Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Setting up for Success…{FREEBIE}

...starts with getting our classroom ready for learning! After coming out of a Netflix coma….and noticing the calendar has flipped to July, I’m feeling motivated to prep for the year ahead. For me, that always starts with planning for how we’ll use the classroom. Today……a little of it blew up in my living room!

I’ve done some sort of take on a rainbow FOR.EV.ER….this year, I decided to shake it up a bit! Simple. Back to basic. Black and white with POPS of bright colors…..Here’s a little sneak peek of what it will look like!


I love splashing labels everywhere to help create a print rich environment. These will also help to guide my planning for stations too!


Students will have two choices of areas to sit to complete word work. Each of the two metal bins will house crayons, a glue stick, pencils and highlighters to use in their poetry journals. The pink bin will hold the poem of the week. Student numbers are added to the top right corner of poems. This ensures each student only takes ONE and also lets me know who is skipping adding new poems to their journal!

A tissue box will also be added to the top of each shelf in our classroom. No need to walk around the room. A tissue is always close at hand to cover sneezes and all things oozing! LOL!


Our station shelves and bins are all from Target. I found these bins today! I absolutely LOVE them for stations! They are just the right size to house papers laying flat, have sturdy handles for little hands to carry and fit PERFECTLY onto the wire baking racks that I use for shelving. Everything that students need to complete a work station activity will be housed in the bin. Bin #2 will house poetry journals for the entire year.


This is our Borrow Box. It holds all the “little things” that little fingers may misplace, lose or drop on the floor around the room. When they’re found, they’re placed in the Borrow Box. Extras hang out there too, just in case there is a need for an extra glue stick, pencil….etc….. There are books hiding in the top drawer right now. They’ll find a new home once the time comes to unpack and actually put the room together.

Wanna see a little more?


Work on Writing….notice a trend yet? Everything AWESOME comes from Target! I think my car may actually be auto-programmed to go there when I’m looking for goodies for the classroom, the house, clothes….let’s just say, I spend way too much time there {and I like it}! Ha!


My stacking drawer organizer is safely packed up in my classroom waiting to be let out of its little box. There are two bins labeled identically because one stays at the writing station table while the other one goes to another table for students to work on writing. The label attached to the left and right side will indicate to students where to place the caddy back on the table. The little note on the floor in front of each caddy will be taped down to the writing station table.

Initially, I was a little worried about using black….I thought it might be too dark, BUT I am loving the way things are shaping up!

If you’re following on FB, I promised a little FREEBIE earlier today. Like the labels? You can grab them by clicking HERE and put them to use setting your kids up for success! These pieces will coordinate with the larger classroom décor set that I’m working on getting wrapped up. Let me know…what do ya think of it so far? I know that you may not use things in the exact same way that I do, so you can click HERE to grab an editable version of the labels. Just add text boxes, print and laminate!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy these next few weeks!

Freebie Fridays


  1. Looks GREAT! I'm doing black & white, too, with little pops of primary colors - I think it looks sharp and "clean" (or maybe that's just wishful thinking!). I've also been using tons of chalkboard spray paint - it covers really well! Thank you so much for the freebie!

  2. amazing!!! thank you! crisp!


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