Many teachers are thinking about their classrooms for this fall. 
Maybe this post from last summer will help someone!

Read before scrunching: The tighter you scrunch, the LONGER it will take.
It should not take that long! Trust me on this!

Making a Scrunchy Border
Happy Summer Thursday, Y'all!
It looks like all of us are working hard this summer!

So, our school has air for a few hours twice a week during the summer. 
This gives teachers the opportunity to work in comfort. 

Tuesday, my partner in crime and I went to school to work and found, 

seriously, 9 other teachers working, also. 

We are all so dedicated! 

Actually, we are just not foolish enough to come work when the air is off...

What did I do? 
I changed the paper on this bulletin board
and made a scrunchy border to go around it.
I had already taken the border off the board before the pic.

Several people have asked me about the scrunchy border,
so I thought I'd share.
This is what you will need:

butcher paper, scissors, and a stapler with LOTS of staples

This is what you do-
I'll be using transition words, here! (even in summer)

First, find the color butcher paper you want to use.
The amount you will need will depend on how big the board is.
Next, cut strips from the paper. I make mine about 3-4 inches. 
You do not need to measure here. Just cut.

Then, fold the strips accordian style.

See, mine are not straight.  No need to measure.

After that, scrunch the accordion strips.
Don't be shy here. Scrunch away! 
Looks like a  scrunchy mess!

Once the strips are scrunched, unscrunch them,
and you are ready to place the border on the board.
I don't think unscrunch is really a word. 

To attach to the board, simply scrunch and staple, then repeat.
Scrunch and staple until you run out of border.
EASY! Be as creative as you like!

I love the 3D feel it gives the board.
I've also twisted the strips before which is just as easy.

Here's the final product!
I really like the bright border with the black paper!

June 2013: I'm getting ready to turn this bulletin board into my Word Wall. Pics to come!
Have fun scrunching!

5 Things I worked on this Summer!

I've been on Summer Vacation now for about 3 weeks! 
It's given me some great "Clean Out and Organize" time AND a little time for reading!

Here's a peek at last week!
Some of my packs needed a little TLC!

 Click on the Book Ferris Wheel to the right if you need a copy of this great book!
Click on the pic to take you to the linky!

My class decor sets come in Primary, Brights, Cool Colors, and Warm Colors.
Click the pic to see more!

Happy Weekend, Friends!
Check back here Sunday for a little Pirate Talk!

Aargh You Ready for a Book Study??

Hi, friends! I love reading a few professional books during the summer!
Well, this year I had the opportunity to host a chapter in two different book studies!
I'm thrilled and can't wait to start reading! 

The first book study I'm participating in is Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess! 
 I've heard such good things about this book.
I think it will be a perfect summer read to get me fired up for the fall!
 If you need a copy, one click on the pic will take you to Amazon!
I've also added this baby to my Ferris Wheel on the sidebar!

So here's how this will work. 
1. Jennifer and Gina are hosting the book study linky party and will comment on each chapter.
2. One blogger will take the discussion deeper on her blog.
3. The other bloggers participating will comment on their blogs then link their posts to the Book study linky. That includes YOU if you are game to take part! 

We'll post on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays starting June 11. That gives you time to get your book and begin reading. 
 Mary from Guided Math is covering Chapter one for us. You can follow her here!
Chapter One-June 11 with Mary at Guided Math

Aargh you ready for some book study fun??!!

Bloggy PS: Just to let you know-The second book study I'm participating in this summer is Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller. We'll get going with that one some time in July!
Hope you join in the fun! Have a Happy, Happy Tuesday!!