A Must Have and Currently

Tomorrow is my first day with my new students, and I am SO excited!!!  I have a few things I need to do tonight {including straightening my hair, lol} so I'm just popping in to share a quick tip with you.

Actually, it's not really a tip, but a little product that I think you should own :)

A paint can!
These little paint cans are sold in the craft store {in the gift wrap section}, and they have so many uses!  I have a bunch, and I use them for different things around the classroom... like the Kiss Your Brain can that you see above!

I also use one as a home for my Brain Breaks sticks:

And two more for Secret Star starbursts, and Sparklers!
Secret Star is a fun incentive to help students walk quietly in the halls {read more about it on Scholastic} and Sparklers are used as a table/group incentive {read more here}.

These cans are also perfect for holding school supplies, like pencil top erasers and binder clips!  And they come in more than one size!  If you ever see them, definitely pick a few up! :)

And now for Currently... Hello, September!!
I think everything on there is pretty much self-explanatory!  

Quick background on the favorites:
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin is the.best.fall.scent.EVER!  It's from Bath & Body Works.  I bought a bunch of plug-ins and put them all over my house, and I stocked up on candles, too.  Smells deee-lish!

I splurged a few weeks ago and bought a bunch of neon bins from Really Good Stuff.  They are so fabulous!!

I love to sleep.  Enough said :)

Don't forget to link up with Farley for September's Currently!


Teach*Pray*Love said...

Have a great first day tomorrow!

April Walker said...

Have a great first day! I might have to check out that candle.
~April Walker
The Idea Backpack

Sarah said...

I do a lot of the same incentives as you! :) I found colorful plastic cups at the dollar store that I use for mine. Have a great first day :)


Lovely Nina said...

Have you tried smelling the candle "Pumpkin Cupcake" I just bought it this past weekend, and that is to delicious!!!!!

Tara said...

Love those bucket:) Link them up on my linky:) They turned out too cute with your labels:) Adorable:)

4th Grade Frolics

Creation Castle said...

Good luck on your first day of school tomorrow - hoping your class is sweet and well behaved! Not a pumpkin scent fan, but can't wait for fall to get here :)

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Miss Kindergarten said...

Have a great first day bestie!!! Your kiddos are so lucky!!!

Miss Sara said...

I love bath and body works plug-ins!
I had pumpkin patch in my classroom last year but sweet cinnamon pumpkin is def. one i need to get!
Miss Elementary

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

I hope you have a GREAT first day of school tomorrow!!

Leah Claire said...

Super cute ideas!! Any way you'd share the awesome labels you created? I just LOVE the chevron. :)

Kelly said...

LOVE the paint cans. How cute !! I'm going to stop by Hobby Lobby on my way home tomorrow & see if I can find some. Thanks for sharing & hope you have a GREAT first day !! :)

First Grade Fairytales

Kimberly Santana said...

Have a wonderful first day blog buddy :) BTW- I heart the paint cans...I have one or two..okay- a few ;)

The Learning Tree

Nicole said...

I have a Bath and Body coupon that is valid starting today! I was totally planning on using it for their seasonal candles!! LOVE them and use them all year round! :) Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin sounds right up my alley!!
Rowdy in Room 300

Rachel Jones said...

I love your paint can labels! I will have to keep my eye out for some of these :)
Have a great first day!
Let's Talk Speech Therapy

Miss Cosby said...

Good luck tomorrow!! I bought a few of those a few years ago because I was in teacher what-can-I-use-this-for mode! Great ideas.

You Might Be a First Grader...

Kae said...

love this idea! and I love that I'm not the only one who straightens their hair the night before :)

Elisabeth said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who watches Y & R!! :) Love the paint cans!


Jennifer said...

Have a great first day!
Rowdy in First Grade

Elizabeth said...

Good luck tomorrow:) I know you will have a fantastic day! I need a can for some brain breaks, too! I must go get one!!

Glitzy In First Grade said...

I hope you have a FABULOUS First Day!!!

Those kiddos are LUCKY to have you as their teacher!

Get your TEACH ON girly!!

Molly said...

OOooo, I love the secret star idea!! Thinking maybe I could even do that for working quietly in the classroom! I have a chatty class this year!

Lessons with Laughter

Natalie said...

Hope you have great first day!!!

Teachery Tidbits

Mrs. M said...

I use one for my Drops in a Bucket! It's great because the kids can see the "drops".

Mello’s Memos

Susan Moran said...

Have a great first day!!!!!!!!!!! Wishing you the best :)

T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

Mrs. M said...

Enjoy your first day. Doesn't it seem like just yesterday we were saying "hello" to summer? sigh.

I love paint buckets too!! I have a couple of them. I use them for everything from crayons to hershey's kisses too. One also serves as our class "birthday bucket". I've been meaning to blog about it but I just haven't had time...lol! :)

karen thomas said...

I love the paint buckets. Can we get a copy of the labels anywhere?
Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

oh' boy said...

love pumpkin spice scent
LOVE the labels
LOVE that you linked up... thanks

Heather's Heart said...

I hope your first day was awesome! I would LOVE to be a kiddo in your classroom. You could teach me to be more crafty!!! =)

Heather's Heart

Kristin Gre said...

I love the idea of the brain break sticks. I like stick prompts and tasks too, so I designed writing prompts and early finisher cards that work well for stick jars.

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Traci said...

LOVE those paint cans!

I hope your first few days were great!

❤Dragonflies in First ❤

Cindy Lusk said...

LOVE the paint cans!!! So tell me about the brain breaks can!! I have never seen it!

I LOVE, LOVE Y & R! I have been watching it for 20+ years...

All Things Teachery

Michele said...

What a great idea with the paint cans! I have used those for gift baskets, but never thought to put one in my classroom.. DUH! :)
I gave you a shout out on my blog for the awesome numbers you created in your TpT store.
Love your stuff!

Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

Kristen said...

oh my gosh, I feel so behind and I wanted to catch up with you! I hope your first day was excellent!! I ADORE these paint cans, so beautiful and functional! I just did some splurging at RGS and it was a bright neon purchase as well! :) :)

Sara said...

Where did you get the "Sparklers"? I would love to try something like that with my Kindergartners!

Lory Robinson said...

Love your brain break sticks!

Fun for First
The Robin’s Nest

Gladys said...

Darlin' ideas!! Hope you had an awesome 1st day!!

Rachel Chandler said...

Do you have a printable of these incentive labels?

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