I went into my classroom today to continue working on my book collection. I spent most of my time just sorting. This is only about 1/3 of all the books I have. Stacks Stacks and more Stacks.
Here are a few treasures that I found in Target's dollar section over the last few weeks.
I love these double sided dry erase boards 4 for $1. A new Word Work activity, yippee!
Staples had these great dry erase notebooks to practice printing and number formation. Cheap at a $1. I bought 6.
Look at these cool things, Wonder Tubes. I know everyone has heard of discovery bottles that you can make. Well, these are tubes that have lots of little sequin and pictures inside to discover. Each label has I Spy riddles and rhymes of things to find in the tube. I think at the beginning of the year I will have them use the tube to find different items and write what they find into their vocabulary notebook. Each tube is different. I love the sparkle. I bought them at Borders Books for about $2.50 each. I will probably only use a couple at a time to stretch out the activity throughout the fall. There is an A set, a B set, and a C set.
We finally had some rain today! It was a much need relief from all the dryness.
Well, I was ready for a little change. I've been playing around with a new design and I decided to use images that my students created of themselves. I think it looks great. Tell me what you think.
I am happy that the hot sticky weather has finally moved on. I love the sunshine every day, though it is pretty dry and we really do need rain, I love not mowing the lawn every week. My deck garden is thriving because I'm able to water it every day. My pool is sparkling and warm. I just love summer.
I just love summertime with it's warm sunny days and beautiful peaceful evenings:) My on-deck garden is flourishing and my pool is crystal clear. I just finished my first book of the summer called Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. It was so funny. Just what I needed. I love easy mindless books in the summer to just relax with.
I got a call 2 days ago, that my room had been finished, (you know cleaned and ready to be put back in order). So yesterday I headed over to Highgate to start the process of reorganizing and rearranging. I told myself that my goal this summer was to reorganize my massive book collection. I spent about 3 1/2 hours yesterday and really made some progress. I completed one corner and was able to throw out quite a bit of stuff. Boy, I am such a pack rat. I started to organized my collection according to the calendar and the themes. It will definitely make my life easier at the end of every month when I switch out the books. It's funny how as the year progresses I seem to run out of shelf space to house all of the books. All I really need was a little organization and boy, now I have lots of extra space. I really like going into my classroom for a few hours at a time during the summer to get my self reset for the fall. Once or twice a week takes away the stress of "how will I ever get all of this done".
Here are 2 shots of my before.
As I go through the process of setting up and reorganizing I plan of posting a few more pictures of the room.
I came across this great internet Chicka Chicka Boom Boom project that I joined today. Brooke Perry on her Primary Perspective blog is setting it up. Check it out! I am looking forward to this project. I hope more first grade classrooms join in.