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August 25, 2013

Writing Word Wall (Editable)

Newest Product Alert:
We are so excited about this item ...

This is a Word Wall set for individual writing folders/binders that is editable. It has 1st grade words in it, but any grade level can change the words to fit your grade level HFW.
Set includes:
-word wall page with alphabet and words
-page with other important vocabulary
-alphabet chart that matches our big Word Wall cards 
-vowel sounds page
-consonant blend page
-vowel combinations page
-cover pages for folder or binder 
Click: Here to check it out in our store!

If you have any suggestions or comments, you may write us at planethappysmiles@gmail.com.

Remember when you rate a product on TPT, you earn points to buy more products!

Happy Teaching,
Karen & Alison

August 24, 2013

Helpers ~ Jobs for the Classroom

If you are looking for classroom helper/job cards ... look no further.  We have designed several sets and are adding new themes all the time.  If there is a theme we do not have, please let us know & we will get right to work on it.

Here are the ones for sale at this time & more being added soon:

 Click here to go to our store:  Here
We hope you find something that fits your needs.
Have a Happy School Year!
Karen & Alison

August 18, 2013

Our Very Organized Binder~

This is the binder we designed for our kiddos to use in kinder.  We loved how organized it was!  Everything had a place.  The top picture is Karen's daughter's name tag~ everything matched our theme.

The first picture is just the binder cover.  We used 1" white binders with clear plastic covers.  They worked so well!  The second picture is where they kept their "Blue Card."  The "Blue Card" only went home on Thursdays.  It was communication between home and school on behavior and academics.  On the other days, if there were items too big for the yellow folder the kiddos could put those items in this pocket.
The third picture, is "All Notes Go Here" clear page protector.  Every note, parent or teacher, went in this sleeve. It was so easy to see any notes.  The fourth picture, is our conduct information & calendar.  We stamped/"stickered" folders daily.  If there was a concern, we had a number code system.  The yellow "Stays At Home" folder is after the conduct information.  The last two photos are of the:  "Reader Bag Goes Here!"  This is where the kids put their reader when they took one home to read.  So NEAT!
We are going to miss this binder.
We hope this might help someone set up their binders for the upcoming school year!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Happy Organizing!
Karen & Alison

August 17, 2013

CAFE Board

The CAFE board is up and ready for the strategy cards as they are taught.  I am so excited!

You can find all of the posters/strategies/header here 

To make this board I printed, laminated, and added ribbon.  I used plain black 2" ribbon, the polka dots to match the headers in a smaller ribbon, & hot glued them together.   I added Velcro to the ribbon where the cards are going to go & on each strategy card.  That way I can take down any card that needs to be reinforced.

I placed it close to my small group table to reference during group time.  I hope this picture is clear enough ... 
I created the CAFE board in a variety of styles to fit different requests.  If you have another style in mind, feel free to email me & I will do my best to fit your needs.
Here are the following styles:

I hope you like the set!
Have fun teaching with CAFE!
Happy Teaching,

August 15, 2013

More on Alison's Room

I tiptoed into Alison's room and took a few pictures after she left ... shhhhhhhhhhh don't tell her :o)

Here is her Rock n Roll board that will welcome her new 1st Graders.  So Cute!  Click here to get one of your own. 

 Reading center complete ... and so "happy!"

Word Family center is up and ready ... If you love the pocket chart ...
I can tell you it is easy to make your own.  

First, we measured and cut felt rectangles for each pocket to build the houses.  Then, we cut 2 black triangles out of black felt to fit at the top for the roof.  Finally, we hot glued it all together & presto ...
instant station!

We have cards that go into the pockets for the kiddos to manipulate after we have introduced them.
The baskets on the bottom hold a ton more hands-on materials.  Fun station!

 This board is one she found out in the blogging world. I will have to add where she found it another day.  
(It is so much like one I made over 10 years ago that we shared with our kiddos. 
It just has better graphics.  I love this one!)
 I am going to miss language arts!  

At our school we do the 7 Habits.
Here are the cards glued to a ribbon. 
Alison made this set ... Good Job, Alison!
Looks very organized!
She is going back to work in the morning to get more accomplished ... I can't wait to see the magic!
Happy Teaching,

August 14, 2013

CAFE in Zebra Print

We have been working hard to create products.  We are so pleased to offer the CAFE headers, posters, & strategy cards in two different styles.

Bright Polka Dots

Please stop by our shop & check them out!  We hope you love them. If you purchase a product, please rate us.  We would love to hear from you!
Thanks so much!
Karen & Alison

August 11, 2013

Monday Made It

Monday Made It

Here is our third week of “Monday Made It!”
Thanks, Tara!

WOW!  We have been so busy!

Today we will feature 3 items we have been working on. All items are available in our TPT store.  If you would like us to modify to fit your decor, please email us and we will get right to work on your item.
We hope you love them!

Project #1:
Teacher Toolbox
These have been floating all over the web so ... we finally took our old tool boxes apart and jumped with both feet into the largest we could find.  It is so cute & very functional.  To make this tool box we really had to plan it out.  Not everything will fit into the drawers ... my hole punch will not fit in the small drawers ... Boo!  So we measured every item before we made the labels.  Our labels will fit exactly edge to edge on the 39 drawer toolbox.  The toolbox is from Home Depot.(There is a black & white polka dot toolbox in our store with the happy faces, too.)  We are working on a 22 drawer for the office at home.   If there is a design you would like us to make for you, do not hesitate to contact us.  We already have some requests, but will knock them out fast!

