Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Classroom Mini-Makeover Reveal!

My nesting instinct has definitely kicked in overtime since I have taken my obsession from cleaning our house to giving my classroom a mini-makeover! :) The more I thought about how I could better organized things in my classroom, the more I was determined to make it even better!  Thus, I give you my Classroom Mini-Makeover!

My Whiteboard BEFORE:  I had dye-cut the individual letters for the different core subjects and "I Can" statements.  They saved me a good amount of time since I didn't have to rewrite them every week.  However, they kept falling off and were easily damaged.

My Whiteboard AFTER:  This year, I have printed and laminated these labels to stay all year. Since they are not individual letters but on single labels, I know it will be much easier for them to stay in-tact.

My Classroom Library BEFORE: I purchased these baskets for a dollar each.  While they were a bargain and lasted almost throughout the year, they began breaking apart and the labels I had used were torn and peeled apart by March.

My Classroom Library AFTER:  I snagged up these durable and flexible bins from Target, and they seem to be the perfect fit!  I simplified my classroom library and  also made my own labels.

My Teacher Desk BEFORE: I thought that my putting crates in front of my desk would create the extra needed storage for math manipulatives.  However, I found that they weren't being used as often as I needed and seemed to have taken up more space.

My Teacher Desk AFTER: I removed the crates and the wrapping paper that was used to decorate the front of my desk.  This simple change leaves the front of my desk more open and even left room for me to hang my handy-dandy bunting.  My sweet husband helped me hang the lanterns and pom-poms on top of my desk to give the ceiling a little more spunk and color.  I've also reorganized my desk, and can I just say how much I love my new supplies drawer organizer?! :)

Other Additions: I also made a new label for my "Extra Paper" crate, which I love, love, love and has saved me so many times!  Every time I go to make copies, I always make an extra copy just in case one of my students messes up or loses his/her original copy.  Whenever this happens, I simply ask my students to go to the extra paper crate to find another copy.  A simple idea as this has saved me so many times, and I simply must have one in my classroom!  I have also bought a new drawer organizer for my Math Calendar materials to sort them out by seasons.  I had the hardest time last year just going through bags and bags of materials to find what I needed.  This year, I know that they are separated in the right place and will be readily accessible when needed.

New Pom-Poms & Desk Caddies: Nothing gives a classroom a pop of color than pom-poms, so I did just that.  Let's hope they stay all year! :)  My new desk caddies are more durable than the ones from last year, and I love they are different colors!

Still Loved: I'm still loving my word wall, which gives me enough space to simply write the sight words using dry-erase markers.  I also love my Math Center cubbies and how easy it was for the kids to help me set up the math centers last year with math buckets already set up!

So that is my classroom for this year!  Now that I'm done reorganizing and decorating, I am ready to simply kick back and enjoy the last weeks I have left of summer vacation and waiting for baby to arrive! 

If you are interested in my bright Chevron Classroom Labels, click to the image below!  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Back to School Freebies

Hi, there!  I thought I would start out this week with some awesome FREEBIES that you might find handy at the beginning of the school year!  And who doesn't like FREEBIES right? :)

If you would like to download your own copy, click to the images below.  If you love what you see and would like to view the complete resource of each FREEBIE, click to the resource cover next to it!

Make sure you scroll all the way down... because there's more!!!!

The first  is actually 3 in one file that comes from my Summer Fun Freebie.  It comes with an "I CAN Tic-Tac-Toe" of summer activities, a reading log, and a summer vacation graphic organizer.  While these files are perfect for students to complete during the summer, they are still great activities at the beginning of the school year!


The second is the "Roll, Trace, & Read -at Family" FREEBIE!  The word family practice sheets come with two pages of simple and decodable words for students to practice writing and reading! Activities can be distributed as printables or be laminated to be used as a spelling center!  If you would like the complete set with 34 Word Families, click to the cover to the right!


The last but not least FREEBIE, is my "How We Go Home Chart". The first day of school can be busy, hectic, and how else can I describe it??!!!  CRAZY!!!  Make dismissal easier and more organized with this graphic organizer!  But wait... there are graphic organizers, forms, and so much more in the complete Meet the Teacher Packet!  Did I also mention that the forms are EDITABLE?!!! :)

Yay!  You made it to the end, but it gets better!  I have also invited my friends to share with you their Back-2-School Freebies as well!  Make sure you click to the links below to check them out!!!

Happy downloading! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

5 Things To Do to Get Ready for Back to School

Today, I'm collaborating with Who's Who and Who's New Blog to bring you 5 Things to Do to Get Ready for Back to School!

The beginning of the year is a crazy, hectic time!  With convocation, Professional Developments, Meet-the-Teacher-Night, and so much going on, here are 5 ideas to help make things a little bit smoother for your classroom!  Simply click to the button below to take you to my post!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Awesome Back-to-School Deals!

I know it's still July, but there are some awesome Back-to-School deals that are going on right now that are just simply impossible to pass up!  Below are some awesome deals that I found!

If you love using Sharpies as much as I do, these 5-pack Sharpie packages are only $1 each at Office Max/Depot this week (July 4-11th)!  I don't live anywhere near one, but luckily I am near a Staples and they do price matching!!!  Therefore, I was able to screenshot the ad from Office Max's website and Staples honored it!

I can't also tell you how many times I wished I had inch rulers to teach my firsties measuring in inches without them getting so confused when centimeters are also printed on them.  Therefore, I was thrilled when I found these 12-inch rulers for only 35 cents each at Staples!  I grabbed a class set, and can't wait to put them to good use this year!

Now, if you head on over to Office Max this week, they'll have their plastic rulers for only 25 cents!

Here are all the other deals going on at Office Max and Staples this week!  Also, don't forget to subscribe to Staples and Office Depot/Max's Teacher Rewards email program!  You'll save money and get an invitation to their Teacher Appreciation Day, which should be coming up this month!!!

Also....have you stopped by Target's Dollar Spot lately?!!!!  If you haven't, do so immediately because there are a ton of super cute and useful things that you will definitely love ranging from $1-$5.....including Dr. Seuss supplies, which will come in handy for his birthday in February!

Happy Shopping, Teachers!!!

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