2016-2017 Classroom Tour!

Well, it's been over a year since I've blogged....OOPS! Here we go, though, new school year, new goals, and NEW BLOG POSTS! Starting of course, with my classroom tour!! I'm super proud of my room this year! It took a lot of work, a lot of help, and a lot of heart, but I'm so, so pleased with the final result! Now for the real reason you're here....the pictures!!

This is where the magic happens! Oh wait....this isn't MTV Cribs.... Here's a quick "panoramic" view.

Now for the details!

This is my library. The bins on the top shelf are from the Dollar Tree (you can see I have two different blues from two different years, but it only drives me minorly crazy! #progress) Bins on the bottom shelf...the locker-style ones are from Big Lots a few years back, the blue "dotted" baskets are from Target (Bullseye's Playground) last summer, and the big "woven" baskets are from Hobby Lobby for 60% off last spring!

All of those tubs on the floor are my indoor recess toys!

A wide view featuring our thematic bookshelf, (all ready for our Kevin Henkes author study and fall a few weeks ago!) my standing table (from Ikea,) and our Double Dudes from an Amy Lemons unit!

Over to the left, we have the entrance to our "coat room" and a ton of shelving. Those left shelves hold all of my math manipulatives, math tubs, and our Moffatt Girls fluency strips on the side! The shelf on the right holds seasonal books, letter manipulatives, more books, and puzzles!! We LOVE puzzles, and those are one of my go-to treats for my kiddos if we finish all our work, or need a little bit of a calm-down break

Right here in front of my rug is our morning meeting area! All the way to the right is my "What Happens At Mass" resource. I teach in a Catholic school, and in 2nd grade a huge part of our curriculum is teaching about the Mass so my littles are all ready for their First Holy Communion in May. We have our calendar, my ONE classroom job (seriously, I'll never do it another way) and our morning message area. I write a morning message incorrectly and the kids have to correct it. Right now you can see we're working on capitals and punctuation. I also sit our Rooted in Reading books for the week on the ledge.

Here's a wide view! Alphabet from Ladybug's Teacher Files. Days of Creation posters at the top are a creation of my own! Those should be up on TpT soon.

Under my math board is my Command Center for my munchkins. The blue cart holds ALL of our supplies...and can be tucked away when our classroom has to be used for religious education, cub scouts, girl scouts, or anything else! The drawers hold various supplies, and on top are our bathroom passes and tissues. The Ikea cube holds our white boards and supplies, our Must-Dos for the week, and various folders!

Another Command Center, with our mailboxes and unfinished work folders

This is the front of my classroom, with my SMART board, technology, and book bins. The big BECAUSE is an inspiration from Jen Jones and Mr. Greg, and it has SO improved the way we verbalize our thinking....even in the three weeks I've had it up!! It's amazing how one little word can help!

(All of) these Ikea shelves were new additions to my room this year and I couldn't be happier! They make everything just LOOK that much more organized. (That glowing thing on top of my shelf is my essential oil diffuser!)

BIG thank you shout outs to my mom and my friends Michelle and Will for helping me putting together these shelves for me when I couldn't move or lift anything post-gallbladder surgery!

Back to the other side of the room, with my small group supplies and our yoga mats for flexible seating! (Got them at 5Below, and cut them in half. That whole shebang cost me $20, and gave me enough flexible seating for 8 kids!!!)

The view from my desk...

Right behind my desk is this fabulous storage cubby with my days of the week planning drawers right next to it. Oh, and Kid President watching over our classroom, making sure we're making the world more awesome!

And in the spirit of honesty..this is my least favorite part of my classroom. This is our "coat room." It's got shelving, and this is the place that collects STUFF. I hate it, and I tried to get it more organized this year, but there's only so much I could do with all of the stuff I HAVE to keep in my room.

Shield your eyes! Piles everywhere!!

