Monday, July 30, 2012


*New freebies below: nonfiction book labels, transportation sign, Who's out and Morning Message headings, Homework BINGO*

Today I went back to my classroom and attacked it!  I started in my library by setting up my new book bins and then organizing my fiction books.  Then I adhered my new nonfiction labels to the bins.  Much later after I left my kind friend Ivy and her son Julian filled my trunk with books that he has outgrown....I feel so blessed to have friends that are so giving <3
The picture is a bit blurry but here are the book bins (blue and green)!  Each child will have their own drawer to keep their reading journal, clipboard, whiteboard and whatever else they find necessary

Again its a little blurry, I just wasn't doing to well with the camera today :(  but I love the handle on the bins.  I am going to make circular name labels and hang them to the right side with ribbon.

Here is the fiction library.  I added pink bins to the red ones and really sifted through the baskets to make other themed baskets. The black bins are the leveled library.  I find it very helpful to divided nonfiction, fiction and leveled books into different colored baskets....clean up is so much easier at the beginning of the year!

The nonfiction library makes my heart happy!  At the beginning of last year I was disappointed with the number of NF books I owned, so I really worked on it this year and hit up Goodwill every month.

Here are my nonfiction labels for you!  Let me know if you would like me to add more:)

Again blurry, but you get the idea.

AND here are all the books Ivy and Julian donated!!  I don't know if you can tell but there are a TON!  Can't wait to get into my classroom again to organize them :)

Then I worked on all kinds of projects around the they are!
 The hall was a bit dark so I couldn't get a clear picture but it says 'Welcome to 1st Grade.'

Here is my new transportation sign hanging near the door.

I hung up my frames a week or two ago but they already fell so I used  Kerri's Mighty Math Wall Cards from Teacher Bits and Bobs.  I printed two to a sheet so I could fit my area, laminated them then hot glued them to ribbon and then the ribbon to the wall.  I thought it would make a good daily job or a math center.

 Who's out board attached to our door.

And the morning message board.

Get yours here, Headings, along with circular labels for book bins or whatever you decide.

This area still needs A LOT of work!  This is my makeshift bulletin board since I only have one real one.  I'm finding it hard to get everything just right using magnets.  I'm thinking about deliniating areas with black paper..but we will see. 

So right now it holds:
Students write their name in a square every time they turn in homework.  At the end of the week or month a square is selected.

Here is my new bucket filler display!  It's definitely worth half of my only bulletin board!

 I have two guided reading tables and both of them get my new crate seats! I need to lower the tables to accomodate. An aide runs a group in my room once a day and uses the table but then the students also use it while writing.
 This is my table.  See my guided reading shelf behind it with all the blue bins?  Oh and the pile of junk sitting on the table?

 This is my take home library.  Kids can take two home a night and when they are returned they get two more.

Ok that was enough for today!  I still have a to-do list though:(

Hope you enjoyed!


  1. Where did you get your buckets from?

  2. Your room looks so organized and inviting for your students. Great job!

  3. Your room looks great!! I can't believe all that space you have for books. It is amazing!


  4. Love your classroom- looks great! Thanks for sharing all the different freebies:-)

  5. Your room looks so great! I miss being back home in Arizona, getting a classroom ready! I left most of my teaching supplies there : ( Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  6. Jen,
    You room looks wonderful. I love your ideas especially the transportation and homework bingo. Way to go!!

  7. Awesome!! So glad you could use my math wall cards! Your room looks fabulous!!
    Kerri B
    Teacher bits ad bobs