August 17, 2013

Classroom Tour and TPT Sale

This week has been so busy getting my classroom ready!  I can't wait to show it to you!

This is absolutely my favorite part of my classroom... my classroom library!

I wanted a cozy space that was well organized for the kiddos.  The baskets are organized according to Genre but if I have a lot of one specific series (i.e. Junie B. Jones) then they get their own basket.  My classroom didn't have any bookshelves but I bought these beauties at Target.  I'm wanting a 5th one to replace the silver shelf to the left.  It's on my list of things to get at some point.

I also wanted a place to hang our anchor charts.  I used glittery clothespins from Michaels and hot glued tacks on the back so that they would go into my bulletin board.  

My filing cabinet displays where students will choose lunch each day.  I got the wire "Flat Stanley" from a yard sale a few years ago and that's where I will place any of our mentor texts.  My boyfriend's mom is currently making a cover for the shelf that isn't sheer but this will do for now.

The back displays inspirational quotes from Hope at 2nd Grade Shenanigans.  The large cabinet will be where I place all of our SS terms to know for each unit.

Don't worry!  There will be a table skirt around that table on Monday!  YIKES!  But it's a great place to store items until I need them.  On top, my shelf from Big Lots will house all of my station items for ELA.  I will also display our Editor's Checklist as we compile it throughout the year.

This is what the front of my room looks like.  To the right is my teacher area.  I'm loving my cursive alphabet from LadyBug Teacher Files.

I love my Cafe board!  I got the printouts from LadyBug Teacher Files.  We will velcro the items to the ribbon as we talk about them.

I bought frames and Hobby Lobby and this is where I will write the Essential Questions each day!  I added magnets to the back of each of them because I knew this is where I wanted them!  I love the way they turned out!!

Each grade level has a theme for the hallway and 4th grade's theme is "Hollywood/Movies!"  So I talked with some friends at the local movie theater and they were nice enough to donate these posters!  Everything else came from Party City.

I looked on my TPT account today.... I have 43 items in my TPT wishlist.  These are 43 things that I've been wanting, wishing for, and dying to use in my classroom.  How many are on your TPT wishlist?  This weekend is a great opportunity to get some of those items... during the TPT Back to School Sale!

{Thanks to Krista from The Creative Chalkboard for the cute sale sign! :)}

All of my items are 20% PLUS you can use the Promo Code: BTS13 for additional savings!

Smiles and Snapshots! :)


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  3. Your room looks great Courtney! I hope you have a wonderful year!
    Teaching and Much Moore