for free, it will be available on TPT for free for one day! Click the picture below to get to it. You can e-mail me for a free copy, too! Please let me know if you see a blatant mistake that needs fixing! Most of it has been tested on my owlets already! 

I hope this post finds you healthy and warm, but not feverishly warm! 


  1. Omg I am LOVING that dish rack idea!! It is perfect for books!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten

  2. Hope your family feels better! Stay healthy!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  3. I love that dish rack idea, too!
    I just tried out an idea from pinterest. We made bird seed feeders with gelatin. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they work out.
    Stay healthy!
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  4. I LOVE Pinterest. Your magnet cans look so handy. I have limited wall and shelf space, so that would be a good storage idea for me. Where did you get them?

    Also, your dish racks look super organized. I like the idea of using them too.

    Thanks for sharing! Hope everyone feels better soon and that you stay well!

    Compassionate Teacher

  5. I also love being "pinned" You found some treasures!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  6. Getting "pinned" is a great feeling! I love the dice idea! Where did you get those tins from?

  7. These are all great ideas - thanks for sharing! I checked out your Money product on Tpt and wanted to just let you know, in case it was an oversight, that the grade levels checked for it are K, 2, and 3 and skipped 1st. It seems like you may have meant it to be for K through 3, so I wanted you to know. I know how quickly I sometimes check those things when posting a product because I'm just so excited to get it up there. I have had to edit my postings pretty much everytime because of something small like that. Lol!

    Love your blog and I'm happy to be your newest follower :)
    First Grade Smiles


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