Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm Ready! AKA- Wanna see some pics? {and get a freebie?}

Well, the thing I've been planning for and working on all summer has finally arrived... tomorrow is the first day of school!

I think I'm prepared.

Yesterday I went in and made sure the evil elves hadn't messed up my organization and today I popped back in to drop off my Gerbil, run a copy, and laminate one thing.  Surprisingly enough... that is all I did!  I was home within the hour... which NEVER happens!  So, I think I can safely say that I've done all there is to do.

Here's what it looks like now...
^  Here's the view from the door.  ^
My bins are all ready for students to put their community supplies in to.

 And here's the board at the front of the room with directions and the schedule.

 Direction cards- I pull these down and add a note beside them to help students remember the steps to a project.  Keep reading to see how you can get a set!

Ok- it's really bright and hard to see... but see that curtain?  That's right.  I made it!  I made three of them!

 Even Gerbie is watching for kids to arrive!  She's got a long {hot} night ahead of her!

This is the last thing I need to do but I'm waiting until I teach about "Work on Writing" to stock this up.  I won't be able to have a true "writing center" like I did last year, so this shelf houses all of my writing stuff.  It'll be kind of a "grab it and go" type of situation.  Supplies are in the drawers, the blue thing is a little desk thing, the little blue and reddies there on the bottom are little lap desks, and I have September's word wall vocab card displayed so kiddos can find relevant words to September writing!

So there you have it!  Room 108 is ready to go!

You can pop over to my TpT store to get a free copy of the supply cards and the direction cards that I have displayed on my board.

Just click the picture below!

And, don't forget that I've put my most recent best sellers on sale at 20% off at TpT until the end of the night!  You can visit yesterday's post to find out which items that is!

PS- want to see what I've been reading?  Check out my latest review at The Best Endings!


  1. Love your room! Your supply cards are precious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Everything looks great!! Have a fabulous first day :)

  3. I like the buckets hanging from your students desk. Keeps their work area clear.

    Enjoy your first day, we are starting week 2 Tuesday.


  4. Cute room. Love all the bright colors. I changed my room from Jungle to Mickey Mouse this year. The kids LOVE it! Glad to see that you make curtains for your room too. I have them and my team thinks I'm nuts! :) Been following you since your original classroom page. Let me tell you, you have made me a better teacher. Thank you from here in California! Have a great first day of school.

  5. thanks for the supply labels... I love the idea of having a set on the board to remind children the order of directions for an assignment... will definitely be making these this week! Good luck with the first day of school :)

  6. Love the bunting... your room looks fab! We are starting week 4 tomorrow!!!

    Every New Beginning Blog

  7. Adorable...the bunting is fabulous! We are starting week 3 and it is going GREAT!!

    Good luck on a terrific school year, and happy first day of school!!
    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  8. Your classroom looks fantastic! Thanks for the supply/directions labels :)


  9. Your room is awesome! Great job! I'm amazed that you are able to work in your room on the weekend! Are you in a room that opens to the outside or someting? I'd love to be able to work whenever I needed to!
    Good luck on your first week back!

  10. Hey when did you get a new blog template! It looks great!

    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  11. Great job! I am so jealous that you get to go in when you want to work on your room and prepare for the first day. I love the supplies idea- this will be my first year since 2008 without a teaching assistant (I was lucky to have one because my class had special ed students) and I was trying to remember how I could effectively gather everything they'll be bringing in on the first day all by myself. Do you keep track of who brings in their supplies, or just have them drop them off by table?

    Also, how did you attach the little buckets to the sides of the desk? I have similar ones and tried velcro and command strips last week- both have fallen off before school has even started.

    I love the colors in your room, they are very similar to mine. I'd love for you to stop by and check out my new blog!

    Have a great year!

    1. I'm in 3rd this year and, since we're going completely "community style" with our supplies, I am not keeping track of who brought what... EXCEPT for folders and notebooks as each kid needs certain ones for each subject.

      As for the buckets on the desks- they're just there with clippy magnets. We'll bump them off all day, I'm sure!

      Have a great year!


  12. Hi Christina:
    Love the new blog design!
    Your room looks so inviting and welcoming...
    We start tomorrow too, and I am just about ready to face a new group of sixth graders!
    Wishing you a wonderful year...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  13. Your new blog is so pretty!! LOVE the color combo :)

    The Learning Tree

  14. Christina,

    LOVE the new look!

    Your classroom is beautiful ~ what an active space to learn. I bet your children will have so much fun!


    Erin Klein

  15. Hi Christina,
    I love your new design! Your classroom looks fabulous! Hooray for new curtains!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  16. I am obsessed with your blog design!!!! It has all of my favorite backgrounds!!!!

    1. OMG! THE Miss Kindergarten is commenting on my blog!



  17. Hi Christina, I love your organizational labels, but I can't use them! Do you have a Canadian version with a 'u' in the word 'colour'?
    Thanks, Carrie

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  19. Too many typos. . . I had to redo this one!
    Well if you aren't just the best dressed blog around, I don't know who is!
    I'm so envious! It's pretty, eye catching, bright, and so fun to look at. . . Now if you get stuck sitting here looking at your blog instead of working, you could get fired. . . . so. . . . get back to work!!!

  20. Love your room! It is very colorful and happy!

    Thanks for the freebie!


  21. Love the new blog design!!! You seem well organised for all those little kiddos to come in. Really like your idea for your Writing area, I have the same problem with space.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  22. LOVE the design!! Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow! I am sure you will :)
    The Resource(ful) Room

  23. hey - thanks my friend for the direction cards...I've been meaning to make those, just been to busy/lazy/distracted....whatever - ha!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  24. Everything looks great! The room, the blog...all of it has really come into place! I hope it was a great first day for you!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  25. Your room looks great! I hope you had a terrific first day of school. I'm so jealous that you can swing by school whenever you need to. We're not allowed in.

    The Teaching Thief

  26. Christina,
    I WISH my room was half as cozy and put together as yours! I like mine but I feel it's missing something....hmmmm, {not the rodent , I can't do those..LOL}
    Thanks for Sharing!


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