Thursday, August 11, 2011

Welcome to Pirate's Cove!

Classroom photos linky party? Yes please! TBA is having a party here and I couldn't wait to join in.

Open House was tonight, therefore my classroom looks the best it will look this year RIGHT now. Not that I don't love having my students in the classroom, but we all know they can wreck havoc on a neatly organized classroom at times.  Lots of pictures follow...

My classroom library (the zebra print rug was leftover from my jungle theme I had the past three years).

Close-up of the sign and the "netting" in the "cove" created by my sister.

Our behavior cards (and our pirate book by the lovely Deanna Jump). Ignore the ugly white boxes. Had to cover up my kiddos names. 

Classroom view from the front of my room (ignore the "snails" on the desks.) 

The students' bag of gold and "homework."

Books for the first day/week of school.

Work Board
 View from the other side of the room. 

Hall passes and Writing area (notice the cute bottle of sanitizer... I got that as a gift today from one of my new sweeties).

My teacher area. Got rid of my desk that collected junk and took up space. I think I'm going to love this set up... and yes I have a binder issue. I love them.... and no, they will not stand up on my shelves. It drives me CRAZY!

A few framed posters I found online. 

Station board and Math Wall. The baskets on the table were for Open House and the multiple forms parents have to fill out before they can leave.  (Random tidbit - After the first 15 minutes of Open House tonight, our power went off for about 15-20 minutes. Thank goodness my classroom has windows so were weren't completely in the dark!)

The outside wall and sign-in table. 

My banner in the hallway. The first grade hall is called "Frog Freeway," hence the frog on my banner. 

I met my kids tonight and love them already. I just know it's going to be a great year :o) 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Classroom Pictures

Today was the first day back to school for teachers. Can't believe my summer is over! When I got to school this morning, I swear I walked in circles for about 15 minutes because I didn't know where to start! I snapped a few pictures of the completed areas of my room, but left out the areas that were in complete chaos when I left today. We have Open House Thursday afternoon and the first day of school is on Friday.
My class rules.

Pocket Chart Station and Welcome banner

Work Station Board

Math Wall

I also got my class list today so I was able to start labeling the 4,000 things that need names on them. I am hoping to get my classroom library (Pirate's Cove) fixed up tomorrow, but I am NOT looking forward to sorting my books!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My first Linky Party

Oh Boy Fourth Grade is having a Linky Party about what you are doing "currently".  This is the first linky party I've participated in and I am so excited. Let's hope I do this right....

Google Docs isn't cooperating with me so this JPEG will have to do for now. Guess my first Linky Party wasn't a success. Oh well, better luck next time! :o) 


So I know two days have passed since I said I would upload photos of my classroom, but I forgot my camera when I went up to the school. The insane heat in South Georgia is melting my brain, I swear! I promise that I will get pictures taken and loaded as soon as possible (like next week, because I vowed to stay away from the school during the last few days of summer vacation!) I plan to do absolutely nothing for the next four days in order to prepare myself for the upcoming 180 days.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Here We Go

This is going to be my first attempt at a blog where I can share my experiences as a first grade teacher. After "blog-stalking" for about 6 months, I figured it was about time I give having my own blog a try. Please bear with me as I do my best to make this blog 1/4 of the "amazing-ness" of the blogs I "stalk."  

I hope to soon have pictures of my classroom. I'm heading in tomorrow to do a few more things. School starts on August 12th. Only a few more days to go!