This is the least of the evils. I inherited this shelf from my mom's classroom, and all of my Rooted in Reading stuff, and all of my other files are stored there. All of those green buckets on the bottom are my Christmas books because they wouldn't fit anywhere else!!

I'll leave you with one of my favorite parts of my classroom. I made these Harry Potter subway-art-style quote posters last year, and they make my heart happy every time I see them!!

What do your rooms look like this year? Link in the comments, I'd love to see!!

Dare to Dream! #TpTSellerChallenge

This week's #TpTSellerChallenge is DARE TO DREAM!! 

I definitely have big dreams for my TpT journey, and without further ado...

> Student Loans: seem to be a pretty common thread throughout the TpT dreams I've seen...I went to a private college for undergrad, which left me with a sizeable chunk of student debt. I'd love to see TpT help me pay those off faster!

> Travel!!: another TpT Dream Theme! I would love to go to Vegas for the TpT/I Teach 2nd conferences and I'd LOVE to do an educator training at the Ron Clark Academy. Other than traveling for teaching, I want to see so many places in this world! I'm dying to visit some friends down in New Orleans, and my biggest travel dream is Australia!! I've gotta see the Great Barrier Reef up close!

> Give: I'd love to give more to so many different organizations and people. So many. I hope that one day, TpT can help me do that!

> Someday: I'm a youngin'. I'm only 26. I have some savings, but I would love to see my TpT ventures to help me grow my future. I'd love to buy a house, have my dream wedding, go on an incredible honeymoon, and even be able to stay home with kids for a while. (I could never go full-time TpT-at-Home-Mom! I give SO much credit to those who do!)

This challenge has DEFINITELY lit a fire somewhere inside me! My creative juices are flowing, I'm working hard, and I've edited and added quite a few things to my store in the last week or so! THANK YOU Jen, Amber, Emily & Ashley for hosting this challenge, and helping to inspire me!! :o)

TpT Seller Challenge Week 1: Makeover Madness!!

So if you haven't heard, the fabulous ladies from Sparkling In Second Grade, Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Third in Hollywood, and Teach, Create, Motivate are hosting the coolest challenge around this summer - The TpT Seller Challenge! This is EXACTLY what I need to get myself on the path I want to be on with blogging and TpT, so here it goes!

Week 1 was MAKEOVER WEEK! Everyone loves a good makeover...especially my first, sad little TpT products. The very first things I added were my fonts! Munchkin Print was the very first one, and I thought this was just the best thing on the internet when I added it!

Since then, I've created SO MANY THINGS, be it fonts, or resources for my classroom. Whether I put them on TpT or not, I have learned a TON, and I've come a looooooong way!

So for #makeovermadness, I bundled all of the fonts I've made (there are seven of them) and re-vamped how they're displayed!

 My snazzy new cover! I love using photos in my covers!
(Click cover to download the fonts!)

I love the clean-cut look of it all now!!

The Before:
+ Varied colors
+ Not uniform
+ Individual downloads

The After:
+ Snazzy, eye-catching cover
+ Uniform previews
+ Bundled download

What do you think?! :o)

This has DEFINITELY gotten my creative juices flowing, and I think there are more makeovers in my future! Not only that, I have ideas FLYING around my brain for next year...! (What else would a teacher do on her first day of summer break!?)

Amber, Jen, Emily, and Ashley, thanks for such an awesome challenge!! I'm loving it so far! Can't wait to see what else is in store!!

The Sunday Scoop!

I'm linking up with The Teaching Trio's Sunday Scoop Today!

I HAVE to do the standard Sunday things....cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry! Yuck!

I HOPE to read a little bit down at the beach! But considering it's almost 6 PM, I don't think the beach is looking too good :o( I DID get some new summer reading this week though!!

SUPER pumped to dig into these! :o)

I HOPE to get to bed early! Friday was draining for me (last day with my kiddos!) and I've had an amazing weekend, but I hope to get to bed early before my LAST DAY (teacher work day/EOY meetings) before summer!! 

Happy Sunday!

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