Friday, November 20, 2015

Education to the Core Guest Post

So excited to have done  my first guest post with Emily at Education to the Core.  If you're looking for a great intervention for students who struggle with sight word recognition or math facts, you have to check out my post on Incremental Rehearsal!  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Classroom Setup Day 3

Today was day 3 of classroom set-up.  Today was a super short day though, so I didn't get a lot done.  Here's a peek!  

I hauled all of my student chairs out of my big coat closet.  I store them in there over the summer.  Two years ago I had left them in the classroom with my desks over the summer and they DISAPPEARED! I freaked out and my sweet new principal (at the time) spent time combing the building looking for my chairs.  Thank goodness most of them were recovered.  It's still a mystery how they got to a whole different floor of the building.  Hmmph!  Needless to say, now I make sure they are stored in the middle of my big coat closet, surrounded by TONS of stuff and definitely not easy to access!

I got my big hallway bulletin board put up with the names of the students who are currently on my class list, which will change at least 10 more times before school starts, and then again several times in the first week of school.  I'll end up taking down those cute red sneakers with kid's names on them that are now off my list.  But my philosophy is: I'd rather have a sneaker there for a kid who doesn't show up, than not have one there for a kid who does show up.  Every kid deserves to walk up to their classroom on that first morning and see their name on the bulletin board. ☺  So with that said, here's the before picture:
And, here's the afters:

What first graders don't love Pete the Cat?!  What first grade teachers don't love Pete the Cat for that matter?!

You can find that bulletin board set here:

I also wanted to refresh my classroom library, so I added some new cute motivational reading posters: 

You can find them here: 

All of these posters are part of the same pack, I just printed them in different sizes for visual interest.  I printed these smaller and attached them to a ribbon to make a cute little banner: 

I got color copies of our class supply list printed up and ready.  One is displayed here on a clipboard attached to my classroom door.  You can see I use pictures to help parents with the correct items.  We have a large number of ENL (used to be ESL, now it's English as a New Langage!) students, and most of their parents have little or no English.  They appreciate the pictures so they can be sure they are buying the correct supplies for their child.  I've used pictures for the past several years and I've found it very helpful.  

The last project of the day was getting my back to school themed books out.  This is where I was starting to sort them, and this is where they stayed when the building closed early.  Hate leaving a project half-done! Grrr!

I'll be in the classroom all week long, so I'll post more of my projects as they are completed.  Happy back to school season, Teacher Friends! ☺

Friday, August 14, 2015

Classroom Setup Day 2

So yesterday, Day 1 of classroom setup, started with an anxiety attack.  Today, not so bad.  Although I didn't get to cross everything off my to-do list, I did get a bunch of stuff done.  I have a bunch more pictures, and I'll apologize in advance for the blurriness, I must have had a smudge on the lens!  In the first picture you can see my whole calendar wall.  The yellow boards on the right and left sides are old magnetic chalkboards.  Last year I spent a crazy amount of time covering them with yellow contact paper.  I used to try to cover them with bulletin board paper and tried a gazillion different ways to make that stick, with very little success.  The contact paper works!  So everything on the yellow boards has magnets on the back.  I found that using the little magnetic business card magnets works wonders!  Here's a couple of close-ups of the boards, again, sorry for the BLUR!  

On this, the middle board, you can see two white sheets of paper, one has tens frames on it.  Every day as part of our calendar routine we add a tally mark on the blank sheet, and we add a sticker to the tens frame.  It's good daily practice for tallies and tens frames.  Counting them every day is also great practice.  Here's what they look like at the end of the year (excuse the end of the year mess!).

If you're interested, you can snag the tallies and tens frames printables FREEBIE in my TpT store.  Here's a look:

 I use these little smiley face stickers for the tens frames.  

So what else did I get accomplished today?  Well, I got all of my book bins organized and placed in my classroom library.  I used to have a few comfy chairs and cute rugs, but now that I teach inclusion with a co-teacher, I had to downsize so she could fit her desk in my room.  

I got the student desks arranged the way I like.  A modified U layout.

I also got my teacher computer re-hooked to the smartboard and speakers so that I could rock out to Pandora while I worked away!  Got my printer hooked up too.  

