My Classroom Digs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I haven't made a whole lot of changes to my classroom this year.  I do a total transformation last so I just stuck with it.  I also had finally figured out a classroom arrangement that worked for me.  

The chair pockets were made by a sweet grandparent.  I love them!  I am trying the little drawers at  my tables this year.  So far, it's going well.  I need to add labels to the drawers.  

This next board is where they will pin their exit tickets at the end of a lesson.  

That's their word wall above that they mainly refer to during writer's workshop.  Below is our behavior board.  They can buy things every two weeks with the cub cash they have earned for positive behavior.

This is our math focus wall.  The shapes and colors are from Cara Carroll.  The numbers are {HERE}.

Anchor charts will go on this board.  I divided each section with washi tape and cut the letters with my Cameo.

This is our writing workstation.  You can find the printables {HERE}.  I have put fabric around all my tables.  I am a stuffer, so I can hide plenty underneath the tables now!  Next, I am going to fabric my guided reading table.  But no stuffing there!

I got this pendant banner at Target and added clothespins.

The guided reading area that needs fabric!

Finally, my sad little desk that always feels neglected!  ;(  

That's it!  Time to check out everyone else's digs!  Happy Tuesday!

Who Am I?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello, friends!  I can't believe it's already time for Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week again!  I don't usually share much about myself on the blog.  I am a pretty shy, quiet person which you might can tell by my blog!  So, here we go!

I've been married to this guy for seven years now.  We were in the same class in high school but didn't meet each other until our senior year.  We started dating that year and have been together ever since!  We are a perfect balance for each other.  The travel bug has bitten us over the last few years, so that's become our favorite thing to do together.

We don't have children yet, but we do have these two sweet dogs.

I am incredibly blessed with the best family.  I was raised to put Jesus Christ above all, and I am so thankful to have a family that instilled those Christian values in me.  I am also blessed to have some of the most amazing friends!  I don't know what I would do without them!

Thanks to Amy for this cute little graphic!

Sorry that this post was super quick!  I can't wait to read about everyone else!  I hope you all have a great week!  Come back tomorrow to check out my digs!

A Peek at my Week

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We survived the first week of second grade last week!  I have a really sweet class.  I know we are going to have a great year.  It seems like at the beginning of the year, it takes so long to complete each activity and you just never know from year to year how each class will be.  The first two weeks are all about teaching procedures and getting acclimated with one another.  

The first story in our reading series, Journeys, is Henry and Mudge.  We will be treating it more like a thematic unit this week doing lots of fun activities to go along with the classic stories.  

I am also starting to teach the Daily 5 routine this week, and we will be completing some little craftivities to get the kiddos excited about it.  

We are still up in the air about how to do spelling this year.  We have done the words that go along with the series in the past.  We have also tried Words Their Way.  What do you all use for spelling? 


I am also starting Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop this week.  We just adopted her newest series and I am so excited about using it!

I had to miss a couple of days last week, so I am playing catch-up in Math this week.  We will also be learning how to play lots of math games that will be found in the Dessert Tub the next week.


I can't wait to check out everyone else's lesson plans!  Be sure to link up or stop by Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten!

A Peek at My Week!

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's back to school time again and time to share our lesson plans!  Our first day was Friday, so I am including those plans, too.  There isn't too much on them, because we do lots of school wide activities on the first day.

Super in Second

Back to School with Books
Beginning the the Year Activities (2nd Grade)

Be sure to hop on over to Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten to link up or to see tons of other teachers' lesson plans.  Have a great week!!!

Back to School Fun and a Sale!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

It's that time again!  We have inservice the next two days and registration is on Wednesday. Our first full day is on Friday.  I will post my first day of school plans this week.  I just finished up some more back to school craftivities last week for that first week of school.  I totally focus on procedures that first week of school.  It makes your year go so much smoother when you take the time to teach your expectations and get them in a routine.  I love these books to use that first week of school.



We will be making these craftivities to go along with each of these books.

The huge Teachers Pay Teachers Back to Sale starts tomorrow!  My cart is full!  There are so many great products out there by some amazing teachers.  If you need some more things to add to your cart, here are some ideas.






I am finishing up posting units 5 and 6 bundled tonight so you can have get them during the sale.


Have a great week!