Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Disney Princess Costume Ideas

I absolutely love disney princesses and I am giddy with excitement each year when it's time to dress up for a story book character or for Halloween. So here are some ideas that are easy for you to put together and a great way to save money. I've tried to include each disney princess, I hope these help! J
Just a side note, I'm going to be minnie mouse this year. I know it's not a disney princess, but I just had to. I purchased a fifties style red and white polka dot dress, found a petticoat to make it poof up and put my mustard colored flats with it. Oh, and don't forget the ears I created myself with some black felt and an old headband I wasn't using. It's that simple.

With all of the ideas below, you can simply use clothes you may possibly already own or you can add to your wardrobe and still wear the clothing throughout the school year!

Simple and to the point. I would definitely go with flats unless you like to live on the wild side.

Love and so simple!

I'd go with a longer bottom here, but aren't those yellow converse just the cutest?

I'd go with a longer dress, but love the pinks!

Love this one, but a longer dress is important when teaching unless you don't bend over all day. 

Here's an entire page of outfit ideas for each princess!!!

I'll be adding to my list of disney princess costumes/outfit ideas for teachers!! I hope you all enjoy the ideas I gathered for you!

Have a great Halloween at your school!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

10 Perfect Halloween Classroom Decor Ideas

I've created a list of classroom decor ideas for Halloween! I hope you enjoy! Just click on the image or the source below each image to get the DIY.

1. Pumpkin Gift Bags Craft

If you are feeling crafty and you'd love your kiddos to have something adorable to put all their Halloween candy inside, then you're going to enjoy this.

2. Trash bag spider webs

Create these on your break in a short amount of time and have your windows/doors decorated in a jiffy. 

3. Hanging bats

I just can't stand it. These are my favorite and you could even create these with your students, well, depending on your grade level.

Source: HGTV

4. Halloween Countdown Sign

Okay, so this one is a little much just to be used in your classroom, but wouldn't it just be perfect for your front porch? I just loved it and had to add it to my list. 

Source: IHeartNaptime

5. Duck Tape Pumpkins

This decor craft is super easy and wouldn't take much time at all to craft up for your classroom desk or even center tables. I would probably put these around my computer area.

6. Classroom Mummy Door Decor

I can't help myself on this one. It looks like it would be super simple to do. Grab some white bulletin board paper and get to cutting. 

Source: Big DIY Ideas

7. Candy Corn Banner

Banner's are all the rage and this decor would be so funny and easy to use as classroom decor.

8. Coffee Filter Ghosts

This one is just too easy. Simply flip some coffee pot filters and draw some eyes and hang them from your ceiling. 

Source: Kids Playbox

9. Pumpkin Lanterns

Take an orange paper lantern and dress it up. Easy as pie. 

10. Halloween Banners

You can definitely go the printable route for decor. Grab some of these free banners to help you out.

Source: pizzazzerie

I hope you enjoyed these decor ideas! Good luck this Halloween!

Barnett's School House

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Beautiful Mess

So I've been getting crafty on myself and creating fonts that I just absolutely adore! I'm considering this a beautiful mess since my life while creating these was a beautiful mess with a newborn and a four year old. I didn't realize for, well, my entire life that I was able to create fonts that actually look great when put on paper! So I worked to get the fonts I've created so far into a Free download at my TpT store. Yes, that's right! A free download for you to use for your personal crafts!! I hope you love them! Just click on the image below! Please feel free to leave some comments!! Thanks!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

TpT Tips: Increasing Sales

Wow!! It's been a long, long time! So how did everyone's summer go? Hopefully, it went very well! I spent mine creating a handful of new products and a lot of bundles, bundles, bundles! And I also welcomed a little Bundle of joy this summer, my first baby girl, EmmaKate. I know, such an adorable, southern name. I just love it.

