Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Classroom Tour 2014-2015

Better late than never right?!  I know I have been absent, but starting a new grade has been challenging, to say the least.  I miss my BFF's from my old school.  I love teaching, but I love being a mom more.  I have taken the "no regrets" mindset with The Little Man.  He comes first, everything else will wait.  

Did I mention he hardly naps?  He will nap for 30 minutes at a time normally.  (Even at daycare, even swaddled, even in his swing.  We have tried it all.)  I have learned to become quite efficient around the house.  The dishwasher can be emptied and refilled in less than 5 minutes!  

Here is a classroom tour starting at the door and going clockwise.  My room is TINY!  Especially, with all the kiddos in it.  There is barely any storage, so every nook and cranny is full.  It will get there, but right now it is usable.  I try it out for a while and then change it up every now and then.

The set of shelves was zip-tied to the wall, so they stayed there.  :-)

I don't have nearly as much dry erase board space as I did before so my essential questions are written on laminated sentence strips and I erase the old ones and then write the new ones for the next unit.  The magazine boxes hold my picture books that are organized by Accelerated Reader level.  Our text books. workbooks, and chapter books are on the shelves.  The plastic drawers hold my centers, both math and literacy for the week.  I ask two friends to pass out centers and they pass out whichever set of drawers we need.  It is fast and easy to setup and clean up.

I was supposed to have 26 kiddos, but am down to 21.  Woohoo!  When I walked into this room, none of the desks were the same height, none of the chairs matched, it was a disaster!  Thanks to the my wonderful hubby, he risked life and limb climbing through the storage area to find me desks, chairs, and tables that might work.  My desks are zip-tied together, but my kiddos are busy bodies!  Within an hour, their desks are kitty wompus around the room.  I finally put duct tape on the floor so that they have a point of references as to where they should be.  I know they are third graders and they should be able to handle having a desk, but they can't!  I have their desks turned around backwards and they share tool-kits.  It is one less battle that I have to fight at the end of the day.

The blue words on the word wall are third grade sight words and the green words are some vocabulary words.  I think next year, I will make them all vocabulary words, but it works for now.

Here is my little corner of our world.  There was a giant old wooden desk here which I begged them to make disappear.  It took about a week, but eventually it found a new home.  Once again, the hubby had to risk life and limb to find some book shelve for me.  They are in rough shape, but might meet a paint brush this summer.  I tried to get a kidney bean shaped table, but there weren't any.  My dining room table from college will have to suffice.  (It is a drop leaf table, and drop leaf tables + kiddos = disaster.  Needless to say, my mom reinforced it with metal brackets when she came to visit.)

Here is our carpet area.  I think our room might explode if I didn't let them get up and move.  

Here are our math and reading walls. I use these tables for centers and for my kiddos that require their own space.

So, there you have it.  My little slice of the world.  Slowly, but surely it will become mine.  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday & Tuesday Sale!

It's that time of year again!  Hop on over to my store to enjoy 20% off plus use the code TPTCYBER to get an extra 10% off of that, for a grand total of 28% off.  I know we can all use a little extra bang for our buck this time of year, so enjoy!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Sale!

I am so thankful for my readers and the Teachers Pay Teachers community that I just posted a 20% off sale now through tomorrow evening. I haven't forgotten about you.  We have just been busy trying to get a healthy baby.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I'm Alive! Fall Sale and A Freebie!

I'm alive!  I have been overwhelmed with a new baby in the house, a new school, and a new grade level to teach!  I promise you I am here and I haven't forgotten about you!  I have to make all of my lesson plans from scratch so that is taking up any extra time that I have when I am not snuggling The Little Man.  Did I mention we already had conferences?  Yikes!

I am throwing a Fall Sale Tuesday, September 23rd to celebrate fall.  

Grab this freebie at my store!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Back To School Sale and Insanity!

I know, I know, it's been over two weeks since I posted, but I promise I have good excuses.

First, let's talk about the fun stuff. TPT is hosting the annual Back To School Sale today and tomorrow! Make sure you stop by and get 20% off my store plus an extra 10% off by using the code below for a total of 28% off the original prices!

So in the last two weeks...
1) My mom came out for a week long visit.
2) Wyatt ended up at the hospital twice and the doctor once because he was too weak to nurse.
3) Mom and I took a whirlwind three day trip to IL so my grandparents could meet their first great grandchild.
4) And I was offered and accepted a job teaching third grade!

What?! Yes, last Friday I received information about a job that is 2 miles from my house instead of 45! I had all of my copies done for first grade, all of my lesson plans, everything. But, more time with the little man is the most important thing right now. Goodbye hour long commute, hello 4 minute commute.

I feel beyond overwhelmed and exhausted! I have to come back from maternity leave early and everything. There is no way I can get everything done by Thursday when school starts, but I am sure trying.

Here is the pile of stuff from my old school.

Here is the little man helping us load it all into the truck.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made It With A Freebie!

The Little Man is asleep on my lap so I thought I would sneak in a little blogging.

I made these copy slips and put them on brightly colored paper. I paperclip them to my originals and keep them in drawers like the ones below, sorted by unit.  It makes copying so much easier! Volunteers or teammates can grab the copies from the drawer and know exactly what needs to be done.  On the "Number of Copies" line I use terms such as class, partners, 1/4 class etc. so that I don't have to change the slips every year. I use the "Special Notes" section for things such as "staple", "card stock", "yellow construction paper" "cut", "fold", etc.  Click on the picture below to grab your own copy.

I am venturing into the world of classroom decor. I couldn't find one that was exactly what I wanted, so I made my own. Leave a comment below with a theme or color combination you would like to see and I will start working on it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday

I have been working on this post all day, but then Wyatt would squirm, or smile, or just be completely adorable and I would get distracted. (For the record, I don't care what "they" say, a smile is a smile.) The hubster and I have become "those parents" the ones who are completely obsessed with their new baby and can't stop staring at him or stop kissing him. This summer is going to fly by and I want every second of snuggling I can get. 

Ok, ok Book Talk Tuesday...this week is all about Zoom. Wordless picture books make your kiddos seem and feel so smart! They are a major confidence booster especially at the beginning of the year. We use wordless pucture books several times throughout the year. At the beginning of the year, we use them to emphasize the strategy "look at the picture". The kiddos are amazed that they can "read" the book. Later in the year, we use them for main idea. Main idea is a scary topic for firsties, but put a wordless picture book in their hands and suddenly they can tell you what it's all about.  Even if you don't care for Zoom, try to work wordless picture books into your units, you will be surprised how helpful they are.

Here is a child playing with a town.

Wait, that's just a picture on a magazine.

And that boy, holding the magazine, is on a cruise ship. That cruise ship is an ad on the side of a bus.

The book continues to "zoom out" farther and farther. Nothing is as it seems.

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Monday Made It Is Better Than Your Monday Made It

My Monday Made It Is Better Than Your Monday Made It
Wyatt 7/2/14 @ 4:53 p.m. 
7lbs. 6oz. and 20 inches long