I made it-
the first full week of school.
I am still alive (and so are the Littles)
Which the latter part is amazing because I have not cooked a meal in two weeks-
(I need more easy peasy recipeasies!)
Don't get me wrong- It isn't one of those
"Whew! I made it!"
things because of the sweeties-
it just gets way hectic here (as it does with us all).
I have a few easy peasy tasks for you tonight-
the first one being the curtains that I made for the back door.
Now if you have read previous posts, you know that I am
extremely close with the makers of fabric glue-
Now I don't know them personally, but I do send them letters
It upsets me that they don't write back!
I really am their #1 Fan!!!!
Almost my entire back door is window-
which can totally mess up my projector-
so I have to keep it covered.
These are the old curtains from my
It totally does not match - so had to be changed a week before school started.
I knew I wanted to use the design fabric from the little window on the door-
but I wanted the valance to be either black or pink.
The long curtain part was your basic fold over, crease with iron and
The valance, I was not wanting to do anymore work than I had already put on my list- so here is what I did:
SInce I covered that piece of insulation for my word wall with the black twin sheet, I had some of that left over.
I took the part that is at the head of the bed (does that have a name)?
We'll just call it the "header"
|First I had to crease and "sew" the hem.|
see the top of the sheet?
There is already a perfectly good seam and stitch there- why mess it up?
So I got my magic sewing tool (scissors)
and cut a little slit on the back side. You just have to pull the front and back away from each other a little to make sure you don't cut through both sides.
Then I put the curtain rod through-
But the rod slid right through there!!! And since it is on the back- no one sees it!
After I added the long curtain with the little tension rods to the window part, I put the
magnetic rod with the new valance on:
NO ONE KNOWS how easy that was to change-
and the other people who read this
AND the other people they told
AND the people you are going to tell...
OK- so now A LOT of people know about it- but who could keep something this easy a secret????
I have another easy project- and then it is off to bed-
When I made up my mind to change everything, I knew I would have to change my calendar.
It is a large focus in our room!!
I had the cloth one that everything under the sun velcroed to-
but there was NO WAY I could share daily info with them from a red and blue calendar that lived
on pink and black board....
Ok I could have, but it wouldn't have been as cute- and after standards "cute" is the thing that matters most.
Anyway, I found this calendar on Teacher Created Resources
and immediately knew that I had to order it.
It is a regular posterboard type calendar.
I also knew that I didn't want to deal with pins or velcro or staples to add the date-
but what was I going to do?
I took sheet protectors- cut them into strips of 2.5".
Placed them so that the closed edge was on the outline of calendar and I "nested" the insides together.
The doublesided taped held them in place while I was getting the positioned.
And now my $5.00 posterboard calendar has become a year long calendar "pocket Chart"!!
The date cards slide right in and I dont have to pin or add velcro.
I made the "Today is:", "Yesterday was:" ."Tomorrow Will Never Get Here:" section last night-
That was also an easy one- The whole week is done three times, once in each color
and I punched holes after laminating, used binder rings and pins, and VIOLA! I just have to pull it down and flip it each day as we talk about it.
(Yes I know the 'Yesterday was' portion is crooked in the pic- a number of firsties also pointed it out to me today,
it was just a matter of leveling the pins)
Our calendar is quite extensive- I will add the other pieces in the next two weeks- other wise our morning calendar will turn into our whole Math time and part of Lit BLock!!
So i hope you found a few things that were on your list to do on here- and maybe these versions of them will lighten your load as you begin to get your room ready for the year!!!