People, my summer is OVER.  Today was our first official day back to work.  Teachers reported for in-service.  We have 3 more days of in-service before the kiddos come storming the building!
I have been hard at work getting my room ready.  I have also been hard at work on the credit card.  OUCH!  Since I know we’re all on a budget, I loved this idea for using balloons to decorate.  HELLO CHEAP!!!!!
Ya see, I had some lanterns up but needed something on the other side of the room.  Since the credit card is broken, I needed a cheap alternative.  
Try this:  replace paper lanterns ($$$) with balloons!  TRUTH!
I love that you can get any color you want.  I love that they bring a sense of fun and whimsy to the classroom.  I also love that it was a quick, easy CHEAP way to bring another pop of color into my classroom!
I have no idea where I found this…I know I saw it on Pinterest but I cannot find the pin.  If you know where this idea came from, let me know!
You need balloons and marbles.  All available at the dollar store for $1.  See…couple of bucks and you can decorate!  CHEAP!  FUN!  WHIMSY! 

All I did was put a marble into the balloon before I blew it up.
Blow up the balloon.  Tie it.  Add some fishing line and hang from the ceiling.  BAM!
Cheap alternative to more pricey paper lanterns!
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I left the I Teach K conference in Las Vegas with mushy brain.  There was so much incredible information and even more amazing ideas.  It was teacher overload.  But in a good way.  What teacher doesn’t love ideas and information?!  I am a huge fan of the ideas that I can use in my classroom the very next day.  Seriously…I want to leave a session with at least 1 thing I can implement immediately. 
I had the opporunity to attend a word work session by DeeDee Wills  from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten and she shared a super awesome idea for cookie sheets and letters!  It was one of those things that I could do very easily with little or no cost.  BAM!  
Materials:  cookie sheets, magnetic letters and Sharpies.
Cookie sheets are $1 at the Dollar Tree and if you’re like me, you have a TON of magnetic letters floating around.  
Simply write the letters on the cookie sheet with a Sharpie.  
Students match the magnetic letters to the letters on the cookie sheet!  BAM!  
This could also work for numbers!
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Happy Thursday!  It’s Thrifty Thursday here at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!  Today I want to show you a thrifty deal I found at Wal-Mart!  These were $1 at Wal-Mart.  I have heard that you can find them at the Dollar Tree and online also!

I  have seen these little finger lights used for guided reading and always said I wanted to try them out.  Finally I ran across some!  I’m super excited!  

These little lights will hopefully help my ‘staches with their tracking skills!  And really, arent’ they fun and pretty?!?!  I can see these being used for fun sight word games (light up the words on the word wall!)  At the beginning of the year you could light up letters and numbers!  You could write equations on the board and students can light up the equation that is equal to a certain sum!  So many possibilities for just $1!

How would you use these in your classroom?
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  • Reply The Disneyfied Teacher August 1, 2014 at 12:15 am

    What do the marbles do? Just weigh them down?
    Ryan

  • Reply JB Kelley August 1, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Super Cute! I love the idea!

  • Reply Trakasha Paul August 1, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I believe so.

  • Reply Trakasha Paul August 1, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Wonderful idea!! I'm using lanterns this year but I'll keep in mind for the future. Thanks for sharing.

    Trakasha
    Mrs. Paul's Corner

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