Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lots and Lots of Owls 'n' Dots!!

While the rest of you have been busy bringing your classroom flips, make overs, and themes to life, I have bee been on the sidelines cheering you on and simultaneously begging the coach to let me off the bench so I can join in on the action!! But this whole not being able to put pressure on one foot thing has been putting a crimp in my grand classroom make over plans for this year. But it hasn't kept me from digital designing in the meantime. So for the past 72 hours I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing owls and polka dots. Seriously people, I was actually seeing little neon colored owls in my dreams last night! Then around mid night last night I said "stick a fork in me" cuz I was D-O-N-E.

Until I wasn't done.

When I went to upload onto TPT it told me my Preview File was too big. I really should have realized it was going to be too big at around slide 17...but I was determined to showcase everything. In any event, I said some choice words, grudgingly went to bed. Then I woke up early this morning and carefully edited my preview masterpiece to an acceptable 5 MB. And now I can finally share my most recent labor of love with you...


(I challenge you to say the word EDITABLE five times fast... )

You can download the still awesomely fabulous regulation size preview in my TPT shop to see samples of everything included!!

One of the items you will find in this pack is an O.W.L. (Organized While Learning) Binder Cover. Every year my kids bring in a one inch 3 ring binder with a plastic folder inside. The folder pockets get labeld "Homework" and "Stay at Home." Every day students take home their homework in the "Homework" side and their graded work, spelling lists, newsletters, etc. in the "Stay At Home Side." Parents know to empty the Stay at Home section and send completed homework back in the Homework section.  Eazy peezy for them and for me! Prior to this year there were no owls in my classroom so I called this binder their F.I.R.S.T. Binder. I made up the acronym to go with my no theme first grade classroom and it stands for: Families Informed, Responsible, and Successful Together.

Click the pictures above to download your choice of either the F.I.R.S.T or O.W.L Binder Covers for free :)


  1. I LOVE this!!! My classroom theme started off as just "Bright and colorful" but then seemed to morph into owls and polka dots (which for some reason I have just fallen in love with this year) I already made some of my own stuff but you just saved me the trouble of re-doing my word wall letters and some others!

  2. A-dorable. Those little owls are darling and I love the color scheme.

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  3. Your editable editable editble edtble edtbl (impossible to do 5 times!!!) theme set is just gorgeous. You are going to have one super classroom when you are back up on two feet...
    ✿ Judy
    teaching with J

  4. Oh my gosh! All of that is overwhelmingly cute! I said "editable" 5 times fast in my mind...does that count? lol What program do you use to make all that cute stuff? I haven't been in a classroom since I had my first child 4 years ago, but work with her at home quite a bit. Sometimes I really miss teaching. Then I remember that I don't have to get up before dawn, and I forget all that! lol But maybe when she's 5 and goes to Kindergarten, I'll go back. :) I just followed...and I look forward to reading more!

  5. I love it! So very cute! I have one question though... Are the Word Wall letters also "editable?" I teach in a bilingual Spanish classroom, so I would need to add a few letters.

  6. Thanks Anonymous! The word wall letters are one of the only pieces that are not editable but I could prob add the letters you need to the set if you let me know what they are. If you'd like me to do this please shoot me an e-mail.

    ❤ -Stephanie

  7. Stephanie,
    Just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration! I am a mom of 3 who teaches 3rd grade. I have enjoyed being home with my children so much this summer and was dreading returning to work. I had already decided to use owls as my theme for this year and now that I have found your creations I am finally excited about being in my classroom again. I know it seems silly, but these are the types of things we teachers count on to keep us going, right? So thanks again! I am looking forward to going into my classroom to set-up tomorrow!

  8. Sooo cute! One of my favorite times if the school year is decorating before school starts. I was thinking of jumping on the chevron bandwagon, but looking at your brightly colored owls makes me want to reconsider.