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First 2 Days of 2nd Grade

Well, I'm back in 2nd grade...and it feels so good!!  I'm not going to lie, I have missed it so. 

This year, we only had 2 days for back to school type of stuff. I wish we would have had at least 3, but I still got some fun stuff in there!

Here are some of the books I read this week...

I'll show you some of the activities I did for these books. 

We started our first day with a SUPER cute book You're Finally Here. 
(this book is SUPER expensive on Amazon right now, but try Amazon Canada!)

I love doing this activity from Linda Kamp's pack - it was so cute!

I found this poster on Pinterest, but there was no source, so I don't know whose idea this was originally, but it's super cute. I just remade it on chart paper and laminated it for future use. 

Then we did the Bucket Filler from Amy Lemons and Erica Boher. (the strips come from Erica)

We also read The Invisible Boy (this book is SO CUTE) and David Goes to School.

This is one of my favorite activities to do for David Goes to School.

We did a few activities from Rooted in Reading for The Invisible Boy, but the only one I took a picture of was our Class Pledge...which is actually different from what is in the packet, but instead we just used it for our "Rules for the Class."

We read Listen, Buddy and did this anchor chart together.  Then we did some fun activities from Angela (freebie in her TPT store). 

Also, within the first week, I like to take their pictures. I do a few different pictures... one with a first week sign, one with just a regular smile, and one with them doing whatever pose -this goes on the wall around our welcome board outside our room.

 (I always do a first week one, instead of a first day one... because, like this year, I didn't take the pictures on the first day. lol)

I take these pictures and I put them in their Memory Books.  I forgot to take pictures of them working on them this week, but I'll be sure to show you how we're storing them for the year next week. 

With only 2 days, we didn't get to do a lot, more will come next week!

You can see what I've also done in my first few days of 1st Grade HERE

Classroom Reveal 2017-18

It's the LAST one in my Motivation Monday series!! I'm a week late on it, but that's because my room wasn't quite set up yet AND I was getting ready for Meet the Teacher....

Here are the other posts you can check out from this series...

Week 6 - EEK! I don't have!?

So here is my classroom reveal for this year....
I actually haven't done one in a few years, for various reasons, but you can see my last one HERE

I'm going to be honest with you here, my friends.

This is nothing special. There might be a few new things for you to see, but it's just a plain ole room.  I am a mom of 3. I have a social life (the beach, mainly - ha!)... and I'm really not that creative when it comes to decorating... might be why my house still isn't finished, 6 years later. ha!!

Also - I have a lot of areas that I'm just not sure of yet. It's so hard to complete a room that you haven't used to know if you'll be able to "carry out" your plan of usage, right? 

***update...after the FIRST day, I already rearranged and made some changes. haha. The spacial aspect was just not working for me!***

BUT, that being said... here's my favorite part of my "creativity" I was able to conjure for my room. 


That's my "pretty small" welcome board outside of my door.

When you walk in, here's what you see....

I really should wait to hang those puffs from the ceiling. I KNOW I'll be moving desks around before the end of the week... depending on how many students show up or get added.

Here's my teacher area.

I really like having my desk against the wall and my guided reading table up to it.... and my computer and doc cam are there too. 

I'm never sitting at my desk during the day, and it's never enough room to spread out when AM working at my desk, so this way, I have the best of everything I need!

Also - see all those monthly bins up top there?? That's one of my goals this year.. to seriously purge as I got through the year. You wouldn't believe how much I have already purged for August. I am on a purging mission this year. I am tired of cramming and storing all this stuff... it's time to be a minimalist, my friends...

wait. does that even make sense?? I minimalist teacher. hmmm...

Just on the side of my desk is the listening center...

You can see in the picture, I don't use headphones for my listening center. It has never been a problem, honestly. but it's really close to my teacher table right now, so we'll have to try it out. I might have to move it...the problem is (if any of you have an 800 building, you know what I mean), there are barely ANY plugs. It's pretty frustrating. 

On the other end of the rainbow rug is where I sit for read alouds and using the rolly cart... I don't really know what you call this area???

That bulletin board will change, I'm sure.... I'll be using it to house our Spelling, sight, and vocabulary words...reading strategy posters, class made posters, and what not. I'm not really sure what I'll really be putting up there. lol. 

behind that is this bookshelf...

We used to have big TVs on there (like the tube TV kind), but they took them all out. I was at a loss of what to do up there. It looks silly with nothing and I can't just STORE stuff up there...it wold look unkempt - eek!  So I opted to make it an eye-pleasing spot... got some plants, put my framed pictures up there...and our pet rocks. hehe

and here's what's behind the curtain...just storing things.

Next to that is my library (most of it)....again, I will be purging a lot of these books this year... a lot were for my 1st graders. I know my 2nd graders would/could read them, but I just wouldn't use them for book/author studies or read alouds for 2nd grade. 

On the other side of my library is my other library... again. I have SO MANY BOOKS. Not a bad problem to have, really. ha! But, as the months go on, I'll be purging these books too. 

That bulletin board?? My plan is to print up a few covers each week of our favorite books we read that week... We shall see how it goes.. I might just do our main book from that week, but sometimes I really like other books that we "just read." You know??

So this area right here....

the 2 fake bulletin boards?? I might actually take those down. I can't really think of what I would want to put up there, and I'm not going to be doing much "interacting" with the wall...since it's a pain to staple into it and climb up on the counters. We'll see... this room will change 1,000 times before Christmas. lol

These are the chapter books, not anywhere near my other books... because this room lacks space, and I have too much stuff. haha

The back wall... This board will be my "theme" board. I will change it each season, to kind of match what is hanging up there...probably. haha.

