Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ketchup, Mustard & A Pin

Hey There!

It's official...it's back to school time. Okay, not in MY book...but if you're Walmart or Target or any other commercial establishment that sells gluesticks and the like...it's officially back to school time.  Now in MY book...it's not official until I've had my back to school dream.  I'm here to tell you that this hasn't happened...yet.  I'll let you know when it does and then and only then will we refer to it as "Back to School Time"...

I had some friends ask about ...

Every Friday we complete anything we weren't able to finish up during the week. So the kids get out their desk folders {This is where they store any incomplete activities} and get to work.  Usually, we have a craft that we weren't able to finish during our Thursday Learning Stations {centers} so we'll catch up on it too.  This 45 minute block of time when we "catch-up" or "ketchup" on things is called "Ketchup and Mustard" in Room 8.  Cute, huh?

I'm not the biggest pinner in the world <a collective gasp was heard in blogland> but I've had my eye on this one for a while now.

Source: google.com via H on Pinterest

Right up my alley - simple, easy to do - no crafting background necessary...LOVE!

Here's my version...

I made file folder covers to print and glue on the outside.  I plan on putting any copies that I've made for the week for each subject area in these folders.  Easy access for myself or for a sub to refer to if I happen to be out on short notice. 

If you like the idea - how do you think you may use it?

Wanna grab the folder covers? 

On a different note - I went to Target AND Walmart today...every teachers' paradise.  I had the best self-control EVER and didn't even visit the Back to School aisle...didn't even feel tempted. Yeah, my husband wouldn't let me venture off in that direction...he's a teacher too and he's not as obsessed as I am. 

I didn't even look in the Dollar Spot either...didn't even.

Nighty night!


  1. HaHaHa...love the ending to your post, Holly:) Thanks for answering my ketchup/mustard question. A teacher friend of mine does Ketchup/Pickle time...Students that need to "ketchup" do their work at that time while kiddos who are caught up "pick" what they would like to do! Just thought I'd give ya some insight. Thanks for the laugh before bed!

  2. love those folders...i cant believe your back to school ahhhh

    Just Wild About Teaching

  3. I have the infamous school dreams too, but not until August!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. I've seen this pin on Pinterest and am glad to know someone who actually did it. Let us know how it holds up. Thanks for sharing the file folder labels. I love the big dot borders :)
    Stories by Storie

  5. Love your file folders! So cute! I am definitely doing this! I need more organizational tips, so this definitely helps! Thank you so much!!!! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  6. Lol! I am steadfastly refusing to even enter Walmart or Target because I know I will start to panic at the back-to-school stuff! I am so sad that summer has slipped away - it never seems like I get everything that I want done accomplished!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  7. The file holder is a cool idea. I might try something like that for my kids' writing folders.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  8. I love your file folders. I covered some in scrapbook paper for a little organization. Love the idea of Ketchup and Mustard time. I might have to incorporate that this coming year.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  9. Love your file folders. My students have "ketchup" time each Friday afternoon as well. I was just in Target and Walmart yesterday and could not believe all the back to school items out already!
    Twirlybird Teaching

  10. How cute! I love that idea. Your blog is fantastic, thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

    This post makes me want to wake the baby from his nap and RUN (not walk) to those back-to-school sales! Why do things like this excite me?! Only a teacher, right!


    I do, We Do, You Do!

  11. Your folders are great! You cracked me up with that picture at the end. I was starting to feel very impressed at your self control! =)

    Heather's Heart

  12. Love your folder holder!! It turned out great!!

  13. I love pinterest! You should share your Target and Walmart buys and come link up with my Frugal Finds linky party!

    The Learning Tree

  14. I love your file folders! Creative idea! I just started following your blog and love it!
    Happy Blogging and enjoy the rest of the summer!




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