Friday, August 2, 2013

Five for Friday is BACK!


Back at It! (Courtney) 

On Tuesday I went back in and stared at my room wondering what the heck to do first began arranging. This is what I started with....

Basically stuff everywhere. I am trying a new arrangement this year and we'll see if I stick to it. I will post pictures of the finished room when it's all done...most likely RIGHT before school starts!

Rainbow Classroom Library Key (Sarah)

I have a simple color coded system for organizing our classroom library.  More about the system will come in a later post... Since books are color coded in the library, I created a rainbow in Adobe Illustrator to use as a classroom library key. I have never had a key posted, but I think it will be a nice reminder of the oodles of books at their fingertips! :0)

At the Zoo (Courtney)

Because school is right around the corner, I'm trying to soak up time with my 3 little ladies. On Wednesday we went to the local zoo with some cousins.  Our zoo recently added an Australian walk about and one thing they had was this cage/bird house where you could go in with a stick that had bird seed on it.  This house held tons (not quite sure exactly how me it looked like about a hundred, but I know I'm exaggerating:) of budgie birds that would fly to the stick. I did not go in...just didn't seem like a fun thing to me with birds flying all around my head, but my girls loved it!

Adventure Awaits!: Suitcase Writing Portfolio (Sarah) 

When I was student teaching first grade many moons ago (20 years ago now), we used a simple pizza box to store student writing portfolios. For the many years since then, I have used various other systems with older students—-binders, folders, files in crates, etc.  When I switched grade levels a couple of years ago (2nd grade), I began to think back to my earliest days of using a pizza box.  The boxes worked well because students were able to collect entries of all sizes, the boxes were easy to access in the classroom, and writings were taken home in a secure container at the end of the year. I decided to start using pizza boxes again—so I have created this fun way of decorating a pizza box into a suitcase.  Writing is truly an adventure for the kids throughout the year! You can learn more in my TpT store...

Smile in a Box (Sarah)

I received a "smile" in a box this week! The rainbow colored, polka-dotted ribbon that I ordered from Hobby Lobby arrived.  When I opened the box, it just made me smile! It doesn't take much... Anyway, I will be eagerly making supply caddies like we posted last Friday when sharing a fabulous pin.  Check out the caddies at Life...As I Know It...!

Finally, fly on over to The Polished Teacher to participate in her wonderful Bloggy Birthday Alphabalooza giveaway! You can win prizes from Sarah's TpT store and Graphics by Sarah Beth store.  Check it out!

So glad you stopped by! Have a splendid weekend!


  1. I just bough that green and white polka dot ribbon from HL! Love it! :)

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  2. Be sure to post when you're done with your room. Your pizza box storage is a great idea and decorating it just sounds like fun! Aren't you lucky to have a zoo nearby! Enjoy your girls!

    1. Whoops! I did it again! The comment above is from Kinder-gardening/Sandy Welch

  3. I have the same ribbon - it's so pretty! I used it as a border around my bulletin boards.
    Whimsy Workshop

    1. Great idea! Bet it looks fabulous... :0)


  4. It's amazing how we have to completely destroy our rooms before we can get them all set up! And I don't know about you, but I have SUCH a hard time figuring out where I want things! I rearrange about 10 times and always want it different then the year before! So time consuming! :)

    Mrs. Johnson's Little Prowlers

  5. I'm sure if I walked into my classroom today, I'd see stuff everywhere too. Good luck getting everything arranged just so. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  6. I moved classrooms this year (just upstairs) and it is amazing how much work goes into setting up a classroom! I did clean out a lot of stuff and it looks so much better...I can't wait to take pics and see pics of your classroom!!

    Bitty Bilinguals