Friday, December 30, 2011

MLK Day Freebie!

Holy wow! Have I really not blogged since before school started!? I guess regularly updating this poor blog will be at the top of my resolutions list!

Anywhos, as I was beginning to plan for the first few weeks back at school {I can’t believe break is already over in 3 days :o( }, I was having a difficult time finding morning work {a.k.a. worksheets} for MLK, Jr. Day that was appropriate for my students. So, I took matter into my own hands and created this beauty!

 Head on over to my TpT store here for your free copy! Please leave me a comment as well if you download it. I LOVE comments!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Printed Duct Tape LOVE

While picking up my 10 cent composition books at Staples this week, I needed at least 5 dollars worth of items to buy to get the extreme deal. {They sure know how to sucker more money out of us, don’t they?}
Anywhoos, I saw these beauties on a display and knew I JUST. HAD. TO. HAVE. THEM.
They’re zebra and leopard print! PERFECT for my jungle/safari theme!
So I got them to my classroom and was just staring at their beauty, pondering what in the world I could do with them. And then it hit me. Why don’t I jazz up my book boxes? So this is what I did.

I took my book boxes that I had purchased last year from Target's dollar spot {have I ever mentioned how much I love that place?} and simply added two pieces of the duct tape to the end! They turned out so cute!
Here are all of the boxes together sitting on the counter. On the first day of school I plan on taking each student’s picture and then adding them on top of the animal prints. This will make it quick and easy for them to find their boxes.
Don’t you just love the simplicity of it? I think these are my new favorite items in my classroom! :o)


Classroom Pictures...So Far

So life has been pretty hectic the past few weeks. I have one last final week of summer break before going back for a 3 week “boot camp.” I’m not going to complain though, because one of those “boot camp” days includes a special speaker - - the one and only RON CLARK!!!!!! (I CAN’T WAIT!!!)
Anywhoos, I have spent many hours in my classroom already, but feel like I have SO much more to do! A little bit of background on my school: it’s a charter school in Cincinnati. There is already one campus (K-12) on the west side of town and they are opening up a new campus (K-6) on the east side. I was lucky enough to be able to go to the new campus. I can’t wait until all of the kiddos arrive on September 6th!
On Tuesday this past week, I decided in the afternoon to head out to get some things done in my room since the hubby got home from work early.  BAD IDEA! I should have just stayed home because not even 5 minutes away from my house, this happened:

I know, right!? And I had JUSt gotten these tires last September for my birthday too!
Well, enough griping. How about some pictures of my classroom? I am doing a jungle/safari theme this year.

This is what my classroom looked like the very first time that I saw it  - completely blank!
After a few hours here and there, this is what I have so far:

This is where the student mailboxes are located. The cute little animal trash cans are fm Target’s dollar spot (last spring). They are going to be the “scrap bins” for each table whenever we have a cutting project. I hate it when kids are out of their seats to throw away little scraps of paper. Such a waste of time. The students will put all of their scraps in their table’s bin and then the classroom helpers will empty them at the end of the day.
This is the beginning of the library. All of the items here were also found at the Target dollar spot last spring.

I have an ENTIRE wall of windows in my classroom and not even close to the amount of wall space that I need, so I decided to turn each window shade into a different bulletin board!
This is the first one. It is for our weekly mystery reader. I got all of the items that I needed for this from Mrs. D at The Silver Lining. Here is the link to her post.

I found these “Bucket Filling Essentials” that Hope over at 2nd Grade Shenanigans created from Ron Clark’s Essential 55. LOVE!

I can’t take the credit for this behavior chart. I about fell out of my seat when I saw this posted here on Queen of the First Grade Jungle. I just knew that I had to use this for my room!
“Treemendous Words” Can you guess what this is? Lol!

This is the front of my room. I’ve already banged my head on that blasted tv at least 20 times!
This is a picture standing where the tv is.

As you can see, there is still a LOT of work to do, but not too bad for starting with a clean slate! :o)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Classroom Decorating and Emmie's 4th Birthday

So I went into my classroom for the first day of organizing and decorating today. I have been stressing out about getting my classroom together for this upcoming school year because I am moving to a new school and a new grade. Eeeekkk! I have actually been able to get into my classroom since mid-June, but there was really no point in going except to drop off my buckets and buckets of classroom stuff until today because there was no furniture at our new school yet. 

Well, the desks finally arrived on Friday, so I headed on in today. I got quite a bit done and was actually surprised and pleased with myself. Sad thing is, I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES BEFORE I LEFT!!! UGH! I was really excited to show my dear husband the pictures of what I had accomplished today and realized half-way home that I never took any! Ooops! Oh well. I guess I'll have to remember to take some when I go in later this week.


On a non-school related note, my little girl turns 4 tomorrow. 4! I can't believe it! Check out this cute little face!

We’re surprising her with a trip to the zoo and Build-A-Bear tomorrow. She is also getting her ears pierced because she wants to be like the “cool girls” that live across the street. :o)


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Super Cute New Blog!

I found a super cute new blog this morning called A Little Kinder Told Me So and she is hosting her first giveaway! She is giving away a customized tote bag, a $10 gift card to Target, and a $10 gift card to Sonic!!!
Head on ove rto her blog to find out how to enter and to look at all of her cute stuff!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bulletin Board Linky Party!

So I'm doing my first ever linky party with  Sunny Days in Second Grade to share some of my bulletin boards over the past few years. I hope I am doing this right!

I know that I have a lot more pictures of bulletin boards, but I just can't seem to find them right now! Oh, well. I am already planning for my new classroom at my new school with my new grade {2nd}! I hopefully will be able to get into my classroom some time over the next week. I have been gathering some great ideas from all of teh awesome linky parties that are going on in blogland! I'll post some pics of my new room when I get some things on the walls!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cupcake Addition!

I have posted my first products on Teachers Pay Teachers and I thought I would share it with ya'll! I am so excited to finally be able to find the time to post these products! :o) Anywhos, the first product is an addition math center game, which includes a recording sheet. Below, you will find the link to teh game on Teachers Pay Teachers. I hope to be posting more games and units soon!

Cupcake Addition

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My First Attempt...

Okay, so here is my VERY FIRST attempt at creating a game or anything of the sort to share on my blog.  PLEASE let me know what you think!  I could REALLY use your feedback!!!!!  Thanks!