Monday, August 3, 2015

B2S Sale!

I am loving this Teachers Pay Teachers Sale and have already purchased several things. I won't will try not to purchase much more for the sake of my wallet. Back to school can really me hard on a teacher's wallet, can't it?!

I wanted to share a few things I have purchased and looked through already and am SO excited about using.

I am looking forward to using these to review letter formation with my firsties at the beginning of the year. 

This will also be great beginning of the year word building activities. I will probably use these with students who are having some trouble with cvc words. 

I plan to send these home with students to practice their reading fluncy. 

I picked up these since I plan to try using Interactive Reading Notebooks this year and this will be the perfect resource for that. 

**Click on each of the pictures to be taken to TPT.

That's some of the things I have gotten and can't wait to use this school year. 

My little shop is on sale. You can click on the picture below to visit it.

Thanks to Doodle Bugs for the graphic!

Happy Shopping! 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Currently August

Listening---"Bones" is one of my favorite shows and re-runs are on quite often.

Loving---I am always so thankful for my family and friends, but especially tonight. We were having a church picnic and swim party and the night was about to come to an end when i fell down a step and fractured my ankle. My family and church family stepped right in and helped me so much.

Thinking & Wanting---The worse part of the above incident is tomorrow is the first day back to school. I am freaking out about how I will get everything done and ready for my first graders. Thankfully, again, for my wonderful family and friends, many have already volunteered to help in my room this week.

Needing---I'm sure all you other teachers realize the need for feeling better and wanting to be back to 100% ASAP.

B2S RAK---I plan on picking up doughnuts for my co-workers one day this week.

This is certainly not how I planned to begin August or Back-to-School, but thanks to wonderful family and friends and very thoughtful and understanding administrators, we will make it work.

Happy August!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Five for Friday

What day is it? During the summer, I usually know what day of the week it is, but I often have to refer my phone for the actual date.

I am excited it's Friday and to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

My sweet niece is 3 and went to princess dance camp this summer. She is now in love with all things princess. We have been listening to lots of Disney princess music this week.

I am participating in a Back to School exchange with Simply Kinder. This is what I put in the mail for the person I was assigned.

Am I the only person whose classroom gets worse before it gets better? ha. I reorganize so much and buy new stuff so it seems like a bigger mess than when I started. 

I passed by a yard sale today and saw this great table and chairs. It is handmade and since I was a teacher the lady let me have it for $30. I was excited. Help me decide...Should I paint the chairs and table legs? If so, what color?

I made these and posted them on TPT a couple of weeks ago. I'm excited to use them in my classroom this year. (You can click on the pictures to look at them). As a little giveaway, the first three people to comment on this post can pick which Sight Word Dice Games they want (Pre-Primer, Primer, or 1st grade) and list their e-mail and I will send them to you.

Have a good weekend! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back to Blogging

It has been almost an entire year since I blogged. Last school year was an EXTREMELY challenging school year for me. I had 25 kiddos, which is the maximum in Tennessee for a 1st grade classroom. I just didn't have the time or energy to blog. However, after having some time to reflect on the school year, I know that my school year last year definitely made me a stronger teacher.

With that in mind, I am ready and excited for a new school year and (hopefully) blogging again...

I REFUSED to go to school the entire month of June. There were many times I wanted to, but decided I needed at least an entire month where I didn't even go in the building. Of course, I spent plenty of time thinking about school, pinning ideas, and reading a few books. After all, Pinterest is approved Professional Development...right?!?

However, on July 2nd. I decided I would start going up to school atleast once a week for a few hours. I like to do this, rather than spending a whole week the week before school. 

This is what my classroom looked like when I returned for the 1st time after floor waxing. 

This is the 1st year, the cleaning crews have had us leave a map of how we wanted things set-up. The did a great job following my map. I will still move some of the furniture around, but having everything in the general area is a HUGE help.

I am now working on the organizing, etc. So stay tuned for more pictures. 

I'm excited to get back to blogging. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teacher Week: Why

Being organized is something I have to have. Most people would probably say I am an extremely organized school, at church, at home. You name it; I try to organize it. ;)

Here are some things in my classroom that I have done to help me stay organized and why they work.

