The Fun Begins in May!

Yes.
I know I shouldn't say it.
But the fun begins in May.
We are on our last day of testing.
I can't help but think... it's time for "fun" learning!
I know, I know.
We all try and make learning fun all year.
And I certainly don't teach to the test.
But ther'es this certain kind of relief that comes with testing being done.
For the students, AND the teachers.

So yes, the fun beings!
And I {LOVE} kicking off the month with Farley's currently!

Listening: I started writing this while sitting outside yesterday, reading a book and drinking cranberry juice to get some relief from this awful back pain. The sounds of spring were incredibly relaxing!!

Loving: I know I've said this once before, but these Narnia Lapbooks with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are an absolutely blast! This is my 3rd year teaching it and I LOVE it as much as the kids! If you want to read more about it, check out yesterday's post! Or click on the picture to download!
Thinking: Speaks for itself. ALMOST DONE!

Wanting: As if I need more clothes? A girl always needs more clothes though, right? :)

Needing: This is only my second kidney infection and I can hardly handle it. Of course it's bad enough on a normal day, throw in being stuck in a seat for 2 1/2 hours for testing.. multiply the uncomfortableness x's 10! And of course I'm not going to leave my poor kiddos with a sub during testing week... I'm SO not happy with you kidney!

Summer bucket list: I can't wait for all of these amazing events! YAY :)  Tim Mcgraw is our first concert of the summer and we love going to Jimmy Buffet with friends! It'll be my first time in Vegas, too :)


I also am so excited to link up with Joy in the Journey's first Trick's of the Trade Thursdays!! Topic? Bulletin Boards!
 
Bulletin boards are a labor of love for me. I love what they look like when they turn out, but I am so picky that it takes me so long to make them! Here's a few of my tips to make your bulletins!
 
1.) If you don't have a lot of bulletin boards, utilize wall space! How do you do this? Create a "mock" board with either vinyl table clothes or fabric and border.
(Dollar Tree has so many colors of these!)


2.) Cover regular bulletin boards with fabric. I have always done this and it saves me SO much. The Fabric barely fades, it looks nicer, and doesn't rip! LONG lasting!
(Walmart surprisingly has a GREAT fabric section and it's cheap, good fabric too!)
 
3.) Divide large bulletin boards into multiple bulletin boards by changing borders! I do this all of the time.
 
4.) Double up border! I just think it gives the board a nice finish! It's not something you have to do, but I always do because I like the way it looks better!


Share some of your tricks of the trade with Joy in the Journey!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway ending Friday! And remember to "like" my page on Facebook for the next 2 flash freebies that will be happening today and tomorrow! Yesterday's was a huge hit :) 

21 comments

  1. I LOVE bulletin boards! Great suggestions! My friend and colleague at my old school always paid me (in pizza) to do her bulletin boards. LOVE them! This year, I enjoy my glass block wall! love your blog - i', your newest follower! Oh, feel better- not fun at all!!!

    Jamie
    MissMathDork

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    1. Sounds like a great deal to me! I love Pizza and bulletin boards so I'd be up for that :)

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  2. Love your bulletin boards and you will LOVE Vegas! It is so fun! I am headed there this summer too!

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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    1. Thank yo! I know, i cannot wait to go!! :) When are you going?!

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  3. I read somewhere that a teacher uses sheets for bulletin boards instead of spending the extra money at the fabric store. I like your idea much better:)
    tania
    My Second Sense

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    1. Sheets are good, but there's not a lot of options in colors and patterns! i love finding the cheaper fabric but in adorable patterns :)

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  4. Just curious if you have looked for/found fire resistant fabric anywhere? One of my walls is all shelves under the windows (good storage) but they are so ugly. I want to cover them but it has to be with something fire resistant..when I saw your post about using fabric on your bulletin boards, I figured I would pick your brain! :o)

    Tara
    TeachingwithTWitte

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    1. Tara, I put up a fabric pennant banner and the janitor sprayed it with some type of spray that made it fire resistant and fire marshall friendly :)
      ~Courtney
      Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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    2. Thanks for commenting, Courtney and Tara! I was just going to comment the same thing :) All of my bulletin board fabric I put up and my curtains my custodian sprayed it with fire resistant spray so the fire marshall would be happy :) Ask your custodian if they have it, or I'm sure you could find it somewhere! Hope that helps :)

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  5. Love that polka dot fabric - too cute! For smaller fabric projects adding some wonder under will prevent fading. I used it on a fabric pennant banner for my window and it looks as good as new! I'm so excited to have found another 4th grade blogger - I'm your newest follower!

    ~Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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    1. I will have to remember to use that for my next bulletin board! Thanks for the tip :) I am SO glad you found my blog! Can't wait to share ideas!!

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  6. I love shopping for clothes. I am a sucker for good deals or just cute clothes. I also love the poka dot fabric on your boards. Fabric is the way to go!

    Rosie
    Rosie's Rambles

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    1. Haha, me too! Shopping is CERTAINLY my weakness. Fabric is wonderful :)

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  7. I love the polka dot fabric and the double boarders. I may play around with that next year. I'm still trying to choose my theme.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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    1. Thanks! I made curtains out of the polka dot fabric, too! The double border definitely gives it a nice finish :)

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  8. Hi Amelia!

    What wonderful tips! I LOVE your welcome pennant banner - too cute! I am pennant-crazy :)

    I really like how you divide your Daily 5 board with cute borders - I am putting this on my to-implement-next-year list :)

    Yhanks for linking up,
    ~Jessica
    Joy in the Journey

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    1. Thank you! I love pennants, too! My cricut is perfect to make those letters! That's ribbon that I used to divide the Daily 5 sections of that board! :)

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  9. Hi Amelia! Thanks for linking up! I agree with Jess that your borders are super cute. I wouldn't have thought to use them to make sections on my boards before. That's a great tip!

    Hope you have a great Friday!

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher

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  10. I love your tips, Amelia!! Your summer plans look fabulous! I hope you feel better soon:)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. Thanks, Holly!! I cannot wait for summer:) And thank you.. I sure hope so too!

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