Monday, September 22, 2014

My Classroom Reveal--finally!

I had planned on writing this post wayyyy back in August before school even started; however, life takes over and that never happened!  Here is a little glimpse into my classroom :)
 My classroom library.  I split my books into themes and labeled them with numbers.  This way the students can read the number on the cover of the book and they know what bin to return it to.
 My girls did not want to leave the library for me to take pictures, so we have some lovely library models!  I always get asked where I bought my library chairs.  They are actually from the Container Store, but I haven't seen them there since I bought them a couple years ago!
 In the front of the class I have our centers board.  I have a post about how I run my centers HERE and you can find my center cards HERE.
 I don't know what I would do without my back counter!  On the left side of the picture below you can see the bins labeled 'apples', 'hearts', etc.  These are my reading groups.  I keep the materials I need for each group in the bin.  Then, on the right side of the picture you can see the same bins labeled 'M', 'T', etc.  I keep my activity sheets or center activities for the week in these bins.  Lastly, the binders you see below are used for their memory books.
 My storage shelf! Another thing I don't know what I would do without!  Each bin at the top of the shelf holds a different thematic unit.  All of the center work, activity sheets, craftivities, etc. for each theme are kept in the bin.
 Our word wall.  (which I need to add words too!)
 Here is our writing center.  I love using Deedee Wills' monthly writing work stations!  Those combined with my Work on Writing pack makes for the perfect (and easiest to set up) writing center! I introduce one writing activity at a time and as I introduce an activity I leave it in a organizational pocket chart at the center (not seen in the photo).  Then, when all of the different activities are introduced, students will get to choose which activity to work on.  They work so much better when you let them 'choose'! 
 More storage space! You can find shape posters HERE or HERE. You can also find color posters in my store HERE or HERE.
 Our listening center...it just isn't totally set up and running yet!
 Our clip chart...you can read more about how I run behavior management in my classroom HERE.
 Below you can see our calendar area.  You can also see our class birthdays and job chart!  The job chart can be found HERE.
 Number posters hang below the white board. We use these at calendar time as well.  Number posters can be found in my store HERE or HERE.
 I have some bins behind my teacher's desk with sticker and activity sheets for our next unit.  I also have a bin for all of the word work activities for each month. I use a 2 gallon zip lock bag to hold each month.  It makes it so easy to just pull the bag out before the month begins.
 Some more organization behind my desk ;)
 And a view of the classroom from my desk!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my room!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Back to School Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to one of my favorite stores to go back to school shopping (especially for shoes), Macys!
Please enter with integrity, using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll choose a winner a week from today.
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But, wait! That’s not ALL!
The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom d├ęcor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!
To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!
Also, while you are there, be sure to check out what the other Freebie-ladies are giving away. Be prepared for some AMAZING prizes. Take a peek at some of them below!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Create2Educate

Michaels is one of my FAVORITE stores to shop at!! I am lucky enough to have one less than a mile from my house!! They have so many awesome craft supplies, frames, and even organizational items.  Since I frequent Michaels so often, I knew I had to participate in Create2Educate! 

I saw this wooden caddy and knew I had to have it for my desk!
 I bought a bunch of ribbon from Michaels (who doesn't love ribbon) and tied it onto the handle.
 Added my mason jar supplies...
 and now I have the perfect desktop organizer!! So cute!!

Michaels is also my go-to store for table caddies.  This year I am changing my classroom colors a little so I bought blue, white, green, and yellow. Then I hot glued a ribbon around the caddy and added the table numbers.  I love these!
Tomorrow is the last day that Michaels is hosting its #create2educate contest! You can win a $50 gift card to spend in their store! Want to enter? It's easy! Just follow these 3 steps:
I know some of you are SO crafty! I can't wait to see what your projects!! 

Don't forget, teachers get a 15% discount from Michaels ALL year long!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Back to School!

I honestly can't believe that it's time for school again! I'm sure I say this at the end of every summer, but this summer went especially fast!!  (I also heard as you get older the time goes faster...so unfortunately I am also getting old!)
 But, if we have to face a new school year, we might as well face it with a SALE!!  I am discounting my entire store 20% and you can save an additional 8% with the code BTS14. 
Here are some of my favorite products to start the year off with:
 These awesome words can be printed and added to a file folder.  I leave the folders at their writing center and the kids LOVE to use them!! At the beginning of the year they really just use them to label pictures, but eventually they are writing full stories using these folders!
 Five senses is actually one of the first 'themes' I teach.  So this packet is always put to great use! 
 My Work on Writing pack has become a life saver for me.  I print out multiple sets of each page and leave them in a hanging wall organizer at the writing center.  When students visit their center they can choose any type of writing they want: write the room, write the globe, they can write lists, stories, etc.  This makes setting up the writing center so easy and INDEPENDENT!
I don't know what I would do without these word work packs! haha They have saved me SO much time.  I have all of the packs already printed and in bags organized by month.  Each month I will pull out the bag and add the activities into the word work center.  They are all activities that meet the kindergarten standards, but are easy enough each month that the students can complete them independently.  Each month the skills continue to build upon the previous month.  So you really don't have to explain the centers each month because they students already know how to complete them!
One of the items I purchased and had to share were these computer center sheets from Mary over at Sharing Kindergarten.  You can add these sheets to all of your computer desktops and the activities are right there for your students to click on.  This will eliminate almost all of the computer questions students usually have!

Would love to hear what you are purchasing during the sale!