Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Open House!!

     We are right in the middle of our fourth week together, and I am loving my job more and more each day. I have such an amazing bunch of sweeties. They work extremely hard, and their personalities mesh well together. I am excited for a great year, and even more excited for all the opportunities that we will have together!

     Just two weeks ago, we had our family open house. Our school actually called it our "Welcome Home" party which I found to be totally adorable. I love that we were welcoming back our littles into our home as a school family. I had all but 2 families show up which was AMAZING!!
( a first for me)

Here are just the few snapshots that I was able to take before the kids and their families arrived.
 Our school provided a sign in sheet that we had to use, but check out this adorable "sign in here" sign. You can find it here!
Aren't these too cute? I found these hands at a local teacher store, but you could easily cut them with a die cut machine. The sign was found from Ashley for FREE

 I used the brown bag teacher's open house kit to organize my night with signs and a cute powerpoint. She really had some great ideas to share with parents, and I just love her attention to detail.

And here is a peek at the scavenger hunt that the kids used to show their parents our classroom. I cannot believe this is still listed as free! It is editable and also comes with volunteer forms!

Overall, open house was a big success. I met and mingled with many families, and I look forward to continue to build relationships over the course of the year.

I'll be back soon to share some of our beginning of the year shenanigans!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Classroom Reveal!!!!

AHHHH!!! I am beyond excited to show all of you my beautiful new learning space for my 25 third graders. I get to meet my new kiddos on Tuesday, but I finally think our room is ready for the new school year. I did mention this in a previous post, but I got married this summer, moved to a different state (just next door on the border)  and got hired at one of my dream districts. With that, I got a new classroom to decorate!! Here are some pictures of our third grade learning space!

This is just outside our classroom, just some cute birdies:-) 

I am loving the door display. You can find this great freebie here!

Here is the view from the door!
Loving how this turned out... pictures of the students will be placed on top of the birthday month cupcakes.

Oh ya know... the silly old bathroom passes!

Clothespins with student names with be added onto our student job chart.

Here is our math bulletin board and math station. This station holds decks of cards, manipulatives, calculators, dice, etc.

I think this might be my favorite part of our classroom. I cannot wait to praise and display student work on this display right at the center of our classroom. It will be such a great reminder to see amazing work on the walls that they can be proud of!
 Here is our classroom library that I also adore. I love the READ letters!

I am loving Amy's big numbers! They look adorable above our cursive alphabet.

 Here is my teaching area for the year! Note: I don't have a desk! Yay for saving space!!
New DIY crate seats:-)

Additional crate seats by the windows for a small collaborative learning space!

Some of the student book boxes! I splurged this year and bought these from Really Good Stuff. I am looking forward to not replacing the cardboard IKEA ones mid year.
Just a little reminder sign!

 Here is our classroom behavior chart.

As you can see, I was really inspired by Ashley's big bulletin board letters!

 Here are our two technology stations. I AM SO BLESSED this year to have 7 student ipads and 10 google chromebooks for our classroom! Oh the possibilities!

And our mini writing station with supplies! 

I am really looking forward to a great new year with my 25 new smarties! 

Here's to an exciting year full of adventures, risk taking, and innovations with my learners!