Thursday, August 16, 2012

I Survived! & What NOT to Wear on the 1st Day.

WOW! What a day! It is not yet 6:30 and I have been ready for bed for quite some time.  HAHA! 

First of all let me just tell all of my teacher friends out there... If you were planning on wearing that cute maxi dress that was so comfortable to run errands in this summer, DON'T! OH. MY. GOSH!!! I felt like I was wearing a blanket all day long!  I don't know what happened.  It was so comfy when I wore it this summer but I about died today.  My kids were freezing. 

Before I was burning up, things weren't good.  This morning as I was packing my babies lunch I started to cry.  I can't believe he is in FIRST GRADE!  The time really has flown by.  You would think that it would be easy for me since I am in the same building and know his teacher well but, that doesn't change the fact that he's growing and I hate it.  I miss my baby. :-(  I didn't think I was going to be able to put my makeup on but I sucked it up and got ready.  When I went in to wake him up I said "Time to get up and get ready for your first day of first grade."  He stretched very slowly, lifted his arms above his head and sighed "YAY!".  (Way to rub salt in my wounds there Hunter.)  Then I took him to class and he was all "By Mom." so I cried all the way back to my classroom. 

OK.  Enough of my pity party.  I got it together.  I had to.  It was time for the kids to come in the building.  This day went by so super fast!  One minute my morning class was coming in and the next, the afternoon kids were leaving.  Here's what we did today:

After everyone arrived we discussed the rules and clip chart.
We went to the carpet and introduced ourselves to our new friends.
We went to the carpet and read The Kissing Hand. Parents, be sure to kiss your babies' left hand in the morning before they leave you.
We went over the alphabet chart and sang the ABC's.
We drew a picture of ourselves on the first day of Pre-K.
We went for a tour of the school. (No one got lost!)
We colored a bag that we are going to put three things in that tells about ourselves.
We ate snack.
The morning class had time to go outside. (Afternoon always seems to run out of time)
We went home.

I really have some sweet babies.  I have girls who speak Spanish and I was so worried that they would be upset and that I wouldn't be able to communicate with them but everything went great.  I have a translator for part of the time that they are there and that helps.  They are so sweet!  I am in love with those big brown eyes. :o) 

Sorry, no pics today. I meant to take some of my class but was so overwhelmed with all the supplies that I didn't get at open house and with tears (the kids', not mine) that I totally forgot. Hopefully tomorrow I can take a few. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ready or Not

Ready or not, here it comes!  Tomorrow is the first day of school. (for the kids.  The Teachers have been back for about two weeks.) 

Last night was open house and we had a great turn out! We passed these out
You can get your labels from Smarter Than Fourth Grader.

I had a great turn out! Thank you to the parents who showed up!  I couldn't believe how many people were in my room at one time!  I wish I could have talked to everyone more and get to know the parents and kids better.

I can't wait to see my kids tomorrow!

I feel like I still have so much to do but, at the same time I am ready.  My centers aren't ready, but we wont be using those right now anyway.  My lesson plans are done for these next two days and next week, as well as my copies.  So....Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Teacher's Fashion Linky!

How fun is this? I get to talk about fashion! Yay! I love clothes and I love to shop!
I am linking up with Jessica of From Blook to Books to talk about teacher fashion.
From Blood to Books!

1. Tell me your favorite store(s) that you like to get your "teacher's fashion".

Their dresses are cute, comfy and inexpensive.

They have teacher discounts if you show your school ID or check stub.

There's also a cute little boutique that I love to buy clothes at because they are always unique. 

2. What are some of your favorite accessories?
My Pandora bracelet.  This isn't mine.  I actually have three and I wear at least one every day.
All of my charms have a memory attached to them and they are a constant reminder of those who are dear to me.

My Coach bag.  Mine that I am carrying now is similar to this one in white.
3. What type of shoes do you teach in? (i.e. heels, flats, wedges, etc.)
Flats. Flats. Flats
No heels for this teacher.
My favorites are Toms. So comfy!

