Gluin’ and a gluin’ and a gluin’!!!!!!

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After many hours laminating, copying, and GLUING together all these gems, I finally feel like I got somewhere getting my math ready for the school year. My goal this year was to be as prepared as possible so I don’t have any setbacks or stresses in the first few weeks. Last year I wasn’t as prepared with many of my materials that I could of done WAY ahead of time and it really stressed me out.

The Math Interactive Notebooks come from Bright Concepts 4 Teachers and you can find the whole pack here

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I love this interactive notebook because it is completely aligned to the 2nd grade common core standards so I can use EVERYTHING in the pack and the graphics, activities and directions for the kids are spot on. Now this does take a little “training” of the 2nd graders… Color here, glue there, take your time ( Ok, not that much time). The kids really look forward to working in their math books and they actually get really creative with the pages and make them as unique as they are! The other great part about making these interactive books is that the kids get to have a whole little book that they made themselves to look back on and remember math concepts. Make sure to construct these in a regular size notebook as the composition notebooks will be too small for 2nd graders to work in. Plus they have more room for creativity!

Bubble Gum Math is another product I found that I just love and I think the kids will love it as well! Fluttering Through First Grade made this for First Grade but I think that kids can always use some fact practice and this will be fact practice in a fun way that will motivate them to keep on going! You can find Bubble Gum math at TPT here.

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Basically Bubble Gum Math is timed addition tests that students test on each day and they earn a “gumball” sticker (Avery dots) for each test that they pass. After 5 tests, they earn an actual gumball ( or candy, etc). If they don’t pass the test, they remain on that particular test until the skill is mastered. I am a strong believer in memorizing math facts as they are the base of all math skills. She also has these available for subtraction and multiplication and I plan to use those as well.

Amy Lemons from Step into 2nd Grade is one of my favorite TPT sellers and I use a TON of her products! They are always so awesome, though!!! I can’t help myself! I purchased these cool desk toppers from her TPT store here and I know that they are going to come in so handy! They have everything from place value to time to money… They are just awesome ( and super cute too!)

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While it did take awhile to get all of these items prepared for my two math groups, I know it will be worth it! 🙂

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And so it begins!

I kind of dread/look forward to the day I head to my classroom for the first time in the summer.  It’s a bittersweet day as summer is speeding by so fast and that first day of school is glaring at me from the calendar. As August approaches, I know my days are numbered to get the 7,435,568 things done before the first day of school finally arrives.

The truth is, I love going back to my room. I love seeing the brand new shiny floors and the desks all piled up in neat rows just waiting for me to take them down and arrange them. ( that is not fun for me, however) 🙂 I love going to Target or Walmart and spotting the 25 cent crayons, the 10 cent folders, and the “not yet marked down enough for me to buy 20 of them” composition books. 10 more cents Shopko, 10 more cents. 🙂 I love my old chair at my desk that is probably as old as I am. I love the smell of my classroom. And I LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEEE to bring the 450 new organizing basket/boxes/chevron stripe plastic doodads that will perfectly hold my crayons in and find new places for them.

Except this year. I have all my new pretties to organize with  but there is no more room in my room for anything. I knew it would happen someday. After 14 years of teaching, which included several back to school trips to Walmart and Target for those 25 cent crayons and beautiful organizers, other teachers putting up the infamous “up for grabs!” box o’ goodies in the lounge that I usually always take stuff from, I  have  come to the conclusion that I have too much stuff.

So, I had a crazy thought! What if I tear down all my boxes of monthly decorations/worksheets/whatever else in the world I might need for whatever holiday it might be… and organize those! I love to organize, and even though my room usually looks clean and organized, it still isn’t enough for me I’ve decided. No, I need to get rid of half my classroom and I’ll be good to go. So I started. I started tearing those boxes down from above my lockers ( thanks Max 30 for the stronger arms!)  and going through every.single. one. I threw away a ton. Who knew I needed 30 copies of every worksheet I needed to save?!? Gah! I made a pile of ugliness in my room that I need to throw away/recycle. I made another pile of ugliness that is the “up for grabs!” pile. It takes up my entire entranceway to my classroom.  I’m hoping the new teachers at my school will be as enticed with the “up for grabs!” pile as I always have been and take it all!

I started going through all my old binders and ripping out all the material that I’ll never use again and recycling the binders to hold my teaching units/holiday worksheets/etc… I made piles of holiday stuff that I will put into new, pretty totes numbered by month instead of my haphazard “stack everything up as high as it will go”  copy paper box and tote method from before.  I went through almost every cupboard and ripped out all the stuff I don’t want anymore. I still have a few of those guys left though, the real ugly ones. The art supplies.

The file cabinets are still staring at me though. That might have to wait until the fall for a weekend project. 🙂

Welp, I better go outside and get that lawn mowed and enjoy the morning. Summer is going fast.

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A Stylin’ First Week of School!

 

 

So this week was the first week of school in my ittle town!My sweet second graders have been super as they usually are the first week of school! I’ll tell you what, though….I am sure thankful for Teachers Pay Teachers! I found so many cute ideas and activities to share with my new little ones! I’m like a TPT advocate, running through the halls of my school shouting, “GO TO TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS!!!!” Pretty much my favorite site aside from Pinterest! I’ll post some pics of my classroom this weekend, and links to the products that I purchased from TPT.

Over at Lime Street Fashion ( my online boutique) I have all sorts of fun clothes for school! Check them out at my site www.limestreetfashion.com

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