Second Grade Nest: July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Day in the Life... of a Teacher {July Linky Party}


June's link-up was too much fun! Thanks for all the girls who linked up! I hope you join in this month, too! 


In the summer, I get up at about 8:00 and start my cup of coffee.
I started this morning out with my Monday Made-It blog post, which guides through how to make a pom-pom puff made out of tissue paper. 

Early morning trip to Walmart... just to try to avoid big crowds.
I just moved into a new apartment, which means I have no food and cleaning supplies, so I had to load up on that.
THEN, I found the cheapie aisle of Walmart's school supplies. Woo hoo! 

Home to unload all these groceries and find a new home for all of my new things!
And yes, that is a pumpkin spice candle and plug-in. I HAD TO!! 

This is my before/after hallway. I am still in the process of decorating and unpacking. 
I took half an hour this morning to hang my pictures and decor in my hallway! 

Relaxing lunch on the porch. 
The weather is unbelievably nice right now. It's July and it's low 70s. What is going on?? But, it makes for a perfect lunch on the porch. 

It is the end of July, meaning August's lesson plans need to get started. I laid out my binders, curriculum, calendars, and resource books to start planning! 

I decided to make my students some postcards to welcome them to my classroom! I'm so excited! 
I printed them off on cardstock, glued down my address labels, and hand-wrote the notes. My hands!! OUCH! 

Laundry and cleaning time! My first big clean of my new apartment. 

Of course, gym time! Always a good time to catch up on reading while doing my high intensity interval cardio! Then some weight training. I'm also trying to get a little more serious, so I started some new protein shakes! 

Poor Desirae! She was so sad this episode. 
Nails and girly shows! 

So excited to have this finished and ready for the back to school rush.
Check it out here:


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YOUR TURN!

1. Take pictures of your day.
2. Create a blog post about how you spend your day as a teacher.
3. Use the graphic at the top of this blog post (Day in the Life) at the top or bottom or the post with a link back to Second Grade Nest.


Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs

Yay!! I love crafting! 
Here is a blog post on how I made my reading corner tree. 
Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
I started with my tree trunk, which is just bulletin board paper that my school supplies from the art room. I pulled about 8 feet of it off, drew on the tree with pencil, then cut the tree out. 


Here is a little tutorial on making pom-pom puffs....
You will need:
*Tissue paper of your choice (6-8 sheets) (I only used 3 here because I was running low and it is apparent that my puffs aren't thick enough....)
*Bobby pins
*Scissors 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Lay your 6-8 pieces of tissue paper out flat. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Fold the piece that is closest to you up about 1 inch and crease it. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Take the folded sheets and flip them over so that the piece that is folded up towards you is now face down on the opposite side. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Then, at the top, fold the tissue paper backwards about an inch (including the piece that is already folded under). Crease it. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Flip the two folds upside down so that the folds are now closest to you and upside down. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Continue for the entire set of sheets until you have a fan-like rectangle. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Some people use twist-ties or rubber bands, but I've found that Bobby-pins are the easiest way to fasten these puffs together. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Trim the edges off. (Optional- this makes for a rounder puff.)

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Stick your fingers into the base at the middle (where the bobby-pins are) so that you can get the edges as spread out as possible. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Start peeling the layers of tissue paper apart so that each individual piece is fluffed on its own. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Then, I took each puff, tied a string to the bobby-pins in the middle and attached it to the ceiling. 

Update: 
 My school is currently closed and getting waxed, but once I get in, I'm going to add a couple more puff to make it look more full- but you get the idea!! 

I also make these for my table labels. 
I attach the table number to the puff and stick it on the ceiling! 
Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
These have a few more tissue paper sheets than my skinny tree leave puffs, so you can see the difference between using only 3-4 sheets and 6-8 sheets. 
These owl table labels are found in my owl/chevron/chalkboard pack



Friday, July 26, 2013

Classroom Reveal- Photo Post

My reading corner for the kids! 

ABC line up top, homework/targets on left side of white board.
Jobs, check-in chart, spirit points, and Daily 5 schedule in the middle white board. 

Teacher corner! 

Back of classroom 

Behavior Management/Table Management for the year.
Check out the post here.

Back corner of the classroom

Teacher bookshelf


Small group area for guided reading/daily 5
(Please ignore that line of desks in the back in front of my calendar area- I'm waiting on those to get taken to the storage!) 

Calendar/birthday area
Ignore these desks- they'll be gone soon! 

Behavior chart (found at my TPT store here)
Computers
Word Work station

Overhead table signs
(can be found in my chevron/owl pack here)


View from the back of the classroom

View from the front door 

Guided reading books
Math games
Book display
Cubby area

All of my classroom is decorated with my Owl and Chevron Decor pack. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library



 Anyone else in this situation? 
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
I wanted to cry when I got into my classroom and remember that all my books were shoved into boxes in my back corner. It took me a couple hours to organize all of these books into their correct boxes. 

I used this FREEBIE from my store.
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels

I also used Rubber Maid boxes that I found for $1 at Big Lots! 
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
I left several of them blank so I could write in options that I add on throughout the year, or book bins I need multiple of! 

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
I laid my book bins around the perimeter of my book stack and sat in the middle and tossed them in as I sorted through the huge pile. 

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Then, I alphabetized the book bins on my library shelves. FREAK! I know, OCD....


Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Here is a close up of one of the book bins for the students to learn to categorize the books. 


Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Finished! 

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Then, you can spruce up your library with decorations, like tissue paper puff trees or 'READ' signs!