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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

So Much To Do!

So remember my earlier confession of loving all kinds of children's literature?  Yeah...well here's a few pictures of my addiction in full effect...

This doesn't include my classroom library and books on tape!

A little excessive right?  BUT...I have a plan!  Before they go on my bookshelves, I am really going to make sure it's a book I will use with my kiddos.  It has to have purpose!  Those books that don't "fit" will come home for me to sort through thoroughly, when I have time.  I have to make room for newer books somehow, don't I?  :)

So I worked a little bit in my room tonight and made some progress:
See how neat and clean it looks?  Empty shelves just waiting for something wonderful to be placed on them, baskets wondering what fun they'll be holding this year....ahhh...looks good!

Not so much:
Yep!  That's the rest of my chaos!  I'm breathing though...I still have 22 days until my cuties arrive!

Oh!  I also want to thank Dana Baker over at Love2LearnandShare!  I went to bed with 9 wonderful followers and woke up to 33 followers!  Being new to blogging, I was like, how did that happen?  What did I "say"?  Then I found out that she included me in a post about "2 cute new blogs that are worth checking out"!  What a nice surprise to wake up to new friends and new comments!  Thanks Dana!

I mailed my "Welcome Back to School" letters this week!  If you're curious, you can view them by clicking on the links below.
Welcome Letter
Supply List

Are you sitting down?  Prepare yourself...I'm thinking about getting rid of my large reading table.  When I meet with small groups I usually gather them on the carpet so that we can spread out and be comfy.  I use my table, but I think I can make better use of the space...I don't know what to do!  What do you think?


  1. I got rid of my large kidney-shaped table this year! I use CAFE, so I mostly conference with individual kiddos and if I work with a group, it's usually only 2 or 3 kids and we meet at a kid table or the floor, so it was just a place for me to stack junk! I love the change, and it made room for a couch (my latest addition!). Go for it! :)

  2. I love all of the colors in your room (I was first obssessed with your round colorful tables). Organzing books is work!!!! Good luck! Your room is looking great so far and I'm jealous you have 22 days left. My kids come on Wednesday. YIKES!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  3. I thought my collection of children's books was huge. You have me beat. It's funny how other teachers come to me if the school library does not have a book they need. :) I love it!

  4. Just found your blog and am now a follower:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Hi Girls!
    Thanks for your comments!
    Mandy-I've been using Daily 5, or portions of it in my classroom for a few years now. I'm trying to read their CAFE book and implement it into my classroom this year, but it might have to be a goal for next year. I was going to use those cute crate seats at my reading table this year, but I think I can find a new home for them! I'm pretty sure my table is on its' way out the door!
    Kristin-WOW! Wednesday! Good luck on your first day!
    SweetP-I too think it's funny that teachers come to me to find a book. I really tried to reduce yesterday but I just couldn't part with some of my books!
    Tara-Hi! Thanks for becoming a follower! I'm now a follower of your blog too and your room looks awesome! A friend and I are presenting at a school in Pennsylvania this Friday! We'll be sure to share your blog with our Pennsylvania friends. Hope you had a great first day!