Saturday, 20 July 2019

How to Use Vertical Storage in a Small Classroom

When setting up your classroom, you need to make the most of your storage areas around walls to free up space for your students' furniture and free areas. Vertical classroom storage does this by:
  • Using over the door storage
  • Stackable storage drawers and bins
  • Storing small items on a magnetic whiteboard
  • using large wall storage pocket charts

Check out these examples below!


Save classroom space with wall storage pocket charts that hang from the wall or over the door. Also use drawer carts that move in wheels so that you can use them anywhere in the classroom.

24-Drawer storage for the classroom. This one has drawers of different sizes.

Use desk organizers for different functions. Sort and store your small cardstock papers in an organizer.

Many things can be stored on your whiteboard if you have extra whiteboard space. Use magnetic pockets, hooks, and color coded round magnet clips to hold classroom tools on your whiteboard. 

Click on any picture above to see more.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Bee Themed Classroom Decor Ideas for Teachers

When you step into a bee themed classroom, you are immersed into a colony of busy little hard working, team oriented, bees. These are what bees are known for and they are ideal traits for students to emulate. How can you create a bee themed classroom?

First of all, every bee themed classroom must have:
  • lots of pretty flowers.
  • a yellow and black color pallete (I love that yellow is a very happy color).
  • elements with a honeycomb pattern.
  • classroom rewards in a honey jar - because bees love honey!
  • motivating messages that encourage discipline, hard work and team work.
  • a queen bee - that's you!

From the classroom walls to the floors, here are bee themed classroom decor ideas.

This classroom door boasts 'The Library is the Best Place to Bee' and the bulletin board has the words 'We'd rather BEE Reading'. They are both bordered with a yellow and black bee scalloped border trim.

Bee erasers make cute rewards 

Hexagonal carpet tiles make honeycomb for a bee themed classroom floor.  Black and yellow foam tiles can be used to make a large bee themed classroom mat.

I made these free bee hall passes, you can ownload it here from my bee themed classroom decor collection.

More ideas will be added to this post soon!

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Cute Notebooks for Kids

These are cute back to school notebooks in different themes for kids in grades one and over. Each notebook is 8" x 10", wide ruled, lightweight, and can be used for school, journaling, or hobbies. Trendy themes like cactus theme can be found here. Other themes will be added soon! They are really beautiful and make practical gifts for your students. 

I enjoyed designing them and if you would like me to create a custom notebook, let me know in the comment section below. These notebooks are fulfilled by Amazon and you get free shipping for buying three or more notebooks. The binding is quite tight and the slim covers are so pretty!


 More themes will be available soon! Which themes would you like to see?

Thursday, 11 July 2019

DIY Classroom Floor Ideas for Making Geometric Patterns

I love foam tiles! So much so, that I think every class should have some. Generally, they are soft, easy to clean, and easily interchangeable. People with asthma, like me, are sensitive to the dust that gets into carpets. Foam mats do not trigger my allergies. If you like to change up you classroom often, then making your own patterns with these interlocking tiles might be the best idea for you.

Use color co-ordinated interlocking foam tiles to show different center areas in the classroom. These are large, 2' x 2' for each tile. See them here at Amazon.

Triangular foam tiles give the most possibilities for patterns. Popular classroom themes are based around geometric shapes. Herringbone, chevron, straight lines, triangle patterns, and square patterns are some of what you can design yourself.  Check out the options in the picture below. It was created by the creators of these white and gray triangular-piece foam tiles.
The best thing about the triangular tiles is that you can easily change the patterns into a new design.

Make a chess board floor or checkered pattern using black and white, or any two contrasting colors. 

Make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal rainbow line pattern with square foam tiles

Herringbone pattern using triangles        Hexangonal interlocking foam tiles

Make an irregular block pattern using squares like this. This one reminds me of Tetris and tangrams. I think it could work for an 80's classroom theme.

By the way, did you know that they are not only just great for floors but they can be used as concrete manipulatives for area and perimeter, multiplication, and number sense? 

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Kids Joke Book for Back to School

Kids Joke Book for Back to School is the latest addition to the Seasonal Joke Book Series of clean joke books just for kids. Every riddle joke, knock-knock joke, and tongue twister, is beautifully illustrated in color to appeal to young children. They are suitable for kids aged 7 to 12 or for Grades 1 to 6. Some of my other joke books are for an older age bracket but the back to school jokes in this book are funny yet simple enough for the young ones to understand. The words are all in large printed font. More books are on the way! You can follow me on my Amazon author's page so that you don't miss any of the upcoming books.

All children should enjoy reading and using joke books is great way to get reluctant readers to have an interest in reading and enjoy turning each page as it fills them with laughs and giggles!

More silly joke books are below.

For each paperback that you have bought, you get the Kindle version for free! Also, If you have Kindle Unlimited, then they are free on your Kindle app and your kids can read them right away.

See more of this book on Amazon to see the inside and some joke samples.  See the Kindle Version here.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!