Triple F! My randoms for the week!

Here are my 5 random photos and ramblings for the week:
1. I’ve had a couple of emails recently about sharing what I send home to students before the first day. I DO send home a note to parents introducing myself, as well as a little note to each new child. I DO hand write the notes to each little sweetie, just because, well, nobody writes letters anymore and its important to do. Here is my letter from this year (on the sweetest stationary that one of my lovely parents got for me last year):
2. ABC Hopscotch anyone?  My littles had fun with this outside today. The LMNOP part did trip our sweet daughter up though, and after a few passes she ended up just running through singing “lmnopppp”. Way to make it work Reese!
3. Um… can I just say… 
Where have you been all my life?  Honestly, I NEVER HEARD such a thing as teachers having their own laminator until I began my online blogging life. A laminator? Like you have your own? WHY? … and then… Hmm… How much are they? And after my first pass through, I seriously fell in love. It’s so thick and shiny and sturdy! And while we have a lovely staff member that laminates for us at school, she only does it 2 days a week and sometimes, well, there are times when you just need something laminated NOW.  I can’t wait to park this bad boy next to my desk. I need to name her. Any suggestions? 
(Sneak peek alert at my new product going up tomorrow!) 
4. Went to a tent sale the other day with my parents and spotted this. Picking it up today and am super excited! Where is it going? I don’t know. I think our hallway. Or our bedroom. Or the living room? We will make room. 

5. I also got an email the other day from a lovely teacher who asked if she could find all my anchor charts and ideas in one place. Are you on Pinterest, I ask? You know, the black hole that sucks you in for hours? I pin all of my posts here, so you can scroll through and find what you need. See you there!


  • Funny you should post about the laminator–we had to deal with some budget cuts this year in the supply department, so laminating (which used to be a free-for-all for anyone to do whenever) is now on a with-principal-approval-only basis–and she rarely approves it (understandably, as we have 32 teachers and not much film…). I was going to start taking my business to Office Max and use my teacher discount to laminate some things that I really need to have laminated but can't do at school, but then I saw this tonight at Walmart. I've seen them on other blogs but always figured they were too expensive–and it's cheap! But now my question is does it really laminate well, and professionally (as in can't tell the difference between it and a full size laminator) or am I better off spending a few extra $$ and going to Office Max?

  • Annd- I emailed you, but here is my reply in case anyone else was interested:
    I was pretty skeptical before I bought it..but was VERY impressed by the quality of the laminate. It comes out really thick (much thicker than ours at school) and sturdy. I would definitely recommend getting one. I am not sure how much they are at Sam's/BJ's but I got the laminator and a box of 100 pouches on Amazon for just about $40 with free shipping. It's very easy to use. The only downfall would be the size– you can only laminate up to 8.5×11 size. I'd say get it for your day to day stuff, and when you need a big poster or something large laminated, go to Office Max.
    Hope that helps! I think you will be pleased if you do make the purchase!

  • I am loving your hand-written notes (if only my writing was that neat) and am so happy to have found your blog! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to catch up on some of your older posts!

    The Imaginary Classroom

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