100th Day of School!

Every year, about mid-January, I start hitting Pinterest for 100th Day of School project ideas. Am I alone? I can’t help but think I’m not! 😉

Last year, we lucked out and there were no at-home 100th Day projects for my kiddos, but this year my kindergartner has to make a shirt to wear.

In 2013, my Oldest Daughter and I made this shirt for the 100th Day of School.

100th Day of School shirt

So adorable, so easy, so fun!

So stubborn! She won’t release the shirt nor the rights to the idea to her little sister! “It was MY idea, she can’t copy!” (Technically it was someone-on-the-internet’s idea, but no time for arguments now, I have pinning to do!)

‘Tis alright, Middle Daughter, there are loads of new, fun ideas floating around!

100th pin board

Click here to see the ideas I’ve collected on Pinterest. I think my favorite is the shirt with the 100 felt hearts! What cute ideas do you have? Please share them! 🙂

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Homework Hide-away

Back to school!  We’re on a year-around calendar, so my oldest has been back to school since July, but lots of kids are going back right around now.  Back to school means back to homework!

I don’t know about your house in the afternoons during the school year, but my house is c-h-a-o-s starting at about 3:30 pm.  The dynamic of the kids when Justin gets home is crazy, everyone’s excited, a little tired, ready for a snack… and then it’s homework time.  It’s hard to settle in and get focused for my 7 year old, he’s always complaining about being distracted by his sisters.  So when I saw the Homework Center idea in Family Fun magazine I thought it was the perfect solution!  He can sit at the kitchen table, near to me as I start dinner incase he has a question, while still having a bit of privacy.

Homework Hide-Away

Homework Hide-Away

I made it 2nd grade friendly, so no calculator or anything too advanced.  I started with a large tri-fold display board and added all the things to make homework easier.  I wrote important dates and meetings into a desk calendar and attached top and center with large clips…

Homework Hide-Away - desk calendar

Homework Hide-Away - desk calendar

I mounted foam frames to the board, leaving the top backs of the frames free from adhesive so that I can easily slide photos into the frames.  I used some of his favorite photos from our summer vacation to get him started, and I’ll switch them out as the year goes on and he has new favorites.

Justin brings a sheet of spelling words home every week and has assignments using those spelling words every night, so I cut up a folder and mounted the pieces onto the board to use as pockets.  These hold blank paper on one side for his assignments, and the spelling words on the other.  They can also be used to hold any other worksheets or study sheets he may bring home.

Homework Hide-Away - paper pockets

Homework Hide-Away - paper pockets

I mounted a small plastic sliding box to hold pencils, pens and highlighters…

Homework Hide-Away - pencil box

Homework Hide-Away - pencil box

And some large paper clips to hold any fun extras or small notes.  I stuck a RecycleGuys.org trading card in one of them to get him started…

Homework Hide-Away - paper clips

Homework Hide-Away - paper clips

I left the entire bottom center of the hide-away empty so that he can add his own personal touches… tape up his art work, add stickers, whatever he wants to make it his own.

As you can see, it’s a hit!  He likes to call it his “office.”

Homework Hide-Away - his "office"

Homework Hide-Away - his "office"

teacher appreciation week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so I’ve put a few things together for Jag’s teachers (both the primary and assistant teachers).  They looked so pretty sitting on the dining room table (my gift/decor holding area – not like we use that room for anything else!), I thought I’d snap a picture.

teacher gifts

Today I sent in hand-dipped (by me!) chocolate pretzels, so those aren’t pictured here.  The gift bag in the back is classroom supplies – dry erase markers and eraser.  The yellow and green tin watering cans each have a cactus and gardening gloves (in colors matching the cans).  And up front, my favorite chocolates – Lindt truffles, assorted flavors.  Mmmm!

Jag’s also going to sit down and write each teacher a thank you note to take in this week.