I am getting ready to start a PBL on Rocks for ALL of next week, and I need some ideas on Rocks. I got the fabulous resource form Chalk Talk on Rocks, but I need some more stuff. I am supposed to teach this all day for 5 days.
If you have anything or any good sites on Rocks, would you be willing to share???? I would love it, and be forever grateful!!!! I could then put everything together for all of us in a pdf and share giving credit to everyone.
Here is the first batch of clipart for you to use on your materials for TPT or TeacherEBooks. All I ask is credit by putting clipart by first-grade-teachers.blogspot.com. That is it. All of my clipart is going to be free! I am going to work tonight on some more stuff. I am completely addicted.
I am not sure how to download an entire folder on Google Docs, so I have to do it like this:
For those of you who thought I fell off the end of the world, I am here. :)
The past two weeks have been CRAZY! First, my mom was in the hospital (out now, and doing better everyday).
Then, my youngest gets a swollen salivary gland(which he gets at least 2 times a year and no one has a clue what causes it) and then strep.
Then, my husband gets strep, and then me.
Now we seem to be over the storm (except for the swollen salivary gland). I am on spring break and just need to take time for myself (Sharpen my Saw). So what do I do?
Go furniture shopping at my favorite thrift stores of course! Here is what I got and transformed:
I call him Henry, and he was $10. I wish I had taken a picture of the before! I am now doing that. He was in need of help. Mold was all over him and he needed to be spruced and Shabbied up and placed in my dinning room.
So with a new Henry, I had to buy these great chairs and reupholster them pronto with some cute Amy Butler fabric
Here is before:
Love the chair, hate the fabric!
Here is the after!!!
So pretty now! Henry matches the green in these chairs!
Reupholstering chairs is about the easiest thing to do! I got six of these chairs and a mahogany dinning room table with pedestal legs for $100. They just needed a little TLC and now they rock!
Then I was at another thrift store and saw this boy. I just loved it. Not my style, but I knew he had to come home with me.
The price said $40, but I talked them down to $12. I think it was because I had been painting all day and had yucky clothes on and my two kids were tearing up the store. I really think they wanted me to leave in a hurry. :) This could be a new tip for everyone who goes to find cool stuff in thrift shops.
Finally, I had two of these chairs that I got for free and had to do something to spice them up. I am almost done with them. Here is what I have so far, and I wish I had taken a before shot. They were ugly brown wood.
Here is one of them:
Look how happy she is now!
I am planning on doing some more crafty stuff the rest of the week. I bought an old Amish bench for $1, a bunch of old wooden school chairs, a really cool picture frame I want to shabby up, and some other things that are dying for some paint, glaze, and sanding.
I promise to create some cool stuff for the classroom, but I just wanted to let everyone know that I am using my creativity in another outlet this week! :)
Here is the first of many free clipart images that you can use for your teaching items. I will have more this week featuring "Ocean" animals. I know they aren't perfect yet, but I am getting better with each drawing. :)
Just click on it to get the jpg.
All that I ask is you give me credit in the credits section of your work. That is it. :)
Now, be totally honest...Is it horrible? Thanks, and I hope you guys can use them.
I am now starting to draw clipart for teachers to use how they please on TPT and not worry about all these legal crazy terms. I am looking for suggestions on what to draw first for everyone. I am going to make everything for free at first, until I get really good (wink, wink) and then reasonably priced.
Let me know what you are dying to have and can't find out there in the market. I am hoping to get some practice and then make custom stuff for people at a reasonable price so they can sell on TPT and not have the same clipart that everyone under the sun has. I think there should be a new option for teachers who sell.
I love teaching! I have taught 13 years of Kindergarten, 4 years of first grade, 2 years of 6th grade (YUCK), Title 1 Reading, and now I am back in a Kindergarten classroom! Wooo Hooo! I have spent most of my time teaching in the inner city of Tampa, Florida and moved to West Virginia, where I am teaching in another inner city school. I wrote a book titled 101 Things Every Kindergartener Should Know About Phonics.
I also teach yoga, love to create anything (paint, refinish furniture, sew), am a mother to two wonderful boys (5 and 8) and a wife. I love to learn, so I am not sure what is on my list to do next!