School Organization

Before school even got out this summer, I made a few to-do lists.  One of my to-do lists was my "Summer Projects for School" list.  I had over 20 different items on my list.  Some of them small little items like making a 1st day of school picture frame.  Others were big projects like cleaning & organizing my two closets.  I have a small closet in my classroom that I cleaned out and organized in June.  I also have a large "closet" that I usually call our coat closet.  It is basically a hallway with shelves on one side and then coat hooks on the other with some shelves above the hooks.  I decided to tackle this project today.

Here are the before pictures:

This is the wall of shelves.  I know it doesn't look terrible, but I wanted to change some things up and throw away some things I don't need/want anymore.

This is the other side of the closet.  It has two shelves with hooks for the students' coats & bookbags underneath.  A lot of this stuff I had to just put on here for the summer to get it out of my room while the custodians did their thing.

Here is the after picture.  I organized my books and then moved them so they are all in the same section of the shelves.  The first open shelf is for my recess tubs, but my kids were playing with them when I took the picture.  I still need to get four more blue bins for supplies for the second empty shelf you see.

Recess Tubs

Supply Bins

Here is the side with the coat hooks.  I plan on leaving the bottom shelf open so that students can put their lunch boxes or hats & mittens on the shelf.  The big white box at the end is paper for our copy machine.  My closet leads to the lounge where our copy machine is located so I get overflow of paper in my closet.

 Here is a close up look at my classroom library.  I keep my books in this closet and then pull out the bins as needed.  This way my students aren't overwhelmed with books at the beginning of the year.

At the end of my closet, I have these bins that I use to keep my center supplies in.  

I feel so much better now having the biggest thing on my to-do list crossed off.  I am so happy that I am organized for the beginning of the year.  I wanted to make sure things are easy to find for my student teacher as well as myself.  :)

Check back next week for some pictures of my classroom.  I am meeting my student teacher on Monday in my room so we can hopefully get most of the room put together.

Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who not only donated to my giveaway, but to everyone who entered.  Here are the winners.  :)  If you are winner, you will be receiving an email either today or tomorrow.  {My internet isn't working too well right now.}

Also, I reached a big personal goal for myself on TpT.  As a result, I am celebrating with a sale in my store tomorrow (July 24th) only.  :)


Giveaway Reminder

I am out of town right now enjoying a long weekend away with my hubby for our ten year wedding anniversary.  It has been wonderful!  Here are a couple pictures:

On our way......

Our amazing view at dinner

Isn't he sweet?

Ok, I will stop with the pictures for now.  :)  I just wanted to take a minute and remind you about my 400 follower giveaway.  It ends tomorrow at midnight so make sure you enter before it's too late.  There are 5 different giveaways.  Click on the image below to head on over to the giveaway!


Scheduling Cards

I am loving all the pictures I have been seeing on instagram of all the fabulous teachers in Vegas for the I Teach K Conference.  I sure do wish I was there with everyone!  I am hoping to go next year!!!  :)

I have been hard at work on my latest product......schedule cards.  I was having a conversation with our school's counselor about a particular student in my class.  She really thought that this particular student would benefit from a visual schedule.  The more I thought about this, the more thought about how all students would benefit from this.

This conversation happened at the end of the school year so I didn't have time to create this before school was out for the summer.  It was my goal to have schedule cards right from the start of the school year this year.  Not only will it help the students, but now I hopefully won't hear "When is lunch?" or "When is recess?" 185 times a day.  :)

Here is a preview of my schedule cards.  I made three different sets.  Click on the images to head on over to the products in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

Don't forget to enter my 400 follower MEGA Giveaway!  It ends Sunday, July 21st at midnight.

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Sunday Smorgasbord with a Giveaway :)

Hi all!  I am linking up for the first time with Michelle from Fabulous in First for the Sunday Smorgasbord.  Sunday Smorgasbord.....a post full of randomness.......sounds like my kind of fun since in my brain that is usually what happens..lots of randomness.

{1}  I applied for grad school.  I am waiting to hear if I got into the program.  I should know sometime this week.  I will going to grad school with two other teachers in my district, but we are not starting until January.  I am a little nervous about going back to school.  Wish me luck!

{2}  We just got back from a little family vacation this week.  It was so relaxing and so much fun.  We were on the lake and having a blast.  This was probably our favorite boating activity.

{3}  My hubby and I get to enjoy our own little vacation for our TEN year anniversary.  I can't believe I get 5 days alone with him and I also can't believe that we have been married for 10 years......seems like yesterday.  Love this man!

{4}  I am loving my garden this year.  I have never ever had a green thumb before in my life, but this year I am actually able to grow some fruit and vegetables.  Take a look:

Cherry tomatoes (I just picked) and my jalapeƱos 

My first cantaloupe....can't wait til it's ripe :)

Is this baby watermelon not the cutest thing ever?

More baby watermelons

My bell pepper plant

{5} Yesterday I almost had a panic attack when I realized that I officially only had one month of summer left :(  Really I have a little less because I have professional development in August before school starts.  I am itching to get into my classroom and get to work, but I am trying to hold out until my student teacher is in town.  

{6}  As promised, I am having a MEGA giveaway for reaching 400 followers on bloglovin' and TpT.  Check it out!  :)

The giveaway starts today and ends next Sunday (7/21 at midnight).  Thanks to all of those who donated!

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