I've never used a classroom theme before, but my logo/trademark has always been a bee. I don't know why, but for some reason I've always loved collecting bee related papers, stickers, stamps, etc. From this little obsession I started calling my room Mrs. Nye's Hive and joked with the kids that I was the queen and they were the workers. But I wasn't sure bees were "cool" for third graders and wrestled with letting go of my fondness for all things bee for this transition up the grade level ladder.
But, I remembered my portfolio of custom made cards, stickers, stamps, magnets, etc. - all with some sort of bee on them, mind you - living over at Vista Print. Then my friend, Jodi, over at Clutter-Free Classroom blogged about scoring the jackpot of all jackpots at Vista Print earlier this week. Today I had enough uninterrupted time to sit down and work on getting an order ready. Unfortunately I missed the free shipping deal, but this offer from VP was in my mailbox last night VP Clearance Sale. The deals were too good to be true and I just can't let go of my bees. Right now I'm up to $12.00 for shipping. Here's what I've put in my cart so far: