August 14, 2011

My Patriotic Theme- Ideas Help and a few Thank-yous!

This year I'm doing a patriotic/USA theme in my classroom to show support for my husband since he is deploying just a few short weeks after school starts. 
So far I've changed my bulletin board backing to some red, white, and blue starred fabric, put up new red curtains, added a bulletin board for student work that says "Star Spangled Work", and made everything I possibly could red, white, and blue and patriotic. 
When I started this idea it was already past the 4th of July, and I was having trouble figuring out what to use/how to decorate my classroom. I'd like to give a big THANK YOU! to two special blogs for their help:
First, THANK YOU! to Mrs. Magee at First Grade Brain. She has some beautiful themed resources in her TpT store for classrooms. I asked her to make a patriotic theme and she did! I'm so excited to use the name plates, class forms and sub notes, and the newsletter! In addition to her patriotic theme she has A LOT of others including: bees, frogs, ocean, hollywood, and Dr. Seuss! Stop by her blog or TpT store to check them out. Thanks again Mrs. Magee!

My second THANK YOU! goes to The Organized Classroom Blog's Facebook Page. I posted on the page asking for ideas to go with my theme, and Charity took my question a step further and posted it again on the wall. I got SO MANY fantastic ideas to use from her followers! Some of my favorites were to make an army Flat Stanley to send with my husband (I'm dressing him and camo and calling him Sgt. Flat Stanley), making a personalized Uncle Sam Poster from, and a camo bulletin board with netting with "Hide Yourself in a Good Book". Thank you Charity and your Facebook followers for your help!

I can still use more ideas and resources for my theme. If you have any you'd like to share, please comment below!


  1. I love your theme! God bless your husband, too. One of our great friends was deployed and my class "adopted" him. It was a great experience for my students- and when he got back he visited them.
    Our Walmart and Dollar Tree both still had some 4th of July themed items on clearance last time I was in. You might check it out.
    I also just started my own teaching blog. If you have time to check it out that would be great!

  2. Hi Kristen!
    You are the winner of the Red, White and Blue book giveaway. How perfect! Email me at so that I can put you in touch with the author to send your copy!

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  3. You're so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed everything. :) Good luck this school year!

  4. Kristen. I'm so glad to learn that you are the winner of my picture book, "Red, White and Blue"....... I'll be putting a signed copy in the mail, just as soon as I learn your snail mail address. I'll send you an email!!!

    I'm so excited that it will be headed to one who can truly put it to good use!

    Debbie Clement