Sunday, August 25, 2013

Saturday Snapshots that Made Me Smile!

Well, tomorrow's the day....the day I start with ALL my kiddos! This past week, I only had 4-6 per day for screening. I am more than a little nervous, but I am sure I will survive! I wanted to share just a couple things than made me smile this past week...:) I'm linking up for the first time ever for.....

I love Miss Nelson's blog....and her classroom makes me smile!

First up is the name mosaics I had my kiddos make. They did such a great job overall. I had a couple who just couldn't keep focused on it long enough to get it done. They look so nice hanging in the room....I love student work displayed! 

This one was taken earlier in the week....there are two lines filled now!

I also wanted to share the pretty little rose one of my little sweeties brought me. This was on Friday after it had opened up, but it is still sweet. The sight of my hubby and kiddos in the background make me smile too!

Last up is my adorable little grand dog....Sadie!
My son is bringing her home as soon as she is weaned from her mom. Isn't she precious? 

Look at those little wrinkles...:)


Here she is with her daddy...:) Yes, my son has a Mohawk.....crazy kid! I actually like it on him though...:)

Well, I have some tacos to cook. My daughter is home from Tallahassee for the weekend and  we both love Mexican food, so we are going to satisfy our craving! Hope each of you have a fantastic week!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Hodge Podge Post! was my first day of kindergarten.....with students anyway! Our kinders stagger start so I only have 5-6 a day and then next Monday they all come! I had a really good day with them and am looking forward to tomorrow! I wanted to share one of the photos I took of them this morning. I love the sweet little poster I got for free from Run, Miss Nelson's Got the Camera TPT Store! Isn't it adorable? I found this gorgeous frame on my summer trip to Pennsylvania & Ohio for just $0.99 at a thrift store in Amish country. LOVE...:) My hubby spray painted it red for me and I popped the poster in it and here it is in all of its' adorableness! Not a word I know...LOL!
This little sweeties name is, believe it or not.....Heavens. Any idea what her last name might be? If you're curious, leave me a comment with your guess and I'll reply by e-mail and tell you if you guessed correctly!

 Does the sight of this next photo make you smile as much as it does me?
 I love the little smile shaped arrow from Amazon! I got a text earlier in the day that said my package that had been on back order had been delivered. I was excited to get home and get it! 

Inside the box was another box...but it wasn't smiling at me!

A peek inside...any guesses?

Love the colors!!!

Oh my....I am in LOVE! Isn't this class set of Westcott scissors the best! Have you ever used Westcott? I used to only use Fiskars, but I tried Westcott a few years ago when they were giving away samples of their scissors and I was sold. Anywho.....while perusing Amazon a few weeks ago, these babies popped up. I loved the color coordinated cups and scissors and the carousel with the handle is just the icing on the cake. 

But.....what I really loved was the price! Are you ready for it? The entire set of 24 scissors, storage cups and carousel was just $22.84 and then I got another small discount making it right around $21 and no shipping since I am a PRIME member! Excellent deal or what?

I just love it!
If you would like to order yourself a set, click here!

I am also excited about my first ever purchases from a few amazing ladies over on Teachers Pay Teachers!

I bought these from Teaching With Love & Laughter

These awesome & adorable behavior beads from Rockin' & Lovin" Learnin'!

and finally.....this from KinderCraze.

I am thrilled with all of these purchases! I am in awe of all the amazing things everyone creates and really want to try my hand at it....some day! For now, I will enjoy all the awesomeness of you creative ladies!

Hope your week is going well...tomorrow is hump day already! I am so excited for the weekend since my daughter is coming home and I haven't seen her in almost 7 weeks! I don't normally rush time, but I am so ready to see her...:) Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Until next time.....

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekend Shopping Success!

