Saturday, June 29, 2013

My First Five for Friday

So I'm a little late for Five for Friday. . . . or am I just incredibly prepared for next week?  You decide.

Either way, I am crazy excited to join my first linky party courtesy of Doodle Bugs Teaching!

 Here are five fabulous parts of my week!   And I am sorry in advance for the poor quality of my photos, the camera on my phone is a bit shotty. 

1)  This weekend I made my individual behavior clip chart and I am thrilled how it turned out!  All I need to do is laminate this puppy and hang it up for all to see :)

2)  I added this little ditty to my door this week and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. I scoured pinterest for the original, but I was unable to find it (if you do know its original source please let me know).  I had to shorten it a little bit so it would fit on my door because of the glass cutout but I still think it looks fabulous!
3) I am a HUGE fan of of buying books, for me or my classroom and I am so excited to sign up for the Educator Program at Barns & Noble!!!   AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!  Sorry, I got a little too excited there, I will try to keep it contained.  On a quick side note I just finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I just couldn't put the book down!  I first heard about it on a list of books you should read before they hit theaters and I am very curious to see how they made this movie!   

4)  For my birthday (I'm 22 woot woot) I went up to visit a friend and came home with a great booty of supplies for my classroom!  I am especially excited for the poster on the left with a quote from Rosa Parks on it.  What a great reminder for me and my students to do the right thing.
5)  This has nothing to do with anything about school, but when I went to visit my BFF we went to the zoo!!!  I am such a kid and I'm sure I enjoyed the zoo much more than most of the kiddos there  :D
So there you have it folks my Five for Friday bloggitly blog post.  Enjoy!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

What's That in the Back?

I was working in my classroom the other day and realized that my bookshelves are awfully boring.  So what did I do?  I made them pop!!    I received this inspiration via pinterest , but I modified it to fit me and my non painting needs.

I have been finding all sorts of uses for those plastic tablecloths that you use for parties, have you seen those?  I think they are just wonderful!!   Taking the middle shelves out made this process a whole lot easier, and since my leftover tablecloth didn't stretch the whole way I added some yellow on the sides.

I have a confession to make, and even though we just met I feel like I can tell you this. . . I am terrible at before and after pictures :(    I always find myself halfway through a project (or like this one, completely finished) then I realize I never took the before picture!  I will work harder to take those pre-transformation pictures, I promise!    I did remember to take before pictures of my very first classroom which you can check out here!

And here is the finished shelf in all its glory!    I think it turned out pretty well for my first classroom diy and I like it so much better than a plain white shelf.  Stay tuned for more adventures. . . coming soon!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My First Look

Duh duh duh dum duh dum!!!   I got the keys to my classroom the beginning of June and I can't wait to get started decorating and becoming an organizing fiend!

Here is what you see walking in the door!

My classroom was the old music room. . . hence the church pews.  But look at my BEAUTIFUL wall of windows!  And my room is facing the east so I get the lovey morning sun but none of the afternoon heat.  What a blessing since we don't have AC!
This will be the front of my classroom.  And I am very lucky to be getting whiteboards to replace the chalkboard :)  Because really, as cute as a chalkboard is . . . they make an awfully big mess!
Here is my teacher corner and another whiteboard, how lucky am I?!

So there you have it, my wonderful, dust filled classroom that I can't wait to get my hands on!!

Lets Do This

Alrightly folks!

I am a (very) recent graduate from Carroll College and I am ecstatic to be teaching 3rd grade in Small Town, USA this fall!   I am hoping to chronicle this next big adventure here on A Little Bird in Third.  Stay tuned for my newest crafts and creations of my first year of teaching!