Sunday, August 23, 2015

Class Reveal 2015

I am so pumped about this year! There is something special about the start of a new school year; meeting new kiddos, getting to know new families and making MANY memories with each and every student! Just like every year there are a million things on my to do list, multiple "worries" and a few "can I do this?" moments.  But like every year everything comes together and ALWAYS works out.
I went up to school yesterday and did my final walk through and made sure plans were ready (for at least Monday & Tuesday) and I must say I felt a calm, peacefulness about this week. I am ready! 

Here's the view from the door.

 Reading corner and writing station

A close up of my reading corner.

I'm liking this new writing center. ;)

Mailboxes, word work drawer to the left and math station tubs below the table.

Student book boxes with my new black & bright number labels.
(They're in my shop as a freebie!)

 Calendar, Ten Frames and Odd & Even numbers from Reagan's Facebook freebie!

I'm excited to have new class jobs this year! I especially LOVE the Melonheadz :)
This product is currently marked down through the weekend.

 Family pics are a MUST.

One thing I forgot to show when I scoped about this was my outdoor flexible learning space.  Students are able to come out into the hallway during Daily 5 or math stations. It makes the classroom a LOT less crowded and gives students some independence. And an opportunity to make good choices. ;)

 Locker tags are my new favorite!

I LOVE seat sacks.  They have been a lifesaver for me this past year.  Since my students don't have desks, these are easy to grab items from and they hold a few folders and journals.

This is my teaching area, my easel (two sided), chair and doc cam.

I love having the word wall right behind me during small groups and to the right I'll be hanging my "word helpers" posters on the cabinets.

I can't wait to update you all after a few weeks once the class has been "lived in" and we have anchor charts and student work hanging, it'll be a lot cuter then!

I scoped my classroom reveal and if you'd like to see a more detailed look you can check it out here. 

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment I love hearing from you guys!
Good luck on your first week... and remember 

Have a great school year my friends!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Still prepping my Class...

Anyone else overwhelmed with classroom prep, professional development AND getting first week/month plans ready?

Am I the only one raising my hand? 

When I finally got both kids in bed tonight I just wanted to have a glass bottle of wine and drown myself in sorrow but instead I opened my computer and got to work. Although this time of the year is so exhausting, it's also VERY exciting!  It's the Superbowl for teachers, it's GO time! So I need to turn my frown upside down and hop on board! RIGHT?!

My classroom is not nearly as ready as I want it to be (at this point) and I keep adding more work to my to do list but I have to keep in mind that it all works out in the end and all that matters is that my students are LOVED and happy!!!

So on that note, I've done a lot of work with updating some of my old stuff in my room like locker name tags, book bin labels, calendar stuff etc.
And it's starting to come together.  I've been using this black and arrows template for pretty much everything!

I love these number labels so much I decided to post them as a freebie!
I used my two inch hole punch to punch out the smaller size round numbers and I'll show you in my classroom reveal how I used those! 

If you'd like to download them now they're in my shop for free!

It also comes with a fun little "Today's To Do List". Just click {HERE} to download.
I hope you guys enjoy this freebie!  Let me know how you use it and please leave me some feedback!

I'll be back soon with a classroom reveal!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday: 7/24/15

Hey guys, guess what?! I'm alive!!

I know I've been gone for while but I was busy having babies and stuff.  Aren't they cute?!  I've also been blogging on my family blog over at swing by for a peek into my home!

I wanted to start out slow with a little Five for Friday, so I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs for some of my favorites.

I have been really inspired to really put a better effort towards my morning meeting.  This year our specials are first thing, (half an hour after the bell) so it's a great chunk of time to get a good rhythm going and using this time effectively. I recently came across Kristen's post about how she uses her time in morning meeting and I got so motivated!  She has a ton of ideas in this post if you're interested.

I also have been pinning away onto my Pinterest board. 

You guys!  I have been obsessed with this show! I am in LOVE with Joanna Gaines, she's my  designer hero!  If you haven't seen this show, you must go to HGTV RIGHT now and record one or twelve episodes.  You won't be disappointed!  Ahh I love summer!

Here's a little behavior calendar I just finished and it's in my store.  It's only $1.50 so if you need one for this school year, go check it out!
Click the photo to take you there or click {HERE}.

