Procrastination and Preparation

I am deep in procrastination mode, my friends..... I have 7 days left of this school year. I should be completing my report cards and closing down my room. What am I doing instead??? Planning and prepping for next year!!!! I think it is my avoidance tactic for those things I just don't like to and closing another chapter in my teaching career. 

When I start preparing for another school year, it's like a rebirth. I get to start over fresh, look at things in a new way and always try to do better. I have started, by committing to a new class theme. I am going with turquoise and black this next year. Those are our school colors and I have never "fully" committed to a theme before. Here is what I have made so far:

I had to make new student number sticks in turquoise and black. I couldn't use my rainbow colored ones, right? 

I needed a new first day of school frame to go with the theme. I also made a new one because I wanted a larger frame.

This is the frame I used last year. I really like it, but I wanted the opening a little larger and I was trying to stay true to the turquoise and black theme. Hence, a new frame was born!

Then, I decided I wanted a cute way to send my students' first day of school pictures home, so I made these mini frames. I am going to have the kids decorate them and then insert their pictures. 

A new turquoise and black welcome sign is "a must" as well. Thank you Jeannine from Creative Lesson Cafe for this adorable one!

I have a bunch of other things in "the works". I will take pictures and share them with you throughout the summer. But for now, I have a good start and now I need to get back to my regular scheduled programming... report cards!!!


  1. Love this post Jamie! Your frames are adorable! How did you stick on the letter tiles to the frame? Glue?

  2. Love those colors!! The contrast of the black with the turquoise is great!! I've started making things for next year too (I even hung up my new alphabet- hehe), and I totally agree that it's like starting over fresh. Can't wait to see what else you've made!

    Primarily Speaking

    1. Yay! I am glad I am not the only one who has started getting ready for next year. Can't wait to see what you have been making too!

  3. Who needs report cards when teachers are already in dream mode for next year? Keep on creating! Everything looks great.
    My Second Sense

  4. Really quick question: Do you know what size your NEW frame is? I am torn about what size to get!