These drawers are one way I stay organized. Why? Well, the large set kind of takes places of having a desk and desk drawers. I keep all my supplies in it, along with all my teaching materials I need throughout the day. The labels make it super easy for anyone else coming into my room, like an assistant or substitute, to find things.  The small set is where I put daily work, materials, etc.; labeled by date. I also have a draw for things to copy, things to grade, sub plans, paper, and band-aids (cause we know in first grade you go through hardly any a ton of band-aids). 

My classroom library is something I strive to keep very organized and try to make it easy for my kids to help. My first year teaching, my books were organized by level. Now, that I do Daily Five, I decided to change to organizing books by topic. That way kids can use the I-Pick method for choosing books. Each book topic has a box that is numbered. Then the books have a corresponding number written on them. 

For example, my Franklin and Bernstein Bear books are basket 4. So, all those books have a 4 in the corner so when a kiddo is done with that book, they know to match it to box 4. This works great with my first graders and is something they can actually do and help keep organized.

My final organization tip is my student mailboxes. My first year teaching I purchased some cardboard mailboxes, but they didn't hold up well. After that I thought about buying the nice wooden ones, but a. they cost a lot and b. they take up a lot of room. So, this is my solution. I have a file box with a hanging folder for each student. That is where there graded papers go (they take them home on Fridays). For notes, etc. I put them in the black basket on top of the file box and just place them in each folder, which are kept in the white container. 

Each student in my class has a number, so their folder has a number (so I can reuse them each year without renumbering them). 

I hope you can use some of these organization tips in your classroom. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teacher Week: Where

Today, for Teacher Week, we are sharing where we teach.

This is my fourth year teaching...for the first three years, I had a Dr. Seuss theme in my classroom. I loved it, but after three years was ready for a change. Rather than choosing a specific theme i.e. beach, jungle, Dr. Seuss. I decided to just do a "colorful" theme.

Here's the final product... (sorry the pictures aren't the best quality...taken with an iPhone).

This is the view you see when you walk into my classroom.

This view is from the front of my classroom; right in front of my Smart board.

This is where I meet with students for Guided Reading, Math, Writing Conferences, etc. It's also my teacher area instead of a desk. 

My classroom library. 

Our meeting area and word wall. This is probably my favorite area in my classroom. I am also in LOVE with my carpet from Kid Carpet. It is the first year I have been allowed to have a carpet in my room. Above the word wall is another bulletin board that has my alphabet, number words and color words.

This is one of my favorite things in my classroom this year. I wanted to add pictures of my kids and this was the perfect solution. I plan to change it once a month. My littles loves seeing pictures of themselves hanging up. :)

That is all the pictures I have tonight. 
There is lots of white space and empty boards, but that is reserved for student work and anchor charts. The other thing I really wish I could have in my classroom is things hanging from the ceiling. The fire marshal won't allow us do all my blogger friends out there get by with it?? I'm super jealous!

Have a good evening!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Teacher Week: Who

I am so excited to be linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week! Today started my second week with kids at school (third week for teachers). So, today is a great day to kick-off Teacher Week.

Today is all about Who...

This picture was taken this summer when I was at the beach for a family vacation; two of my favorite things the beach and family.

Here is my family and I at the beach. Love them all. 

My sweet niece and I. I get to keep her 3 days a week after school until my sister and brother-in-law get off work. I have another niece on the way. 

Another HUGE part of my life is my church and church family. I work with the kids and youth each week at church. This is when we took our youth to the beach for a retreat this summer...I told you I LOVE the beach :)

I went to college at Carson-Newman. Go EAGLES!! These girls made my college days AMAZING and are still dear friends; even though we all live in separate places now. 

When I am not teaching, spending time with my family or church family, I am often cooking and party planning. I LOVE to plan fun parties for people and LOVE to try new recipes.

This is from my sister's Baby Sprinkle I threw her this weekend.

Other random facts about me...
*I am not married; still praying for my Mr. Right.
*This is my fourth year teaching. 
*I took the place of my 1st grade teacher (she was retiring the year I graduated from college).

Can't wait to meet many new bloggers this week. Be sure to link-up.