'Twas the Night Before ...

03 September 2012

'Twas the night before school,
if you listen you may,
hear a plea from all teachers,
I need ONE MORE DAY!!!

Okay .... so three baths taken, three haircuts given, three lunches made, three backpacks packed, and three outfits laid out.  For the first time, all three of my little girls will be in school - needless to say, it's been an exciting and emotional day.  I think my girls are ready for back-to-school ... but I'm exhausted!!!  In between all of this today, I managed to slip out to my school and spent another 5 hours getting ready.

I've got a lot of last minute things to prepare tonight, so this will be short and sweet.  I took some pics just as I finished in the classroom today.  (I would've stayed a bit longer to get some photocopying done, but there was a severe thunderstorm warning on the radio, and I was advised to head to an inner room in my house and stay away from all windows ... I took that as a sign to go home).

This is my back-to-school board just outside my classroom.  Each soccer has a student name on it.  Tomorrow, the students will take down their balls and write their goals on the spaces provided.  These soccer balls and the goal activity is from a pack of Goal-Setting Activities from Teaching in Room 6.  I LOVE all the goal-setting activities, and will probably use a few more throughout the year.  You can view her activity package HERE.  The sports-theme bunting is from my TPT store.  You can see it HERE.

This is my classroom library area - my favourite place in the class.  The bulletin boards are empty for now, but they will soon be filled with students work.  (I think I may need a few more bookshelves - running out of room too quickly - I think I may be able to squeeze one more into the corner ...)  It's hard to see in the picture, but each shelf is labelled by either genre or author.  I put a few of the new books I purchased over the summer on display on top of the shelves.

My CAFE (CRAFT) and Daily 4 board.  After our book study this summer, I think I'm ready.  I got the CRAFT letters from Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files.  I think I'm in love with them - they're perfect!  You can download your own set HERE.  I'm going to be doing Daily 4 this year (I'm leaving out "Read to Someone".  The four signs are laminated, and I can write the daily task on each one with a dry erase marker.  Work for "Word Work" and "Work on Writing" will be in files beside the board, so students can independently get what they need.  These posters were part of a package I got from Faith Wheeler.  You can download your own copy HERE.
You can see some of my math manipulatives in the shelf under the bulletin board.  I have many many more stuffed into cupboards somewhere in my room.

These are my new art boards - I didn't cover the blackboards this year - SO.MUCH.EASIER!  I made magnet buttons to hang our art work by glue-gunning a round circle magnet to the back of a button.  SO cute, and so much easier to use than tape.

These next pics are just classroom pics from different points in the classroom.  A few are from my classroom door looking to the front of the room.  The others are from my desk area, looking to the back of the room.  I'm always amazed by how large my room looks in pictures - it really isn't a very large space ... and it's trapezoid-shaped ... so very weird.

It's not perfect, but it's close enough to done that it won't keep me awake all night (other work may, though).    To those of you who start back tomorrow, I hope you have a WONDERFUL first week back.  And to those of you who are already in the full swing of things, I hope you have your best week yet.  

Happy Monday!!!


  1. Love your library! What a happy place. Everything looks so cheerful and organized. Have a great year!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  2. Your room looks fabulous!!!!!! Happy 1st day!!!

  3. Good luck tomorrow Jen! I can't believe our summer is over already!!
    Thinking of Teaching

  4. The soccer balls look GREAT! Glad you liked them. Yay! :) And so does the CAFE board. I love Kristen's stuff. The round shape is just so different! Your room look lovely and inviting. I bet the kids are going to LOVE it! Good luck when they come. I know this will be a great year for you!

    Teaching in Room 6

  5. Your room looks great! I like seeing your student desks, because the ones I have are similar - small, individual desks.

  6. You're room looks great!

    And I love the goal setting bulletin board. We have quite a few soccer fanatics at my school so I think I found next years bulletin board.
    Adventures in Room 5

  7. Your classroom looks fantastic! Also, love your poem you started the post with.

    Thinking Out Loud

  8. I LOVE your room!!! The colors are so bright and vibrant.

    Have a great week!

  9. I am really loving your room! It is bitter sweet when your last baby goes to school.It's ok to be emotional! :
    Have a great year!


  10. I love, love, love your room! I love the idea of "CRAFT" and "Daily 4" for upper grades. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness! Oh, and have a great first day back!

    Tales of a Fifth Grade Teacher

  11. Thanks for sharing! It's always nice to see what others have implemented in their rooms. Have a great first week back! Hopefully no indoor recess tomorrow :) Jen

  12. have a great first day... your room looks fabulous

  13. oh I love, love, love your space!!! It's so inviting! The colors are absolutely gorgeous Jen! I'm wicked excited that you could use the CRAFT board :) :) Happy first day to you! :)

  14. Everything looks so inviting! Good luck on your first day back!

  15. Great job! Your room is very inviting. I have been teaching a week now and my room is definitely not as organized and clean as my pre-school photos! hehe :) ENJOY!

    Always A Lesson

    1. Love your room , i need more than one more day! Have a great first day! Mary at apopovic@primus.ca

  16. Nice new look to your blog and the classroom looks great too!

  17. Your room looks fantastic! Hope your girls had a great 1st day of school. :)


  18. Love the magnet button idea! & your room looks fabulous!

    I'm a new follower :)

  19. Love your room! Your blog is inspirational! Have you used the CRAFT board previously? I'm just wondering how well it matches up to the CAFE board. You've inspired me to start blogging my first week of school activities! I'd love feedback from anyone who is willing!
    Flying In Five

  20. I love these ideas! The link for the CRAFT board doesn't work, though. Any chance there is another place I could find them? Thanks!