I got the wiry mess of student computers untangled and got all of the student computers up and running and they even have internet connection, which doesn't always happen easily in my really old building.  

I did mention yesterday that my building is really, really old right?  Well today I snapped a picture of the plaque that adorns one of our walls. Erected 1917-1918.  Yep, this place is O-L-D!  
Old buildings have lots of faults, but they also have some charms too.  Really high ceilings, which make the rooms feel bigger.  Old fashioned coat closets with storage for days.  Actual brass doorknobs.  Built in storage cabinets with sliding glass doors, O-L-D glass, fragile glass, which is why mine are covered with contact paper!  LOL

Notice something missing with these ordinal numbers?  Seriously, how did 8th, 9th, 10th, and 18th, 19th, and 20th just disappear?? Aggravating! 
Focus wall for math and writing behind the student computers.  

I did not take a picture of my hot mess of a teacher table.  That was on today's to-do list and is not to-done!  LOL  Good luck with your setups if you're in the same mode as I am!  I'll post more pictures next week.  ☺ Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Classroom Setup Day 1

Ok, so I hope I'm not alone on this...but I always get an anxiety attack when I first walk into my room to start set-up.  This year is no different! I mean who could look at that wiry mess and not get anxiety??!  LOL

I went in for a few hours today to just empty my closet, which I forgot to get a picture of, but I can tell you it was packed from top to bottom and wall to wall.  My building is old, I mean really, really old.  We've got those old fashioned coat closets that run along one whole wall of the room, I have a ton of stuff stored in there.  

First look:

Quick inventory, and all of my rolling chairs and all of my tables, which I'm slightly attached to, are there {WHEW}.  A small drop in anxiety level.  ☺

I know, you're jealous of my view aren't you?!  
Yes, my room faces a brick wall.  On the upside, we are spared from the hot afternoon sun, which is a blessing since these old brick buildings feel more like a brick pizza oven on a hot day.  And, with no air conditioning, you just don't even want to breathe in there!  

Anyway, there's the first few peeks.  I'll post more tomorrow.  


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Show Us What You Bought {Linky Party}

I'm joining in on the Blog Hoppin' Linky Party: Show Us What You Bought.  Actually, I was very restrained this time around.  My list of what I bought is not as long as with a typical sale, and as most of my purchases do these days, features a large amount of clipart!

Here we go! First up, a sale wouldn't be a sale without buying something from my favorite clip artist, Krista Wallden @ Creative Clips.  I snagged her Storybook Club Part 2!  We're only half way through part 1 and I already can't wait for part 2! 

Next up, I picked up Pigeon Drives the Bus Clipart Pack from Clipart for Teachers.  It's too stinkin' cute to pass up!

And finally, I picked up Animal Friends Clipart from 2 Super Teachers.  I mean how can you not need Piggie and Elephant clipart?! ☺

So, those were purchases from the 2 days of the sale, which does not include the purchases I made the day before the sale nor the day after the sale.  I may have a slight TpT shopping problem! LOL

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Summer Slacker and the Back to School Blog Hop

So, it's summer....and I am officially a summer slacker.  Other than working on a few first grade goodies I have not even thought about Back to School time.  So this Blog Hop should help get me motivated to do so.  

The super fabulous Heidi Treffert over at Droppin' Knowledge put this whole thing together.  AMAZING!

There are LOTS of teacher bloggers participating, so you have lots of fabulous blogs and prizes to take a look at.  

First, I have to tell you about a couple of sweet goodies that I have available to BTS time:  First, my ever popular Back to School Busy Work Pack for First Graders.  It's filled with lots of very basic printables that are appropriate for the first few days of school.  

Then, I've got my Back to School Part 2! {MORE} Busy Work, which has an expanded variety of printables that are perfect for the beginning of the year.  

Also, if you need a super cute bulletin board or door decor pack, you'll love this!

Now, all about getting you some super cool prizes!

Again, thank you to Heidi Treffert for putting this BLOG HOP together, be sure to hit up all the blogs to see all the goodies you could win.  One of my products is featured in the Giveaway Pack #2, take a look! 

Wishing you the best of luck with these fabulous giveaways, and wishing you a smooth BACK TO SCHOOL 2015! ☺

Check out all these cool blogs and prizes!