Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Table Trash Bins FREEBIE!

Table Trash Bins - A is for Apples

Recently I posted this image on Instagram because I loved how pretty my table trash bins looked with all of the bright paper scraps! Several people commented about my labels, so I wanted to tell you a little more about my bins, and you can grab my labels for free at the end of this post!
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The bins were purchased from Dollar Tree in 2015. You can use any small bin that works for your tables! I have 1 table trash bin per table that 2-3 students share.

We have the rule that our table trash bins are for paper garbage. NO food trash allowed in the bins! We do snack in the afternoons and sometimes they have to eat breakfast in the classroom. I don't allow them to throw food wrappers or other food trash in the bins because I don't want them getting gross, sticky, and foul smelling!!

We keep it simple in my room so I don't do classroom jobs, but emptying the table trash bins would be a great one to have if you do jobs! My first couple students to arrive each morning empty the bins. If it fills up during the day, they know to empty only their table's bin, or I will tell someone to grab their bin and empty it. The whole idea is to minimize them going back and forth to the trash cans, so we don't go back and forth to empty these either!!


Table Trash Bins
I've included the labels in 2 different sizes. My bins have the larger label on them. Click HERE or on the image above to grab these labels for FREE!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hats off to Reading with Party City!

Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples

Party City wants us to celebrate the 113th birthday of America's favorite author, Dr. Seuss, and the "Hats Off to Reading" campaign! Don't just throw a party, throw a Party City Dr. Seuss Party! And that's exactly what we did!! Check it out!

Check out all of these goodies that Party City has available for Dr. Seuss celebrations!! We made up goodie bags for each student with a bookmark, notepad and pencil, stamper, and award medal. The adorable thing was seeing my kiddos come to school the next day with the image of their new stamp all over their hands!
Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples

Those bookmarks are no joke either! I thought 2 were stuck together, but they are just that thick and sturdy!! Party City's Party Kits are an easy and stress-free way for busy teachers and parents to put together a Dr. Seuss celebration! From decorations and serveware featuring all your favorite characters, to costumes and accessories (including the iconic red and white hat!), Party City has it all!

Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for ApplesDr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples

These photo props have forever changed my life for Read Across America!! My students had too much fun with these (and so did I!!!) I even got some parents to pose with their child at drop off in the morning!
Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples

Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples
At only 5ft tall, this was the perfect quote for me to pose with!

Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples

Snack time for the day was a Cat in the Hat string cheese and "green eggs and ham" (a pretzel, melted white chocolate and a green M&M). I had some students ask if they could save their plate and napkin because it was so bright and cute!!
Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples

At the end of the day, each of my students went home with one of these adorable certificates! Does anyone else hope that this went straight on the fridge? Because I hope so!!
I'm hoping that I gave my students a Dr. Seuss party and Read Across America Day to remember! Don't forget to use Party City to throw a fun, Seuss-filled party that they'll never forget!

Dr. Seuss party ideas for the classroom | A is for Apples

Check out how my friends partied with Party City and Dr. Seuss for Read Across America!