Friday, August 14, 2015

An almost finished room

Here is my room in pictures.   I still have a bit more to do...adding student work, a curtain for my computer table, table signs, and a few finishing touches.  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

It's game time

I can't believe the summer is almost over.  Today we were allowed into our classrooms for the first time.  I stayed for at least 6 hours.  Thank goodness my daughter was entertained by another teachers kiddos and by her own classroom.  Her teacher was nice enough to let her play for awhile.

This year I moved to a new room...and it is fabulous.  It has a great layout.   Here is what I did today.

This will be my small group area

This is the writing area.  I am going to use the board to display their writing.

This is a view of the math shelf and my word wall.

A view from the front door

Large group area

It is still a work in progress and I have a lot left to do.  Wish me luck!  I am back at it tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Project 1: Giant floor pillows

This summer I decided to finish up projects that I never did last year.  The first one I started was to make giant floor pillows.  I saw a post on pinterest and bought the fabric last year, but never got around to it.   Maybe because of my two little ones running around.  

Here is the post. 
giant floor pillows

I am almost done with the first pillow.  They are going to be BIG.  I think 2 of my kinders and fit on them at a time.  I am going to try them out this year and if they cause problems I will just make smaller ones next year.  

I didn't use a pattern and I certainly didn't cut very straight, so we will see how they end up.   (fingers crosses they are like the pictures above)

My Christmas present from 2 years ago being put to good use.

Here is me about to pin the sides together.
 I'll add to this post as I complete my project...STAY TUNED.


I finished the pillow and it is SOOO big.  I love it.  I am still deciding if I need to make another or make 2 smaller pillows.  

It's like big dog sized...I am thinking 2 kiddos can use it for read to self or one can snuggle on it and read.   

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Classroom learning space project

I recently wrote another donors choose project.  This time for a classroom carpet that will become a place to sit and another learning space to use during station and small group time.  It's expensive, because classroom rugs are not cheap.  Most schools already have them, but mine does not.  I have been using a simple blue rug I got from big lots, but that one isn't lasting.  :(

Time for something new...we have carpet, but that too has seen better days.  I wanted to try sit spots, but those too are expensive.  Anyway, to try and get it out there more, here is my project.  Click on the picture to help my project.

Classroom Learning Space

Thank you!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer blogger???

That's what it seems I have become.  I try to do better each year, but it doesn't seem to work for me.  I guess being a mother of 2 and a teacher doesn't exactly leave you with much free time.   It's summer again and I find myself making plans to do things for my room and not really getting much done.  

This coming year I am moving to a new room.  I managed to snap a few pics at the end of the year after I put all my goodies in.  This room belonged to a friend of mine that got moved to 2nd grade for the past year.  She had to move rooms so I moved up into hers.  My room is now becoming pre-K.  My furniture is on the window side of the room and the 2nd grade furniture is on the door side.   I am hoping it gets moved before I get to get to decorating.   

With this room I get more bulletin boards and a better Promethean board.  I am happy!!!


Now, on to thinking about classroom arrangement.  I has a flipped floor plan that mine did last year, but I think it should be easy to come up with something that works.  Fingers crossed!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Freebie Friday

Some of ya'll have emailed me about my line up chants that I made in the past.  I need to change the email that my blog is connected to because it is not one I check often.  So, if you have emailed me without any response I apologize.  But you can get the chants here.

I originally saw this on What the Teacher Wants Blog and changed it up a bit.  
There is also one on this blog to download.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wow...where did the time go?

So, I guess I was terrible at blogging this year.  Wanna know why?  Here's a hint:
Yep, you guessed it.  I had a baby girl.  I was super busy being a full time mom and a full time teacher.  I was lucky to have 6 weeks off with my new little one and then it was back to school.  Flash forward to now and it is SUMMER.  What comes with summer?  MORE TIME!  So, back to the blogging world I go.  I hope to do better than I did last year, but I am a mom to young kiddos, so who knows what will happen.

During the summer break, I have tons of things that I want to accomplish (for school) all the while still being a good mommy...the list is endless... 

Here's whats on the plan so far:
1.  Read this book and revamp my Daily 5 time.  I have tons of pins on pinterest I need to look through.
2.  Make a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree - have been wanting to do this for years.  I finally have a carpet roll.  It's a smaller one, but that's ok. Maybe something like this:
This pic comes from Love Two Teach. I love how she made it magnetic.  Click on the picture to see her blog about it.

3.  Get my Donors choose project funded.  Click on the picture below to see my project.  It is for leveled books for our classroom library.  I don't have very many for my students to read during Read to Self time.  This project would really help out my students.  Please check it out.
Ready to Read!!
4.  Make new curtains.  This will require me breaking out my new sewing machine.  Shouldn't be too hard, right?  My curtains right now look like this:  

Not a great picture but you can see they need some revamping.  I need more color, maybe a blue and green theme.  I'll have to see what Michaels or Hobby Lobby have.

And the list could go on.  Maybe I'll say this is part one of the list.  I will try to accomplish these before I move on to other things.