Classroom Decor And Organization

Hi everyone,

I'm here today to show you MY CLASSROOM! Yay!!
I took lots of pictures before taking it all down for the summer so I have plenty to show :)


Let's start with my reading corner. This is always my favorite part because I love everything that happens in the reading corner, not matter what grade I am teaching!
I made my title by sticking cut-out letters (from Scholastic) onto plastic plates from the Dollar store. I get so many compliments for this display!



Here is my storage area. This is where I keep all our duo-tangs, workbooks, and copybooks. I use those green and blue bins for flashcards, extra supplies, and my Time Timer. I also keep my bathroom passes bucket and my mystery walker bucket here because these shelves are right next to the door.


This is my birthday display. I have one bag for every month. I put the kids' names on the bags with the date next to their name so that we can easily see who is next in the birthday chain!
Under the birthday display is my alphabet. I am absolutely IN LOVE with it! I adore the bright colors :)


Here is my word wall. ALL the cards have magnets on the back so students can easily take a word and bring it to their seat during our Writer's Workshop.
Next to my word wall, I have my digraphs posters. Next year, I'll be adding sound blends to the mix!

This is my center rotation board. ALL cards are magnetic so changing them around is as easy as 1,2,3!

Here are my colors and shapes displays. These are brand NEW! I can't wait for my new group to use them in August :)
 

My classroom rules.

This is my behavior clip chart. You can read all about it HERE.


My "Pick Me" and "Mystery Walker" buckets. You can read all about them HERE.


I keep this at the top of my whiteboard. Each time my students are too loud, I take down a letter. If all the letters are taken down, we loose 5 minutes of our recess time. Works like a charm ;)


 And finally.... my HUGE bulletin board! I just LOVE this thing!
If you want to know how to make that beautiful border, you can find out by clicking HERE.
You're welcome! ;)

The only thing I forgot to take a picture of is my desk... I have NO IDEA how I didn't get a picture of this but I promise to add it as soon as I get back in August ;)

I hope you enjoyed taking a peak inside my second home!

*Almost* everything you see in this post is in TPT store!





Update: I just uploaded my classroom decor pack with a new twist for you CHEVRON lovers!



Later gators,
 





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Kinderland Summer FLASH Sale

Hi everyone,

I'm stopping by for a quick visit just to let you know that some friends and I are having a big SALE tomorrow! If you teach Kindergarten or first grade, you might want to check out these awesome stores ;)


Later gators,
 

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Behavior Management - Calendars And A Clip Chart

Hi everyone, 

I'm here to show you my behavior management plan!
After receiving quite a few emails asking for the 2013-2014 version, I decided to put this thing at the top of my priority list!


I have changed all my calendars to make them more printer-friendly. They now ALL have black and white clip art. You can either print them on white paper and have your students color the pictures or you can print each month on a different colored paper. I think I'm going to do the colored paper thing next year :)


I updated my goals pages to match the new calendars and I perfected the progress sheets also!


This year, I'll be adding something new to the mix! I created a clip chart. Have you seen these?? I'm sure you have because they are ALL OVER blog land! 


If you haven't seen it already, let me explain. I'll be using clothes pins with the students' names on them, which will be clipped to the side of my chart. All students will start each day in the green section titled "Ready To Learn". As the day goes on, students move up or down the chart, depending on their behavior. If a student reaches the "STAR student" (top of the chart) section, he/she gets a sticker on the clothespin. Once a student has 5 stickers on the pin, it goes to the "Hall Of Fame" for everyone to admire ;)
And, of course, this students gets to pick a prize from my treasure box!


I really like this system because students who get their pin brought down have a chance to bring it back up again in the same day! This gives them a chance to redeem themselves if they slipped up in the morning :)


How am I going to use this with my calendars? Simple! At the end of each day, I'll put a little sticker with the color that each student gets for the day. So parents will still get a calendar with the "behavior info" at the end of each month. 

I took down my classroom to fast and COMPLETELY forgot to take a picture of my calendars! Here is how my buddy Isabelle has set up her calendars. Isn't it pretty? ;)


You can grab this NEW pack at my TPT store HERE or by clicking on the picture below. 


Let's talk!
What strategies to do YOU use in your classroom for behavior management?
Leave me a comment below and I'll pick one lucky winner in 3 days.
Good luck :)

Later gators,
 


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Tissue Paper Border - A Tutorial


Hi everyone,

I’m here to show you how I made my tissue paper border for my bulletin board. I posted a picture of it on Instagram last week and I was blown away with all the requests for a tutorial! So, as promised, I'm going to show you how it's done :)


I know, I know... This border looks difficult! I guarantee that it will be the easiest thing you have ever done and you will LOVE all the compliments from your students, parents, and colleagues!



Here we go...

First, you need to choose 3 colors for your border.

Start with your first color. You will need two sheets of tissue paper for each color.
Take the end of the paper and just bunch it up so that it all fits in your hand.

Once you have done that with your first color, go ahead and bunch up your two other colors the same way.
Now that you have your three colors bunched up together, take your fingers and slide them toward to other end of the paper.
You now should be holding the two ends like this:

The next step is the stapling. All you need to do is staple one end at a time to your bulletin board. You may need to put many staples in there but don’t worry because you will not see them at all once you are done.
When you have stapled the two ends of your tissue paper, you now need to make another bunch with the same three colors. When you staple the next batch of papers on your bulletin board, place them close together so that the ends make a nice pom pom. (Take a look at the next 2 pictures to see what I mean).



That’s it! Just keep bunching up tissue papers and stapling them on your bulletin board until you have gone all the way around.
I hope this tutorial was helpful for ya!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be posting more pictures of my classroom on both my Facebook and Instagram so make sure you follow me there too!

Later gators,

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