Sunday, September 21, 2014

The many uses of a Dollar Spot Bucket/ Pail

I promised I'd be back and while it took me 2 and a half weeks I kept my promise. :)
Back in June, while I was unpacking, I posted a picture on Instagram of just half of the Dollar Spot mini buckets I own. This isn't even half of them.
I mean there is really no reason to have THAT many mini buckets. What is even crazier is that I got rid of none, and have purchased many more since this pic. #ObssessedTeacher I think every time I walk into Target I leave with mini buckets.

I got lots of question about what I do with all the buckets. If I am honest, half or more of them are in a cabinet. They went with my old theme, but I hesitate to throw them away because they can come in handy in a pinch. Plus I still love them.

HOWEVER, that got me thinking, what DO I do with them?
Here is what I came up with.
1. Pencils
This is the obvious one.
Erasers too! 
Easy way for students to get to them.
I have different sharp pencil buckets around the room for workstations too. All the dull go into the same bucket so I can sharpen them.
2. Crayons
This year I decided to do away with my glad container, that the students could never close, and always made a mess of the crayons, and use these mini buckets. 
They are the perfect size. The students take the bucket out, use their crayons, and then put it back when the activity is over. Super clean, just the way I like it.
They would work great for makers and color pencils too.
3. Math Manipulatives
I don't teach math so I don't have a pic. Whomp whomp. However, you can use your imagination. All those little pieces that are always all over the place would go nicely in these little buckets.
4. Letter or word sorts
Again, no pic, BUT with my kinder kids I have them sort capital magnetic letters in one bucket and lowercase in the other. For my Firsties, I have them sort by vowel pairs, digraphs, long and short vowels, you name it.
5. Gifts
They make great gift bags.
6. Birthdays
They are great for birthday snack, or cutlery.
I know lots of teachers have a little treat for their students birthday. 
7. Student Name Sticks and Clips
You know those popsicle sticks or clothes pins that you write your students name on, they fit perfectly in the mini pails.
8. Table Arrangements
Ok, this one is not really classroom related, but I thought it was nice. Maybe you could do something for the teachers lounge.
9. Craft Supplies.
This person put them on a Lazy Susan for easy access to all her craft supplies.
I think you get the point.
I don't think there is a bad way to use the pails/ mini buckets.
Do you have any other ways YOU use the mini pails/buckets.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Currently

Honestly I can't believe it has been a whole month. It is sad that the last time I posted was for the August Currently. The good news is that I have a list of ideas to post. I'll tell more later, but for now the September Currently.
I am watching the Outlander series on Starz. I haven't read the books, but I am so seriously hooked on this series. If you have the Starz network I highly recommend it. 
So if you have read any of my posts from last May or over this summer, you know I moved rooms. I took this opportunity to create a new theme in my class. I went with a navy, white, and turquoise Nautical theme, with touches of coral. The result is I absolutely love it. Everyone that comes into my room says how calming and soothing it is. Can't wait to get the pictures up for you all to see too. If you want some sneak peaks head on over to my Instagram feed. 
Seriously I am having pangs of guilt over this. I've been in school for 3 weeks now, and well I am still feeling so overwhelmed. However, I think I can make some time soon. :)
Like I mentioned, I am feeling a bit behind and overwhelmed. I think part of my problem is that I am still figuring out where I want everything to be. Don't misunderstand, I am completely unpacked, it is just still trial and error as to where all my centers and whatnot will find their permanent homes. I feel like I am constantly setting up.
I said I was still working out the best place for all of my workstations. The room has a slightly different arrangement, and it is smaller. Class has been going for 3 weeks now and the kids have been begging me for their workstation time. At the moment I am struggling with where to put my pocket chart. It used to live behind my bookshelf, but I downsized and well it doesn't work anymore. Tomorrow I am going to try placing it on the closet door.
HOWEVER, what I am really needing is this awful cold, I got last Friday (just in time to ruin the long weekend) to go away. At the moment it has dropped to my chest and is making me cough so much. :(
3 Trips:
Hawaii and New Zealand: I mean it is paradise. I want to feel the sun, learn to surf, and just generally relax on the beach.
Victoria, Canada: I've heard it is gorgeous, just want to take a peek and visit the Pacific.
Truth is the place I'd love to return to is Scotland, but couldn't choose it cause I've already been there.

With all that said, I make a promise to post more than once this month. I hope to be back soon with a tour, some tips and tricks. Hope you have a great rest of your short week!
For all of my blogger friends that just went back to work, hugs, you only have 3 more days until the weekend.
Oh! Before I forget, please go over to Farley's blog and check out the other 380+ bloggers who linked up this month. I was hoping to be number 400 but I don't think I have that much patience. 
Farley, the Linky rockstar.