Saturday, October 27, 2012

Where have I been?

At school!!!   That's where I have been.  Busy, busy, busy...parent conferences, math tubs, daily 5, reading, writing...all the while being a mom and a wife.'s exhausting.

and I just found out yesterday that a flash drive full of teacher stuff now doesn't work.  :(  Looks like I'll be backing up files left and right now.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


View from the door.
View of the side of the room from the door.

view from the back wall.

Guided reading and small group area.

Calendar/Morning Meeting area - you may be asking where is the calendar?  Well, I am waiting for them to move a Promethean board into my room and here is where it will go.  If it isn't there by meet the teacher I'll put up my own calendar goodies.

Another view - still need my rug

math tubs in back and student book boxes on shelf.

gonna turn these doors into name word wall, post the counting jar, and something else I just forgot about.

Word work

Reading - still need books

writing and part of word wall

Listening and I can read environmental print board

Science!!! and giving tree

math area
Well... almost done.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Project

Today I had new teacher I didn't get much done in my room.  What I did finish, I forgot to take pictures of.  I wasn't much though but I did manage to score some cubbies!  

On another note, when I ended up inheriting some old foam floor tiles.  No rug in my room.  So I decided to write up a project on Donors Choose.  I had one funded last year, but I have changed schools so this would impact my new class. 

Click on the words below to check out or donate to my project.


More pictures tomorrow...I hope.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Classroom Day 5

I went up to school today to work a little.  I am running short on time.  Next week I start new teacher inservice.  YIKES!

View from the door.
sink area - might add a board or something.  Not sure if it will be science or art area.

Word wall on a chalk board.  Need more tape.  To the right will be word work station.

Left is writing station, right is my small group area.

reading station and listening to the right.  Math tubs will go on tall shelf.  Not so happy with this area. 

small group area

Class room day 3 and 4

view looking to the back of the room

Calendar/circle area
Student tables
view from the back of the room
Once the 3rd grade furniture was out and mine was in, I could arrange things.  The tables still need to be lowered and I have shelves to bring in, but looking better so far.

Classroom...Day 1 and 2

My closet full of stuff I need to unpack.
I did cover the boards.

I tried to clean the chalk board and started to add border.

Oh, did I mention 3rd grade furniture was still in the room.

More of my stuff.

More 3rd grade stuff...needs to go.

My fabulous boards, not sure what to put in the middle there.

View from the door.  Still lots to do.

When I came in on Monday I really didn't get much done but covering the boards and emptying boxes.  My room had the 3rd grade furniture and no kinder stuff anywhere in sight.  Luckily during the next few days my teammates helped me hunt down and move the kinder furniture into my room. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

50 Follower Giveaway!


Click on the pic to go to her giveaway.  Good luck!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Congrats to Katie L!!! She is the winner of the $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate.  I will email you ASAP.  :)  Please let me know when you receive it. 

Happy shopping Katie.

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If you haven't entered my giveaway, please hurry. 

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sight Word Pointers

So I am going through boxes and boxes of things in my garage and I came across these poor souls. 

Boy have they seen better days.  These were something I created a couple of years ago.  I think it's time to replace them.  A few days ago I saw these on Pinterest.   Click on the pic to go to Kinderdi's blog to see other fun sight word ideas.


My old ones are made with foam and I used glitter glue to write the words.  Her's are on cardstock.  She laminated them and taped them to the back of the stick.

Here's a pic  of what I came up with.  I only printed the first 2 pages, my ink is running out, but I plan to use other colors than what I have pictured.  All I did was print them out, laminate them, and tape the wooden stick to the back.  Hopefully they will last, if not, I can always print more.

I used the sight words that my district uses in the language arts adoption.  I think I will put them in my pointer can as we learn them.

Click here to get your sight word pointer freebie.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway

Only 2 more days!!!  Giveaway ends July 25th!  Some lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers.  What a great way to start the year. 

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Good Luck!

Friday, July 20, 2012

My 100 Follower Giveaway!!!

I just reached 100 followers tonight and my 100th follower just happens to be from my same district.  Talk about crazy.  Anyway...about the prize.  I absolutely love Teachers Pay Teachers and I hope that you do too.  So I plan on giving away a $25 gift certificate to TPT to 1 lucky winner. 

I am using Rafflecopter to pick the winner so hopefully it works out ok.  All you have to do to enter is follow my blog, blog about my giveaway, and, leave a comment on my giveaway post.  Please make sure that there is a way that I can contact you if you are a winner.

Good Luck!!!

Giveaway ends on July 25th. a Rafflecopter giveaway

DonorsChoose Giveaway

Have you heard about this great giveaway at Herding Kats?  She is giving away a $25, $15, and $10 giftcard to donorchoose!!!  How awesome is that?

Click on the pic to head to her giveaway.  Good Luck!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Another giveaway!!!

Not me least not yet.

Mrs. Plant's Press has reached 500 followers!  Check out her giveaway here.
Mrs. Plant's Press

Good luck friends!

Ms. Fiorini's 600 Follower Giveaway

Congrats to Ms. Fiorini!  She now has 600 followers!  Way to go.
To celebrate she is having a big giveaway.  Click on the pick to go to her blog.  Good Luck!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fun in the sun

Back from vaca now it's time to get the ball rolling.  Not too much longer and I'll be back in my room starting from scratch.  YIKES. 

Until then..

The Sun and Sand

 and this sweet girl...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

More organization!!!

Look what I bought myself.  Click on the pick to get yours.  It ROCKS!
Yep, I decided I needed to have one at home so that I could be getting my center activities ready for next year.  Amazon had a great deal.  I just used mine tonight to laminate my monthly labels from Under the Alphabet Tree.  Get yours here.
Here is what Jessica's look like.
I decided that since I have tons of plastic tubs..why not use them.  Plus they will fit nicely on my shelf in my BIG old closet.  Here are mine.  Not sure about the placement on the shelf...or cabinet. 

These are mine.
 Speaking of tubs...I ordered a set of 10 tubs from Wal-mart online and here is what they look like.  I can never have enough tubs. :)


If you notice to the right you see more tubs...well, When I got my first package I opened it up and only 5 of the 10 tubs had the blue latching handles.  I then contacted Wal-mart and they said they would send another set and that for all the mess I could keep the first set too.  SO - now I have 20 tubs, 5 of which do not have latching handles...oh well.  I am going to use these to hold my math center activities.  The ones I used last year were too small. check out my garage...I am making good progress considering I don't really have a lot of time to it is so hot!!!