Friday, November 25, 2011


Here are just some of the questions that I get asked frequently...not in any particular order. 

Do you print your labels/tags with fonts or use border?  The polka dot bordered labels were done from my computer. I found a border and used Publisher (my favorite program) I am also fontaholic!

Love the giant flower pot, where did you get it? It's call a whiskey barrel and pretty sure we got them at Home Depot.

What your student population is like? very very diverse
How many students you have? did have 17 (usually 23) after being displaced and at a new school I now have 22. This question is usually asked because of how my desks are arranged, I love grouping my desks so I always make it work. 

Do you have a teacher assistant/parapro? no, we do use the push in I certain points in the day I have a math specialist come in (and brings 4 other students with her) and the same with a reading specialist. 

What grade do you teach? Third
Where do you work? Most of you have guessed...Gwinnett County...YEP!

Are the desks focused on a particular white board or projector? Yes...I use my interactive board ALL day! So I really try and make sure that every student can see the board as well as leave room in the front of the room for students to sit and interact. Our projectors are mounted from the ceiling (very helpful).

How did you get your student displays to stick to the cinderblock walls?HOT GLUE! Which means to help out the custodians I keep a bladed spatula to get the glue off. 

Where did you find your clear gems? Hobby Lobby...just keep looking and you will find the right ones and right size. I go there at least once a week to keep an eye on inventory and sales. 

Where did you get the trash cans? What are you letters cut from on the trash can? Is it self-adhesive? Dollar Store! I use a Cricut for some of my letters, but not all. I cut the letters from self-adhesive vinyl paper sold at Hobby Lobby with the Cricut supplies. 

Love all your large custom font signs. Do you buy the letters? Or print them off your computer? some of both as well as my Cricut..see the pics below.

Letters cut with Cricut, self adhesive vinyl

Store bought (The School Box)

Cricut cut letters, self adhesive vinyl paper

Again cut with my Cricut, self adhesive vinyl paper

Cut with my Cricut

Store bought (The School Box)

Store bought (The School Box)...arrow made in Publisher (printed, cut, laminated)
 Hope I have answered some of your questions...feel free to ask more :)


Hadar said...

I LOVE Publisher too!! I don't understand how people create things without it!!

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

I am loving those vinyl letters...I NEED some vinyl!! (that doesn't sound good, does it?) lol
Thanks for sharing your room details!
First Grade Blue SKies

Kristen said...

What Cricut cartridges do you recommend for a newbie?

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

@ Kristen...all of them. Just kidding. I mostly use mine for fonts, so my favorite are: Feelin' Groovy, Ashlyn's Alphabet, Cherry Limeade and the non font one is the Hoot 'n Holler. Make sure you check Amazon before you buy ANY of them full price at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns!

Susy said...

Hi! I received a great Christmas bonus early and purchased over 3 boxes full of brand new books for my classroom. Most of them were 50% off (Scholastic Warehouse is amazing). Anyway, now I have to buy bookshelves and bins for the books.
Where did you buy your book baskets? Were they very expensive?
Thanks :0)

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

I found the book "baskets" at the dollar store, but WalMart usually carries them for about $1.19. They always have them at the beginning of the school year...but colors vary from year to year. Hope that helps.

greenpickle said...

I love, love, love your class. I especially love the sharpies, scissor, etc. in the "cups". Do you remember how you made that or where you bought the supplies?