Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

We are excited to announce our winners for the B2S Giveaway!
Thanks to everyone who entered and played along with us! If you entered on the individual blogs, be sure to check those too!

xoxo, The Owls

10 Things Every Teacher Should Do During the Summer

Hello, everybody!

It's Halle from Across the Hall, and I'm here today to share 10 things {I personally think} every teacher should do before heading back to school in t he fall.

Whether you're only a month into your summer {like teachers by me}, or getting ready to head back to school, I hope you find this list a little but useful, a little bit funny, and a lotta bit inspirational for many summers to come.

Without further ado...

This one doesn't need much explanation. You gave it your all for 10 months. I sincerely hope you did NOT go back to your classroom the day after school let out. Give yourself a breather. 

I don't care if you thrive on 4 hours of sleep {who are you and what's your secret} or if you have 12 kids. You owe it to yourself to sleep past nine or doze off in a hammock somewhere at least once. Every summer.

Listen. I love a laptop as much as the next person {I do blog and create for TpT, obviously}, but we owe it to our loved ones {furry or otherwise} to unplug and give them our full focus. Do this way more than once for maximum health benefits :)

Yoga? Cycling? Making the perfect crepe? Take some time this summer and master a new skill. Mine has been turning my black thumb into a green one. It's still very dark green, bordering on black...but hey, it's getting lighter...

Ok. You slept in. You spent nine days in a row with your kids without threatening their lives. You can install new electric outlets with your eyes closed. Now it's okay to spend some time on professional development. Pick what makes your eyes light up about teaching and learn more about it. Blogs TOTALLY COUNT but look into local workshops and classes too!

Alright. Back to you. Please indulge in some water therapy this summer. I am fortunate enough to live close to a beach and my dad's pool, so I get plenty of water therapy. But a long, hot shower counts too. There's not many things I like more than my water therapy.

Sign me up for this one! Please, please, please treat yo'self to something, anything, this summer. A mani/pedi? Ice cream from Mr. Softee? A new maxi-dress? However big or small your budget, you deserve it, so go get it!

We all love our summer, but we also want to be prepared for the next school-year. And nothing helps us prepare more than TpT!! Can't quite bring yourself to hit purchase on all those resources due to a bad case of "Back-to-School Denial"? Add items to your wish list now and hit purchase once that wave of denial has passed.

Pick something you'd like to do better this year. Get to school earlier? Leave earlier to get home to your family? More small group instruction? Start having a Start Student? Make it your goal to do that one thing better. Mine is to keep more organized and streamlined records {if you wanted to know ;)}

And for the record, I said one thing! Do not go overboard. Be kind to yourself. We probably all have a million things we want to do differently but it's impossible to do a lot of things and do them well.

And one more thing you should do this summer: enter our Back to School Giveaway. It counts as Treating Yo'Self!

Click the image below to enter to win some SUPER, SUPER-FAB products! Hurry! Today is the last day!




Find Those Accent Pieces!

Hey everyone!

I am getting my classroom ready for back to school and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite accent pieces I've grabbed for my room.

In my mind, I decided I wanted a black/white theme overall with pops of turquoise/teal, but I also wanted items in my class to make it feel more like home. The easiest way to do that is to pick up accent pieces, like pillows, signs/pictures, rugs, storage accessories  and lamps (which I'm still on the look out for).

This is one of my favorite pieces from Target, it's a pillow with the USA map on it. It fits my theme, it's cute, and it's educational. I'll tuck it into my library somewhere.

I think I have at least half a dozen wooden signs with cute print on the outside and some amazing, inspirational saying on it. I plan to place them on top of bookshelves and cabinets. My cabinets on top would otherwise be bare and this will add a little pop (I got mine from Michaels, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls).

I adore this little rug. It's simple, it's easy to wash, and will add just that extra touch I was looking for!

This ottoman will be perfect seating either for myself or in my library, plus I can use it for storage! Any sort of basket or container can be the perfect accessory to a classroom and can add character.

I popped into my room this week to start arranging and unpacking and my reward after I did a good portion, was to start on my library. I am obsessed with this book nook corner! I have a few more pillows to add and I might just have to sit here after my hard work because I love it! 

As for lamps, I'm thinking I might have to convince my mom to make the long trek up to IKEA with me  to grab this beauty:

It's the perfect color for my room and would add  just the right pop. 

Accent pieces don't need to be large or colorful, they just need to add that extra little bit, that homey feeling to your classroom. After all, you and your students spend the majority of the school year there. I feel like we become not only teachers, but interior designers!


Back 2 School Giveaways!

Are you starting to think about buying items for back to school?   Owl-ways Be Inspired would like to help you get ready for the new school year!

First up....
Three lucky winner's will win a gift card!
Winner #1 will receive $100 Amazon Gift Card
Winner #2 will receive $50 to Target
Winnter #3 will receive $25 to Walmart

Now, click on each image below to enter to win even more!


Back to School Writing Freebie

Hi everyone! I don't know about you guys, but I have found some great Target dollar spots this year. Here's just one picture of all the goodies I've managed to snag at Target.

My favorite find was the sets of blank books. I bought enough of the 8x8 books that each student will be able to do 2 books each. I also bought 2 packs of the larger books that I will use to make class books for our classroom library.

We'll take the 8x8 books and make a keepsake book with a whole year's worth of writing. I know my parents will appreciate seeing their child's writing growth at the end of the year in the form of a book.

I've made a quick freebie with a cover page and 1st day of school writing sample page. You can click on the picture below to get yours.

Do you have any other ideas how you will use the blank books?


Back to School Freebie!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas FREE Football Fall Fun Freebie ~ Color for Fun at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas TeacherspayTeachers Store.
Just in time for back to school, my Football Fun! Color for Fun! has four printable coloring pages. 
Perfect for indoor recess, literacy centers, fine motor skills, a reward sheet, homework packets, the possibilities are endless! These sheets are part of my larger bundle, Fall Fun! Color for Fun!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Fall Fall Fun ~ Color for Fun at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas TeacherspayTeachers Store.

I'm Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas, stop by my blog anytime for tips, tricks, resources and freebies for your classroom!
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