End of the Year Gifts and Customizable Binders

Wow! The end of the year is sooo close (this Friday is my last day), and I feel like I'm hardly ready! My mind is all over the place, and there is still so much to do! Last week, we worked really hard on publishing our nonfiction books and preparing our Ocean Animals Museum.  The kids did an awesome job! The only bad new is, I got a stomach bug the day before our museums so I have zero pictures to share! I'm sooo bummed that I cannot share our museums with you, but I do at least have a few other goodies to share!

As we are wrapping things up, I have been preparing my end of the year gifts for my classroom helpers and my firsties.  After scouring Pinterest for some cute ideas, I came up with these ideas: hand and foot scrubs/lotions for the helpers (Bath and Body Works had them on sale--buy two, get one free), and books, of course, for my students (I get the $1 books from Scholastic using points).  I made some cute little gift tags to attach to them, and you are welcome to snag them for free if you'd like!  Just click on the images to grab them from googledocs.

In other areas, I have been sooo excited and a little bit overwhelmed about the positive response to my Project Binder-izing post a few months ago. I've had several requests for personalized binders, so I decided to make a Customizable Binder-izing Kit! If you would like to personalize your binders with your own titles, graphics, name, fonts, and more, just click the image below to head to my TPT store.

To celebrate my last days of school and the insane amount of organizing I'm planning on doing at home and school this summer (high hopes), I will be giving away a Customizable Binder-izing Kit to the first two followers to comment! Plus, in case you are not one of the first two, and you have high hopes for organizing this summer as well, the Customizable Binder-izing Kit will be on sale for $8.00 (they are regularly $10) from now through Friday!

Hope your last days (or weeks) are going well! I've got to finish up some packing (we are required to have absolutely everything out of the classroom and teacher workroom by Friday morning, so I'm going packing crazy! I bought over 24 huge plastic bins, and I still need more! Does everyone have to pack up like this, or am I just lucky?


  1. Wow. I'd love it.


  2. Your binder-izing kits look so cute! :)


  3. Man! I was so close!


  4. Holy cow, you ladies were quick! Your kits are on their way to your email now! Thanks for following my blog and happy binder-izing!

  5. Love your labels for volunteers!

  6. So excited I stumbled across your super cute blog! I am a new follower! =)

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  7. I love these! You are awesome and so creative!

    Heather's Heart

  8. I am your newest follower!! I found you through TPT. Love your kits!!


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  10. I love it....even though I was not the first to comment. I'm heading back to the first grade classroom from being a reading intervention teacher. So, I am on the look out for all things organized. :0) Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  11. Oh my goodness! Stripes and rainbows...you're a girl after my heart! I love your cute blog and ideas! Thanks for linking up!

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  12. LOVE your blog and ideas! In the process of switching from file folders to binders! Just wondering how many binders you end up using for your monthly resources? Do you end up fitting everything into one binder for each month? What size of binders do you use?

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  14. Did you completely get rid of your filing cabinets? If yes....then I may seriously consider this!



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