Sunday, August 12, 2012

Classroom Tour

Can you believe it's been 10 DAYS since I've posted? I can considering pre-planning started on Monday and I spent at least 10 hours a day in my classroom unpacking boxes, getting things ready, laminating, copying, decorating bulletin name it, I probably did it! I guess that's the joy of moving grades and classrooms! :)

Here for you now, I have some before and after pictures of my classroom. I updated a few things when I went in yesterday, so I'll have to add those later!


Classroom Tour:

Front Door

Front of room during Sneak-A-Peek! Love those Jungle Cursive Letters from TpT! :)

CAFE letters I made to go along with mini-lessons.

Bulletin boards that still need some pizazz! :)

My Desk

Part of my desk area. ( I HAVE TO FINISH LABELING THOSE BINS) :)

You can NEVER have too many bins to organize. :)

Daily 5 Choice Board. I have velcro with student names where they will place their name next to their choice.


Well, there we go. I've still got some more work to do and I have to spruce up my bulletin boards! :) I think it's looking pretty good so far. I can't believe I go back to school TOMORROW!!! I'm very excited about part of my new classroom economy system.....Monkey Money!!! This will go along with my clip chart behavior system! :) Click HERE to go see it!

 I start school tomorrow, start my graduate program next Monday, and I still somehow can't stop making things for my room! Hopefully I'll be better about posting. For all of you going back to school tomorrow....HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

And the Winner Is......

Drum roll, please.........the winner of the $25 TpT Gift Certificate is....

Congratulations to Rachel over at:
Teaching With Z
I will be emailing you your gift certificate today!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered, commented, followed my blog, my TpT store, and shared my giveaway! I look forward to more giveaways in my future!
It's getting down to crunch time for me. We go back to school on Monday and we have Sneak-A-Peek with the kids on Thursday. I haven't been able to get in my room AT ALL. But, I keep telling myself that I didn't get in my room until the Saturday before the kids arrived on Monday morning last year, and I survived.....barely. :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to School Prep

I've been workin' hard getting things in order to head back to school next week. I don't even start pre-planning until Monday! Since I got married this summer, I've loved having the extra time after the wedding to get my life in order!

First, I made a transportation management system that I've been seeing all over blogs and pinterest! If this was originally your idea, let me know so I can give you credit! You can find these FREEBIE transportation circles HERE at my TpT store. I'm going to have the students clip their clothespin on there to show how they're going home. I had students last year who went home a different way everyday. Sometimes the office would buzz me and ask how they went home......umm....that's not a good feeling!!!

Next, I made a matching "Jungle Jobs" chart to go with my jungle jobs cards. You can find those HERE! These also match my behavior chart which can also be found on TpT! 

Then, I went ahead and got my student binders together. I use a SAFARI binder, which stands for "Students and Families Are Ready & Informed." Here is what the cover looks like: (I will put their name on the black line)

On the inside of this binder I put stickers for Take Home and Bring Back. Students put papers that need to go home to parents in the "Take Home" side. Anything that comes back to me goes in the "Bring Back" pocket.
 I also have a pouch inside for their homework packet. I used regular page protectors last year, and since I use a homework packet they keep for the whole week, the page protectors just wouldn't cut it. I found these cool pockets at Office Max and they were buy 3 get 1 free! :) I think they are going to hold up really well! Here's what the cover looks like:

Finally, don't forget that my 100 Follower Giveaway ends tonight at midnight!! Thanks to all of you who have entered. Click HERE to go enter! I will announce the winner TOMORROW! :) Good luck to everyone, and I can't wait to see who wins!