Friday, August 1, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard CLASSROOM REVEAL!

August 1st has arrived.  I know I've been teasing you for 2 weeks...and judging my Facebook and Instagram feeds...ya'll wanna see something.  Well, I am SUPER Excited to show off my new rainbow mustache classroom!!!!!!!!!!!

I am LOVING my room this year.  Colors EVERYWHERE!  Mustaches EVERYWHERE.  AND TONS OF SPACE!

You've heard me teasing an experiment that I am embarking on this year.  Here it is:  (Ya'll might want to sit down for this...which is ironic....)

NO TABLES!  NO DESKS!  NO CHAIRS!  NO ASSIGNED SEATS!  People, we're going a little montessori up on here!  I was inspired by my dear friend Erin at Kleinspiration.  If you do some research, this type of no seating arrangement is great for creativity (hello, have you met me, I am all about creativity) and collaboration!  

TRUTH!  OK...the no table thing is not totally true.  I have 2 round tables and my small group table.   In all honesty, there are enough seats at a table for everyone (FI WE NEED THEM!).  Here's the plan:

CHOICE!  CHOICE!  CHOICE.  I get asked all the time about keeping students engaged.  Well here are two tricks that work wonders:  NOVELTY AND CHOICE!  So why not give them novelty and choice in where they sit and work???  

That's right.  They can sit on the floor.  They can sit at a table.  They can stand.  They can choose a rug and sit on it.  The choice is theirs.  The novelty is that each time they work they sit somewhere different.  When we have those times where everyone needs to be working in their own space, I bought 15 bath mats so each student can have a mat to use for their own space!  

People, I am super excited about this.  I am a little nervous.  But here's my thing:  I love being a little innovative and trying new things.  It's all about procedures, procedures, procedures and expectations.  WE CAN DO THIS!  

(Plan B:  I have tables in storage should my experiment blow up in my face!)  

I will be blogging about this and sharing how it goes over the next few weeks!  Wanna take bets?!  Success??  Epic fail???

So, are ya ready to see the classroom??

This is what it might look like when the 'staches have their rugs out working around the room!

How much do you love that lamp?!

This is what it looks like if we are using the rugs for whole group work.  Can I just say I love how they look when they're all together!!!

I love my mustace clipboard from CJayne Teach!  I love my milk crate pointer storage!  

You can see the famous center wheel!  It's in a new, more 'stache friendly location this year. 'Stache friendly=less Mr. Greg stress!  

Our mini pocket charts are stored in this metal planter I found at the Dollar Tree!

Upper left corner:  CLEAR POCKET CHART!  TRUE STORY!  I'll give ya a moment...

That board is for anchor charts and activities using pocket charts.  The chart is on a curtain rod that's held up by command hooks.  The chart is attached to the rod using curtain hooks.  If I need to display anchor charts, I just unclip the chart and put up an anchor chart!

Red pocket chart:  our student friendly I CAN Statement CANS!  I know right... I can  on CANS!

Colors and shapes!  Folders!  Months and days!

Classroom library!  Thanks to Creative Teaching Press for the rainbow chevrons and mustache photo booth kid!  I love the library!  It's fun.  It's inviting.  It's cozy.  It's colorful.  It has giant fish hats to wear while reading.  What 'stache wouldn't want to read in the plastic pool with a giant fish hat on their head?!

Community supplies.  We use community supplies to foster a sense of sharing and to reinforce the idea that this is OUR CLASSROOM.  This is not Mr. Greg's classroom.  This is our classroom.  These are our things.  This sense of ownership really helps the 'staches respect our materials and property!

Rainbow Mustache Land needs a rainbow entrance!  Anyone see the mistake?!  I will write each 'staches name on a mustache next week!

The rainbow curtain is PLASTIC and was one of our finds on our last minute IKEA trip.  It makes a perfect entrance to our land of 'staches and color.  

And everyone needs a TBFF posing in their doorway.  I expect this everyday TBFF!

Small group area.  Mr. Greg's name is on the wall.  In case I forget who I am.  Which happens.

Mustache drawers for weekly work.  Laminated circles for small group work.  Thanks CTP!  

People.  This is one of those finds that well, just defies all words.

People.  IT IS A GIANT ZIPPER RUG.  GIANT ZIPPER.  The giant zipper rug leads into our bathroom.  I KNOW RIGHT!  Zipper...bathroom.   Too much.

Here's the best part of the giant zipper rug.  IKEA.  $5.  FIVE DOLLARS.  So I had to buy 6.  I have two in my room AND I gifted each of my teammates with a zipper rug.

I was like Oprah giving our zipper rugs!  YOU GET A ZIPPER RUG!  YOU GET A ZIPPER RUG!  EVERYBODY GETS A ZIPPER RUG!

Another Ikea find.  These baskets are PERFECT for folders and paper!  This one is hanging by our mailboxes.  I plan to use it contain all of those signed notes and papers that get pulled out of folders and backpacks.  Maybe this year I won't lose so many important papers.  ALLEGEDLY.  I'm not saying I lost papers.   ALLEGEDLY.  I'm just saying this will help!