So, back to the tips. I can tell you I've really improved my sales since creating bundles for some of my most popular items. Create bundles and create lot's of them! Buyers, especially teachers, love, love, love things on sale! I know I do! Here's two examples of my cover pages for my bundles! They were so fun to make! I just love to create things that are popping!

One last random tip I would like to give is this. I had a few buyers ask for particular things, such as a poster here or a poster there and I started to realize I was doing a lot of extra work for free. Well, I decided it was worth it to create listings for custom orders so I did and it is going so much better! Click the image below to see my listing!

I hope all of this helps!!!! Good luck with your TpT store!!! 

Barnett's School House

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Grow your TpT with Store Improvements

So you've had your TpT store for several years now and this summer you just don't feel the ideas flowing for new product lines. That's okay. Don't panic until next summer, at least. This summer, simply focus on your marketing strategies and how presentable your store looks.

SELLER TIP #1: Making your store attractive

So, first off, you want your store to be eye catching because when a buyer lands on your page, you want them to look at your products and mosey around for a bit. This will likely lead to a sell. I started with my banner. I'm a chalkboard kind of girl with pinks and teals, just basically anything girly. This banner is just perfect for my store and it goes along with my blogger theme (we'll talk blogger in a few). The next things I did were to make sure that the products I placed at the top as featured were attractive and had either good ratings or none at all if they were new. A lot of my products featured in my store at the moment are new so they don't have ratings and that's okay! This is a picture of my banner I created. It's just me. Make sure the banner you create fits your style and not someone else's.

The next things I have been working on this summer are making over some of my cover pages. I have joined the TpT {seller} Makeover challenge and it really got me hopping. I took a minute to look through my store and found some products that just weren't pretty and gave them a makeover! As you can see, I got a little carried away. I've also made over a few more, but I couldn't help myself.

Last, but not least your store categories. Make sure they are organized and easy to follow. I cleared some of mine out, rearranged some products and deleted a few categories that had absolutely nothing in them. To modify these, you need to hover over "My TpT" and click on "Product Listings". This will allow you to see your categories on the left with a "MANAGE YOUR CATEGORIES" link. Easy as pie. 

I hope these tips will help you in making your store more attractive!

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

NGSS Resource Packet: ENTER FOR your chance to WIN a copy

IT'S FINALLY COMPLETE!!!! MY 3RD GRADE VERSION OF MY NGSS LESSONS AND RESOURCES PACKET!!!! I can't wait for you 3rd grade teachers to grab a copy out there!!! Have a great day!!! If you would like a chance to win this, go to: https://www.facebook.com/barnettsschoolhouse and follow the directions!!
Have a great Sunday!!


Here I am sitting here enjoying my morning, upstairs in my little nook looking out at God's beautiful creations. My man and my little guy are downstairs making the most delicious pancakes ever. Love them. Today is a beautiful day and thanking God for another is the perfect way to start your day! I hope everyone has a great week!!

NGSS resource packets are coming out for each grade K-5!!! I have a 4th grade one that everyone just can't get enough of so I've decided to expand! Have a great day!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Classroom Decor Bright Colorful Owl Theme

I'm very excited to announce the release of my latest classroom decor set!! Owl themed and just plum bright, what more could a girl ask for!!! With over 100 pages of signs, posters and labels, you'll be sure to start the year off bright! Be sure to check out some other great classroom decor coming out this summer to get you decked out for your school year!
Barnett's School House

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

$25 TpT Giftcard GIVEAWAY


We've reached a milestone of 400 followers! To celebrate, we are giving away a $25 TpT gift card! Register at this link by April 3rd for your chance to win it! The winner will be announced on our facebook page! Have a great week! 

