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Linking Up...Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my first ever Five for Friday.  I'm trying to forget today is Friday because the more Fridays I see, the more I remember that summer is winding down.  >>Insert pity party here>>

I would love to say my nose has been stuck in a professional development book, but instead I've been binge watching The Killing and Scandal on Netflix.  So many shows and so little time before school starts!  Which leads us to number 2! What did I ever do without Roku?  I'm loving having Amazon Prime and Netflix so easily accessible.  The headphones attached to the remote is ingenious.  Best thing since sliced bread...
I finally bit the bullet this week and ordered this rug for the living room.  Rug shopping is stressful; (binge watching Scandal is not).   It should be here in two days.  I'm hoping it looks as good in my actual living room as it does in my head.

I finally broke down and ordered an Erin Condren Teacher Planner for thi…
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In Summmmeeeerrrrr!

I've been absolutely terrible about updating this pitiful blog.  My hope it to keep it somewhat updated over the summer when I have a little more time to do that.  If I can tear myself away from binge watching all the shows I lose track of during the school year.  So let's do a quick recap, shall we?

I purchased a new "Reading Cove" for our classroom.  We all loved it!  It was so popular that we had to take turns choosing whose day it was to sit in the cove.  It has bookshelves on each end, as well.  It is one of my favorite things in our room now!

Easter came and went...

Our Mothers' Day gifts this year.  The clay birds were made in Art, so I can't take credit for those.  Cute potholders (purchased two for $1 at The Dollar Tree) with handprint and date.  A cute poem I downloaded (whoever you are, you are awesome),  added their fingerprints, and stuck a magnet on the back.  Easy peasy!

Until next time...

No Excuses!

Hello!  Long time no see!  I'm going to try to update this pitiful blog at least once a week.  That is my goal, at least. 
I wish I could say that I have been super productive over Christmas break, but sadly I haven't.  I haven't really thought about school other than pinning a few items.  That counts, right?

Every year my class always volunteers to make ornaments to decorate the Christmas trees on the navy base near our school.  It is hard for kindergarteners to part with their ornaments, so I always have them make two of the same ornament (one for home and one for the base).  We made popsicle trees this year.   I just hot glue the popsicle sticks together.  The students use green Sharpies to color the tree shape.  They glue sequins and tree trunks to the tree shape and that's it.  I usually add a ribbon hanger to the top. 

I took the last few days off before Christmas break began to go to Disney World with my family.  I knew if we waited until official break began,…

New Classroom!!!!

Can you tell I'm super excited? I've been teaching in a teeny tiny room for the last three years. My room was originally built as a "Resource Room" and the only good thing I can say about it was the office had plenty of storage, but the actual room was the size of a closet. Out in blogland, I'm always surprised when I see pictures of other teachers' rooms and they call their rooms tiny. I would happily trade them for their "tiny" rooms.

This past year, I was lucky enough to utilize the resource room across the hall for literacy and free centers. The two rooms together actually equal the size of a normal classroom. Though it was much better, it is nice to finally graduate to a full size classroom, and have all my stuff in one space.

Last week, I set about the task of moving. I can't believe I had so much stuff. I'm super excited about my new LARGE classroom and the fact that I get to share an office with my teaching buddy! We taught…

Linking Up: Top 5 Teacher Must Haves

Today, I'm linking up with Life is Sweet for: #1
Teaching Easel
I have the Royal Reading & Writing Center from Really Good Stuff in my classroom. This thing has it all: magnetic dry erase board, storage tubs, pencil/marker storage, removable dry erase board with lines, and big book storage in the middle. I love it because it is on wheels, can be placed where I need it, and moved out of the way when I don't.

Elapsed Time Timer
I love this timer and so do my students. They are able to tell how much time is left with a quick glance. I prop it on my chalk tray, but it has a stand and a hanger on the back. One more thing I love about it, it doesn't scare the mess out of us when it goes off. It's loud enough for the kids to hear without being frightening.

Scotch Laminator
Now that I have a personal laminator, I wonder how I ever survived without it? If you don't have one, you should get one. You can thank me later. ;)

Supply Cubbies
I use th…

VistaPrint (A Year Later)

Linking up with Ms. Bainbridge's VistaPrint Fever linky party. I'm back! Wow, I feel rested after a year long vacation! Technically not quite a year, but who is counting? My summer is coming to a close, and I'm trying not to count how many days left I have of sleeping in until ten...I mean waking up at seven (Wink, Wink). In honor of my first post back and my last post before I dropped off the blogosphere, I find it only fitting to have another VistaPrint update. Here's what I ordered for the upcoming school year. I'm making a change from pirates to owls as you'll see evidenced below: Labels (no explanation needed) Does anyone else get a nervous tic when all their envelopes don't come back signed the next day. Nah, that's probably just me. Small rubber stamp Large rubber stamp for make-up work Small Car Magnet I will place the child's name at the bottom on his/her birthday. Note pad Thank You Cards Mouse Pad Another La…

The Goodness That is Vistaprint

I love Vistaprint! What teacher doesn't? I love looking at ways other teachers use Vistaprint items in their classrooms. Here are a few of my favorite things I've created over the years.

Small Window Decal for the small window on my classroom door.

Small Business Card Magnets I will send home on the first day of school. What a great way to keep the refrigerator up to date with new artwork from kindergarten!

Return Address Labels made into book labels.

Tote Bag I will fill with a few birthday books/items and a journal to be filled out on/near the child's birthday and returned to school for sharing.

Postcards for replenishing supplies around January.

Mousepad...I need to make another one with number words.

Circular Product Labels for birthday bags.

Date Stamp-this is my most used item in the classroom. I use it to stamp journals, artwork, writing samples. I l-o-v-e it!

Keychain used on all take-home bags.