Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Classroom Reveal & First Day of School !!!

Oh wow.... how is it that every single year, I forget just how exhausting the first day of school actually is??

This is my 13th year doing this, and I am dead. on . my. feet every single time.

But, I wanted to share my classroom reveal and a little of our first day activities since it's been forever since I've blogged. I'm hoping that once this "back to school" rush slows down, I will be back to blogging.  I miss it. :/

Update - I'm liking up with Teaching Blog Addict (TBA) for the Classroom Photo Galore Party! Head on over & check out all the amazing classrooms. Teachers really ARE amazing!!!
 Okay, here goes... Classroom Reveal :)
I went with some mustaches (inspired by Mr. Greg at Kindergarten Smorgasboard)  to start the year off with some funky fun.  At Open House, the kids all got blow pops with mustaches saying the same thing :)

Classroom View from my desk...

The fire marshal made me take down my poms from the ceiling,so I had to come up with another way to label the tables. I've always had those crayon caddies from Lakeshore, and I was so happy that my Sterlite tubs fit both the caddies & a pencil basket.... with pencils adorned with color coded flags.  :) 
Yay for Washi Tape! :)

Fire marshal said no poms from the ceiling... he said nothing about the wall....haha!
Plus, here's my Classroom Helpers that are free in my TpT store!

 Lunch choice table. The kids put their "lunch sticks" in each cup,and now (thanks to my Chevron-handy dad),I now have a little table with a drawer to keep all of our lunch choices (and stuff... i love stuff!)

 Sweet Treats for a great day & Sharpened Pencils, too!
I just LOVE this old-timey diner straw holder for my pencils. The kids think it's pretty cool, too!

Found these chevron tubs at Wal Mart & almost peed my pants. As you can see, I haven't figured out what I need them for, but I do love them....and I really need to get a picture in that frame!

 Our Carpet Area... LOVIN' my Ikea rug & my new chevron rocking chair re-do!
Writing Center & Work Cubbies

 Book Center... and my new READ letters....again with the Washi Tape!

 Library sticks.... LOVIN' my numbers from A Cupcake for the Teacher!

 My desk area... Pinterest has officially taken over my brain!!!

 Supply cubbies, our bathroom passes (the BIGGER and improved version), and our highlighter cup.

I started this last year with the kids highlighting their names before they turned in their work & folks,when I say it was a game-changer, I ain't lying... it's the best thing ever !!!

The next best thing are those bathroom passes. This year, I used the BIG bottles of hand sanitizer, but basically, when a child goes to the restroom, he/she puts the pass on their desk.

That way, I know who is out of the room AND they are reminded to get a little squirt of cleanliness when they get back. Let's be honest...they don't always wash their hands. (eww!)

 Daily work.... ready for the first day !!! :)

 More storage!!! My supply bins above the kids' cubbies & more crate seats. I had 4 last year,and they worked so perfectly, I had to make 4 more... now it's like a reading bench, with storage!!!

I also used those same library stick numbers (from above & from A Cupcake for the Teacher) for labeling the students' cubbies. :) They are so colorful !

This is my first year using numbers, to be honest. I've always been very "anti" numbers for kids, but this year, I jumped on the bandwagon.

I have more kids than I have EVER taught by myself (first year I had a teacher's aide/parapro....), so I was looking for anything to make my life easier...and this seems to be the ticket!

Soooo...that's my room!!  I'm super excited about it & the kids all had a great first day, so success!!

Speaking of our first day, it was awesome!!! 22 of the sweetest little faces ever. I always forgot how tee-tiny they are at the beginning of the year.  Little first graders - I do love them!

Anyway, for our first day...we had our pictures taken...
Then, we went on a Bear Hunt!
I wish I could share the pictures with you, but it was absolutely the CUTEST thing I have ever seen!!

We sang Dr Jean's "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and danced around.
Then, we put on our binoculars (toilet paper rolls + decorative packing tape)...
      our safari hats (paper bowls spray painted tan)...
         and our mustaches to seal the deal.....

You can't imagine how stinkin' cute these kids looked. They walked around our school taking a tour while looking for BEARS!!!

I don't mind sharing our Bear Hunt clues, but they might not work for your school. Let me know if you want them, though, and I'll email it to you ! :)

Anyway, the kids were all walking around with their "binoculars" up, looking for the bears, and learning more about our school.

It was such a fun day!!!

And an exhausting day... time to tackle a little of that NEVERending "to do" list & head to bed.... 5 a.m is just WAAAYYYY too early for me!!
Not even close to covering it ! ha!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Hump Day & as always, thanks for stopping by & taking my little classroom tour with me!!