Barnett's School House

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FREEBIE!!! Test Prep Worksheets

We've all been prepping for testing all year long. Just the other day, one of my kids had asked that one question all teachers get asked at one point or another, "Why do we need to know this?" Before I answered, another student spoke up and said "It's going to be on the test, duh." That just really can get to me sometimes. I really don't like having to prep so much for a test that isn't truly going to show the intelligence of a child. There are so many things that can affect a test result. You have students who have test anxiety, or they may not take their time or care for that matter. Then in the end, all of this is reflected on you the teacher. To get off my soap box now, I'm offering another morning work FREEBIE. If you're in need of some 3rd or 4th grade math review in multiplication, adding and subtracting multi-digit whole numbers, and word problems, check out this limited time FREEBIE

Have a great week!

Barnett's School House

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tieks...It's a love-hate relationship

My Tieks arrived a week ago. I absolutely love everything about them except two things which I will explain further on down. I went with the ballerina pink, which is so beautiful and it will match all kinds of outfits. I slipped them onto my feet and they just felt "okay".

First, I want to say that these shoes are very high quality. They have great support (thus, the blue soles) with a thick foot bed, they have soft buttery leather that feels lovely, the back of the shoes do not rub. and they look absolutely great with skinny jeans. One other thing that is brilliant about this brand is the customer service! This is the only company that has that perfected. They told me to wear them around for a week or so (inside) and see if they would mold to my feet. If they didn't, I could return them for a full refund. You also have forever to return them as long as you don't wear them outside! They are wonderful to work with.

So, the two problems I had were in the toe area (keep in mind, my big toenails point slightly upward) and one shoe rubbed the top of my foot so much that I knew it would cause blisters. I believe it was the stitching. The toe area was my biggest concern. I absolutely cannot stand for shoes to squish my toenails on my big toes and make them sore. The shoes were the correct length because I've had a size larger in the past (they don't offer half sizes) and they were much too large. It was just the actual top part of the shoe that caused the soreness. I've posted some pictures to the left. You can see where I'm referring to. In the first picture, my feet are relaxed and that pointy spot is where my toenails get squished by the leather. I wore them for about three days at home with thick socks to attempt to stretch them a little. This was very painful for my toes, but I was determined to keep these Tieks. In the end, the right shoe got some better, but the left shoe remained the same. If you have flatter toenails, maybe they actually point straight or down, you would probably be able to wear these shoes comfortably.

The verdict. Sadly, I am going to return them. I just can't bare the thought of owning a pair of pricey flats and not even being able to wear them comfortably unless I have my sister-in-law break them in or something. Luckily, Spring is in the air and sandals will be worn like crazy by this pregnant chick.

I absolutely love the Tieks company! They are wonderful to work with and you may find a perfect pair, but for this girl, they're not my match. If you are nervous and have been studying on whether or not you'd like to purchase Tieks, they do offer FREE shipping both ways! Have a great day!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

FREEBIE - "Next Generation Science Standards Lesson Planner 4th Grade"

If you're a 4th grade teacher and the Next Generation Science Standards are part of your curriculum, grab this FREEBIE to help you create quick and easy lesson plans. All of the 4th grade NGSS are integrated into a Microsoft Word document with drop-down boxes. "I Can" statements are also in a drop-down format making your Science lesson planning quick and easy! Save them, send them, and print them, it's all up to you! 

Have a great day!

Barnett's School House

Thursday, March 5, 2015

TIEKS again...Are we meant to be?

So, several of you saw my post on Tieks by Gavrieli last year. If so, you also read that I ended up sending back both sizes due to the fact that they weren't the perfect fit. Guess what? I've changed my mind! So at a Matilda Jane party, I noticed my sister-in-law was wearing a pair of mustard yellow Tieks. I asked her first hand how she liked them. She responded with "they're wonderful"! I tried them on and they fit me like a glove. I was absolutely shocked by the comfort of these flats. They felt nothing like the black Tieks I had ordered and I was almost jealous. At the end of the party, I almost thought about walking off with them even though they were on her feet by that point. Haha.