I made rainbow clipboards (if we're gonna be working on the floor, we need clipboards to match our classroom....just sayin!) and use a $3 laundry basket to store them.  

Our rainbow word wall.  I am super excited to use our new RAINBOW MUSTACHE SENTENCE STRIP sight word cards on our wall!  It's a magnetic whiteboard so we can just use magnets to display our words.

Our classroom!

And now a guided tour of the classroom.  

That's it.  Our 2014-2105 rainbow mustache classroom and no tables/assigned seats/sit anywhere experiment! 

Now...did you hear???  It's a Back To School Sale!  Who doesn't love a sale?!

Click the picture to visit my store!

It's time for the TPT Back To School Sale!  People, I am so excited.  My cart is already FULL!  

I have been having a blast this summer working on new creations for the classroom.  I've been getting them uploaded to my store.  Here are some of the newest ones!  I'll be adding more all weekend long!  Check em out.  Fill your carts.  And put in all of your feedback to get your credits!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Thrifty Thursday: Balloons!

People, my summer is OVER.  Today was our first official day back to work.  Teachers reported for in-service.  We have 3 more days of in-service before the kiddos come storming the building!

I have been hard at work getting my room ready.  I have also been hard at work on the credit card.  OUCH!  Since I know we're all on a budget, I loved this idea for using balloons to decorate.  HELLO CHEAP!!!!!

Ya see, I had some lanterns up but needed something on the other side of the room.  Since the credit card is broken, I needed a cheap alternative.  

Try this:  replace paper lanterns ($$$) with balloons!  TRUTH!

I love that you can get any color you want.  I love that they bring a sense of fun and whimsy to the classroom.  I also love that it was a quick, easy CHEAP way to bring another pop of color into my classroom!

I have no idea where I found this...I know I saw it on Pinterest but I cannot find the pin.  If you know where this idea came from, let me know!

You need balloons and marbles.  All available at the dollar store for $1.  See...couple of bucks and you can decorate!  CHEAP!  FUN!  WHIMSY! 

All I did was put a marble into the balloon before I blew it up.

Blow up the balloon.  Tie it.  Add some fishing line and hang from the ceiling.  BAM!

Cheap alternative to more pricey paper lanterns!

Be sure to link up your Thrifty Thursday post!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Submissions For Smorgie: FIRST DAY!

It's time for another Submission For Smorgie!  This one is super appropriate since school is about to start.  We start August 6 (kids)!  I report back THURSDAY!  YIKES!  So long summer!

My room is ready.  I am ready.  I even woke up at 6am this morning to get myself in the early morning routine again.  But man it was painful getting up so early! LOL

Here are some of the activities I mentioned in the video:

Here are some more posts on the first day:

Are you ready???

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Fabulous Friend Friday!

Hello Friday!  This is my last Friday of summer break.  We had back to work next week!  Womp womp.  I am super excited for a new year with a whole new batch of 'staches and a crazy new way to run my classroom.  It should be a wild, funny, productive year....right?! 

I am linking up with Doodlebugs for Five For Friday!  And then I'm featuring one of my FABULOUS Friends for Fabulous Friend Friday with a freebie and a give away!

I ordered mustache pencils for my class!  I love these!  I also ordered plain rainbow color pencils to match our rainbow mustache classroom!  These came from Raymond Geddes.  I love their pencils and they're reasonably priced!

Have you found your name on a Coke bottle yet?!  Me neither.  But at least the nice people at Coke know who they're dealing with!

PS  I was off the Coca Cola for a year.  And then my gimpy knee got in the way.  Something about a Coke is so soothing and comforting when I don't feel well.  Must. Stop. Must. Drink.  Lemonade.

Here is a big part of my new classroom idea/experiment/insanity.  Not the letters...the rugs.  Stay tuned!  I have a MAJOR reveal of my classroom and a BUNCH of new creations coming on August 1.  GET READY!

Nuff said.

Gimpy knee is slowly healing.  Stupid knee.

Today's fabulous friend is Christina from Miss Decarbo at Sugar And Spice!!!

I met her in Vegas (FINALLY) and she is as sweet and funny as she is in the blog world. 

Christina says:  This will be my 7th year of teaching and my 3rd year of blogging. The past 3 years have been the BEST years of my career because I have had the opportunity to learn from fabulous teacher-bloggers who have challenged me, inspired me, and supported me. I love talking to other educators about our classrooms, sharing professional development, and brainstorming ideas that will result in high achievement and a deep love of learning. When a child's eyes light up in my room because he is having FUN while learning something new, it is beyond a doubt the greatest feeling. Through blogging, I get to share that light with educators across the country. It doesn't get any better than that! :)

I mean, for real, how can you not love this lady?!?!

Now for a give away and a freebie!

Check out this fun QR code freebie!  WE LOVE QR CODES!

And now for a give away!

You can win Think, Talk, Teach:  Daily Discussion For Little Learners from Miss DeCarbo AND 2 creations of your choice from MY TPT STORE!

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