Monday, August 27, 2012

Classroom Sneak Peak...

I was fully prepared to take pictures of my finished classroom before our Open House tomorrow. However, sorry ladies… it just not in the cards to happen! That little hurricane about to hit the South is messing up my blogging plans! Tears. However, I will eventually do a full post of my classroom pictures! Pinky swear. In the meantime, please keep those in the line of the hurricane in your prayers to be safe during this time. 

Since I cannot do the full unveiling of my new 1st Grade home… I will do a sneak peak of what I managed to snap on my camera phone. 

My new math tub area, and AR Quiz Line {which I posted about last year/ but I will post my new AR Line soon for you to download and use in your classroom}. BTW I am loving the picture frame that says Math Tubs… in my shopping spree for teacher goods I could not pass up some cheap frames from target. I figured eventually they would come in handy. Glad I listened to my shopalolism voices. :)
Last year, like many nights I randomly stumbled upon whole brain teaching you tube videos… who knows what I was actually searching for. However, I am so lucky to have found whole brain! If you have not yet, youtube search for whole brain videos! Worth the few minutes of your time. 
Below are the posters I made to go with our rules that I adapted from some of the videos I found. I added the sassy ribbon… because I felt like it. No other reason. 
Now here is my little piece of home in my classroom. Feather lamp? Necessity. Three sassy frames with a picture the band took from our wedding… best night ever, a picture of my little nuggets, and my BFF Ms. Thomas. She only deserves the best hot pink sequin frame, am I right?
Lastly, I am just proud of my bow I made for my pointer holder. If you only knew how many SAD attempts it took before I made ONE decent looking bow. Bless my soul if I have a daughter… I guess I will be purchasing those overpriced bows in order to spare her from the embarrassment. 
I am SOO excited to show you the entire room! 
Until then, I hope everyone is safe during this time and that all we get in LA is some rain… I finally found my rain boots and gosh darnit' I want to wear them on my day off playing in the rain! 
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations Tamera! 

  1. I am a follower of your blog.

You are the winner of my Lakeshore Learning Back to School Giveaway! I will be contacting you in order to get your information! 

In other news, I am excited to share with you my classroom pictures… however it is still a work in progress! I am so swamped with my long to do list from all of these transitions into the new school year that I promised myself I would have it ready for open house completely! Everything is done expect for a few touches here and there! 

Good luck to those of you who are back in school already with me! Bless your hearts… seriously! 
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mqgnetic Display Clips

Hi Lovies! 

Tomorrow I meet my firsties and I am so excited! My new school does a little teacher meet and greet before the kids come on their first day. Then, I start school FRIDAY! Wish me luck! Where did the summer go? 

I am very excited to post classroom pictures soon! However, in the meantime do NOT forget to enter my Lakeshore Learning Magnetic Display Clips giveaway! They are amazing and I know you do not want to miss out!

It ends Sunday! So good luck!
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lakeshore Learning Giveaway and Reviews!!

This week was my FIRST week in my classroom! I am officially in my room decorating like a crazed woman! Why? Because I report to school Monday and my kiddos Friday. Uh huh. You read that correctly. Therefore, I pretty much need to be almost done tomorrow. I feel like I have decorated my classroom in record speed. I mean you guys have probably seen my classroom pictures? I am a mad woman with decorating. I LOVE it. But this year has brought on a huge challenge! 

Below are pictures of my new room… with the other teachers belongings in it still. It was a blank canvas when I walked in Monday, with some desk and a odd array of old furniture that was left over. Needless to say, I discarded most of the things I did not need. Including my teacher desk and then got to work. No worries… pictures will come. But I promise this new room looks very similar to last years classroom. I didn't have much time to change it up much, sorry. 

Now on to my GIVEAWAY
I know some y'all have been waiting for this, and now that I have a minute I will post about these gems. 

I teamed up with Lakeshore Learning… you know that amaze lil' teacher store. They so graciously gave me a few items to review for them! 

First up are these Work in Progress Folders
Last year in my classroom we had a folder called the "Safe Place" folder. The folders were used to store any papers we were still working on and did not have time to finish. These Work in Progress Folders would be PERFECT for that! Plus, they are a durable folder unlike those paper ones you may get from your school supply lists. 

Next, is the School-To-Home Organizer. These are not only great for sending home work but, there are a ton of more ways to use these little organizers. They could be used to send home take home books with recording sheets or they could be used to store workstation recording sheets, along with items for that work station. Even better, they seem to be durable enough to take the beatings from my 1st graders! :)

Now this may be my favorite item. The Student Work Organizer, which is currently on sale online. 

Below is the sad excuse for my students "mailboxes" I used last year. I used these babies to hold everything I wanted to go home! Any worksheets, classwork, art projects, etc. would go in their mailboxes for the students to take home once a week. This eliminated the hassle of passing out papers everyday. 
However, those Lakeshore ones are beyond awesome. First, they are prettier. Second, I love the stand that comes with it to hold them in an organized manner. And lastly, they are the perfect size for storing papers. Can you tell I am a little obssessed? Now I just need to buy another set for my classroom this year :)

Now on to the giveaway…
One lucky follower will win these Magnetic Display Clips, which are AWESOME! They are the perfect way to display your student work. Simply add student work to the top of the papers already displayed throughout the year. Then at the end of the year you will have a fab mini-portfolio for the students to take home to show their progress in the classroom. 

This brand new box can be yours!

You have up to FOUR chances to enter. Just leave a post for each one you completed. 

To enter:
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Go and follow All That Glitters in Teaching… it is my new blog, partnered with my teaching bestie Ffion!
* There is nothing there yet… thats a whole other thing we will be working on soon. STAY TURNED! Ffion and I are so excited! 
3. Follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers!
4. Blog about this giveaway… and my blog! :)
Giveaway ends Sunday, August 12th. 

Also, Lakeshore was awesome enough to give each of my followers a promo code. 

Big thanks to Lakeshore Learning… this is EXACTLY why you are my fav teacher store!

Best of luck teachers in the giveaway! Happy new school year :)

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