So...I don't know how you spent your Saturday, but I spent mine with my hubby in Gainesville doing a little shopping! We had a fun day together....a delicious lunch at Red Robin, and then did some shopping. I went to Target, Michael's, Office Max, and Barnes & Noble.
All I bought at Target was the pack of Play-Doh and the rainbow alphabet stickers. It was crazy in there....I forgot fall classes start at University of Florida on Monday so there were families and college students out dorm and apartment shopping!!! CRAZY! My son is staying home to go to college so none of that for us, however, I do remember when we moved my daughter to Tallahassee to attend FSU and went through some of this craziness...LOL! Back on topic....I bought a 6 pack of Scotch tape at Office Max on sale for $9.99 and it came with a bonus hands free tape dispenser for the wrist. I already have one at home so I can take this one to school with the tape. I only buy Scotch brand! 
I'm a tape....and crayon (only Crayola....please and thank you!) snob! I bought the nerd bird birthday crowns and labels at Michael's for half price. The crowns were $1.50 and the labels were $0.50 a pack.....WOOT!

Also at Michael's, I got jewels for my clip chart clothespins. When the students reach the top, they will receive a jewel for their pin. After 5 jewels are earned, the clip will move to the Hall of Fame and they will get a new one! I bought these four colors.....

And, I already had the green ones at home. I bought them for a bridal shower back in May and only used a couple, so I didn't have to buy any green!

At Barnes & Noble, I bought a couple books for my classroom. I went in there looking for this one....

and came out with it and this one! I also bought something for my SLANT partner, but it's a secret!

Isn't it adorable? I will use it to introduce color words and learning how to read them. I just love it!

Today, I bought two adorable little Adirondack chairs for my library. They are in my vehicle though and it is raining, so no sharing a photo! I also bought ink so I can print lots more goodies for my classroom! 
Oh yeah...I almost forgot! I bought two new tops and a new dress. I didn't need to buy clothes since I just bought a ton of new stuff at the beginning of summer for my cruise, but I did want a couple new things. Here is the dress....I am in love with it! My mom was with me and she said I had to get it!!!
I love can even see one of my five chevron scarves hanging to the left of it!

And here are the two tops I bought. This is the first animal print I have ever bought, but I love the tunic style & the rayon fabric, so I bought it! 

I also love this top....I have an aqua tank I can wear under it. It is so comfy and feels so good on! 

So, did any of you buy any goodies over the weekend....besides all the awesomeness on sale on TPT? 
I have a few things I need to hop over and purchase soon! Oh, and if you didn't get a chance to see my classroom photos, you can see them here!
Have a wonderful week at school, or at home if you're fortunate enough to still be on break!

Until next time.....


Friday, August 16, 2013

Classroom Reveal.....Finally!

Hi everyone! I am happy to report that I can finally share my kindergarten classroom. It is 95% complete, so that's good enough! Several of you wanted to see it so, here you go!

Here is the whiteboard in the front of my room. The big blue pocket charts are from Lakeshore and will be used during calendar and math time. My room is very small so I have nowhere else to put the pocket charts. I hate not to use them because they are so costly, but I may end up taking down the Circle Time one and just using the components in small groups. The little colorful Target pocket charts under the ledge will be used for my word wall.

Another view with one of the fabric buntings I made above the screen. Excuse the phone on the floor....I hadn't hooked it up yet.

This is my clip chart behavior system that I got from A Cupcake for the Teacher. I used this system when I taught first grade and loved it! The students will have a clothespin with their name on it and will all begin each day with their clip on Ready to Learn. They can move up or down on the chart depending on their behavior. I am also using her Hall of Fame idea. If the students move all the way to the top, they get a special jewel on their clip and when they have earned 5 jewels, they will move their clip to the hall of fame and receive a new clip. I am also implementing the Sweet Rewards idea I used last year to reward the whole class. If nobody moves down each day, the students will earn a cupcake to place on the tray. When they have earned 12 cupcakes, I will bake them cupcakes to reward them for their great behavior...thus the name Sweet Rewards.


Here is a close up view of the book jacket banner and cupcake liner twinkle lights I made hanging in my windows.

Here are a few puppets that will be used when we are learning how to read...:)

This is my birthday board. All the students names and birthdays will be placed on the cupcakes soon! I made this banner last year. The fabric has sprinkles on it...:)

This is my Helper of the Day area. The students names will be written on the birds and when it is their day to be the helper, their bird will leave the nest and "fly" up to the limb above. 

After their turn is over, the bird will move to the green pocket chart next to it.

Not sure what I will use the small bulletin board for, but it's ready to go!  And , here's another bunting!

