Monday, August 25, 2014

Tying Shoes

You can follow Tracy at her new blog: The Knit Wit Teacher

I know I don't teach primary anymore but I still remember the never ending task of tying shoes. The bunny ears just weren't easy for some kids.

Tonight I came across this video on Facebook and it's GENIUS. I only wish I had this when I taught kindergarten.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cruisin' Classrooms Linky

It's finally finished!!!! I love my new classroom. 

If you remember this is what my classroom looked like before:

After weeks of paining and working in my room nonstop I'm finally finished! I can't tell you how relieved I was when I realized the painting was finished. Remember that post about my painting? It's downright embarrassing how bad I am. Take a second to read it and then have sympathy for all the klutzes out there. 

Now that the painting is behind me I can appreciate how open and clean my room looks now. 

I have many favorite parts of this room but I must say I love how the READ acrostic poem turned out. I also love my book quotes. Inspiring my students through book quotes has such a neat appeal to me. Nothing like turning to Dumbledore for a bit of advice. 

Take a look! 

This is the view of the front of my room. The library pocket charts and hand signal circles were such a genius idea from Miss Sammi. Did you notice the MacCart? I'm so EXCITED to be working in a school that is 1:1. Not only do all of my students have iPads but we share a MacCart at 4th grade. It's such a blessing!!! 

I just love this....Before You Speak Think Is it.....and then each letter has a word:

I really want to stress to be kiddos the importance of this message. 

Just look at those cubbies!!! I love them now. They were worth every bruise! 

Classroom rule signs are hanging from the front of my air unit. They are from KinderCraze and are so fitting! I just love the design. They match my room perfectly! I added to her idea and created Book Quotes to hang above. 

I created the READ acrostic poem using my dear friend Jena's Cricut. Have you ever used one??? If not, find a friend with one and be prepared to fall in love. I'm really hoping I can convince our PTO to purchase one for staff to use. 

Don't you just love these purple curtains?! Michelle and I made them! Gotta love hem tape. We actually took bedroom curtains from Wal-Mart, cut them in half, and hemmed them. It was so easy! 

I can't tell you how pumped I am to use this Word Warriors Spelling Unit. Reading Street spelling just wasn't working for my kids. I wanted something that was meaningful and that would help them be better word detectives. This unit looks like it will fit the bill perfectly! 

Getting routine established at the beginning of the year can be so frustrating. This year I'm using these hand signals so my kiddos never have to leave their seats and yet I can tell what they need from across the room.

Ignore the wrinkled paper. My room had some moisture issues so all my boards wrinkled. :( 

I love the little glass jars. They were perfect! Thank goodness for Gordmans. 

Mr. Coffee, Fridge, Microwave, Toaster, and Tea Kettle....I don't even need to leave my room! 

I love this cabinet. It turned out so perfect. 

I'm not a fan of my teacher desk so until my new one arrives this is what I'm using. I covered the old ugly top with this fantastic contact paper and VOILA it fits my room perfectly. 

This classroom is so me and so far my kiddos are loving it! They have taken such pride in our room and are keeping it clean and tidy. It makes this OCD teacher proud! 

Now, it's your turn! 

Join us as we cruise through teachers classrooms. Each year is new and exciting and I can't wait to see what everyone is doing in their rooms this year. If you would like to link up just follow these steps: 

* Grab the linky image above and link back to this blog post. 
* Blog about your room this year and share your favorite part of your room. 
* Click below and add your image. 
* Please comment on the blog post before and after yours. Share the love friends. Share the love! 

This link will stay open for several weeks so don't stress if your room isn't ready yet! Just come back when you are finished and join in on the fun. 

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New FB Group ~ Classroom Collaboration

Indiana Bloggers were talking on FB the other day and we realized we needed a place to help promote each other and offer support.

I created the group "Classroom Collaboration" on FB for this purpose. Please join us and help support other teachers while gaining support yourself!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Back to School Sale!

I know we've been MIA lately but it's with good reason. Michelle and I are gearing up for our Room Reveals. We've been painting, creating, organizing, and shopping for our rooms like crazy! Our rooms are finally coming together and we are getting ready to share them with you!

In the meantime don't forget to check out our stores for the big TPT Back to School Sale.

Tracy's Store

Michelle's Store

For a chance to win Free Products head over to our Facebook page and enter the Giveaway! Good luck!