Friday, July 3, 2015

Classroom Decor Shopping Haul

Hey everyone,

I don't think I've ever done a haul blog post before! Maybe that's because I never had my own class and last year was too insane to do a haul post haha!

I was in search of an elusive Moroccan rug that I'd seen on IG but Ross and Marshalls didn't have it, boo, but I'll keep an eye out for it.

First stop: Michaels!

My main goal was this beauty that was on sale for 2 days only at $29.99!

I texted my mom and said that I had wanted this since I first graduated college haha. It may not go with my theme per se, but I love it and it's going to be for my guided reading groups. Each group has a drawer and then 3-4 left over for storing stuff.

This adorable chalk hanger was only $3.99!  I can put a quote a day on there with chalk markers I bought.

I snagged this up because of the quatrefoil design that matches my room and it'll be a reminder for me on my teacher table/desk. $2!

 For $3 I snagged this up because it's a quote I love and I think will look nice in our library. $3

My last find, I just had to get and will also go in my library, for $2.

Next stop: Target!

 This ottoman has storage and will be perfect for me to use as my teacher "chair". Or maybe I'll stick it in the library. This was $16.99 in the college room decor area. That's where I got the next item too!
 Peeking out of the ottoman is this lovely, but what's even lovelier is that the other side of this pillow has this...

Once I defuzz it, it'll look better haha. Love, love, love this! Only $9.99.

Last stop: Marshalls.

I had stopped here in hopes for the rug, but alas, no luck. I did buy this though ($4.99).

 This is something I told my class last year, all the time. I'm so happy I have them again, because yes, we are a 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Realia In The Classroom: Native Americans

Hey everyone!

I absolutely love using realia in the classroom to engage those learners. In 3rd grade I didn't use it enough because let's face it, I was trying to survive my first year, but when I had it, the kids loved it.

For rocks and minerals, we had, well, rocks and minerals. The kids loved being able to hold, touch, and observe the rocks and minerals. When we did the rain forest, we ate food made from items that come from the rain forest. Though we did transform our class and they became really involved, I wouldn't really consider that realia.

That is why I am so please with what I got for one of my units already!  I may not have any lessons done or even know what I'm exactly teaching the first week (or any week of school), but by golly, I have some awesome realia for our Native American unit!

A little backstory on why I got 3rd grade I read these kids Little House On The Prairie (we made it through 2 1/2 books) and they were obsessed with Laura and Mary finding beads. On the last day of school, I left a little plastic bead on their desk and they were all excited. Well, these beads are way better and didn't cost me an arm and a leg! I got them on sale for 20 cents a piece.

I debated about buying them all arrowheads, but the plastic ones were cheaper and I decided to skip that and just buy one pack for our class to enjoy.

I also bought a beaded strip and some bone carved claws (I'm not sure what kind of bone?)

I can't wait for the kids to see this stuff and pick it up. I do have a blind student, so he will love feeling the different textures of this all.

Of course I had to grab a few books too (I'm known for hoarding books)

I tried to be specific and get only books that were North West Native American related, as that's where we are and I'm supposed to teach about Oregon Native Americans specifically, though I will introduce other tribes to my students so they get an idea of the other cultures.

My science units I'm not concerned about because they have kits and the animal unit, well we will have crabs and fish and millipedes, so I'm focusing more on my two main social studies units.

We are also doing an Oregon Trail unit and I'm preparing for that a little too, so look for a post about that realia in the future!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Say Cheese and Capture Your Summer!

Hey everyone!

I love my Canon so much and really want to snap some great pictures this summer for the school year and also those memories.

Some of  my bloggy friends and I  wanted to help you capture your summer.

You could win this gorgeous package!

You get the Canon DSLR Rebel T5, the lens, AND the Jo Totes camera bag. What a prize!!! I'd enter myself if I could haha!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Getting Vegas Ready

Hey everyone!

I'm starting to make my list for Vegas on how to get ready. I've got my button, notebook, and other stuff, but I wanted a new shirt with my blog button.

A+ Images came to the rescue! They have teacher apparel and you can also make custom shirts, which is what I did.



Yes, it's wrinkly, but that's my fault and I'll fix it before Vegas lol.  Thanks A + Images!

I follow A+ on IG and on FB and you can too!

Are you Vegas ready?

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**Opinions are all my own. I was sent this shirt in exchange for this post.**

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rain Forest Rumble

Hey everyone!

My room has transformed into a rain forest and I love it!

My kids walked into the room and spotted waterfall over the closet and the vine over the window. Here's a side by side shot.

Take some green streamers and twine around and you've got yourself some vines! Oh and that's Tara the Toucan. The kids voted on her name and I'm so glad they went with alliteration!

I thought that this hanging over the carpet would be a distraction, but they've done well!

Chester the Chimpanzee watches over the students haha!

My bulletin board outside has been a hit. Love these animals from Whimsy Workshop Teaching!

We read about the rain forest in my pack and the kids loved it.

I didn't pick this for the spelling, I picked it because they labeled and I didn't say they had to, makes this teacher heart happy!

They know their layers of the rain forest. Also, look at that sloth, so cute! 
So sad we're wrapping up this unit, but only because it's the end of the year.

I only have 10 more school days with kids! I mean really, where did the school year go? It feels like not that long ago, I was scrambling to put together my room and now I'm almost done with my first year of teaching. Speaking of next post will update you on what's happening next year!
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

4th Blogiversary Day 3

Hey everyone!

Today there will be flash freebies (most likely 4!)

So keep an eye out on my FB page.
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