Those 3-drawer rolly carts under the table?? Those are currently all my centers for each month... I'm seriously purging right now...and I've gotten through fall. So, once December comes around, I'll be purging even more. All my 1st grade stuff is GOING... and I'm even purging a ton of my 2nd grade stuff. It's time. It's been 4 years since I last used it. I'm sure it needs an update. lol

Here's where I house all my centers each week...

And their sight word sticks stay in the bucket in the bottom. 

Next to that is the shelf where their morning buckets are. Right now there is a bunch of PlayDoh for everyone. That's because I haven't introduced morning buckets yet...so they will all just get to play with PlayDoh these first 2 days!
(clearly, I staged these buckets properly for these pictures. ha!)

These are the kids' desks. Each group has 2 bins in the middle (one is the recycle bin and one is the supply bin). The supply bin will house their expo markers, erasers, post it notes, and in the big area, that's where I'll put their tracers, paper, and other supplies for the crafts we do. 

(and no, I haven't taped down their Kagan "cards" yet because this group is my group that may or may not be staying together, or getting pushed out to other groups).

Each desk has a pencil hopper that will hold 2 pencils and an eraser... that's ALL they're allowed to have in that hopper, aside from their name tag, of course.

Check out other classroom reveals...and feel free to link up below!!

Getting Ready for Back to School - Freebies Included

So....it's back to school for me.  It's been one awesome summer, filled with road trips, vacations, beach days, and my birthday!

But it's time to go back to school.

I'm not going lie - I'm looking forward to it. I really like going back to school. A new year, filled with new ideas, new students, and this year - a new GRADE!! I'm super excited about going back to 2nd grade this year!!

And can I tell you?? We had an AMAZING first day back!! Our administration took the entire staff on a Paddle-Boat ride on the river!! It was amazing. We had a boxed lunch and these awesome cups made for us.

Then we headed back to school and had the after noon to start working in our rooms...

So, what am I getting prepped for BTS??

Let me show you a few things here and there...

Well, as soon as I learned I was moving to second again, oddly enough, the FIRST thing I thought about was remaking my sign! ha!

You can see what I did last year...the end of the year was SO AWESOME. I will have to do it every year from now on! Check out the post HERE

Then I did a lot of traveling and didn't give much thought to it in the middle of the summer.... but now it's the week before teachers go back, so now I'm getting it all ready!

First up... BTS letters!? Do you guys do this?? Our school mails out teacher placement letters, so this is just a little letter that says welcome and a little bit about me...along with when to come for Meet and Greet.  Every year my letter theme changes. I don't know why I can't just keep things easy. lol 

Also, getting ready for Meet and Greet, I just slapped some letters on my big back bulletin board. I initially did this because I could NOT think of what to do on this bulletin board, so I did this for the time being, but I kind of like it for Meet and Greet! Yes!? I'm still waiting on the border to be delivered, but I think this will be my go-to board each year for Meet and Greet now. I love when "accidents" turn out to be good things!

(I just printed a letter on regular Astrobright paper - this font was KG Shake It Off Chunky)

I'm also getting the names for the door ready... last year I did a cute Chick Chicka Boom palm tree, but I think that's a little too young for 2nd grade, so I'm changing it to just sunshine and sunglasses.

(Clip art was DJ Inkers and Ashley Hughes)

I've also started getting the paperwork ready for Meet and Greet that I want to send home... that way I can get all the paperwork the first day of school instead of waiting until school starts.

I have a few other papers I send home, you can download them for free HERE

I'm also getting ready the whole set up for Meet and Greet, but that'll be a different post. You can see what I've done in the past HERE. It changes each year though, just because different circumstances. 

After everyone leaves, I get to work sorting supplies and labeling all the things!! haha!

I also start putting together their Spelling Folders. 

This is where I keep their individualized lists

You can read more about that HERE

And some other things I'm getting ready for the first few days...(we go back on a Thursday this year... while I do love having a short week for our first week back, I think 2 days is way too short of a time!)

I always have them do their Jerseys on the first day back...

I write their name and number on it and tell them to decorate it any way they want. 

I use their numbers for SO MUCH!

You can see some of the ways I use numbers in THIS post. 

I'm also getting their memory books copied off and ready to go for the year!

Check out the finished products HERE.

I've also printed out the year of Journal Covers

I have the ones for composition notebooks HERE or the ones I made for our 1st Grade Journals HERE.

A few weeks ago, I had our bookkeeper send my Spelling Journals to our district Print Shop so they could copy and bind them for the kids. 

These things are great, we use them for everything we do!

Check them out HERE.

I also had her send out the vocabulary journals.  

We use these all the time - in all kinds of different subjects. You can see more about them in my post HERE. 

Another things I have read for our first week back to school is our First (and Last) day of 2nd grade signs. I love these things.  I don't really do anything with these pictures, except send them to the parents (and let them download them to keep), because our memory books don't need the sign. But I've had a few parents send me their side by sides of the first/last day pictures and they are so stinkin' cute. I love them.... and since I'm taking their pictures anyway the first day (for a few different reasons), then I just add in this one picture. 

I know there are a TON of things I'm getting ready... as I'm sure you are too!

I'll be back soon with some pictures of Meet the Teacher and a tour of my classroom this year in a few days!

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