Five for Friday - Back at it!!

I know I missed the first Five for Friday of this school year last week, but I am excited to linking up with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday

This has been quite the week! 

I had the pleasure of helping my bestie set up some bulletin boards in her classroom on Monday. She is a kindergarten teacher in my old district. While I was there, I found out that I could get into my own classroom this week! Yay! :o)

The purple and green boards are two of the bulletin boards we completed. I love her bright colors!

Getting into my classroom on Tuesday was so exciting...until I started opening closet doors and seeing just how many goodies I had to go through and organize. The retiring teaching left behind some really great resources, but I am a bit OCD and I had to organize everything in my own way. Here are some before and afters. 

I love the great storage space that I have in this classroom. 

I was going to school on Wednesday to drop off my great new rugs. Of course that turned into a couple of hours of working on my classroom. Everything is still a work in progress, but here's the next round of photos. 

Top Left: These are baskets to hold work for each day of the week. The clipboard on easel will hold my guided reading plans. 
Top Right: Supply baskets in my great closet, labeled, of course!
Bottom Left: Classroom Jobs (more on this to come)
Center: Interactive whiteboard, I can statements, and 2 of the 3 rugs. I have always wanted a good whole-group meeting area and I finally have one! :o)
Bottom Right: I can statements

Yesterday, my bestie came to school with me help me out with my bulletin boards. I have one very large green chalkboard...I had the genius idea to cover this board with black contact paper. There is no way I could have done this on my own, so I am so grateful to my dear friend for all of her help! 

I am so pleased with how everything is turning out! 

The weather here is terrible today. Gloomy, rainy, windy, flash floods - a perfect crafting day. I have enjoyed completing several project today, but I'll share those on Monday. I would like to remind you to enter my 100 Bloglovin' Follower/200 Instagram Follower Giveaway! 

I am also participating in a giveaway. My Instafriend, Lacey, has launched a brand new, fantabulous blog: The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher.

Lacey is giving away 5 bundles of assorted TPT goodies from some amazing sellers. Head over right now, by clicking on either of the above pictures, and enter the great giveaway! 

Thanks for reading!


Lacey Ridley said...

Hi Tara!
Thanks so much for the shoutout! I am getting ready to enter your giveaway :)

Deb Hanson said...

I appreciated your comment about a trip to school to "drop off" rugs turned into a couple-hour visit. How does that ALWAYS seem to happen?! I love all the color in your room - the photos look great! ~Deb
Crafting Connections

Sara Soucy said...

The teacher before me left behind a lot of stuff too. I did quite a bit of organizing! Your room looks great!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Meg Grosse said...

Yay for getting into your room, I still have a few weeks before I can, sigh! It's looking good, though!
First Grade Hugs and High Fives

Amanda said...

The most important thing to do on the first day of school is to greet kids at the door with a smile. It helps ease everyone tension and you get to say hello and welcome right away. :)

The Teaching Thief

Rae said...

The most important thing to do is to greet every kid as they come in - this will start their year off right, knowing they have a teacher who cares :)

I'm so glad I found another Mass blogger like me! Looking forward to connecting with you :)

Mindful Rambles

Sarah Redmond said...

I'm your newest follower. Your organizing is looking good!

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