Saturday, August 10, 2013

Classroom Reveal!

I am proud to show off my classroom.  It isn't as fancy as most of yours out there.  There isn't one common theme or color scheme. However, I've used the resources I have and really like how my room turned out this year! So, here are the parts I took pictures of.
 This is my rug area.  I quit buying rugs several years ago so now we just sit on the carpet.  In the pocket charts I put my focus wall and weekly vocabulary for our Journeys reading program.

 I saw on facebook, that Literacy Spark had redone her cubbies!  I TOTALLY stole her idea and ran with it!  This obviously isn't done, but we ran out of the cute tape. It's all ready to be put all together tomorrow morning before the kiddos arrive.
 This is my extra supply station.  I've used cups to sort the scissors to make them easier to pass out. And I've sorted the crayons and colored pencils by color.  This will hopefully make everything much smoother when it comes to supplies!  I'm also using Aimee's Jar full of Memories this year.  I can't wait to have something to go back to and review what we've done each day from various students' perspectives.
 I got rid of my teacher desk! YAY! I'm seriously, SO excited about the layout of my room this year.  I moved my writing area from one corner to another. I have SO many resources in this corner. Hope's Writing to the Core unit is the biggest one.
 The white board is pretty empty right now, but will get much busier come tomorrow! Underneath are several different math helps that I'll use throughout the year.
My classroom library. All of the red boxes are all of the books that are leveled according to AR. The green boxes aren't in the AR system.

Well apparently, I did a really great job of taking pictures of various areas... but not of my entire classroom.  I'll do that at school on Monday if I remember and update this post.  Hope you enjoyed the tour of my room!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Back to School Blogger Exchange Goodies

A couple weeks ago I signed up for the Blogger Exchange hosted by Covered in Glitter and Glue and Adventures of Ms. Smith.  

I had a great time shopping for my exchange buddy, Jane, from Learning in the Little Apple (I hope she liked her package and it made it to her in one piece!).  I got my package from her on Friday and it was the PERFECT ending to that long week back before school really starts on Monday.  

Jane must have went back and found one of my many posts when I mentioned my LOVE of the Zebra Flight Pens.  She got me 2 packs!  She also sent me a binder hole punch, stickers, post its (the perfect little square size that I always run out of first), highlighters, expo markers, and M&Ms! 

Seriously!  I got spoiled! Look at all of that good stuff! 

I hope these ladies host again because this blogger exchange was a TON of fun!  Thanks Jane! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Currently, August

I'm linking up with Farley for another month's Currently. 

I can't believe it's August and time to go back to school already! 

Listening: Johns watching one of his NASCAR documentaries. This one features my favorite driver so I don't mind watching, too.  :) Oh the things we decide to like so we don't always argue with our spouses! 

Loving: I'm going to do a great big post about my teacher planner I designed and had printed, that I'm planning to put in my TPT shop as my first paid product! Exciting stuff! 

Thinking: I'm not looking forward to my summer being over. I've gotten so much done, but I'm not sure it's enough. 

Wanting: I'm fairly certain we've all had those times when nothing feels right about what may be coming in the future. I just need some clarity and a plan then I won't feel so unsettled. Not that I have anything in particular planned, but I'm thinking that may be the problem. 

Needing: to spend some serious hours in my classroom. I'm just not letting myself, until Monday because I don't want summer to be over! 

My b2s must haves: (I'm probably not following the rules here, but these are my MUST haves!)
John...he's so wonderful and spends hours in my classroom setting things up and moving things around and generally helping me out. LOVE HIM! I for sure wouldn't be ready for school in a week if I didn't have him around and don't want to think about ever getting ready without him!
Pens... Every teacher needs great pens. My favs are the zebra flight pens
Sharpies... I use sharpies for everything! Can't wait until I get to buy some new ones!