Monday, August 4, 2014

Back to School with the Cat in the Hat!

I have moved from VA to KY....we are very excited to be near family and to start our next adventures. I was not excited to set up my new room. I loved my old room. Picture this. HUGE storage closet, wall to wall built in storage and shelves, newer school and in a neighborhood 2.3 miles from my home AND my sitter was between the school and home (talk about dream commute)!

But change is great and with change comes growth... AND I am ready to grow. I am very excited to join my new team and start working at my new school too.  I was SOOOOO excited to get a job teaching kindergarten at one of the largest schools in the county!!! (really this was crazy luck and perfect timing with someone retiring)

When I went to see my classroom this is what it looked like:


 You know the look of chairs stacked and furniture pushed to the corner of the room? This is WHAT almost EVERY room in America looks like in the summer and each year teachers say HMMMM how will I ever get this put back together? And somehow with a lot of work and little magic it happens every year!


The lady that I replaced was SOOOO nice and left all of her materials. She left some pretty amazing things but it took time to look through them all! I was truly blessed with lots of materials and books by the teacher that retired. 

After a few days, my room looked like this





Then after several day and I do NOT want to know how many hours....it looks like this!!!!


This desk was looking sad...so sad...then I added my name with some vinyl and in the open spot I put a Thing 1 and Thing 2. 

I added their names to the little socks and balanced the line of socks up...oops!!! 

Once again you will see vinyl.....this is my line up number line. Each student will be assigned a number and that is where they will line up all year! No pushing no shoving and each student gets a chance to be line leader. 

This is my center shelf. I will put the items that they will grab and go with in these tubs! 


This is my ONLY storage....EEK. I have about 12 more TUBS like this at home but I only brought what I needed right away!~ 


I needed a curtain AND I need to learn to sew---- but not this summer....SO I just cut ribbon to make a curtain.

Student papers (lots of them for their parents to fill out)
Student welcome bags and parent welcome bags. 
The student welcome bags are free to download on my TPT store :)

My classroom did not have a carpet by the Promethean Board. I picked these very Dr. Seuss like carpets up at Ikea for only $14 dollars each!!!


My behavior chart!

Theme books and where my assistant will pull her groups! 


The library and what will soon become our wall of family photos.

Back of the room looking forward. 

Side of the room looking to other side

My adorable pennants clips that my friend designed for me!!! How lucky am I?  

This is my classroom....some things have already changed since I took these pictures on Thursday :) I am sure I will continue to make changes as I make this new space my new home away from home. I hope you enjoyed my little tour AND I would love to see your classroom. Please leave a link and I will check it out! 


Friday, July 18, 2014

New Year, New School, New State, New Goals

WOW!!! I really did not post at all last year. I am going to do a great job this year!!! Really, I am! Just typing it makes it a little more real.

My life has been in boxes for the last few weeks. I recently moved from VA to KY and now I will be teaching in KY. I will still be teaching kindergarten! Thank goodness! I can NOT imagine  if I had to teach another grade---I love my little ones so much!

I am excited/nervous/overwhelmed with my new job, school and COMMON CORE! I have not taught the Common Core before because VA is one of the states to opt out!

So.....here is to new adventures and CURRENT, UP to DATE  post from me!

Now, I have to go unpack a few more boxes and try and find the printer's power cord!?!? Silly movers must have packed it in a different box!