Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teacher Week 2013: Classroom Digs

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Welcome to my classroom!!  School starts for me one week from today.  My room is getting close to being ready, but there are still several things I want to do:)  Here are some of my favorite things so far.  Check back later in the week as I finish a few final summer projects.
My Daily Five/Cafe tree was inspired by Marissa at First Grade Glitter and Giggles.  

KivaThis kiva is my favorite thing in my classroom!  I taught with the incredible Sheree Peterson for a bit, and she had an amazing kiva in her classroom, and because I want to be her when I grow up, I wanted one too:)  So, I sent my sweet, unsuspecting hubbby (Mr. Fix It/Build It) to take a look and see what he could build for me.  He built it in three pieces, but it is still super heavy.  I hope I never have to move out of room 105 because the thing is a beast:)  I love having my little kiddos close to me, and sitting on my kiva is much more comfortable than the floor.   I do close to 75% of my whole group teaching here.  I won't complain about having extra storage on the back either!    
I have been thinking about this project for a while.  I have been storing my books and CD's for  my listening center in crate seats. Let's just say it wasn't working out so well.  I needed a way to access them quickly and store them where they wouldn't get damaged.  I had thought about using the hanging bags you can buy, but those little buggers are pricey!

Listening Center
Here is what I did.  I attached (ok...Rob attached while I watched) closet rods to two Ikea bookcases.  Then it was just a matter of using clear packing tape to tape a child's hanger onto a ziploc bag. Voila!  Now I can find my listening  center books, and between the two rods, I have stored almost a hundred books with room for around fifty more.

poison dart frogs
I shared the story (here) of how I became the happy owner of two gorgeous dart frogs named "Jack" and "Annie".   My frogs are a lot of fun and my kiddos are so fascinated by these beautiful little animals.  Best class pet ever!

My youngest daughter had a huge collection of stuffed animals.  She is going  to be in fifth grade this year. and in the middle of last year decided that she had outgrown most of her stuffed friends.  She donated them to my classroom and the first graders have loved reading to a fun, furry buddy!

Thanks to Lindsey at The Teacher Wife for the fun graphics!

Now I'm headed off to explore your beautiful classrooms!


  1. Love your tree!! And thanks for the shout out.

  2. Your room looks wonderful! I love your kiva and wish my room was big enough to hold one!

  3. Your room is AMAZING! I found your cute little blog through the link up and I'm so glad I did! I LOVE your kiva! I've never even heard of one of those, but now I think I need one too! It is awesome that you have frogs named Jack and Annie -- I bet your kiddos LOVE that! I also love your CAFE board hanging down from your tree- so creative!! Thanks for sharing :)

    That's So Second Grade!

  4. Hi! I LOVE your Kiva. I'm looking to getting one for my first grade classroom. I'm just wondering, about how much did yours cost to make? Your classroom is amazing!

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