Sunday, July 22, 2012

Check, check and check!

As I sit here and look at my summer time list of school related things to do I am impressed at how much I have been able to check off....and that's while I've been working (3 weeks summer program, 2 weeks curriculum design, 1 week taking care of my younger siblings)!  I just love that feeling of getting stuff done!!!

Today my boyfriend and I cut 15 pieces of wood for crate seats and rounded the corners :)  Earlier this week I went into school and started laying out my room and decorating a bit (with help from the littles).  I am so pleased with what was accomplished and look forward to the finished product.  Check out pictures below!

Here are handy library cards for your classroom library.  Laminate them and use a sharpie marker each month to write the child's reading level.  The child can use it whenever shopping for books.  You could even write logins on the back or use them as book marks.

Here are some pictures of things I've (we've) done:

 Old car chairs that the littles help me reupholstered...LOVE them!
 Chairs in the classroom library
New curtains and chairs

 Organized the nonfiction library (still need to make labels)
 Math Corner with calendar math frames and table manipulatives
 Start of the word wall
 Wrapping paper adhered to the back of the book shelf
 Bulletin board the littles did with both ribbon and paper borders layered
The back of three filing cabinets made into an extra bulletin board (I only have one real one)

I can't wait to take pictures when it's all complete.


  1. Wow you have been a busy lady!! It almost makes me want to get busy. ALMOST! lol

    The library card link doesn't work. :-(
    Great idea! Love it.

  2. I enjoyed your pictures. The little chairs are adorable. Very very sweet.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. Sorry about the link, I got majorly distracted :) I love the chairs too! Wish they were in my size.

  4. Hi! I just found your blog on Pinterest and am really interested in the inquiry circles. Is there somewhere I can read more about it? I am also a new follower :)
    Sample’s Superstars

  5. Hey Jen! I too just found your inquiry circles on pinterest. I work at a school for inquiry and am SO excited to finally find a blog that has some great inquiry resources to share.

  6. Erin- Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels wrote this awesome, detailed book about inquiry, Comprehension & Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action. You can also purchase the corresponding DVD which is phenomenal!

    Julie- I would love to hear more about your school! Sounds like a fun job :)

  7. Jen!! I love your projects!! Everything looks so cute and inviting : ) Was the reupholstering very difficult? I would like to do that sometime.

    I really like your library card idea!

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  8. Kelli, Thank you for the kind words. It wasn't too hard. You definitely need a staple gun though :) The hardware will cut the wood for you but I wandering if you have Home Depot or Lowes over in England (?).

  9. Oh wait, you only need to get wood cut for crate seats...duh! So Kelli you only need a staple gun :)