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...
I wish I could share the pictures with you, but it was absolutely the CUTEST thing I have ever seen!!
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!!
Hope you all had a wonderful Hump Day & as always, thanks for stopping by & taking my little classroom tour with me!!