I'm assuming all of you are on Periscope (because it's taking over the teaching world) but if you're not.... you must get it.  Now.
Periscope is a live video app that you can interact with the person filming.  Teachers are sharing their best tips and tricks. It consumes meeee! Everytime I hear that little whistle I run to my phone, find a quiet spot and start watching and chatting.  I have made a few videos (that weren't too great) but I have a few ideas for my next videos.
Find me and join the fun!!!

I can't believe it's time to start planning for the school year.  I opened up my first day lesson plan and it gave me a little anxiety lol. It made me really excited but also nervous for a new beginning and the weeks of procedures we must model and teach.  We can do it, right?! Here's what it looks like...

Is the first day too soon to start Go Noodle brain breaks?!

Head on over to link up!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

TPT Vegas 2015

It happened... I went to Vegas and schmoozed with the best of them! I still can't believe all the wonderful people I met and all the amazing things I learned.  I came back SO motivated and READY to work! 
I had been chatting with Crystal over at Kreative in Kinder (who is amazing by the way) and she mentioned they had room for me to crash with them during Vegas week.... Umm YEAH!

So I booked my flight, printed my session notebook and said goodbye to my babies... the first overnight without Mia (yes, I cried) but they were in good hands with Daddy.

 As soon as I got there I headed straight to the Blogger Meet Up hosted by TPT and SDE and it was a pretty cool event. I can't believe I got to hang out with these awesome bloggers!! And they gave out a TON of fabulous prizes!
I am so thankful for these ladies to introduce me to everyone, they were so so so sweet!
Erin (Erin's Ink), Katie Mense (Little Kinder Warriors) and Crystal (Kreative in Kinder)

My very first picture was with this awesome lady! Cara Carroll, y'all! She was the most amazing woman to talk to... she is exactly who you assume she is, a down-to-earth girlfriend that you can just chat with!  I can't get over how cool it was to talk to her like a real person, she was awesome!

If you don't know these people you must be living under a rock!  Jk But here are their names from top left.
Top row: Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies, Maria Manore from Kinder Craze, Kim from Kinder Gals and Elizabeth from Kickin' It In Kindergarten  
Middle Row: Holly from Mrs. Ehle' Kindergarten Connection, Amy Lemon's from Step Into Second Grade, Kristin from Teeny Tiny Teacher, Caitlin from Kin, dergarten Smiles, Hadar from Miss Kindergarten
Bottom Row: Erin from Erin's Ink, Katie from Little Kinder Warriors, Reagan from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits and Elizabeth again ;)

Holly and Hope in their fab outfits, I was so starstruck.

I got to catch Katie's awesome session about how she does centers, so many great ideas!!

I also got a glimpse of these up and coming frames for fast finishers!

I was very impressed that TPT had such a smooth and orderly conference.  Everything was so well done and organized, it was great!
I got to meet and chat with the founder himself Paul Edelman.  Wow, thanks to this guy we have our amazing marketplace that most teachers can't live without!

Great sessions all day and a little dinner and fun that evening.
Buddy V's was so amazing!

Teachers know how to have a good time!
Every session was outstanding and I have notes and notes about each one, but here were a couple of slides that really hit home...
That is A LOT of money teachers are making for creating products.

Of course this spoke to me because I always use the excuse "there's no time" but Erin Cobb said it best, "you make time for what you love". So I need to create a quiet work time each day for products and blogging, I love doing it so why  not?!

My last night was a memorable one for sure!

One more snapshot wih this girl
And the Queen herself Deanna Jump was so cool. I loved chatting with her about family and kids, she is so sweet!

Then it was time to get back to my babies!

Thanks for sticking through this entire post I know there were a lot of pictures to go through but so glad you did. I have a couple of freebies that I've been working on that I'll be posting next week. Be sure to follow my TPT store  to be the first to grab them!
CLICK HERE for my store.

Oh yeah and if you're not Periscope yet you need to jump on that! Teachers everywhere have taken over and it is dangerously awesome!  I have seen so many good live videos from other teachers that inspire me so hop on and find me at Moore Fun in First.

Have a happy week friends!

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