Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gearing up for the 2014-2015 School Year

Y’all. Seriously. I feel like this school year has snuck up on me! It’s been on my mind but really. I’m looking at today’s date. My first day of school is in 10 days. TEN! We aren’t even allowed in our buildings until Thursday. Thursday!! Leaving me with nothing short of a couple of days to prepare for Open House which is next Tuesday. YES!!! Next Tuesday! Can you feel the anxiety with me?!

Deep breath IN! Deep breath OUT!

I just got back from a wonderful girls trip with my sweet friends! We spent a week in Salt Lake City Utah and enjoyed every second! I’ll have to do a separate post to capture all the fun we had!

In the days right before the trip and now following the trip…I have been preparing for school! It’s been so much fun! I’ll be starting my fifth year teaching and I’m glad that I get SO excited about it! If you follow me on Instagram then these pictures won’t seem new but…

I got this year at a glance completed.

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Then I typed up my schedule for next year. Any one notice that 55 minute RTI block? Yeah…me too…

I’m still wondering what that is going to look like. (Last two years have been 30 mins.)

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I found these adorable MINI binders at Target and had to get the turquoise one because it’s my favorite color. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet but I’ll let you know when I do. Ha!

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I finally got to visit this store in person! I wish wasn’t traveling when I did. I’m pretty sure I found a zillion things I could have brought home. They wouldn’t all fit in my suitcase but I did get a few things that I will be using in my classroom!

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These beauties arrived in the mail while I was on vacation. I ordered them from IKEA. They are 4.99 a piece and my sweet husband put them together for me! They will look great around my reading/group table.

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A few days ago I got these writing binders put together! (Inspired by Teaching Maddeness) So excited!

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I’ve got so much more to do and so LITTLE time. Isn’t that all of us? I can’t wait to share my classroom after my sweet mom comes to help me on Thursday! She is pretty amazing! Every year she helps me get my room ready to go for another set of kiddos. What a blessing she is!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Blog Design!!!

Did y’all notice? I have a beautiful new blog design! I love it and owe a big image



















to Tenille Gates! Didn’t she do such a wonderful job? I love love love it!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Free Font Friday

Today I’m linking up with The Teaching Tribune! It’s Free Font Friday!! I’m so excited to share my first font that I’ve created!

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1. Click the picture above.

2. Download the file.

3. Extract the file.

4. Open the True Type File.

5. Click the “Install” button.

6. Open up a word document or powerpoint and try out your new font!

 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Next Generation Science Standards Posters

Have you heard about the Next Generation Science Standards? Our state hasn’t adopted them yet but I’ve been looking into them and they really are pretty awesome! In fact, I think (from what I’ve heard) that in our district we can go ahead and start implementing them! I really love how there are less standards but they are deeper which is what the big push is! I wanted to get a head start on preparing for when I will be required to teach these standards. So I made these super cute display cards/posters!

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I really love them! I also love the super cute science graphics that I included! I also really love helping others out!

So I’m going to give away one set of these! Pin this image and then leave a comment below (with your Pinterest username and blog or email so I can find you) and you’ll be entered in the drawing! I’ll use a random generator to pick the person Thursday night! :)

Monday Meet Up

Linking up with The Teaching Tribune again! More randomness about me…

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer Bucket List {for the Classroom}


Two years ago I did a Summer Bucket List post and it is one of my most popular posts! I figured that I would do an “updated”  Summer Bucket list for this year. *All pictures are linked to the blog/post that they were found at.*
This next school year {which starts in, ahem, less than a month} I am going to do group shelves. I will be using black shelves like the picture on the left so I will keep their book bins on the bottom shelf, writing notebooks on the middle shelf and then a supplies drawer like the one in the picture on the right. I’m going to keep pencils in the top drawer, glue sticks in the middle drawer, and scissors in the bottom drawer. Scissors and glue are the two things I do NOT want them to keep in their own supply bags/boxes in their desks.

I love posting learning targets this way! I definitely think it draws more attention to them!

I often have a couple of anchor charts laying around as I start to switch them out and I think this storage solution would be perfect!

Another anchor chart related idea…I’m so tired of wasting mavalous tape or using sticky tack to hang anchor charts. I want to start putting them on a rings and then on a curtain rod! Love it!

I have always used these three drawer boxes to have students turn their work in but my labels are kind of boring and I think my drawers need these cute and fun labels! Or I might just have to make my own because I like to have a language drawer…
***EDIT: I just asked the seller of these labels and they are editable!! I bought them as soon as I found out! You can buy your copy HERE.***

Okay, so that’s a good list to get me started. I’m sure I’ll find plenty of other things to add to it soon.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Instead of saying… I Don’t Know…

So I found a poster (on Pinterest of course) that I thought would be perfect in my classroom! It drives me craaaazzzyyyyyy when kids say “I can’t” or “I don’t know”. So when I saw it…I knew I had to have it! Except I was having trouble finding it because it was a broken link. So I figured that I would just make my own to have the same words!

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Don’t you just love Melonheadz’s new “Thinking Kids”.

You can download this pdf HERE (or click the picture above)for FREE! :)

Happy 4th of July!!