Friday, August 22, 2014

Classroom Reveal!

Well....I made it!!!

I made it through the first week of teacher workdays and I made it through Back to School Night!! I loved meeting all of my kiddos! It's going to be such a fun year:)

I wanted to share my classroom with you.

Back in my last post, I shared what it looked like when I first walked in the door....about a month ago....you can see that here.

And here is my room now!!!


Let me give you a quick tour. I snapped these pictures about 10 minutes before the parents arrived.....I'm so lucky because I almost forgot....let's just say there was some last minute changes :)


Here are my Decoding Strategy posters. You can find these over at my TpT store along with bookmarks that match!! LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!


Here is the Informational section of my classroom library along with some literary and Dr. Seuss texts on the top shelf. Love my little Melonheadz kids at the top. It says "Reading Rocks in First Grade!" These are placed on my small group reading bins.


Here is the other side of my library. More Literary texts and BIG Books. 


My "BEE an Author" board. Our county has adopted the Lucy Calkins Series as it's writing program so I had to make sure I had room to display all of the wonderful writing I'm going to see this year ;)


Here are my writing tool boxes. Each table shares a caddy and each table is labeled by an animal. I've never done this before, but when I saw Creative Clips had her Zoo set out...I had to do it!!


Here are the reading boxes for each group. 


and their Math Tool baskets.


Here are my birthday treats. I'm actually giving TWO of these out on the very first day of school!!


Here is a little treat I had for my parents. I found this idea on Pinterest...I don't have the exact link but this poster I made on my own.


And finally a little treat for my new kiddos!!! 

I had such a good time tonight and look forward to sharing many more ideas with you!!!

Thanks for taking a peak at my 1st grade classroom....my home away from home! :)





Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Empty Classroom



Ta Da!!!!!

Here it is......what most teachers see in the first few weeks of August....
the bare bones of a classroom!!

It can be kinda scary to look at.....I was a little scared myself......(if you're hearing that scary music in the background, I heard it too when I first walked in)

No color

Bare walls

utter Chaos!!!...at least in my mind because it's working 100 miles an hour thinking of computer set up, classroom library, workstation placement, literacy table, oh yeah...the dreaded student desk arrangement! UGH!!!!.....This is just a little taste of what happened in my "teacher brain" during the first 30 seconds in my room.

ok
Take a deep breath....breath in.....and out.....



I'm excited about this new journey at a new school teaching a grade that I absolutely LOVE!!!! and I have to say that decorating my room was one of my favorite things to do! I loved scoping out all the stores looking for the best organizing kits or the brightest border. Now it just seems like time is slowly getting away from me and I don't want to stress out about something that I know in the end, won't meet my expectations. 

This picture was taken almost 2 weeks ago so I have done some work in here, but not enough to satisfy this teacher....no way!! :)

You know what the best part is...(there is 100% sarcasm in that statement by the way)..I won't be spending too much time in my room next week because of new teacher training...I'm new to the district so it's a must! I'm looking forward to learning about how things work here but man I wish I could have more time in this room of mine!!! 

I know so many of you can relate to that. Just when the kiddos are getting ready to come to school, we are busy in workshops, training, meetings...you name anywhere else besides our classroom...we're probably there.

So I'm going to continue to take deep breaths these next 2 weeks because I feel like it's going to hit me like a brick wall. 

I will stress, 
I will panic 
(just a little...for those who know me, "panic" usually is not me at all)...

but I know that the first day will come and the students will be so excited! They won't remember the poster I spent 5 bucks on, hanging in the corner of my room, and they won't pay one bit of attention to the new organizing shelf I picked up at Hobby Lobby. 

What they will remember is how I made them feel that day.....I want them to know they are safe and cared for in what will be their home for the next 10 months by putting a smile on my face, giving them words of encouragement, and letting them know that all students succeed in room 309!! 


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Show Us What You Bought Linky

I was so excited about the TpT sale and purchasing items that I have had my eye on for quite sometime!

Talk about one of the only times I want to spend my money.......:)

I'm teaching first grade this year after taking 2 years off to be at home with my kiddos so I was ready to SHOP!!! I still feel like I could go back and purchase more but here is what I purchased this morning! I'm so exciting about all of these products and can't wait t to use them in my new classroom!!


So I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' to show you what I bought!

I'm a huge fan of the Moffatt Girls and that is where I purchased most of my products! Her resources are amazing and I have been a huge admirer for some time!


I plan on using this resource for Morning Work activities and in my workstations. 

Sales are the best time to buy bundles because you get even more savings! So I always look for bundles to keep on my wishlist :)




And here are few extras I thought would definitely come in handy! I need some new seasonal activities.....



I thought the Draw and Tell resource would be a fun addition to my writing center and also on days when I have a substitute.




I had to have these writing prompts!!! I have something very special planned for these that I will share with you later :)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journaling-Prompts-September-December-Bundle-1-1288353


I also LOVE LOVE Creative Clips!!! I was creating some birthday treats for my students and when I saw this I knew I had to have it!


Have you heard about her graphics club? She sends out sets each week and you get them for a low price by purchasing early!! Talk about a really nice surprise in your email each week :)




You still have some time to shop!!! Head on over now for unbelievable products and savings!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to head on over to the link up to see what other teachers bought :)





Monday, July 21, 2014

Continue to Teach

I got the call today!! The one I have been waiting patiently for.....

"Good Morning Mrs. Ferrell. I want to congratulate you on being chosen as a new first grade teacher! Do you accept this position?"..........

My first thought was....is this really happening?

Let's go back a little bit...I left  took some time off teaching 2 years ago because financially, it just didn't make sense. Two kids in daycare meaning my salary was paying the daycare bill and left little for me to enjoy. I know there are teachers out there who can totally relate.

I've been at home with my 2 kids, enjoying the time with them, watching my son start school, packing his lunches, putting him on the bus each morning, blowing bubbles with my daughter outside....ahhh the good stuff right? Absolutely!!

But as with every good thing, you often think about the things you've given up. I left my profession...teaching is something I wanted to do since I was a little girl and leaving it for me was a very difficult decision. I still remember my last day. Packing up all of my things, and thinking...is this really it? Now don't get me wrong, I was very excited about being at home with my kiddos but I left what I loved doing and that for anyone can be completely life-changing.

Now some of you maybe thinking....is she crazy??? Why would she want to go back to a profession where you don't get paid enough, you get no respect, and resources are limited....well, I have thought about all of these factors. If you asked me 2 years ago if I would come back to teaching, my answer would have been "No...not now."

But it's funny how through the course of those 2 years, the one thing that has remained constant is my love of education.

I continue to teach my kids at home,
I continue creating teaching resources for TpT,
I continue creating graphics for teaching resources,
I continue to read every educational article and link that pops up on my social networks,
I continue to see items in stores and think about how I could use them in a classroom,

Even though I have been out of the classroom for 2 years.....I continue to teach!

I have taught for 9 years so I know the challenges that lie ahead, I know the long hours that I'm about to endure, and I realize that I'm going back to a profession that isn't really appealing to others....but I'm going to continue to teach because I can't image doing anything else.

"Yes, I absolutely accept the 1st grade position!"

So get ready everyone........1st grade ideas are about to take over this sweet ol' blog of mine!!!!!