My conclusion is that the Tieks must be worn for several days in order to allow the shoe to mold to your feet. This makes them perfectly soft, or maybe I just need someone with the same size foot to wear them in for me. I wasn't willing to risk this last year being that these shoes start at $175, but now that I have actual evidence through my sister-in-law that they do mold over time, I believe I will give them a try. What's it going to hurt besides my wallet? I've already spent a total of $100 on flats this year that are not comfortable at all getting ready for the spring days. I did end up with three pairs, but they won't last and I spend this amount each year replacing the dinky ones I purchased from random places like Old Navy, Loft, Gap or American Eagle. I guess in the beginning, I could have spent all this money on several pairs of good quality shoes like Tieks in the first place. I absolutely love flats and skinny jeans!!! So here are my color choices below that I've narrowed it down to.

Camel Brown


Ballerina Pink

After hours of thinking, researching and trying to decide on a color, I have chosen ballerina pink. I'm absolutely terrified they will get dirty very easy with me being a teacher, but I want something neutral and spring pretty. Okay. I'm changing my mind again. I may go with the Camel brown color instead to hide dirt marks. Which color should I choose? Help!!!!

Have a great day!! I hope this helps all you teacher ladies out there! I don't have mine yet, but when I get them, I'm going to walk you through my days in these shoes. I'm keeping them, too!

Please note that I did not write this blog post for profit, etc., this is solely me as an educator trying to save my feet from pain and still dress stylish at the same time.

Barnett's School House

Need a little extra Prep for TEST PREP? Next Generation Science Lessons and Activities for 4th Grade

Needing a little extra test prep material before the big day? We have been told that both old standards and new standards will be included on our state test. That worries me a little, but some of the standards overlap which is very beneficial. This packet includes Science lessons for 4th grade that focus on the Next Generation Science Standards. Each standard
 has a resource and activity. This packet is meant to serve as a supplemental resource to 
your current textbook, or it can be used as a stand alone. Included are lesson plans with activities, worksheets, quizzes, and guides for each standard. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Math Lesson - "Test Prep Morning Worksheets Math and ELA"

Testing is a month or less away for many of us! I've found ways to utilize our math books. I use these sheets as morning work to reinforce my students' understanding of specific Common Core standards in math and ELA. Testing just makes us all go crazy. I don't know about you, but I feel like I can't breath and there's no time to fit everything in. How many of you have had 10+ snow days! That's me!! 
Prep your students with review using these math and ELA worksheets. These sheets correlate with the Go Math! series Chapter's 9 and 10, but they can also be used alone. They review fractions, decimals, and symmetry along with several ELA concepts. This works great for 3rd grade as well. 

Be sure to check out my bundle of all of the Morning Work review sheets below!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Center Ideas for a Large Class...with a FREEBIE

This year has been a great year, but I seem to consistently struggle with my group time because my class is so very large! I'm used to my fourteen little babies from last year, but it just doesn't work as easy with thirty kids in my room. I've gone to other teachers classes to see how their groups are ran and I've borrowed an idea from a fellow educator that I hope will successfully ease our group transitions. Of course, this teacher only has fifteen kids, but I still hope to give this idea a try. This will also work well for subs because they will be able to see where we are for that day.

My group board is very cute and this sample below is the one I borrowed the idea from, but I only have a picture of a group board completed by a guy teacher, he's an awesome teacher, though.

Here's a FREEBIE to get your group board started just like ours! Enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Barnett's School House
4th Grade

Wow! I've not been on here in a long time, it's time to get down to blogging. I hope everyone's year is going just wonderful. My year has been going great! I am absolutely enjoying my students. We've been out for snow for eleven whole days now! I'm loving my kiddo time, but I'm dreading making up these snow days at the end of the year!

So, my best seller of all time on TpT continues to be my first set of 4th grade Go Math! Morning Worksheets. For a limited time, these sweet practice sheets will be a wonderful FLASH FREEBIE! You can use these to review in 3rd grade as well and use them without Go Math!

Have a great week! If you're as lucky as me, you'll get a snow day tomorrow!