Friday, August 3, 2012

Double Whammy Linky Party

What a week! I hope you've been having fun setting up your classroom/preparing for school and also enjoying the summer!! I've been having so much fun setting up my classroom that I never want to leave! Everyone at school has been so helpful and welcoming...I know I'm in the right place. :)

I'm going to do a double wammy linky party tonight! I hope that's okay. :)

Oh' boy fourth grade
 I am participating in Farley's Currently. Below that I give you a glimpse into my classroom for Brigid's Classroom Tours where you'll see how I've used my Back 2 School Must Haves. A double whammy!

A few snapshots to share:

These two photos were taken at the end of day one. One of my classroom parents, who is also a colleague, helped me arrange the furniture, hang the two garlands from the ceiling, and fix black twin flat sheets (can be purchased separate from the fitted sheet and pillow case from Walmart for under $5) on most of the bulletin boards.

See the cabinets in the back? On Tuesday and Wednesday, I spent time going through everything that was in them and organizing it all. I want resources and manipulatives to be easily available. Jodi at Clutter-Free Classroom would be pleased because now the cabinets and drawers are clutter-free!! I don't have a before picture (it was definitely not a pretty sight) but I do have two after pictures:

Clear labels are my new best friend. I like them because they (almost) blend in, I can use my favorite font on them, and I don't have to use tape (my frenemy). I have the address label ones (as shown on the drawers above) but I also have circle ones. Here are the circle labels on the students' book bins (Target Dollar Spot):

While organizing the cabinets, I found a pair of giant googly eyes and knew EXACTLY where to put them (inspired by a pin)...
Isn't he cute?!

There are more storage areas in the room that I need to investigate but I wanted to setup a few recently laminated items:

Inspired by another pin, I knew I had to create this when I saw it on Pinterest. Doesn't it send a powerful message?

I am also a big fan of those 3M hooks and book rings. They are great for hanging stuff!! AND they seem to stay on the cinder block walls. You can read more about my indoor recess choice board in a previous post.

This probably looks familiar, or exactly the same :), to Kristen's board at Ladybug's Teacher Files. I love her board and didn't want to change a thing about it. I used ribbon from Walmart for the border (this board took almost the whole roll).

Stay tuned for some projects (inspired by this pin and this pin) for Monday Made It!!

Link up with Farley and Brigid's parties, and I hope you have a relaxing weekend!!!


  1. Your classroom is looking great! Get some rest because our world is about to get crazy again! I just started following your blog through the currently linky.

  2. Hello! Your room is super organized. I love it! And your filing cabinet is really cute. I am now following your blog!

    Mr. Michelbook's Classroom

  3. Thanks for sharing! I found you on the August Currently! I love these pictures of classroom set up. I am ITCHING to go in my classroom! Come and check out my Currently because I am your newest follower!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  4. Looks great! I'm so jealous of all of your cabinet and storage space!

    When I can get back into my room, we are going to put sheets up to cover my chalkboards. Did you iron your sheets first? How did you attach it to the board? I guess since mine is attaching to a chalkboard, I'll have to use hot glue or something. Ohhhh well!

  5. Your indoor recess board is a great idea!
    Teachable Moments

  6. I plan on stealing your googly-eyed file cabinet. So cute!

  7. I just found your blog! You are too cute in your excitement... I LOVE it!! Looks like everything is coming together! :)

  8. I'm glad I found you through the Currently!! Welcome to 2nd grade! The file cabinet looks great, too. :)

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  9. Just found you through the classroom linky. Your room looks GREAT! I'm second grade as well and your newest follower! :)

    Mrs. Kelly's Klass

  10. Wow, you're room is really coming together! It looks great. These 2nd graders are very lucky to have you and I am really looking forward to working with you as well! Happy Weekend, see ya Monday to begin my room!!!

  11. Thank you for your kind comments, friends!!

    I did not iron my sheets first. I pulled the sheets pretty tight though so the wrinkles are starting to fall out. I stapled them to the bulletin boards but you could use hot glue (like you mentioned) or experiment with an adhesive product from 3M. I tried double sided Duck Tape but the sheets were too heavy.

    Hope that helps!!

  12. I love the CAFE board. I haven't read that book yet, but I have read Daily 5.
    Darling Little Learners

  13. Your classroom looks great! I love your Indoor Recess board - I have been trying forever to come up with something for that. Right now, it's more of a "free for all" a.k.a. mass chaos.Thanks for sharing.

    Found you through the Classroom Tours Linky. I would love for you to stop by sometime!:)

    First Grade Fairytales

    1. Thanks, Kelly! I hope the indoor recess board serves as a successful solution for you!

  14. Hi there! Your room looks great! I love your message to your students! Thanks for linking up on my "Classroom Tours" linky party!!!

    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

    1. You're welcome, Brigid! Thanks for hosting!!


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