Click on the picture to go to our store:    
Zebra, Yellow, & Smiley Face Toolbox

Project #2:
CAFE Board

This was a HUGE project for us!  We are very proud of how it turned out.  It has many parts and picture clues on each card so that the children will be able to use it effectively.  Even the non-readers can identify with the picture clues.  Click on the picture & it will take you to our store where you can see more thumbnails and a full description of the product.  We hope you love it!

Project #3:
Helper Cards
Our Helper Cards are one of our TOP sellers!  We are so thrilled that so many people have purchased them.  There are 39 helper cards in the set & we will add any helper requests from you!

Here is a list of helper jobs we currently offer in our packages:  

Line Leader , Door Helper, Light Helper, Caboose, Teacher Helper, Quiet Captain, Calendar Helper, Weather Watcher, USA Flag Holder, Texas Flag Holder, Hand Squirter, Cafeteria Helpers, Trash Helpers, Recess Bin Holders, Computer Helper, Boy/Girl Restroom Monitors, Library Helper, Table Washer, Book Distributor, Pencil Monitor, Cabinet Doors, Graph Grabber, Chair Helper, Photographer, Office Assistant, Date Stamper, Recycler, Paper Collector, Supply Collector, Messenger, Plant Helper, Pet Holder, Table Captains

We have them in 3 different styles, just click on the style to get to the store:

Polka Dot (can change the colors to meet your needs)

Thank you so much for stopping by for another Made It Monday & we hope you love our items.  If you purchase from our store, we would love feedback.
Thanks so much!
Karen & Alison

August 9, 2013

Classroom in the Making

Classroom in the Making ... Take 1:

Alison has been hard at work on her classroom.  She has worked for 2 days and here is her progress.  On day 2 she had help from her mom & grandson, Braydon.  She is very blessed to have such WONDERFUL helpers!

The first set of pictures are book baskets ...  I love the colors & organization!

The red are "Hearts Desire" book baskets.  These are the books the children choose because they love them!

 The green are nonfiction book baskets.  These are probably some of the most loved books!

 The blue are "Favorite Author" baskets.
The characters are needed to be placed with their books on Monday.

The yellow are "Just Right" book baskets.  These are the leveled readers.  I can't wait for my daughter to get her hands on these again this year. (One of the joys of Alison moving grade levels!)

I am going to miss all of my book baskets this year!

 This is Alison's paper sorter ... she is still working on the different stations for her First Graders!

This is her very organized and labeled writing station.  I just love how organized she is ... I wish it would rub off on me.  No such luck in the 17 years I have known her.

 She did a great job on her "Big Book" station.
I love this!

Here is her "Happy Pass Hangout."
The holder is a dollar store peg rack!

 This will be her teaching area.
Above the brown shelf will be her smart board.  

To do for Monday ...

Teaching  area ... & work station.

I hope you enjoyed a preview to Alison's classroom.  
If you would like to see mine go to:
Happy Teaching!
Karen & Alison

August 7, 2013

1st Day Frame for Second Grade

Now that I am in second grade, I had to remake my frame.  See previous post about "First Day Frames."  I did not change it too much because I liked the way the 1st one turned out for kindergarten.
Alison made one just like it for 1st grade.

I started with a frame from Hobby Lobby & those cute little wooden pieces that you do not have to paint.
The letters are from a foam package set.  Lay it out, hot glue it all together and presto!

This year, I did use Velcro for the wooden shapes.  
Now I can change it with the themes.
No mess & no headaches!
A great frame for fun pictures!  

Happy Picture Taking!

August 4, 2013

Monday Made It!

Here is our second week of “Monday Made It!”
Thanks, Tara!

Here is what we have been working on ...

Alison says ...
Karen, if you don't already know, will brake for useful trash.  The small chair that is painted on the left was an item that had been tossed by someone & rescued by Karen.  Last year she painted the teacher stool on the right & now she is adding the chair on the left!
Because there was only one ... we are going to try and find a way to share it. 

One of the ideas Karen had during her many hours of painting over the weekend was to use the spray paint lids to hold the chair off the counter.  It worked like a charm!!!  No paint on the counter & she could easily get to the bottom of each leg. Great painting tip, Karen!

Karen says ...
Alison has been hard at work loading some of our items for sale in our Teachers Pay Teachers Shop

We have a range of Happy Face items (more to come, too) & one is a freebie.  We would love for you to check out our store & grab the freebie.  We would love for you to leave comments so we can grow as designers.  Our goal it to make products that you need & want.  Please email or leave comments below of items you would like us to make!

We have so many products saved on our hard drive ... we can't wait to share with you!

Happy Shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen & Alison

August 1, 2013

Anchor Charts

Alison has been at a workshop all week about

The Teacher’s College Reading Workshop model.

The presenters were amazing! She learned a lot

from Kristi and Ryan! She will be able to

take some fabulous information back to her school

to share with the K, 1, 2 teachers!

One of the many important parts of a Reading

Workshop mini lesson is using anchor charts.

Kristie and Ryan created and used them

throughout the whole 4 day workshop!

Kristi actually has co-authored a book specifically

on making and using anchor charts. It is an amazing

book filled with great ideas on creating and using

anchor charts to help your students learn strategies.

To learn more about Kristi and how she uses anchor
charts, click here...

I have already purchased my copy of the book, and

I highly recommend you looking at this great resource

for your Reading Workshop lessons.

Just click on the link below to take you to the book

on Amazon.


Happy Reading and Creating!


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