Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Setting Up My Classroom!

So Far I have gotten a good start to decorating.. but still have quite a lot to do!

Welcome!-- my apple door-- I know it looks kinda chaotic but I needed something in which the kids could see their names for back to school night so they knew they were entering into the right room.  I will most likely change it as the year goes.

Looking in:

I am going to put some louie pictures on the front of my desk as his tribute... he still thinks the desk by mine is his and not the safe seat.


Still lots of work on my back wall:

My MU  shrine.... have to combat the chickenhawk decor across the hall... 

 Still have to buy a low bookcase for underneath my calendar for  my non-fiction and for a little space for assignment turn in.

My handing rule cards worked perfect! Still need to print off each kiddos picture to put in the apples.  I also need to figure out where I am going to list our daily schedule.. probably over on the sink cabinets so it doesn't get jumbled... I also need to get 2 more rulers from home depot so I can make the rest of my student work holders for under the whiteboard. 

My Corner... Still have a lot of work to do on my file cabinet, and desk.

Slowly getting there... found a 25 dollar desk for my computer to make a little research area for students plus the computer there makes it easy to hook up to the other electronics. Above the computer on the wall are "postcards" front and back from places around the world and they give information about the famous landmarks in the location in a way that is friendly and not just facts... love it!.. Still need to buy little drawer storage for the desk and get a rug for my reading area.

Still need to find a storage spot for my science tubs and scales... will need to put some sciences posters up there... on my middle island cubbies on top I am going to set some plants. I know Brittany you are probably wondering why I brought that huge cart back in... it was only because I wanted the wall space that i would have wanted to command hook the chart paper on. It works there though.  My file folders (which are owls) there on the right are their "Top Notch Work" folders.. In which the students will pick pieces of work they want to include in their portfolios or show at conference times and place it in there for keeps... Still need to make my "Top Notch Work" title.

Biggest work in progress area is my writing center area... still need a table for it . I have 8 square cork boards that I am going to put on the wall.. may just use 6. But each one is for a different type of writing and then I am going to place an example at each one... throughout the year I will be able to use student examples!

Another area to work on is my sink area... still need to get a little mirror for over the sink and like I said above make my daily schedule on the cabinet door perhaps. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

New projects and my first look at my classroom

I have been busy starting new projects and leveling books, but more exciting news came my way. I got an interview for the Dance Team Assistant Coach position and should know by tomorrow if I got the job. Even though it would be more work and probably more stress since its my first year teaching, I'm excited. At least I would able to be connected to dance! I have BIST training at the end of July.. however, if i get the dance position then I would have to do my BIST training later in the year (Something that I am kinda not sure about... I would rather do it during the summer and get the stipend money). Anywho

  1. Name plates/Tags for the students' desk: Decided to go with a luggage tag design, and use the maps I had bought. I still need to buy the blue stock paper to put behind the luggage tag design I have already made below. I also need my class list to print out the students names on the blue paper, to cut out and place on the center of the tag. Then I will laminate them with my thick, tough plastic laminate. 

2. Bought My teacher binder: still need to get the dividers so I can start putting it together. (Target)
3. I found pirate bins for my small groups.... went with pirates since that's our mascot (Target dollar bins)
4. I made my map magnets for my board.. or maybe even the front of my desk:

5. For my writing center: (TJ MAX)
6. Objective frames, painted old frames I had in the basement the same as my shelf (martha stewart: sunken pool), then placed scrapbook paper in them.Just need to add magnets or some sort of 3m stuff to stick them up.

NOW for my classroom.... before I have started decorating and organizing.

The door

 Right side.. I noticed the clock also has a digital part that tells the date.. how nice

 I think my desk might go in that corner... still working that out though.

Definitely replacing the dusty curtains. And need to find a big rug to cover that awful stain.

Wall for student work. That corner will probably be my reading corner

Cubby corner.. right now has all the desk, filing cabinet, book case and posters in it.

My only storage is those blue cabinets really and on top of them and the cubbies.

As you can see the pile of furniture and stuff I will have to sift through.

Apparently I get a chart cart... Although I don't know where it will fit when I get the desk out and every thing.

On last thing: Not school related but I was proud of my fixing up job on an old jewelry/music box I found at the goodwill outlet store:



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

An update of my classroom crafts!

I haven't been good at putting up my new classroom decor that I have made or found but here is my update!

1. Remember that orange shelf?!?
The orange shelf that I had found in a garage sale earlier on I have now painted it to match my classroom color scheme more. I used the martha stewart paint : sunken pool paint. With the flash, in a not well lit room you can't totally tell the true color of it, but I absolutely love it!