4. Do you have a "go-to" item in your closet? (i.e. sweater you wear weekly, shoes you wear daily, etc.)
The Toms win again. Especially my burlap ones because they go so well with khaki.
5. Have you ever had a fashion "uh-oh" at school? (i.e. heel broke, button popped off of blouse)
No heels brokenm and I can hardly wear button up tops because they always gap. But, last year I snagged my skirt on something and it ripped. In the back.  It had another layer so I just stuck a safety pin in it and kept right on truckin.  After school one night we were having a talent show.  I was helping get out some extra chairs and my jeans ripped.  Right in the croctch!!!! I sat down, placed the program in my lap and when I got up to leave I was very careful to carry my purese and things in such a way that it was hidden. They were my favorite MissMe jeans too. :-(

Friday, August 10, 2012

My Classroom

I have been working hard to get my classroom in order.  Last year I moved from 2nd grade to Pre-K and things just whent anywhere I could find a hole.  There were things that were already in the room that I had no idea I even had.  My "craft cabinet" was packed with paint, glitter, and anything else you can think of scattered on every shelf.  This year, I am making my room mine.  Let's face it, we teachers LIVE in our classroom most of the year.  So I have been organizing craft suplies, my library and every cabinet/shelf in the room.  I have purged many things.  Here are some pictures of my classroom.
Originally this shelf housed puzzles and books.  All of these items in these boxes wer in my "craft cabinet" shoved into every corner and spread out on all the shelves.  Nothing was together, there was absolutely no method to the madness.

I must confess:  This idea was not an original of mine....I have to say thank you to Caitlin from Kindergarten Smiles.
Kindergarten Smiles
This is Caitlin's shelf.
Our "Family Room" I am going to try to use a cuter name than "the carpet" :o)

Yes, I have a desk. Sorry, I just can't get rid of my space.

I am going to use a word wall this year.  We will start with their names, color words, shape words, number words, etc.

I would love to tell you who made the word wall cards for me but it was a special order for a good reason.
If you see this and want the credit let me know ;-)
P.S. If "She" comments on my blog you will all hear me scream with excitement. :o)

My writing center is still not complete.  I may need a small shelf to store the items.
The cards on the wall are from the Moffatt Girls
The Moffatt Girls
Did you notice the big yellow barrel sitting there? Yea, I thought you did.  This is an emergency kit just in case there is an earthquake.  Since my classroom is the last one on the end it got selected to store it. JOY!

My library and student work display.

Student tables.

Small group table

My chair was a plain ole ugly wood chair last year.  I had to give it a face lift.
Yes. I painted it myself.  I'm working on a stool now to put by the sink.  I'll show you that in a couple of days.
The opening to the left leads to the classroom next door.  The door to the right is a closet.  It's full of second grade materials/decorations that I can't part with yet.  Just as soon as I do, I will get moved again. I did get rid of some things that I haven't used in 5 years.  I figured it was time.
I painted this chair for my students last year.  It is used as an incentive.
 If someone is being extra good they get to sit in it for the day.

Word work materials.  Another stolen idea.
I got this idea from Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten.

Student cubbies waiting for the kids' names to be added to them.
If you notice the brown cabinet to the left, that was my craft cabinet.  It still holds the paint but they are all on one shelf and organized by type and color.  It also has puzzles and I was lucky to house the Preschool diecuts and cutter that takes up a large portion of my cabinet.  (I think someone else should have to find some where to store that thing since I have to have that big yellow tub.  Don't you think so too?  No one asked us, did they? :-(  The red cabinet stores tons of Lakeshore learning games.
This is my clip chart.  
You can get one too from Teaching Oasis.  They have all sorts of themed items.  The labels that were on the blue tubs at the begining of this post came from there too.
And lastly, my poor little listening center. I am just not sure what to do with it.
If you have any ideas please comment.
 So that's my room.  90% done and ready for kids next Thursday.  Alright... Back to work for me.  I still haven't get my schedule the way I want it and I just got my class list so I have to get the kids' names on some things.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New School Year Resolutions Linky

As the new school year oh so quickly approaches I keep thinking of all the things that I would like to accomplish and perfect in my classroom.  So.... what better way to make those commitments than with a linky.  Amanda (she must be AWESOME with a name like that) withTeaching Maddeness is hosting the linky.
Here is what I hope to accomplish for 2012-2013
1. Fully implement The Daily 5.
2. Have small groups for both reading and math.
3. Stay Organized
4. Keep my room clean
OK...So that's not entirely it.  There's the usual "school stuff" that I want to do/continue to do but these are the new/major decisions that I have that I made to better my classroom.
Tomorrow is my first day back (kids start next week) wish me luck.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Hey folks!  Sorry it's been so long.  Between being out of town, being sick and trying to get my room ready, I have just not made the time to stop and say hello. I have been super busy trying to get my room in order.  I wish had took pictures today when I left.  There are still a few small things that I need to get done but for the most part, my room is nice and clean, in order, and ready for kids.  I still don't have my lists yet my classes but hopefully tomorrow it will be done and I can get the kids names on their cubbies.   I'll be sure to get you some pictures up in the next few days.  I have really done an overhaul on my room.  I have invested a lot of time in getting organized this year.  After moving in to the room last year, I just had stuff everywhere.  This year I have made it mine.
I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for the August currently.  Here it is: