Saturday, August 4, 2012

CURRENTLY & SETUP SO FAR

Hi, Friends! Can you believe it’s actually August?  You know what that means! It’s time to link up with Farley at Oh, Boy Fourth Grade for this month’s edition of currently! 

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Please, don’t judge me by music choice.  That song is so fun and catchy! I’m not listening to Big Time Rush all by myself.  I do have two little Nickelodeon kids dancing right along to it with me.  {Whooooo hoooo!!!}  Google it, you’ll have it stuck in your head too!

I’ve spent the last few days going back and forth between happy to have my school keys and in Sadsville because my car was slammed into by some nutty maniac paying absolutely NO ATTENTION to where he was going! I’ve had my car, that I still *LOVE*, long enough for it to be all paid for & what do ya know! BAM!!! In pieces….BUT I’m grateful to have walked away without even so much as a scratch and have my fingers crossed that she’ll be all fixed very soon.

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{In between pouts, sulks, and many phone calls waiting on hold with claims adjusters…..}This is a little of what I’ve been up to.  I love having those golden keys back in my possession! It’s so funny how we wish for August to pass slowly, but can’t wait to set up our classrooms!

Before we move on to more pictures, please bow your head for a moment of silence.  See those two little bulletin boards lovingly covered with clouds? They’re the ONLY two places in my whole, ENTIRE classroom that I can staple! {Insert, long……..pitiful sigh here.} That’s it.  No more boards.  No cute displays!  That’s a wrap!  I never knew a person could miss something so small, so much.

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My little teacher’s desk.  And that’s perfectly fine with me.  The smaller the better.  Who’s got time to sit at it anyway? I’d *LOVE* to get rid of it!

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The basic setup. (It will change.) See the rainbow evolving?  Boy, do I love colored bins! Pink, red, yellow, green, blue, purple…..hmmmm!!!  It still needs some tweaking, but you get the picture!

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Our magnificent mailbox/cubby combos.  AND do you see them? Huh? Do ya? Do ya? Well, DO YA? The absolutely A-Mazing book boxes that cost…..that cost………(oh!)….{sniff}….single tear….$1!That’s right folks, a whole buck! Now, before you leave and race off to Target, hold your horses and finish reading my post! Ha!

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The status of the classroom on Day 2 looked a little more like this.  *LOVE* Lakeshoreity Shore.  My handy dandy easel came in from the garage and is ready for lots of shared writing and big books! Which reminds me…where’s the ledge?  I forgot to attach it!  Thing  #4,762 added to the list of things to do.  Next….

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AND last, but most certainly not least, there it is in all its splendor! The Literacy Cafe. Opening for business on August 27, 2012! Come get your yummy reading goodness! We’ll be adding mini-clips with our classroom numbers to the Daily 5 signs for rotations. If you’d like to use these headers, click the pic to grab ‘em!

Things are coming right along! Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to tune in next week. I’ve got some freebies in the works that I wouldn’t want you to miss!  See that little follower number? It’s sooooo close to 400, but my goal is to reach 500 followers BEFORE school starts!

I know, its only a few short weeks away, but I’ve got a little something in mind that I’m hoping will speed up the process! Be sure to check in to see what it will be! 

Okay…now, you can run out to Target before all of those book boxes are gone! See ya later, gator!

29 comments:

  1. Everything's looking great Tanya!! I was reading your currently & had to laugh at having the 2-3 extra hands. If you find the extra hands, send them my way when you are done! LOL
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Lisa! Hmmmm...hahha! I'll let you know for sure if I find some, lol! =)

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  2. Your room is coming along!!! So jealous!
    I start school on Wednesday and I still have a TON to get done!!

    Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks! I've still got tons to do but I try to get it done early so I can chillax that last week before school starts. We don't go back until the 27th. Best of luck to you in getting it all wrapped up and ready! =)

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  3. So funny...I got the email that you left me a comment *AS* I was reading your post.=) Nice to "meet" another Central Texas blogger, too! I will say, though, that I'm so jealous that you've made the progress on your classroom already! I've been up TWICE since I "moved in" and they keep telling me to wait "a few more days"... ugh! I'm going nuts! I love your CAFE and Daily 5 signs...and was hoping you could explain the cool shelves and buckets at each group...??? =)

    Love your site, and can't wait to see the finished classroom!
    Sarah
    First Class First Grade

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    1. That IS funny, Sarah! I've run across a few bloggers located in Austin too! There's quite a few of us around=) The shelves and buckets at the end of each table group will house materials for literacy work stations or the Daily 5. I like for the kids to have the things they need at their station without having to walk around the room. On top of each shelf will be a box of tissue and "I can" statements for them to complete a choice of literacy activity.