2. My desk organizer for all my supplies!
I sifted through my scrap book paper to find patterns that I liked and fit with my scheme. I even used some of the paper from my 'read' letters to create a tie in. I bought this hardware container online at amazon since Lowe's didn't have the blue color I was looking for nor ones like this one with the different sized drawers.  I still have to do something with the open back. When I was at home depot with my mum a couple weeks ago I found some sheets of aluminum, steel, etc. that are more or less for the ceiling or other things like that but the size and shape would be a perfect fit for this. They had intricate designs as well! Plus it could make the back magnetic so I can put magnets on the back!

3.  Student clips for lunch count/attendance 
I can't decide whether I am just going to write their names on these or my other brilliant idea would be to find last years pictures and cut them out and put them on circles. The only issue would be if we have new students to the district. But I could always ask to take a picture with permission and fix that issue.  I still have to make my lunch tins that label the choices. The circles that I hot glued onto the clothes pins that I got at target were from a teacher store that was going out of business in lee's summit (they still have their lenexa store). Since they were cheap and came in a packet of 150 I figured if they start to get worn after awhile I can always make replacements easily.

4.  My solution to no bulletin boards!
I am so excited about these! I want to make two more. I found the yard sticks at home depot for 68 cents a piece.I didn't want the homedepot part to show on them just the numbers and measuring tics, so I found some contact paper that is actually cork!! (Homedepot is where I got mine, target has it too but not in a big enough roll!). This allows me to use tacks as well on the rulers! Also helps with the more natural feel I wanted to give these. The only thing that kinda makes me sad is that I can only fit 4 clothes pins on a yard stick with room for papers to hang from them. if I have 30 kiddos.. you can see the problem. So I figure if I get two more.. maybe I can just feature small groups work on these. I also still want to make cute clipboards to display work as well as the frame idea.

Now for things that I have recently purchased and love or still need to work on:

1. comfy seat cushion
As a reward for my 'VanMaele' cash incentive/behavioral system I am creating. Students can 'buy' with their VanMaele Cash this lovely cushion to help their bum not get sore on those hard seats!  I found this one at Target its kinda hard to tell because of the flash faded it out but it is really black. Which I chose since it wouldn't show as much dirt.  I want to get a colorful one and it be my birthday throne cushion for students birthdays! (might have to get a couple if more than one shares a day).

2.  Book Shelf Solution
Since I bought a spinning wire book rack for 10 dollars at a teaching supply store going out of business sell (the rack actually wasn't suppose to be on sale but I managed to get the last one before they realized that the owner didn't want to sell them! Lucky me!!) I realized that since it is a big one I might not need other shelves in my room for books. I can maximize the space as well on the rack by setting books up like I have in the picture. I also wanted to solve the problem of books falling through the wire and I discovered that this tubs fit perfectly. I found them at the dollar tree for cheap! I want to take scrap book paper and jazz them up a bit. But the nice thing is if I want to change the books out all I have to do is lift the tub out and add a new one in. I also am organizing the rack by the interest level and guided reading level of the books.

3.Leveling Books
I have almost completely labelled all the books I have. Obviously some are too young or too old but now they are all labeled so I know for future reference. I color coded the books with the stickers in the right corner by interest level (as well as wrote the grade interest level  ... note the #) and then the guided reading level (note the alphabet letter).

4. Genre Stickers
Since I am lucky to have a mum that works at the library she was able to get me some of these genre stickers that were rejected either because of unevenness of the ink or position of the image on the sticker. I have already labeled the genre on most my books with these guys!

5.  Map of the  States teaching tool
Love these! Found them at U.S. Toy.. which is a store that is so overwhelming with fun teacher stuff. I loved that these are already three -holed punched. On the back side of them is a map with the capitals marked. 

6. Writer's Bloc Solution
I must recommend this to any teacher out there! I am in love with this! It helps students who are stuck on what they should write about for a story. It allows for some pretty silly stories to be told. They also have ones for poetry and other genres. Definitely want to get the whole set for my writing center. 

7. Map
 I bought a map poster that you can punch the pieces out and put together originally because this is the size that I need for my magnet idea. I wanted to cut each state out laminate it and then add magnets to the back and be able to place it on my board. Although This map which I realized when I got it home is broken up by region, Which I kinda like because its a different take on a map then those I have seen out and about. So my question is do i laminate the regions and not cut each state out? I am thinking maybe so and then just get another one that I could cut the individual states out of. Win Win.  I bought this map at U.S. Toy for reference. 

Now that I am a free woman this summer I am having more time to complete my classroom stuff but apparently I am not very good about updating this to share with you all.  My next challenge is to work on my class rule cards.. I am going to try my hand at graphic designing  as well on working on my brain breaks bucket. 

Until then, enjoy a relaxing afternoon!