DIY Cookie Sheet Chalkboard

Goodwill has become my new favorite place to find craft supplies for my classroom and son at home.  I love it because I can reuse and repurpose gently used items for a fraction of the cost.  Here is a simple DIY activity that you can make for your child or classroom! 

I found a cookie sheet, chalk, magnetic letters, numbers, and shapes.  (I seriously hit the jackpot!)  When I went to Goodwill I knew I was going to look for a cookie sheet because that is something you can ALWAYS find in the store.  My next mission was to find anything in the toy section that could possibly be magnetic or any other sort of item that I could use to practice shapes, colors, numbers, etc.  (Instead of the items that I found, you could also look for: alphabet blocks to make words, colorful Legos to sort, anything that you could lay on the tray to make patterns, the options are endless.)

I could have left the cookie sheet unpainted, but I decided to paint it with black chalkboard paint.  You can find this at any store that sells paint.  I painted the cookie tray and let it dry overnight.  Once it dried for 24 hours, I was ready to practice learning games with my son.

Take advantage of any time you can get your child to play with or explore letters.  Starting in Kindergarten they will need to learn simple words so they can learn to read and spell.  

I let my son place a number on the tray, and then I made that same number of dots under the number.  This displays number awareness, the ability to count, and strengthens fine motor skills to make small circles.

Kids love learning about and practicing shapes.  For this activity you could have your child match the shape to the chalk outline, or you could have them draw the shape themselves!  It would also make a fun tracing activity as well.

Sorting by color is a great activity for little ones.  I split the tray up into four sections and we sorted the objects by color.   You could have them sort anything!


#schenrysclass pencils

 As you know, this year I am sharing a classroom with one of my real life best friends, Layla, from Fancy Free in 4th.  We are both working part time, in the came classroom, so we can teach but also stay home with our little ones.  It really is a dream come true.

Because we are two teachers in the same class, it only makes sense that we combine our names.  I mean, celebs do it... ;)

I am Mrs. Schrock and Layla is Mrs. Henry.

Schrock + Henry = Schenry

Thanks to Oriental Trading we were able to personalize pencils with #schenrysclass written on them.  Oriental trading offers this service in several different assortments of color and amounts, so you can easily modify your purchase to meet your needs!

These pencils have been perfect to pass out when students have excellent behavior all week long, or for special reward!

To follow along in our classroom fun, search #schenrysclass on Instagram to see our collaborative classroom posts!


Earth Brands Spring Line

  Earth Brands are my JAM when it comes to comfortable shoes.  If I can wear them all day without having to take a "shoe break" then I consider it a plus.  If I can wear them all day at Disneyland, then they are my JAM! 

Earth Shoes- Bay
I really love, and prefer, wearing sandals to work when it is hot.  The Bay shoes have great support, and they are perfect to stand in all day long.  I paired them with a Carly dress from LulaRoe Duncan Girls VIP Boutique.  My plan is to live in these Carly dresses all summer because they are long enough to wear to the park and chase around my little man.  If you are looking for a comfortable and flattering dress to wear to school, join the Duncan Girls Facebook group and my friend Layla will be sure to find a perfect pattern to match your style.

Spring is almost here so that means any and all pastels are welcome.  

Earth Shoes- Caper
I have been looking for a classy/stylish wedge that I can wear with jeans, skirts, or dresses, and the Caper is just that.  This wedge comes in several different colors, but I picked this neutral "Ginger" color so I can wear it all year long!  It goes perfect with this pastel outfit, but I could also wear them with denim and a black shirt.  

Teacher tees dressed up with a cute skirt and fun shoes have become a favorite outfit of mine.  This Teach Your Heart Out shirt is from The Wright Stuff Chics in honor of the conference they are putting on in the fall.

Earthies- Brie
I am on an animal print kick, and my favorite way to wear those prints are on my shoes!  Snake skin print can be worn just like a neutral, and I got brave and paired it with my polka dot skirt!  

Every teacher needs a simple pair of flats that are comfortable AND have great support, I found that in the Brie!