Apple Excitement & A Chance to Win!

We just wrapped up our Apple Unit. This is one of my favorite units all year long! I just wish we would have had some more fall like weather. It's been in the upper 80s and lower 90s still, grrrr. Here are some pictures from our apple activities.

We had so much fun! All of my activities AND more are included in my Apple Unit BASICS. When I started looking at all the apple activities on Teachers Pay Teachers I had a hard time finding one unit that had all of the "basic" things that I was looking for. So I created my Apple Unit BASICS. It has all of the basics (and more) that you need for your apple unit. Here are a few images:

Click HERE to view and purchase the item on Teachers Pay Teachers. Want to win a FREE copy? I will email the entire Apple Unit Basics to the first three people who leave a comment with their email address below. Good luck! Have a wonderful week! : )


Give a HOOT

I just had the most wonderful weekend! It was so nice to have a weekend with nothing to do and have some time to sleep, shop and decorate for FALL and start my Christmas crafts too! : ) Oh, and we added a new member to our family. Meet Helen. 

Isn't she precious? Fiance doesn't like cats, at all. And I love cats and really any animals. During our errands on Saturday we ran into a pet store and I just fell in love with her. So, I begged all afternoon and here she is! We have had lots of laughs watching her with Luke.

I can't wait for our Christmas card! Speaking of Christmas, I made my 5th trip (this season) to the greatest place on Earth, Miss Cayce's Christmas Store.AMAZING! My goal this year is to put up 4 trees: A Red & Green Tree, A Christmas Sweets Tree, A Texas Tech Tree and a "Pet" tree. Last week I went to a little holiday decorating class and learned how to tie bows. So I have been working on bows for my Christmas tree.

In the school world, I now "only" have 19 friends in my class. One of our second grade teachers was moved down to Kindergarten to help with big numbers. It has made a huge difference. 19 kids is much easier than 23 : ) This week we studied the letter O and owls. Here are a few pictures from the week.

I introduced a can/have/are chart by focusing on each sentence stem. Here is our interactive writing for the have party. I love this new easel and that it is dry erase and magnetic : O

I love crafts and writing. 

Aren't they cute? I used cupcake liners for the eyes! 

This year I started using poetry journals. They have been wonderful! This is one of my favorite poems! I found it on Pinterest and I'm not sure of the original source. 

On Friday we made these little owl snacks. They were perfect to review shapes too!

I hope you have a wonderful week! It's APPLE week here! I can't wait: )


Classroom Tour

Happy Tuesday everyone!
 I can't get it all together this year. I am just now posting pictures of my classroom. This year I stuck with my Circus themed classroom. I really love all of the bright primary colors and I couldn't imagine completely changing everything after only one year. 
Here is a little tour of my classroom:

Come on in!
I had this little poster made using Vistaprint. I love having it out in the hallway for Meet the Teacher Night.

Here is the view from the door. I do not normally have balloons on my tables (for obvious reasons haha) but these pictures were taken the day of Meet the Teacher. 

Here are our cubbies. Each child has their own cubby with a book bin inside to store their Reading Notebook. On top of the cubbies I have some of my favorite books and matching characters. 

This year my district is using the CHAMPS program. Here is my CHAMPS Display. Sorry for the glare. 

These are my math tubs.

I love my Popcorn Words Wall. I love this wall. Soon it will be filled with words. The set can be purchased from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

This is the front of my room. I really love how bright and useful everything is. My desk and computer on are on the left. I moved my desk and computer so they would be closer to the Smart Board, which I love. 

This is my classroom library. This year I added a bin of big books that the kids really like!
I use these clips on my cabinet to help with storing and displaying work. The number is glued to a clothespin. It makes it really easy to send work home on Fridays.

This is my listening center. I use to have 4 kids at this center and it would make me crazy. Too many headphones and CD malfunctions. I only introduced this center on Friday, but so far it has been a ZILLION times better. Each drawer has a different book to read. 

Here is my desk and our reading tent. Also, check out my new easel : ) Ignore the not "cutesy" poem : ( 

I LOVE this board. On the left hand side I have my classroom jobs display. Each job is on a little envelope and I will put each child's name on an index card and change jobs that way. I bought this set HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers. It was perfect! On the right hand side of the board, you will see that CHAMPS posters for each of the Daily 5 centers. The wooden shelf will be used to store materials for my Word Work center. 

This is the hallway outside of my classroom. I am OBSESSED with my new Meet the Authors display. Each child has their own place to display their work. Above their clip I will put a picture of them and a short biography. I will post a picture with it completed soon.Also if you are wondering about the brown paper sacks, they are used for supplies. Instead of each child hauling all of their supplies into the classroom, they put their supplies in the brown sack with their name on it. It's so great! Then you can go through their supplies when you are ready. 

Thanks so much for checking out my classroom : )


September Currently

Hello September!

I can't believe it's time for another Currently with Farley. Click HERE to link up!

I survived the first week of school! This year our kindergarten numbers are huge! We each have 23 or 24 students each. It feels really crammed and loud. We are waiting this week to find out if another kindergarten teacher will be added or not.
 Check back tomorrow for a peek from my first week!