August 2, 2016

My Classroom!!

Every year, I post pictures of my classroom the night before school starts. Mostly because that is the cleanest it will ever be again! I love that feeling right before the kids come and you've got everything all sparkling new and ready for them. That's what I'm feeling tonight! Ready or not, they're coming in the morning!!

Since I am looping this year, my room looks a little more "done" than it usually does. I was able to hang some of their stuff before they even set foot in the room this year, which was nice! 

So, anyway, here's a peek at my third grade classroom...

Here's my door. Easy-breezy! I used a Welcome sign from the Target dollar bins and I used some stars that my kiddos made last year. Done and done!!

This is the view from the door...

And the view of the other direction from the door. 

This is where I put my calendar and where we also hang our Shout-Outs. I usually have them put them in a mailbox, but I want them to be out in the open this year. We'll see how it goes...

The little banner you see here is something I made. I just cut out those shapes with fabric and then hot-glued them to some green ribbon. I love how they turned out!!

Here's a view of the front board. Not quite sure what to hang above it!!

Over at this end of the carpet is a bookshelf and my desk behind that. 

This is the area over by the door. 

The quotes hanging along the back wall were made by my kids last year for a project we did. They are quotes from famous Americans and I LOVE them! When they made them last year, I knew I had to find a way to get them up this year, too. 

This is my small group area. Behind it, I have all our guided reading strategies ready to go! 

I always put pillows in my windows because the kids love to sit up there while they're reading and working!

The chair pouches are so special to me! The teacher I student taught with and then taught with for several years have them to me. She just had them sitting in her garage and I am so thankful! They're in amazing condition and even lined ;)

As you can see, I got rid of desks this year. I'm using trapezoid tables instead. For two reasons, really. One is that my kids do group work and projects all the time and I like that they'll be able to spread out and do that work on these. The other reason is that it makes the room much, much roomier!!

Here's the back counter in the room. I loathe purple cabinets, but what can ya' do??

Love, love my Welcome sign!

And here is the other wall. This is where the library, word wall, and writing center are!

I added some new pillows to the library, but that's it! 

The writing center...

This is just a little flexible seating area. They can sit here to work if they choose. It's two IKEA Lack tables pushed together on an IKEA rug. Nothing special!! 

Since we don't have desks this year, this is where they'll keep all their "stuff."

And here are my bookshelves. Symmetry makes my heart go pitter-patter, y'all. 

So, that's it!! I hope you enjoyed the little tour. I'm so excited about this school year and I can't wait for tomorrow. I'll be back to blog more soon! 

July 29, 2016

The Zoo (X2)

I have taken Ryan Grace to the zoo twice in the last few months. And, of course, I took a million pictures because that's just what I do. 

The first trip was during Spring Break. RG and I went with my good friend Brittney and her nephew Charles. It was so much fun!!

Before we left, I sat her down in my living room and took some pictures. Because, well, she looked adorable. As usual...

I don't even know what she was doing here. Ha! But, she rode like this from the parking lot to the entrance. Diva!!

Waiting for Brittney and Charles at the entrance...

In my opinion, the best part of the Nashville Zoo is the Kangaroo Kick-About! You get to walk around with kangaroos and even touch them! As you can see, a certain little someone wasn't too sure about all that!

She was sure she wanted to ride the train, though! She loved the train!

Checking out the crocagators (as she calls them...)

This picture makes me laugh! She went into the petting zoo and was not too interested in touching anything. But, she did enjoy following the goats around. 

Sweet girl had a blast playing on the playground! 

And, she loved the carousel! 

I know she had fun because this is how I found her when I got back to the house. After a quick shoe shuffle, she was out! Ha! 

Okay, now fast forward to about two weeks ago. My dad promised her that he'd take her to the zoo and my mom and I tagged along. We had so much fun! 

They've finally finished some of the renovations at the zoo (including the new entrance) and it's soooo nice!

She loved the birds at the entrance!

The monkeys were going nuts, climbing all over the trees! 

Luckily, her PawPaw helped her see what was going on. 

Ha! Little Miss waved at all the animals she saw that day!

I somehow ended up holding a bird. Which, I'll just say, was terrifying. I do not love birds. Not at all.

This picture is so embarrassing. But, when the two year old wants to ride the train, someone has to ride it with her. And, I volunteered to sit this one out and she wasn't having it. So, that's what Aunts and Grandpas are for, right?? 

We fed some turtles...

This was my favorite picture. Love that little scrunched-up smile. 

Last, we took her to the playground and let her run like crazy! That's always her favorite part.

And, of course, the money shot on the way home :) It happens without fail, every time. 

I can't believe how much bigger she looks in her car seat than she looked in it on spring break. She's growing too fast! So thankful for her and for her parents letting us spend these special times with her.