Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Classroom Theme! Hollywood Style!

I am THRILLED that I choose to use the Hollywood Theme from Clutter-Free Classroom for this next year! I think there is so many things to do with this theme and I LOVE, LOVE all of the extras in Jodi's bundle!
Today I was browsing the clearance racks at Wal-Mart and they had a ton of 4th of July stuff on sale. I started picking a lot of stuff up as I figured we could use it to decorate for the BIG ELECTION unit in November. BUT then...I saw it...SO PERFECT...I could use this for my table numbers....and get this the cost was .34 CENTS!
The rosettes reminded me of Melanie from Schoolgirl Style's Garden Party daisies! I am so excited!

Also know that Jodi from Clutter-Free is doing freebies EVERYDAY this summer! They are AMAZING freebies! Make sure you check out her amazing products! I used her writing packets at least twice a month this past year!

Clutter-Free Classroom
Happy Day! Carmen

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Dive Into Science

I am very excited about a new IDEA that is in the works at my school! Last April several of us were talking around the lunch table (some of the BEST conversations happens there!) and we thought it would be a good idea to have a school-wide theme to use for the 2012-2013 school year. We brainstormed about field trips we could take, guest speakers we could bring in, and as well what we could do at school. We decided on the theme: 


I have been doing some research on school-wide themes. I came across this great descriptor paragraph from a school in California.  "Each year a school-wide learning theme is chosen.  This theme is like a thread that connects learning throughout the school all year long.  Each grade level takes a part of the theme to develop.  Throughout the academic year, each grade level presents their learning to the entire school.  They may create and present a play, a musical production, learning stations manned by students, or they may invite an artist in residence to help them present their theme."   What I love about this description is that it is not just about what the teachers/principal sees the theme as, but that the students have a role in it as they are developing their learning to the school. 

I am looking forward to the planning and the grant writing (haha!) for this project to happen! 

Do anyone of you have a school-wide theme? Is it a committee that pulls resources together? How does it work at your school? 

Happy Exploring! 




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

It's July Already?

I can't believe my last post was in January! I am hoping that I can get better about blogging, but I might just be one of "those" blog stalkers! Where did the summer go? I signed out of school on May 30th! How can it be July 4th already? I have had some pretty amazing opportunities this summer! I moved into a wonderful new home! I have started classes for Foster to Adopt! I went to Haiti! I don't have to work this summer, I can take time to settle into my home! I look forward to this last month of vacation! I am linking up with Farley with her monthly CURRENTLY party!