Christmas Treats for Students

Christmas Treats for Students

Hello and happy Saturday. As crazy as the holidays drive us, we still love our students and want to give them a nice little treat to show our love, right? And we want to do that without going broke or spending a ton of time, which is why today I want to share with you a simple but very cute idea of what you can give to your students for the holidays. Let’s get started, shall we?

You’ll need candy canes for this. Now, my dad got this 48-pack for about $6 at a store in Colombia, but if you’re in the States, you’ll probably get even better deals. When I did this, I had 36 students, which is why I needed so many candy canes.

I love all things sparkly and shiny, so I got these garland thingies to decorate the canes (I’ll show you how in a second). You can also use ribbon, but the nice thing about what I got is that it is actually like a wire, so it is sturdier and stays in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made some tags, which you can see in the red box. They just say “Happy Holidays! Love, Cami” and they have a Hello Kitty design I colored myself using markers.

You can make your own tags, or you can download them if you’re feeling crafty. If not, I guess you can always buy them or search for a ready-to-print version online.

 

 

 

This is why I needed the garland to be sturdy, because I wrapped it around the candy canes. Now, I punched a hole in each card and then put the garland into the hole so that the tag looked like it was hanging from the cane.

This is the end result. It was super easy to do, and I didn’t spend a lot of time on money, but I’m sure my students were thrilled with their treats.

Do you give anything to your students for the holidays? Tell me about it in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

Call Me Miss Camila

Call Me Miss Camila

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Hello and happy Saturday. I’m exhausted but I feel super accomplished and excited today because I’m (finally) officially Miss Camila in TpT.

TpT stands for Teachers Pay Teachers, an awesome site I love because I have access to a ton of resources made by teachers like myself, and I can also create and sell my own products. I’ve had my store for a while now, and one of my objectives after quitting my job would be to dedicate that extra free time I had to my little material development projects.

My store was originally called The Cool Teacher Diaries because that was the name of my teaching blog and Instagram. Now, when I created this unified blog and my unified Instagram account, I thought it would be nice to someday change the name of my TpT store as well, but I didn’t give much thought into actually doing it until a few months ago.

Changing the name of the store was easy, and took no time. The annoying, exhausting part was having to change each individual product as well as its cover design because these all had my old name. I procrastinated for quite a while, advancing on other TpT and blogging projects until today I decided that I just had to get my store’s name changed and move on with my life. So, yes, I’m finally Miss Camila in all of my public social media, which makes me super happy.

If you want to check out my store, click here. I’m always open to suggestions and requests in terms of the products you’d like to see in it.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

DYI Book and Supplies Tray

DYI Book and Supplies Tray

Hello and happy Saturday. Recently I was helping out a colleague with something and she told me something along the lines of “I don’t know how you do it, I’m not crafty at all.” She’s a second-grade teacher and I honestly can’t, for the life of me, understand how an elementary school teacher can admit they’re not crafty. If you’re not born with it, experience is a great teacher. I became super crafty because I literally had to make every poster, bulletin board, and sometimes even worksheet with my own two hands.

I know, though, that not everyone likes to cut, paste, and color. I know that not every teacher has a box full of markers, pens, and colors in storage. And I know that there are easy ways to do things for your classroom that look super elaborate. This is why today I’m showing you how to turn a cardboard box into a book or supplies tray using only tape.

I’m not exaggerating; I only used two types of duct tape and spent about ten minutes or less on this DIY project. You see, I believe things arrive at your doorstep the precise moment you need them, and so when I got my September Book Case Club I decided the box was perfect to make a book tray for one of my pre-k classrooms.

First, I cut the lid off to get the tray-like shape. I put thick duct tape from the Dollar Tree on each side. It has that deep blue design because I followed the blue theme from the inside. Those letters go perfectly with the book vibe of the box. I then put solid blue duct tape on the tops and bases of each side, and that’s literally it.

This little project was intended to show you that you don’t need to spend a ton of money, time, or effort to have nice things in your classroom. You don’t need to be the craftiest to add cool details your students will appreciate.

If you know of any other easy DIY project for decorating a classroom, tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

DIY Scratch Paper Tray

DIY Scratch Paper Tray

Hello and happy Saturday. Today I want to show you one of my latest DIY projects, which will require very few supplies and little time, and the best part is that it’s eco-friendly.

I’m the kind of person who saves sheets of paper whenever only one side is used, and in my previous job I used to have a folder of scratch paper I’d keep to give to my kids for drawing. The folder, however, was not practical at all, and when I received my first Book Case Club box, I found it was the perfect size to make a tray out of it. You can use any box you have, obviously, as long as you’re sure it’s the right size for your papers.

I then cut the lid off. This particular box has a very nice design all around, although I think on the sides it has the Book Case Club logo and Twitter and Instagram handles, so I’d still cover that up. Anyway, if you find a box and you like the design, you don’t have to go through the following steps.

 

 

 

 

I used Contact paper on each of the sides, making sure I didn’t touch the rims (I’ll let you know why in a sec). You can use any design, but keep in mind that if your paper is not opaque enough, you might be able to see the design or the lettering of the box underneath.

I finished my little DIY scratch paper tray putting washi tape on the inner rims. I got mine in an OwlCrate and it’s from Simply Gilded. Honestly, design-wise I didn’t have a theme in mind, so it’s kind of mis-matched, but I totally love how the Mickeys and the letters and the mermaid scales look.

Do you have a scratch paper tray or bin in your classroom? What system do you use when it comes to re-using paper? Let me know in the comments!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

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