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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Binders? and 2 Awards

In years past, I have always just had take-home folders for my students.  This year, I think I have decided to use binders instead.  I have checked out several blogs and interest and I think I'm almost ready to commit.  I have found some great ideas- notebooks, folders, and this cool idea! The Organized Classroom has a great idea about using plastic baggies and duct tape instead of buying pencil bags.  (and a plus- I already bought rockstar acceptable duct tape!)  

I also came up with a cute acronym which goes along with our class theme of 1st Grade Rocks... 
R.O.C.K.S.T.A.R. Binders
Really Organized Children Keep Stuff Together And Ready
Cute, right?
  So, I want to hear from others?  Do you use binders?  What is in them? I can't wait to hear how others use them!  

I am so honored to be chose by two great blogs for two awards.  Since I really just started this blog to be able to blab away about my job without my darling husband having to listen to me it is a great feeling when other people find it helpful, too.  
Melissa Smith over at Mrs. Smith's 1st Grade Class awarded me with the Liebster Blog award.  Thank you so much, Melissa!  If you haven't been to Melissa's blog you should go check out all of her great Whole Brain Teaching ideas!  :)
The purpose of this award is to highlight new bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here are the rules:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

So.... here are my picks for the Liebster Blog Award:

Everyone should go check them out!


Now, I was also super honored and feeling awesome when Kristi and Crystal at Teaching Little Miracles awarded me with the Versatile Blogger award.  

The rules for this award are as follows:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. (or bloggers, in my case)

2. Include a link to their site.

3. Include the award image in your post.

4. Give 7 random facts about yourself

5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award. (Geez, that's a lot! I'm cheating a little and giving some people both awards.  Shhh... don't tell the blog police!)

6. When nominating, include a link to their site.

7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated.

FIrst, here are my nominees (in no particular order... if it wasn't summer break maybe I would have done them alphabetically....):
3. Wolfelicious  

And now for my 7 random facts:
1. My husband and I just celebrated our 4th anniversary last week.
2.  I was a business major before deciding on education.
3.  I have two adorable German Shepherds.  See?
4.  I have (mostly) eliminated highly processed foods from our diet. 
5.  I have one set of black eyelashes and one set of white. (It's natural)
6.  I hate being without sunglasses. 
7.  I don't like wearing heels- I spend most days in flip flops or TOMS. 

Wow... That took awhile!  Now I'm off to notify all my nominees!  Enjoy your weekend!!

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  1. Thank you so much, Erin! I'm excited, too!! Loved reading your facts-those dogs are adorable!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  2. Thanks Erin! We'll have to work on our acceptance post! :-)

    BTW, my first degree was in Business/Accounting and I don't really like heels either. Comfort is key!

    Teaching Little Miracles

    1. That was the same thing I wanted to do in college! I will wear heels for special occasions, but I will never think they're comfortable. My sister claims heels are more comfortable- I think she's crazy!

  3. Oops! Forgot to tell you about my binder. I call it a TEAM Playbook. At the front, we have the school agenda or planner. Then I put two folders in - usually blue and red. One pocket of the blue folder is labeled homework and the other is important notes. The red folder is for work to keep at home. After the folders I put in a money pouch. Lastly I put in a page protector with a number grid on one side and vowel town on the other (vowel town goes with Pathways to Reading - a way of teaching phonemic awareness and phonics). I think that's it!

    Teaching Little Miracles

    1. Your binder sounds just like our kindergarten teachers arrange theirs. I think that is the way I'm leaning, too. :)

  4. Thank you so very much for the award! :)

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. You are so sweet!! Thank you so much for the bloggy love :) I am lovin' me some Franklin too!!!

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

    1. You're welcome! I love your blog design- good job!

  6. Hi Erin! Thanks so much for the award. You are so sweet. You made my day! You can check out the link to this award at:

    Have a fabulous weekend and stay cool!

    1. You're welcome! I read your facts and chocolate-covered strawberries are one of my faces, too! Yumm!

  7. Happy Belated Anniversary!!!
    THANKS for my Versatile blogger award. I have it proudly displayed on my blog and have "passed the torch." Thanks for thinking of me! Happy 4th!

    1. Thank you! :) You're welcome! Sounds like you had a lot of fans- 4 awards at the same time! ;)

  8. Thanks for the award nomination :) I am so glad your students enjoyed the balloon countdown! Did you change any of the activities? I had to get creative some days because we OF COURSE got rain on our sidewalk chalk day :(

  9. Oh my gracious!! I am so ashamed that I never came to say thank for this award!! Thanks so much! I'm finally doing my thank you post--I got several at once and got overwhelmed lol.

    Strive to Sparkle

  10. I completely just stumbled upon this blog post! Thanks so much for sharing my idea. :)

    The Organized Classroom Blog