Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's my birthday sale & giveaway!

Hey everyone!
This week is my birthday! Woohoo! So I have decided to treat all of you with a sale at my TPT shop.  On August 28, all items in my shop will be 15% off.  But that's not all...

I'm also having a giveaway!  Two lucky winners will each win the item of their choice from my TPT shop.  You can enter my birthday giveaway below.  I will announce the winners on Saturday!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To celebrate my birthday, I'm not just going to have one giveaway... I'm having two!  I will be giving away a Lock Smock to one lucky winner.  Enter below for your chance to win your very own Lock Smock!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Sale!

Hey everyone,
If you are like me, you have been loading up your TPT shopping cart with all kinds of goodies and waiting for the big TPT Back to School sale.  Well get ready, because it is just right around the corner!  This weekend (Aug. 18-19) you can get up to 28% off at my TeachersPayTeachers store, along with many, many other great shops!  I will be offering 20% off every product, PLUS if you use the code BTS13 at checkout, you can get an additional 10% off.

Thanks Krista Wallden for the cute button!

Happy shopping!!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

My Classroom...

Hey everyone,
I can't believe how much work it has been to get my classroom done!  I feel like I am in there 24/7 trying to get it finished.  Our Open House is right around the corner (Monday) and I am finally feeling a little bit better about how my classroom is coming together.  Here are some quick pictures of my progress!

My paintings are finally up in my classroom!
I'm so excited about how they turned out!  They fit perfectly above our reading area.  I love them!

Here is a collage of my classroom.  The top is our library/meeting area, the picture on the right is my teacher chair in our meeting area ( I LOVE how cozy it is... it is my favorite place to teach from because I can get down close to the kiddos and it makes me more relaxed :) ).  The picture at the bottom is my new teacher area (my teacher desk is not being used as a table for student computers and I will be working with kids in our round table)... the round table is just temporary until I get the kidney table!! Woo hoo!  And the last picture on the left is of the front of our classroom.
Most areas of my room are now cleaned off and ready to go... just have to add some small finishing touches and get all the kiddo's names on stuff.  I'm hoping I can do that in the few hours between our Opening Day and Open House.

I just wanted to update you all on the progress in my classroom.  I will definitely get some more (easier to see) pictures of my classroom and post them soon.  I know it is very bright and some people may think a little too bright, but I love that it is a bright, inviting, fun place to learn.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Getting my classroom ready...

Hey everyone!

I cannot believe school for us starts one week from tomorrow?!?! I am so not ready for this.  I've been working in my classroom like crazy and it still looks like this...
I'm just a tad stressed out!  

Instead of focusing on the huge task of this mess of a room, I've been doing little projects to make my room cute... Haha I may need someone to come in and intervene.  Here is what I've done the last few days...
Made my new CUPS editing cups!! This will be where we keep the highlighters that students will use to edit.  The highlighters will match the cups (colors) so they'll easily remember where they go.  

A new library basket for my kiddos to take our books back to the library in.  I'm really mad that I didn't make the sign say "Library Book Basket"... Oh well.  I love bows, they just make everything cuter!

Look at what I scored yesterday!!!
I've been eyeing this old barber chair that one of my teammates has had for years. Yesterday she was wanting to throw it out so I snatched it up... Yea like I need MORE stuff in my room.  But what a fun place for students to read.  Just needs to be cutified and it'll be great!

I got some bulletin boards done the other day... And I am in love with tulle!  Last year I had black bulletin boards to help tone down the brightness in my room.  This year I'm just going all out with color. I was getting worried about the crazy colors and zebra... I was in tears the other day talking to my husband about all these cute rooms with themes and my room is just a hodgepodge of color.  Then one of my teammates pointed out that I have lots of green, pink, and blue with a touch of zebra... So that could be my "theme" colors.  That started making me feel better about my room.

And lastly... Look what I finally finished and am ready to hang up in my classroom...
I'm so excited to finally get these put up in my room!  Those Berenstain Bears took forever!  I'll be sure to post a picture when I've got them hanging up!

That's how my classroom cleaning is going so far... How's yours?  :). The beginning of the year stress is starting to hit me so I need to crack down today and get this room done... No more cute projects until its finished... Maybe...


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Getting ready for school!

Hey everyone!
I can't believe the first day of school for us is only 13 days away!  I am scrambling to get my room finished... I haven't even started thinking about my plans for the first day of school.  Man, I am a bit stresses out! 

This morning I wanted to share some resources that I've been working on the past few weeks...

First are my new bright chevron with cute owls math student friendly learning targets (I can... Statements) and ELA student friendly learning targets.

Here are the math learning targets for all 2nd grade math standards.  They are broken down to match your learning target for each lesson!

Here are the ELA learning targets for all 2nd grade ELA standards.  They are also broken down to match your learning target for each lesson!

I also wanted to share my latest project... Math vocabulary cards.  These vocabulary cards give students a picture and definition/explanation for all of the important math words in the 2nd grade standards.  These are aligned to the common core standards and perfect for you math wall!

Here are a couple of examples of what these math vocabulary cards look like...

I'm so glad that I have finally finished those sets.  I know these are going to be a huge time saver for me this year and I they'll do the same for you!

With all the work I still have left to do in my classroom I have been getting a bit overwhelmed... So what have I been doing to relax?  Painting! :) I have been working on some cute paintings to hang up above my reading area.  I got this idea from The Tattooed Teacher after seeing an Instagram picture of her paintings.  Mine aren't quite finished, but here they are so far...
I'm so excited to put them up in my classroom!  I didn't have any of my books to look at the characters at home, so I had to print off a blurry picture from the Internet.  I sketched the pictures first and then painted over my sketch.  I'm horrible at sizing pictures when I draw them so that would be why some of them seem kind of cut off.  But I like how they turned out... Kind of reminds me of our students school pictures! :)

I know this time of year is super stressful but remember to take some time to relax and enjoy the last bit of your summer!