      The buckets on each shelf will contain numbers that correlate to the "I can" statements and all the materials they need to complete the activity. If you'd like to use the CAFE and Daily 5 signs, click the pick and grab them! =)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I love how everything is color coordinated in your classroom! What a fun and inviting place to be!
    coveredinglitterandglue.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog & leading me to yours - what a fun read !! Your classroom is looking good &, of course, I LOVE the polka dots. :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog & leading me to yours - what a fun read !! Your classroom is looking good &, of course, I LOVE the polka dots. :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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  7. Your room is looking good! I love the color coordinated groups! I do the same thing in my room, but I use the colored rolling carts and my group colors are red, orange, yellow, green and blue!! I also wanted to get those giant erasers for each group, but they didn't have all the colors I needed!!! I can't wait to see the finished product!
    Crystal
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! I love those rolling carts too! Yeah, I'm gonna have to get over my color coding quirkiness and go ahead and get two old regular pink erasers for those last two stations! I was digging around in the dollar store mumbling..."don't these manufacturers know the colors for ROY G BIV?" Hehehe! =)

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  8. Your room looks great! Love the the cute bins. :) I hope that your car is fixed soon! Car issues are no fun!
    Lisa
    Fourth and Ten
    Like Fourth and Ten on Facebook!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Me too! Boo! And it makes me sick to think about how much money I just spent having the new brakes installed! Ugh!!! Thanks for stopping by! =)

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  9. Your room looks GREAT! Love the rainbow color scheme- it will help to keep your littles organized so much. I am so sorry about your car :(

    Mandy
    http://mandys-tips-4-teachers.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Mandy! One of my coworkers says it reminds her of a candy shop, lol! Hope that's an indicator that all of my little firsties will be sweet! =) Thank, again!

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  10. How exciting to get back into the classroom! I love your colorful rug. Sorry to hear about your accident! We went through that about a year ago and man it took some time to get everything straightened out! The only difference was mine was brand NEW!

    Glad I found you through the August Currently! I am your newest follower!
    Leah
    Learning 4 Keeps

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    1. Thanks, so much! I {heart new followers}!! It'll be back to the phone and waiting on hold again Monday morning! OMG, if it was brand new I'm sure I would've had a complete heart attack! Looking forward to getting everything worked out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I love the layout of your room and I love your cubbies/ mailboxes that you have along the back wall. I would love, love, love to have something like that in my room.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  12. Oh, I'm SO glad you didn't get hurt. Hopefully your car will be "all better" soon!
    I love the colours in your room! Bright but kind of soothing, too.

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  13. New follower in Texas as well! I'm jealous of the fact that you have keys to your room. I can't get mine until Monday! :-(
    But, I plan to get some elbow grease and get to work to start and finish my room in 4 days!(I have high hopes as you can see)
    KrazyKuteKinders

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  14. Yay & welcome! Glad to have you! It feels good to have those keys again and get all this school stuff out of my living room, lol! I'll be back at it on Monday! Best of luck to you on getting it all done in 4 days! I try to finish early, so I can spend those last few weeks hanging out with my own little peeps! Thanks for stopping by and following! =)

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  15. Your room is looking good!!...I just found your blog on a Linky Party. When you get the chance, hop on over and check out my new blog.
    Christy :)
    Mrs. Christy's Leaping Loopers

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    1. THANK YOU! Thanks for stopping by Christy! Welcome to Blogland! You're gonna love it! =)

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  16. So sorry to hear about your poor car :( You classroom is coming along beautifully!! I am in the process of bringing in some brighter colors too. Never easy but always feels pretty good when it all comes together. You and I have the same dot carpet. Happy Decorating!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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    1. Thanks so much Stephanie! It will absolutely feel GREAT when its all done, lol! I love my little "find a spot" carpet, hehee! Happy decorating to you too! =)

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