Friday, August 3, 2012

Linky Lollapalooza! Currently and a Classroom Tour!

I just got home from a long day in my classroom. Now I'm comfortable at home, snuggled up with my puppies and ready to link up with some fabulous bloggers! :) 

First up -- I'm sure you've been wondering what all my current thoughts, dreams, needs, and whatnot are.  Well, rest assured -- you shall wait no longer!  I'm linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade so you can know everything I'm currently up to! 

Don't forget to head over to Farley's blog to join in and share what you're currently up to!

AND NOW FOR THE BIG REVEAL!! I've been working pretty hard the last few weeks to take an empty classroom and turn it into a less empty, slightly more beautiful classroom.  Our school has some pretty serious rules regarding classroom decor.  They prefer us not to use much commercial education stuff, we can't hang things from ceilings, no couches or the like, and as many "natural" colors and materials as possible.  That being said .. I couldn't stand the idea of only natural colors so I managed to mix in some pops of color while still maintaining a pretty good balance.  I'm pretty proud of the results and can't wait to continue filling my room and eventually IN 10 DAYS, fill it with wild and crazy sweetie pea children! Take a look! :) 

View from the Door

View from the Guided Reading Table... I can see eeeevvvverrrything! :) 

Guided Reading Organization.  There is a basket for each group that I will keep everything we'll need for that week in! 

My b-e-a-utiful library.. complete with lots of BOOKS! :) The two small rugs I got with Target gift cards and I got the big rug for 18 dollars from Big Lots! :)  See my "natural" book bins sprinkled in there?! ;)

Calendar and the edge of my library!

*MY* very own Teacher Desk! See the hanging file organizer behind it? LOVE! 

On my desk... soon to be filled with sweet, sweet candy!  Starbursts for when I catch someone being a good citizen (helping others, etc).. and Hershey's Kisses for my super smart second graders! Couldn't pass these jars up at Hobby Lobby!

Organization behind my desk!  Bins to keep everything I will need for each day, a box to keep books I want to stay nice, my toolkit full of amazing office supplies, and the beginning of my organizational binders!

*LOVE* my new mailboxes! My momma bought them for me as a Classroom-warming gift!  Underneath you'll see clipboards and whiteboards.  I will house the items for my literacy centers in those green caddies!

Last but not least... my classroom jobs pocket chart!! To the right, you'll see my behavior bingo -- this is a classwide positive behavior reinforcer that also includes practice with some of our math standards.  You'll also see my boggle board that I use for early finishers!! You can pick up both of these items at my TPT Store!

Sorry, no cute bulletin board pics for you!  I will be filling up my walls with tons of student created stuff!!! My kids will be making the letters for our word wall on the first day and I can't wait to hang up some of their work all around the room! 

Alright, that's it for my humble abode! Be sure to head on over Brigid's Daily Lesson Log and join in on this FUN linky! I can't WAIT to see what you all have done with your classrooms! :) 


  1. Your room looks great! I really like your idea for having the students create the whole word wall!! I had a student created word wall last year, but I put up the letters. I'll have to remember that!

  2. My house is a "How I Met You Mother" fan too:) Your classroom is looking great!! Newest Follower here!

    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  3. Just found you from Farley's LINK-UP...and I'm so glad I did! Your blog is presh, your room looks so great & kid-ready, and your Currently was after my own heart! HIMYM is my very fave show, and gymnastics is the ONLY thing I must-see during the Olympics! Good luck with your first year...and I'm sure you'll do a fab job! Your "pops" of color barely go noticed, in a good way...I'm sure your room will be approved:)
    Synonym Rolls & Antonym Moments

    1. Well how stinkin' sweet are you??!!!! Just followed your blog.. I have a feeling we are going to be GREAT blogging buddies ;)

  4. Great currently items. I just started watching "the fight" episode of How I Met Your Mother, it still cracks me up. Your room looks great. Have a great first day.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  5. Your room looks great! I'm so jealous of your awesome classroom easel. Love my laminator!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  6. I found you through Farley's blog hop. I love finding new second grade teacher blogs!Your classroom looks great! I can't wait to get mine all set too!Our currentlys sound very similar:) I would love for you to check out my 100 follower giveaway. There are some great prizes that you would love for your classroom!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  7. Wow! Your room looks AMAZING. I just finished my first year teaching, so I am excited to follow along yours. So exciting! =)

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

    1. Also, where did your Momma get you those mailboxes? I am in love!

    2. Girl.. ME TOO! I saw these and KNEW I had to have them haha. They are REALLY sturdy, too. I ordered them off of amazon.. I just searched "Literature Sorter" and tons of them came up, but when I saw this one with the drawers.. I feel in love!

  8. Your room is coming together so well! Looks great! I'm in school to be a teacher so I'm always on the lookout for ideas for my future classroom. I can't wait to follow your first year. :)

  9. Loving those chair pockets! I can't wait to get mine! Good luck on your first year!
    Adventures in Room 5

    1. I just got mine today and I'm so excited about them!!!!

  10. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you start your first year! You are going to be awesome Sam...I can already tell you have a heart for your kiddos.

    Your room looks wonderful and I am always so excited to find other teachers who work in places where they want you to create your learning environment WITH your kiddos. I love the little pops of color and I know it will be even brighter when you start showing your kiddos' "masterpieces". =)

    I love the Kiss Your Brain jar. I recently shared about our Hug your Heart jar.

    Bloggy Blessings,

    Heather's Heart

    1. You are so sweet!! Thank you for your kind words. I saw your post the other day about the Hug Your Heart jar... yours turned out to be ADORABLE!

  11. How did I forget chocolate as a B2S must have?!? You hit that spot on! I just found you through the linky & I'm your newest follower! Good luck on this new journey into teaching. You will be wonderful!! I am excited to follow along & share ideas! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  12. Your room is looking great!

    I've nominated your blog for an award! Stop by my blog to pick it up!
    4th Grade Haps and Hacks

  13. Oh my goodness - I am so happy I found you over at the linky party. Can't wait to follow you as you experience your first year of teaching. Your room looks AWESOME...are those candy jars glass or plastic? Love 'em!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  14. Glad to see you linking up and enjoying the blogosphere! Your very first classroom looks to be coming along very nicely! Best of luck to you as you begin this wonderful journey!

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  15. Your room looks great. I'd love for you to visit mine at my new blog.

    Teaching Fourth

  16. Sam,
    I love your blog!! I look forward to reading more from you!!


  17. I love your room and I am now a new follower!

    Darling Little Learners

  18. Your room looks great! I just love your jars - great idea! I found you through the Classroom Tour linky & am so glad to be your newest follower. Good luck on your first year !! It's the best thing ever :)

    Stop by & visit sometime :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  19. Your room looks terrific. I'm a fan of How I met your mother too.

    The Hive

  20. Sam,
    Your room looks great. Good luck next Monday. Just wanted to let you know that you are one of the winners of my giveaway! Send me an email at and I will get your gift certificate to you. :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  21. Your room looks great. Hope you have a great first year!!! And I agree, chocolate is a MUST HAVE for all teachers.

    Come visit my new blog and become a follower.


  22. Hi there! Your room looks great! You have some great ideas!! Thanks for linking up on my "Classroom Tours" linky party!!!

    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  23. Love the classroom! I can totally tell how much has gone into this. It looks great!

    I'm a new follower! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to check my blog out!

    Teaching In A Nutshell