Sunday, September 7, 2014

Back to School Shopping and a GIVEAWAY!

    I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to my favorite store to go school clothes shopping: H&M

  One of my besties took me back to school shopping to find some cute fall outfits!  She is going to be blogging today to share with you all of the adorable outfits that we found!  Meet Kaeli...

I my name is Kaeli Reed I am one of the triplets from Triplet Living. There are two things that I love one is teaching and the other is fashion.  Today I have taken over Apples and ABC’s to show you some of the perfect pieces Michelle and I found on a recent shopping trip to H&M. We hope so see something you like and give you some inspiration to help you get "back to school" ready.

On Triplet Living we like to show you how to take one look and wear it three ways. It is not only cute, but also budget friendly. Michelle is looking adorable in this black and white striped dress we found out H&M. See how we styled it for three separate looks.

First Look

Second Look

Third Look

Styling Tip: When shopping pick out pieces that you can mix and match.  As a teachers we have so much going on in the classroom it is nice not to have to put to much thought into our wardrobe in the mornings. For example, this great striped dress can be transformed into many different looks buy switching a jacket, sweater, or jewelry.

We also found some other goodies!

How great does Michelle look in this striped blouse and black skirt! You can see here again how you can use both of these pieces to mix and match to make many more different looks. A black comfy yet stylish skirt is a Back to School Staple. You can pair it with a simple t-shirt for the warmer months and then a cute sweater when it starts to cool down. The black color also hides paint, marker, and whatever else you might track home at the end of the day pretty well.

Did you know that H&M gives teachers 15% off right now? Yeah they do, and so do a few other shopping favorites like Ann Taylor LOFTBanana RepublicThe Limited, and J. Crew to name a few. Make sure when checking out to ask, you might be surprised. When going shopping remember to bring your teacher ID. Michelle was able to show her school website with her picture on it to get the H&M discount. Every little bit helps.
Thanks for having me!

Head over to Triplet Living for more fashion and lifestyle tips from Kaeli and her sisters. 
I hope you had fun with the back to school shopping tips that Kaeli shared!!!

Please enter with integrity, using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll choose a winner a week from today.

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But, wait! That’s not ALL!
The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom d├ęcor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!
To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kindergarten (I'm going back to KINDER) Classroom Rules!

I have an official announcement to make.... I am going back to KINDERGARTEN this year!!!! :)  Notice the cheesy picture of me below! :)

I am actually working at a new school this year, which happens to be the very first school I ever worked at!  I am BEYOND excited and can't wait to get back to teaching the little ones!

I wanted to make some new classroom rules posters just for kinder.  Melonheadz actually made this pack by my request (which I am over the moon about!!!) and now I will be able to have these adorable posters hanging in the front of my room.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to make them rectangle or circle shaped, so I made them both!

At the beginning of the year it is SO important to explicitly teach the classroom rules and how you expect them to behave.  This is done through modeling, practice, repetition, praising them, and more PRACTICE!  These posters are great visuals to display in the room to teach the rules, remind the rules, and to improve behavior.   :)

Print the rectangle OR circles, whichever you want! 

I also want to make a little decodable over the first week of school, review the classroom rules, so I included that in the pack as well!  The students illustrate a picture for each classroom rule!

For more details, check out my TpT Store!

Monday, August 18, 2014

All About Colors!

In the beginning of the year, I always start with teaching about the colors!  It is a great way to start on a familiar theme that everyone understands and is familiar with.  Along with practicing different color recognition and sorting skills, we are learning about reading through learning the color words.  I was able to make a Color Unit to use with my kids right when school starts!

My FAVORITE part of the Color Unit is the crayon craftivity that comes with it!  I like to teach a color a week, so each week we will add a different crayon to our crayon box!  I will staple the crayon boxes up on the bulletin board, and fill the little box as we go! :)

Since I teach a color a week, I wanted to have 5 different printables for each color.  I will use these for centers, homework, whole group practice, or for assessments!

I love centers that are hands on where their little fingers can move and manipulate the pieces.  For this center the kids match the picture with the correct color word.  I also made a different word mat that has the words printed in the actual color, for those that are having trouble reading.  :)

My most FAVORITE activity to do with my students (well, one of them) is a Read the Room activity.  This is the same concept, but they are "coloring the room."  You place the colored cards around the room, and they go on a hunt to find the pictures.  Once they find a picture card, they color their sheet the same color.

A basic skill is sorting colors.  I made little cards for you to practice sorting whole group or at a center.  

I am going to be hanging these color posters in the front of my room so the kids can see the color words daily!

The kids can use these color puzzles to practice arranging them in the correct order to spell the word.  They can use the color posters to spell the word, or follow the pattern of the crayon to spell the word.

I want to show you my little helper, Hercules, when I was taking pictures of the crayon craft....

His ears are down so that mean he is ANNOYED at mommy for making him pose with a craft!  But he still is my favorite!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dr. Seuss Recycled Book Crafts

Today I am partnering up with Michaels Craft Store on Instagram!  I am running their Instagram all day long, sharing my Dr. Seuss inspired crafts for their #Create2Educate crafting competition!  For more information on the crafting contest, read HERE!

All of the crafts I am sharing today are using old Dr. Seuss books.  When I was cleaning out and organizing my classroom library, I recognized that several of my Dr. Seuss books were torn, colored in, or missing pages.  Each year, I go over how to take care of books, but after several years of "TLC" many of them were worn out.   I wasn't surprised, because the kids LOVE reading these books!  Instead of throwing them away, I decided to make come crafts using the pages.  

Last week, I shared my Dr. Seuss Decor on my blog.  For all of the details on how I made these thin canvases, you can check out this blog post.

Do you ever make a little back to school gift for your team teachers?  I thought magnets would be the perfect little gift for my teammates!  

To make the magnets, I found small images and traced them around the glass stone.   I cut them out and Mod Podged them to the stone.  Once they dried, I hot glued a magnet to the back.  I bundled them with cellophane to give to my team teachers when I go back to school!

I really wanted a cute banner to hang above my class library!  At Michaels I found some pre-cut stationary and used them for my banner shapes!  I found some colorful Dr. Seuss illustrations, and cut them in a rectangle shape to fit inside cards.  Using Mod Podge, I glued the illustrations down to the paper, then I added glitter sticker letters to the cards.  I hole punched the cards and added some ribbon so I could hang them in my room!

You can see my Dr. Seuss banner says, "We can read!"  I think it is the perfect slogan for my little ones!  

For my last craft I made some bookmarks!  I think as a primary teacher, it is our job to get children excited about reading.  One simple thing that can help with the process is the reward of a bookmark!  I found these pre-cut bookmarks at Michaels and thought they would be PERFECT for me to add some Dr. Seuss illustrations to!

To make the bookmarks, I found and cut illustrations that would fit inside the rectangle shape.  I used Mod Podge to glue the images down.  Once they were dry, I added cute ribbon and they were DONE!  They were super simple and quick to make!

Come join me on Instagram today (@ApplesAndABCs) to see my Michaels posts!