Sunday, August 18, 2013

Classroom Reveal!!!

WOW!  It has been one super busy, TIRING week!

We had 5 days of pre-planning beginning Aug. 1 (read... LOTS of meetings), and started school with students on Thursday.  I am so sad to say, there were still things I did not get finished for my walls.  My printer at home died and then the only color printer we have at school tore up.   Luckily, the students didn't realize anything was amiss!  I did break down and go buy a new wireless printer which I am LOVING!

This past week was our first full week with students.  I have had a serious medical condition for the last couple of weeks.  I think most teachers get it at this time of year...
crazy school dreams
tunnel vision
long days
longer nights thinking about everything still needing done

Yep, I call this serious medical condition BACK-TO-SCHOOL BRAIN FOG!!!!

Do you get it also?

Thankfully, mine seems to be clearing up and I feel like I can see the world around me again.



This year I do not have a theme.  I am using bright colors instead.  

I started off by making LOTS of numbers.  I am using them in a variety of ways.

To read more about using these and to download these numbers free, visit my post over at The Teaching Tribune.

I am so excited to start the Daily 5 this year.  I've been reading the book and even got a membership to the website.  Here is my board all ready to go.  On the table is my basket of poems and read alouds.  The chest under the table holds blankets and towels for the kiddos to use when getting comfy to read.  The second chest has an assortment of odds and ends books for my homeroom students to use.

Here's my CAFE area.  I found these bright colorful plates at Dollar General.

My new 4th grade classroom was an add on, which means that there was NOTHING in the room.  Thankfully, after 25 years of teaching I have accumulated lots of my own personal things to take with me.  My principal purchased these book bins and they just came in the mail on Thursday.  My reading class and I were so excited to finally have some storage!

 Here is our gathering place.  I found this rocking chair (already painted blue) about 8 years ago at a yard sale.  I bought the rug last year for $10 from a carpet mill going out of business.  Some of the pillows were "donated" by my youngest daughter when I cleaned out her bedroom after she got married.  The others were bought at a yard sale this summer for only $2 each and my mom recovered them for me.

My mom took a shower curtain I purchased, cut it in half and added button holes to cover up my storage shelves above the coat racks.

 These If I Don't Know the Word I Can... posters are FREE in my store here.

This REMINDER wall is located next to the door as the students exit.  I glued several of my Bulletin Board Dots on the wall.  Information that is important to the students is displayed here.  To find out how to make your own out of cardboard boxes, click here.

Here is my classroom library.  Some of the baskets I purchased previously.  I added to my blue and green colors and purchased pink and purple to add to my collection.  The letters are foam glitter letters from Walmart for 97 cents each.

A little closer view...

I decided to sort my books by series or genres this year.  Each basket was assigned a number and then the name of the basket, along with the number, is posted in front of the bin.

Each book then has a sticker with the same number on it.  So far, this system is working great and all the books are finding their way back to their home!  :-)

Here is a picture of my door.  My bright color theme kind of evolved into polka-dots as well, so I decided to just embrace it.  The background is a $1 table cloth.
 Next to my door is this sweet metal board I found at the recycle store for only a couple of bucks.  It would be so easy to do with a small cookie sheet as well.  The smiley face magnet gets placed on the correct area when we leave the room.  I am teaching almost 90 students this year, so this is a must have when someone is looking for me.

Thankfully when I left the school Friday, My To-Do List was all completed!!!

I have TONS more pictures but didn't want to over whelm you.  I'll have more to share in the next several days.

In the meantime...

 FINALLY.... The big Back-to-School Teachers Pay Teachers site-wide sale has begun.  My store will be on sale.  So head on over and unload your cart.  Thanks so much for purchasing from me!  :-)

 In the meantime, I've got to do my own share of shopping and finish up those lesson plans for this week!


  1. You room looks great! I'm still working on mine...getting close!


    Teaching Little Miracles

  2. I love how you've organized your class library. In the past, my students and I have struggled with keeping the right books in the right box. I think the numbered labels would be just the trick. Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Miller’s Monkey Business