Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 20 and I'm still alive!

Wow!  I have neglected my blog for quite a while! It's the 20th day of school Monday!
The new school year has started, I've got a great little group and I've got lots to share!

Let's see...where should I start?  At the beginning of course!  The beginning of the school year, that is!  I have the sweetest group of kiddos, the best teaching partners, a beautiful new classroom and an awesome year planned!  It's going to be great!

First of all, the new campus and my new classroom are amazing!  I love it!   I've had a few bumps in the road with organizing my new room and figuring out where to put everything.  I'm still playing around with where to keep supplies, math and word work games.  I've ordered 3 sets of these drawers:
I read the reviews and was mixed about ordering them, but am happy to report they work great!  They are perfect for putting my word work games and materials and math "tub" supplies.  I will start using them this week, as I implement the first week of Daily 5 (maybe 3) and will let you know how it goes!  Here are some FREE Daily 5 Anchor Charts that Käri created for our classes this year!  Head over and get them for yourself!

So, Day 20 is tomorrow!  That  means our 2nd visit from Zero the Hero!  He's a great little visitor.  We can always count on Zero to show up every 10 days! 

This is a picture from last year of Zero with Ruby on the 100th day!

I plan on using this with my students tomorrow!  It is exactly what I need and FREE from Look Who's Smarter.

I've got one last deal for you, too!  Have you heard about Educents, the website with deals for educators? Here's your chance to get $10 free!  Click below to sign up and start accessing great resources for great prices....lots are free!

Have a great week....and tune in Friday for a Blog Hop I'm participating in.  Lots of great ideas will be shared and lots of freebies, too!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Two more days!

I finally did it!  I went from this 

to this

Beanie Baby reading strategies

The reading nook - pinterest inspired!  

My word wall!  I love it!

My new calendar "wall" takes up most of my whiteboard, but that's ok!  I've got two whiteboards now!!

My t.v. is not yet hooked up, but will be great for whole class instruction!

The library is still waiting on the bookshelves, but look at that natural light!  Speaking of natural light, this "Green" classroom has sunlights!  I haven't turned on the LED lights once, except to demonstrate the difference to visitors!  The natural sunlight is beautiful and makes me so much happier!

I can't wait for my kiddos to get here on Tuesday!  I'm so excited to meet my new class of firsties and give them a tour of their new classroom and their new school!

Check out the rest of the campus:

This is the "garden" area outside my room.

Newly painted volleyball court and hopscotch and four square courts in the background.
The climbing structure is on hold until October, but will be placed in the area beyond that hopscotch!

The gym is still under contruction until November!

The bathroom is right next door!

Wow!  I'm so excited for the school community!  We have waited a long time for this and it's finally a reality for our little charter school!  YAY!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Guess where I've been?

I'm back in the saddle...almost!  We have been under construction since the middle of last year, and now all the displacement and moving is paying off.  Our new school is wonderful!  It is gorgeous and it is a 21st Century Green classroom!  It has skylights that let in so much light, I don't even need to turn on the lights.  The thermostat adjusts itself based on the body heat and movement in the's wild.

The new classroom doesn't have as much storage as the old one, but that's ok.  I'm taking the opportunity to PURGE again.  I purged for the first move and I purged before summer and I'm purging big time now.  I don't want to bring anything ugly into the room just to store my junk.  If I haven't used it in a year, then I really don't need it.  The only thing I won't get rid of is books!

The school ordered two book shelves which should be here right before or after school starts.  I already have one in the room that is cool and has deep shelves and some display shelves too.  I also just got my Donors Choose project funded for a big book storage cart and large book display shelf for my thematic books.  I'm stoked!  I can't wait for it to be all set up!

I'm going in again tomorrow to tackle organizing my craft supplies...YIKES!  Then we have Tuesday and Wednesday to work some more before meetings start on Thursday!

When I'm not able to be in the classroom, I'm doing everything I can at home to get ready!  I've numbered supplies and am packing the pencil boxes!  This year they are getting a western themed eraser and pencil included in the pencil box.  This will get them excited about our "Got Grit?" schoolwide theme!  I'll tie a bow around it for their back to school gift!

And let's not forgot that teachers are parents, too!  I have four girls starting new school years, too.  We have always taken our first day of school picture, of course.  This year, my Sophomore in college drove home the day before her sisters' first day of high school to "pose" a first day picture!  (Her idea! :)  I love that it was that important to her.  She helped pick out the first day outfits and gave good advice to her sisters!  The next day we took another.  I love these girls and the young women they are becoming.  They love each other and are kind, good people!  I'm a lucky mom for sure!  It's been nice to have an extra long summer this year.  I've been able to be there for them as they start high school.  It's been great to be home and hear about their days.  I hope they are still excited to talk about their day when I get home later than them.  
And don't worry...they really are happy in the picture...even Ally in the middle!

And just a reminder that even highschoolers are still daughter can't give up on summer.  She's constantly practicing gymnastics and enjoying the sunshine!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Searching for Inspiration!

I don't go back to school for a couple of weeks and I'm itching to start planning for my new group of firsties!  Since I can't get into my classroom, I've been browsing TpT for some new inspiration!   So today I'm sharing a wonderful activity from Pam at Mrs. P's Specialties!  These are just two activities from her Apples and Pumpkins Bundle.

Since I don't have students right now,  I had to borrow a neighbor to help me out!!  He loved it and was proud to show off his penmanship...pretty good!  Anyway, these cute little pumpkin cards feature all the letters of the alphabet.  This activity is perfect for my Word Work Tubs!  Choose a card, write the letter in the box, then write down the next two letters that would follow in alphabetical order!  Great hands on formative assessment!  (Also included is a pumpkin number sequencing activity perfect for math tubs while I'm buiding routines!)

This bundle also includes an adorable emergent reader for the beginning of the year or RTI!  This little book reviews the color words and will be a great first book for some of my little firsties who need the review and to build their confidence!

You'll definitely want to check this out for your students. Just print, cut and place in your tubs.  The emergent reader is easily copied and assembled by the students!  Now that's teacher friendly and hands on and engaging for students!

Be sure and visit Mrs. P's Specialties while you're searching for inspiration!


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