This area still needs a lot of work. Student work will be displayed in the polka dot area. I will be adding a few things to this wall. The two tables on this wall will be used during center time.

Here's a photo I took today after I put the Awesome Work header up. 

Here is the rainbow I made for my dolch word display. Student names will be written on the clouds and each time they master a color level, they will earn a raindrop of the same color under their cloud...:) I still need to put a header up!

I love the glitter on the rainbow!

I was tickled earlier this week when the local Rotary Club brought us all teacher goodie bags! 

Here are all the germ busting products and school supplies that were in the bag!

They even included these sweet signs to place in the restroom after we teach the kinders the importance of hand washing.

Here are the sweet little treat bags I gave my sweet students came for Meet Your Teacher yesterday! I got these adorable labels from Emily at I Love My Classroom. They were a big hit with the kiddos!

Here is the view from the hall door. The area in the corner is my office and storage area. Unfortunately this room doesn't have a closet.

Here is the view from my outside door. The door in the far left corner is the bathroom.

This is the cubby area at the entrance to the room. The grey cubbies are for backpacks and the black ones are their mailboxes. I have two more grey cubby carts to the left in this photo. If I have more than 18 students I have the green and red crates to use for cubbies as well.

Here's a close-up of the top of the mailboxes.

A different view of the front of the room. I still have to organize the black cart in the corner. I am hoping to get rid of that big tv! That corner will be tweaked some more. I am still trying to find the perfect spot for everything in this small room!

My library area and reading instruction area and easel. 

The black shelf in the background holds some of the Journey's reading materials. There is so much with this series! I don't know where to house it all. I'm also getting brand new math curriculum that I have to find a home for. The black crate under the chair is my toy jail. I have to find a home for it!

I still have to sort through books and place them in baskets according to the reading level, author, picture books, etc. Hoping to work on that next week. Out kindergarten stagger starts and we don't have any students Monday since it is an early release day. I will have 3-5 students per day the rest of the week, so I should have some time to work on it after they leave each day. You can see a little of my cute rug I bought at Sam's Club in this photo! I have a Reading Takes You Places theme in the library with the map rug and globes.

This is my D.O.T. folder....the kiddos will take this home each night. I put a mustache over the student name on this one for confidentiality. I created it on MS Word. I am dying to purchase some backgrounds and graphics to start making some cute stuff like most of you already do! I already spend enough time on my laptop and am afraid I might get addicted!

This is the area outside my door to welcome the kids. Again, I have blacked out last names...:)

Here's my messy desk. Sorry I didn't clean it up more, but I was just ready to go home and didn't get to it!

This is to the right of my desk. The bulletin board I made as well as the pocket chart. My printer is on a cart below the bulletin board.

 I made the pocket chart last year to hold a variety of things. You'll never guess what it's made with!

Home Depot nail aprons!!! They are less that $1 each and made from very sturdy canvas. Only problem is the logo on the front as you can see below. I simply made labels to put over mine, but you could also sew patches on it or hot glue something over it. It would be great in a craft room or home office as well...:)

This is the counter and cabinets behind my desk. There's a sink to the right of the pencil sharpener. 

Here's the other half of my bulletin board that's divided into 2 parts. I showed the birthday board earlier in the post, and the other half will be used for my rules. I am planning to use Whole Brain this year! I just love the crayon border I bought at the Dollar Tree...too cute! I layers it with a yellow and white stripe. This is my only large bulletin board and is to the right over the cubbies when you enter the hall door.

Here's a closer look at the lettering. I made it using MS Word Art. The letters match the fabrics that my curtains were made with. This idea just popped in my head the other night, so I tried it and love how they turned out! I ordered my fabric online so I was able to save the sample photos and insert them into the lettering using Word Art.

Here's the fabric. I also added a yellow polka dot to the mix above like I used on my bulletin board near my desk. 

I have tables instead of desks. I found these adhesive name plates to use this year. I hope they hold up well!

Well, I hope you enjoyed your tour of my little room! I will share again after we have "lived" in it for a while! I love to display student work and artwork and hope to have lots of cute things to hang up soon! Have a blessed weekend....I am happy it's here! I desperately need some rest!

Until next time.....