Like every other teacher blogger, I have been getting my room ready and the excitement is building. The excitement is mixed with a little bit of sadness. I mourn the loss of free time, “me” time, staying up late, consequently sleeping late, being lazy, and being insanely busy.

However, I realized as I was putting the finishing touches on my new room today I felt that bubbly back-to-school feeling…and the need to snap pics on my iPhone…so I must be ready.

Something old, something new, something to eat, and something blue

I think I mentioned I love school supplies and I buy my fair share. I have been taking in a load of supplies every day for a few days now, but I emptied my last bag of goodies today.


New markers for $1 a pack at Staples
Low-odor dry erase markers for my cheap dry erase boardsMechanical pencils to write in my journal
Erasers from The Dollar Tree – (because everyone makes mistakes)
A generic Koosh ball from The Dollar Tree (to be used on a Whack-a-Mole SMART Notebook game)
A plethora of recycled school supplies donated by Tweedle Dee
Bic White-Out Correction Tape (No odor, no mess!)
Protein bars that will hopefully hold me until my 12:22 lunch time

Ready for the first day and every day after that… 

The Scavenger Hunt is ready to go and look at these fun folders for each day of the week!


I spy with my little eye…a great big shoe!


Sharing my love for journals and organization20120814-163905.jpg

I made 11 of these composition books for my Resource Room and am excited to use these in lieu of a binder or other organizational system. I hope I can easily direct students to the correct colored tab and we can add notes by either writing or pasting copies. I will update on how this works in a few weeks. Fingers crossed!

Some inspiration.

One bulletin board in my room is filled with some of my favorite words of wisdom. 20120814-164547.jpg

  • Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.
  • Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.
  • Everything will be o.k. in the end. If it’s not o.k., it’s not the end.
  • Now is the right time.
  • Some people walk in the rain…others just get wet.

On the left, postcards about tolerance from the our class trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

And two posters I painted the other day with the kids.

Even the fish are ready!


The kids and I got a kick out of this big fish leading the school of little fish around the pond in the school’s courtyard.

9 responses

  1. I LOVE the everything is going to be ok quote. I may have to write this down for myself. You sound like such an awesome teacher I wish you the best of luck this year!

  2. Well done! Love this

    1. Thank you. Hope you are feeling better!

  3. Yay for the new school year feeling! Love your classroom pics and signs. I’m definitely envious of your classroom style! 😀

    1. Thanks Olivia! This year I painted a bulletin board with regular wall paint instead of paper. Three of the boards in my new room were already painted. It looks so clean and will last a long time. Even after 16 years of practice, I stink at hanging bulletin board paper. I have also found that printing posters on acid-free scrapbook paper holds up really well. I have had the quotes for five years and they aren’t laminated and haven’t faded at all. I am too cheap to buy posters. I would rather spend my money on funky folders and markers. 😉

      1. Love those tips– will have to try them out! I’m slowly but surely getting my classroom to look more like I’d like. Most of my time still goes to other silly things that I hope will go away with time. I’m always envious of teachers with really cute rooms!

      2. It all comes with time The things you DO are so much more important. Like the white board message you leave them every morning – it shows such excitement and love for them. I smile every time you post a pic of one of those good morning messages. I am sure your students feel the same. 🙂

      3. I know, I just get impatient! 😀 Thank you, as always, for the kind words of reassurance!

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