Saturday, August 30, 2014

Classroom Reveal

Finally! Better late than never, right!? I really love the way it is coming together - there are still some things on my to-do list, but I finally had to convince myself to stop and that all things will eventually get done. Plus, I'm probably the only one who notices those little things. I'm linking up with Alexis at Laugh, Eat, Learn for this classroom reveal! 

So...I showed my husband these pictures and, after telling me that he thought it looked great, he quickly called me out and said, "This is the cleanest your room -- and teacher desk -- will ever be!" So true. But I'm going to try really hard to keep my desk area clean and organized (this happens to be the same goal I set every year...still working on it).
Immediately inside the classroom door. To the left are student cubbies and built-in shelves where I store my read alouds and professional books (covered with polka dot curtains, of course).
The view from right inside the doorway. My mat takes a lot of abuse over the year. We are on it A LOT. I love that each child has a clearly defined spot when we sit as a whole group at the mat. I also do y math groups there rather than at a table. My small group can spread out with whiteboards, manipulatives, etc. and not have to worry about limited desk space. 

My somewhat organized desk. I never sit there...it's just a place to accumulate piles of papers!

"Reading table." I've made this arrangement of desks work for years for reading groups, but a REAL kidney table is arriving next week!! 

One side of my classroom library...

...and the other side! I like having it split so that the kids are spread out while in the library.

This is what I walked into 2 weeks ago. I was so thankful that at least my furniture was not stacked in the center of my room! Notice the kidney table - that has since been taken to another room and I am waiting my new one!


Well, there she is, my room in a nutshell! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and happy Back 2 School!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Teacher Work Week = Tired Teacher

Now that I am recovered and rested from my INCREDIBLE trip to Alaska, it's back to reality and time to go back to work...where has the summer gone?! It was only a 3 day work week (although, I went in on Monday to begin setting up my room) and I'm EXHAUSTED! Whew! The staff meetings have already begun and that is why my room still isn't finished...sigh. I'm making progress and hope to have pictures up soon.  In the meantime, I did complete my "welcome to first grade" postcards. I typically make phone calls to each family, but our schedule continues to be slammed with meetings next week and I wasn't sure if I could make those phone calls prior to our Open House. Luckily, my friend Sarah at There's No Place Like Second Grade made these adorable postcards...and they're a fan freebie on her FB page! She is so talented and I adore everything she makes!
I'm excited to put these bad boys in the mail tomorrow so I can finally cross something off of my ever growing To Do list(s)!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fall Clip Art is Ready!

Although I am not wishing my summer away (not by any means!), I just finished my FALL set...and in time for the big TPT sale!  This was the perfect project for a rainy afternoon today.  Who doesn't love fall? A little hot apple cider, changing/falling leaves, cooler temps, Thanksgiving dinner...best season ever! 
Hope you like 'em!