Sunday, August 28, 2011

Classroom pics, and O-Mi-Goodness!

I have totally been MIA, but here are some pictures of the beginnings of my classroom set-up.  Here in the Hudson Valley of New York we head back to school after Labor Day, so I've been busy with the all-encompassing, super--busy classroom set-up time.  My building, which is located in the City of Poughkeepsie, is 93 years old.  Its age definitely has its downfalls, but does add a little charm too.  Welcome to Room 12!

Original touch: brass doorknob, which fell off the door 3 times last year! 

My first look into the room.  Oh boy, I've got my work cut out for me!

A couple more peeks.

And, introducing my new floor! I know, not normally a big hit topic, but if you saw my floor from last year you would be as excited as I am.  Picture broken tiles, and bare plywood.  Seriously! Oh beautiful, shiny, non-broken floor: I love you! 

So, as the maintenance crew installed my floor over the summer, they had to replace the subfloor, which required cutting of plywood, and do you know where they cut the plywood? On my computer table.  Know how I know they used it? Yep, you guessed it! They cut into my table!  


Then it was time for  a panic attack...My closet.  Oh boy! During the school year, this is the student coat closet, and my storage space for books, manipulatives, etc.  During the summer, EVERYTHING that will fit, gets stored in the closet.  Which is of course a lot of work to load up at the end of the year, and a bear to unload at the start of the year.  These are the pictures that caused the panic attack!

After a couple of hours of work, the closet ended up looking more normal.  

More set-up pictures yet to come.  

Now onto a cutsie craft I worked on to use as a display in the hallway outside of my classroom.  Our school uses PBIS, a school-wide positive behavior intervention and support system.  As part of PBIS, we use an acronym to help students remember expectations.  Our acronym is PRIDE, which stands for Politeness, Responsibility, and Integrity, Determines, Excellence.  Since our acronym is PRIDE, we chose a lion as our mascot.  I found this cutsie lion at Hobby Lobby, it was on clearance for $3.79.  The clipboard is from Dollar Tree, for of course, $1.00.

Add a little paint, and voila! A cutsie lion clipboard which I will place in the hallway outside my classroom to display important notes, or high-quality student work.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back to School FREEBIE!

Here's a back to school glyph freebie for you.  Hope you enjoy!  

Back Pack Back to School

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back to School

OK, I admit I have a strange addiction to Target.  But who doesn't love the Dollar Spot? And...the back to school commercials!  Every single time I see this commercial I laugh.  Then I have to repeat the phrase "So much glitter!" (and make the hand gesture!)

Monday, August 8, 2011


Congratulations to Jennifer at Keys4Education!  Selected by Random Number Generator, she is the winner of my latest giveaway, and has won her choice of any two of my Back to School Old Maid games.  Email me at  
☺ Congratulations!

Last chance to enter...

My giveaway ends tonight at 9:00 PM EST.  Don't miss your chance.  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Back to School and a nice little giveaway...

With school just around the corner for many of us, and having already started for some of us--my thoughts turned to the first few days and weeks of school.  What do I get my firsties working on in those first few days and weeks of school? I know that as I begin literacy stations in the beginning of the year, I want to teach my students to work independently, and I want their work to be meaningful.  With that in mind, I created a Back to School Old Maid game that will work nicely as a review of previously learned sight words, and it will give students a chance to learn to work with partners or in small groups.  Of course we all know this takes a lot of modeling to help students to become successful...but this game is ideal for the beginning of the year.  Student's sight word acquisition can vary in the beginning of the year of course, but as a review, I plan to use the Old Maid Pre-Primer words with my firsties in the beginning of the year. In the first few weeks of school I may find I have several students who could use a higher level of words, and will use the Primer or First Grade games with them.  

So...on to the giveaway.  This one's easy!  
1.  Be a follower of my blog, or become a follower of my blog and leave a comment. 

2.  Visit my Teachers Notebook shop and add my shop to your list of favorites, then leave a comment.  
There you have it! Two super easy ways to enter my giveaway.  The prize? I'll give you your choice of any two of my newest games: Back to School Old Maid, available in Pre-Primer, Primer, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade.  Enter until Monday, August 8, 9:00 PM EST.  Winner announced shortly there after.  Good luck everyone!  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Amazing Bloggers!

I just have to give a GIGANTIC shout-out to a whole bunch of master bloggers.  I'm sure you know about the  big Back to School Bonanza Contest that was held over at Erica Bohrer's First Grade blog.  Well, the contest featured goodies from each of the following blogs:


AND...*I WON!* I was so excited when I found out I won--I screamed and jumped up and down! (picture the crazies on The Price is Right! Really? Really!)

I'm just now starting to download all these amazing back to school goodies--since I've spent the past two days driving from NY to MN. (But that's another story!)

The back to school items these teachers featured are sure to get the school year off to a great start.  If you haven't already checked out their amazing offerings--you should do it now.  Especially since many teachers are involved in the big back to school sale at TpT!

Thank you to these amazing bloggers! Your generosity is truly appreciated!