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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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An Apple a Day!

Apples it is!  I have finally committed to a classroom theme of apples.  I have several things that I have used in the past, but don't think anyone has walked in my room and said, "Great apple theme!"  So with that said, I am on a hunt to add some things on a budget:)

First stop:  Lakeshore Learning where I found these super cute borders and matching accessories.  I have 2 square bulletin boards in the front of my new classroom on each side of the white board.  Thinking black or red fabric on each board; and to keep both bulletin boards matching.

Onto Walmart where I found this much cheaper apple border with matching accessories.  I am thinking of red fabric with the border.  I bought 2 of the square buckets and am going to print out labels for sharpened and broken pencils.  I know I have seen cute labels floating around blogland.  I am definitely more resourceful than creative:)  Did I mention these are all in the 88 cents section?  I LOVE a good deal!

Then Target (my favorite store) where I found a red paper lantern on clearance for 50% off!  I also want a yellow and a green so I can make them into 3 apples over my library.  My cousin in Rhode Island found a green at her Target and shipped it yesterday.  Thanks Amanda!!  Now I am on a  hunt for a yellow Target lantern. The other Target purchase is that ultra cute index card ring.  It is in the school supply section for $1.99 and could be used for reading words, spelling patterns, math facts and on and on I could go!  I am going back for a few more, but really hoping they go on sale or clearance in the next month!

And finally Kohls!  I know I had to go when Jessica at Mrs. Stanford's Class posted that all Skippy Jon Jones hard covered books and stuffed animals are $5.00 and part of the profit goes to Kohl's Cares.  Sounds like a win-win to me!

So now I have a question for you!  Which boarder-the black and primary apples or the yellow with red and green apples?  I would love your opinions!

 ***Head on over to The Learning Tree to find other frugal finds!!**

**Check out the Classroom Theme/Inspiration Linky over at Surfin' Through Second.***
Mrs. Wathen
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  1. I really love the black border with the primary apples!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I love an apple theme, too! Red, yellow, and green are favorite accent colors of mine. I really like them both and think they'll both look pretty, but, if I had to go with just one, I'd pick the black. Or, you can just use both! Sorry I wasn't so helpful! LOL!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. I like the black with the apples, I think it really pops


  4. The apples are cute. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so excited to find yet another Tammy blogger! Yay for Tammy's!

    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe

  5. I love your theme! I can not wait to see photos of your apple lanterns!

  6. As much as I love a fabulous bargain, if your only keeping one, I like the black a tad more than the yellow. Your newest follower :)


    Kinder Cuties

  7. Has Walmart always had an 88cent section? I had no idea!! Thanks for linking up :)

    The Learning Tree

  8. Congrats on the awesome shopping trip! I am loving the apples. I am your newest follower!

    Learning 4 Keeps

  9. I love the apples! I'd go with the black background...I love black! Watch out...I hear owls love to eat apples, but only if they have worms!;-)

    Owl Things First

  10. Hello! I'm your newest follower. Thank you for the kind words you posted on my blog. I love your lantern idea, they will make adorable apples!
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  11. I know it's tough to decide, but I do like the black a bit more. But if you are trying to save $$, go with your Walmart finds;) The lanterns are perfect! I just got my Skippy Jon Jones stuffy and book in the mail yesterday. My daughters have claimed it for themselves! I hope you will post picks when it all comes together. I am so glad you linked up!

    Surfin' Through Second

  12. I really like the black with the primary apples. I'm a new follower!

    I'd love for you to buzz by sometime=)
    The Busy Busy Hive

  13. REALLY cute apple stuff! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I'm your newest follower!

  14. I love your classroom decor - we have the same theme! LOL
    I am your newest follower and have awarded you with an award. Come by my blog to pick it up.

  15. I am doing an apple theme this year, too! I look forward to seeing what you do with your decorations!


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