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Friday, July 11, 2014

Target and Michaels Haul!

I am totally in full get-my-room-ready-when-does-school-start mode! I don't know why though! I have really enjoyed my summer. Maybe it's because I volunteered to help with summer school, and now I am totally psyched for the coming year. 

I have been doing some blog searching, Pinterest finding for organizing and decorating my classroom. I am one of those teachers that hangs as many anchor charts as I possibly can. I have had only a little luck getting things to actually stay on the walls, and I guess at my new school were not allowed to use masking tape. Wahhh! It was ugly anyways, I suppose! 

I have decided that I am not doing a "theme" really. I just want to keep things clean and organized. Perhaps even a little girly of feminine (which is totally not who I am!). I have been on an antique/vintage/country kick all summer, and it is going to spill into my classroom! During my blog searching, I checked out The First Grade Parade and am totally loving her room. I am going there for a lot of inspiration! I spent a good part of the day yesterday making a pennant style banner for my big bulletin board, and I am SUPER excited about it! I can't wait to show you! 
Moving on, I just wanted to share the goodies I picked up this week from Target and Michaels! Michaels offers a 15% teacher discount, which is awesome. All you have to do is show them your teacher ID! 
Here is what I got from Michaels: 

These came in a pack of four, and were the natural cork board. I went ahead and spray painted them. I LOVE the gold, but promptly ran out of paint. I wanted to tie in some green, and I the pink just stands out! These came with sticky pads to adhere to the wall. I am not sure how well they will work, so I have the 3M picture hanger velcro thingys just in case. I figure I will hand two up in the room somewhere, and two behind my desk to hand documents and stuff. 

This is a repositionable chalkboard. I haven't decided if I want to use it for word work, math, or as a teacher tool yet. Any good ideas?!

This stuff was all SO cheap! The paper was only $3, and it is all "school" themed. The cute clothespins, and stamps were only $.50 a piece, and the spray adhesive was like $3? You can't beat that. I love the Pom Pom strings, those came in at a whopping $.79 a piece. Excitement over here! I will probably put magnets on the backs of the clothespins to use on the board :)

Target Goodies!
The workbooks and magnets came out of the dollar zone.  The workbooks can be used with dry erase markers (AWESOME!) and will be used in a center. The pennant boarder also came out of the dollar zone, and I LOVED it! I will find a home for it. And we can always use more highlighters! Life is more exciting with them! Didn't you know that? Kid doesn't want to write, give em' a highlighter! The streamers will be used as a scrunchy boarder that I cannot wait to put up! 

What kind of fun things have you gotten for your room? Any go-to blogs for inspiration?!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Did It!

I did it! I made my first TpT product! It's free! It's student jobs, and it is awesome. I love it! Check it out! 
My TpT! And this is just the beginning. There are several more jobs!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cozy Classroom

This year I am at a new school, but I am still serving students who are much less fortunate than most. Supplies, resources, and furniture is always limited, especially comfy, snuggly, fuzzy furniture that makes you want to snuggle up and read a good book! I would love to bring a more comfortable, literacy rich environment into my classroom, but if you're familiar, teachers don't make much! But with your help, I can create that environment. Just visit my Donor's Choose page to make a donation to my classroom! You could get a personalized letter from my students (and me!) thanking you!
Because every post needs a picture!

Welcome Welcome

Has a whole year passed and you couldn't tell a single person a single thing you did? That's kinda where I'm at right now. Having taught second grade last year, I was experiencing so much NEW. I must have been on information overload because I recall very little from what happened! I am turning a new leaf this year. I want to remember, celebrate, and help guide others through this lovely profession that we have chose! Welcome to Flipping into First!