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! :)