Aren't these cute?
I'm glad you think so...
...because getting to this final product was a nightmare!
You know when you have a "great idea" but then you get started and that great idea transforms...many times. I'm not going to go into details, but I will admit that I spent about 2 hours total getting to this point and it took a friend of mine (thanks Sara!) to give me the idea to line them up in this straight line.
Go ahead...laugh and make fun of me (Kristi).
I will admit that I am--hmmm--particular about things. I had seen the cupcakes with candles for birthdays on Pinterest. I thought it would be pretty cool to somehow make them 3-D -- easier thought than done.
Anyway, I'm going to tell you how to make these cool cupcakes and save you the headache (and trial and error) that I had after messing with them.
First, get the corrugated border that has been hiding in your cabinet or closet from back when it was cool. Then cut it the length you want to make the bottom of your cupcakes. Hold in place and staple to your bulletin board. Next fluff and stuff tissue paper in the top. Finally, add glittery "fire-looking" poms to craft sticks (mine are small because I wanted colored and my jumbos were plain - I think jumbos would be easier to see...). Write your kiddos' names and birthdays on the sticks. Use a tiny bit of hot glue to hold them in place. Add the month labels--I'm sure you could make your labels cuter but I was DONE by this point in my experiment. Ha!
Easy peasy...well, for you anyway because you get to benefit from my OCD ways! :-)
Check out this piano!
I tell you, my kids are such a blessing to me! They are always willing to help me in my classroom. My 13-year-old son made this awesome piano and put together this bulletin board. We are planning to add some black Mustangs (that is our school mascot) to finish it off.
Why am I decorating a music bulletin board? Well, I told you I'd explain later so I guess this is it...
My new job is at a very small K-2 school. The specials teacher--she taught music, PE, art, and technology--retired and the district decided not to fill her position so the classroom teachers are each taking a "special."
The K teacher is also teaching PE.
The 1st grade teacher is also teaching Art/Technology.
The 2nd grade teacher (me) is also teaching Music.
We will have one hour a day where we rotate the classes through the specials (20 minutes each).
No, I do not play piano nor do I consider myself all that musical, but I can push play on a CD player and the school does have a music curriculum for me to use. It's going to be a learning experience, but I am going to try my best! I made the principal promise that I wouldn't get fired over my music teaching - HA!
My son has played piano since he was in the first grade. He loves music AND he loves to organize. While I worked in my 2nd grade classroom, I was able to send him over to the music room to organize and tidy up. He was perfectly happy to do so because it meant he could stop and play on the Clavinova every so often. :-)
My daughter was also helping during this time. She did another bulletin board, passed out all my books, and labeled almost everything.
Like I said I really do have the best kids!
Oh, and the winner is...
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Congrats, Jennifer! I'll be e-mailing you shortly. :-)
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