  1. Hi Kelly!
    I am your newest follower and I just LOVE your room. You did a fabulous job :)!!
    K-3 Kathleen

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  4. Love your room, especially the tree! Can you please share the bear hunt clues with me? We are starting the year in the forest and my class will be the bears! Love the hats too. Thanks so much :)
    First Grade Carousel

  5. Your room looks adorable! Glad your first day went well!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  6. Your room looks great! I would love to get a copy of your Bear Hunt.

    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  7. Your room looks great. I love all the chevron! And how you carried the colors through the room so nicely.

    Carolina Teacher

  8. I am in awe of your wonderful classroom! I would really love a copy of the bear hunt. This would be a great first day activity!

  9. I just bought the IKEA rug too! Love your room! I would also love a copy of your BEAR hunt. TIA!!

  10. Your room looks amazing! I love the chevron tables. I attempted a small canvas and it was a big fail. Hahaha! Maybe I need to talk to your dad. Glad you had a great first day!

    First Grade A to Z

  11. Ah so cute! I love love love the chevron and the ikea rug. Everything looks very fancy. I'm super jealous. We don't go back until 9/3 and I haven't even seen my room yet. Seeing yours all perfect and pinteresty is giving me an anxiety attack!!

    I love your little washi tape pencil flags... could you explain why you flag them to me? Seems like there's a good teacher reason!

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  12. Kelly your room is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!!! I love it! Have a wonderful year!!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  13. Love your room... every single thing! You rock!

  14. I love your room!!! It looks amazing! Can I get a copy of the bear hunt cards? I just know my kinder babies will love it!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the room. So pretty, I want to go! :)

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

  16. I like the bear hunt idea. You are so creative. Can I get a copy of the cards?

  17. What on earth are those big things on your window? Is it a decoration or a confused. But whatever it is, I love it! Your rocking chair looks so comfy. I'd never want to get up! Glad you had a great first day!

    For the Love of First Grade

  18. Love your room. I go in on Monday to begin so thanks for the inspiration. I also love your bear hunt and our school mascot is a brown bear. Would love your bear hunt cards. Thanks!!

  19. Adorable classroom and I am so in love with the bear hunt! I would love a copy. Did you premake the binoculars or did the kiddos make them?


  20. Kelly I'm SO glad you had a great first day! I bet you are all kinds of exhausted! Your room looks AMAZING! I love it all! Your bear hunt is so stinkin' cute! You always have the best ideas girl! :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  21. How creative! You're bear hunt clues will go perfectly with my learnin' s'more with Mrs. Moore. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Kelly,
    I love the bear hunt idea. Could I please get a copy of your bear hunt cards?


  23. You're a teacher after my own heart! I'm trying to get the same IKEA rug for my room but I don't live near one! :-( Could I please get a copy of your bear hunt clues?

    Thank you!

  24. It must be a black/white year....did the same. Love your room and ideas. Most of all the Bear Hunt is adorable...can I get your clues? Thanks!!

  25. I just came across your blog. Your classroom looks wonderful. Can I get a copy of your bear hunt? I have been searching for clues to no avail. Thanks.

  26. this will be my first year in first grade. I would love a copy of your bear hunt!

  27. I would love a copy of the bear hunt clues. What a great idea!! I plan to take my students on a tour of the building on Monday- this will be great!

  28. Your classroom looks AMAZING! I'm going to attempt something similar i mine this year. Thanks for the inspiration. I also LOVE the idea of a bear hunt - can you please send me the clues to Thanks!

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  30. I would love your bear hunt clues! Love your classroom!

  31. Me too! How cute!!! Would so appreciate bear hunt clues! Hugs. Please email

  32. I love your room. Could you please email the bear hunt to me. It would be perfect! thanks

  33. I'm lovin' the bear hunt! Will you send me the clues, please? Thanks for sharing:).

  34. Hi Kelly, I would love a copy of your bear hunt clues for my k-1 kiddos. Love your room by the way, and I can totally relate to be exhausted. I don't start school til Wednesday, but I am sooooo tired. Anyway, if you could email me your clues at I would be much obliged. Thanks!!!

  35. Would you mind sending me your bear hunt clues! I love the idea and would love to use them.

  36. Jessica O'ConnellAugust 6, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I would love your bear hunt too! I have done the Gingerbread Man before but this sounds way cuter with a song and I was thinking of reading the book ahead of time so they get the idea-fun!

  37. I would love the bear hunt clues if possible

  38. Love the door! Do you have template??

  39. Hi, would love the clues for the bear hunt. What awesome ideas you have! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Hi Kelly. I am a kindy teacher from Sydney, Australia. I love your bear hunt clues and I would love to try and use them this week when we are starting our new year. If you could email me a copy tat would be great. Keep up the exciting work, I bet your kids love having you as a teacher.

  41. This is so cute! My class is the Bear Class so I would love a copy of your clues for the bear hunt!

  42. I would love a set of the bear hunt clues! What an adorable idea!!


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