Sunday, July 22, 2012

I've Been a Busy Bee

I only have 10 days before school starts. :(  I have been working overtime to get my room ready.  I am almost there, so I thought I would share a few pictures of my room and some of the Pinterest projects I have completed.

Kim aka Flo and I made one of these dum-dum flowers that we saw on Pinterest.  I think they turned out really cute.

I used my leftover dum-dums to make these bags to use for letting students choose a partner. You can read about this idea here.   

We actually made these canopies in my hall last year.  Everyone has one, including the new teachers because I made them one last week.  This week I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make these to celebrate 100 followers.

Here is a view down the hall where you can see other canopies.  I also hung the display papers outside my door, as well as a What's the Password sheet. 

Here are my welcome bags for Meet the Teach Night.  You can find the print out here.  I had to go to 10 different Dollar Generals to find enough rock and roll pencils and erasers to fill these bags. 

This is the future home of my math stations.  I haven't even had time to think about them.  I am starting Daily 5 and Words Their Way this year.  As soon as I get both of those started good I will start math stations.  Kim aka Flo also had the great idea for the Love Notes binder that you can see pictured on the shelf.  This is to put all of the pictures/drawings/letters that the students draw for us in.

I am participating in the Great Postcard Exchange at Barrow's Hodgepodge.   I laminated this map, and it is now hanging in the hallway (because my room is so small I don't have room inside) waiting for our postcards to be added.

This is what my library looked like before.

It still isn't completely ready but it is looking better.  I organized the chapter books on top.  I started trying to organize the picture books by genre, but I got overwhelmed.  I can't do it.  I need help!!!!!  Please give me any advice you have for organizing this many books by genre. 

You can also see a little bit of the No Name board I made in this picture.  Here is the original pin that I saw.

This is the wall above my library.  Kim  aka Flo and I made these letters.  It was also another Pinterest project.

I made this Warm Fuzzy jar after finding this pin.  I reused my Tide Pods jar for this project.  I have a question though.  Where do I put the warm fuzzies before I give them to the kids?  Does anyone else do this?  If so, I need some suggestions.  Thanks in advance! 

Here is  my Rockin Behavior Clipchart that I got from The Inspired Apple.

I didn't take a picture of my desks, but they are arranged in groups with a bookshelf at the end like I saw here.  This is a picture of their supply basket that will be filled when they bring in their supplies.  I reused my empty Truvia jar for the erasers. 

This is my new clock.  I made the numbers after seeing them in numerous places on Pinterest. 

My Word Wall......
You can also see my 3 computers.  Work on Writing is to the left of the computers and Word Work is to the right of the computers.

I had to make these tissue paper balls after seeing them here.

 I love my reading chairs, red pillows, and whisper phones for Read to Self.

I still have a lot of work to do and will have more pictures to come. If you were inspired at all please leave me a comment.  I love reading them.  Also please follow my blog for more to come. 


  1. Your room is beautiful! I am going to do the bookshelves for each table group, too. Where did you get your shelves from? Did you make the whisper phones?
    Thanks for letting us into your classroom! The kids are going to love it! :)

    Blessings of Teaching

  2. Katherine,

    Thanks! I have worked really hard this summer. I got the bookshelves at Wal-Mart for $15 each. I have been adding one each year for several years. This year I have enough for each group. I did make the whisper phones. I just cut a 3" piece of pvc pipe and added and elbow to each end.


  3. I love your classroom decor!! I am in love with the canopy. I can't wait for your tutorial on that!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. Wow that looks so good!! Someday I might have a cute class like that haha

  5. Love your room! It completely rocks!! :) I have given you an award. Drop by my blog and see!

    - Vicky

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  7. I LOVE your classroom... it's like a Pinterest Lovers dream!!!!! Great idea with the love notes binder, thanks for sharing. I will be stealing that idea for sure. Enjoying your blog!
    I'm currently in the process of putting together a giveaway, since I'm almost at 100 followers, and was wondering if you'd be interested in donating anything towards the giveaway?
    Melissa :0)
    More Time 2 Teach

  8. Don't know what else to say besides - you really DO rock! What a gorgeous, organized, bright and functional classroom. I'm very jealous! Being a reading specialist now, I only have 1/4 of a shared space! I will share your blog with the classroom teachers on my team, though, they will love it!

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  10. Love how your room is coming together! I'm your newest follower!

    Krazy About Kiddos

  11. I am planning a rock star birthday party and your Dum Dum flower in the pot with the little guitar is PERFECT! Can you tell me where you found the little guitar?

  12. I found some of these at Hobby Lobby and some at WaMart on the craft isle.