Five for Friday!

Hey, guys! I completely forgot it was Friday today! I guess that's what I get for spending all of my time thinking about the upcoming school year. Good thing Five for Friday is one of my favorite linky parties… here goes!

Last weekend, I came back home from a cruise vacation. It was fabulous and very relaxing, but I was so eager to get into my classroom and start getting ready for the new school year. Seriously, I made lists of things that I had to do while at the beach! Here's a picture from my room's balcony..

On Monday, my room was finally cleaned and waxed, so I could start going in! I began working on a few projects that have been on my to-do list all summer. Here's a sneak peak at a few things I've been working on…

I made these snazzy clothespins with mini glitter duct tape. It was probably the easiest project I've ever done! All I had to do was put the duct tape on the clothespin, and cut off the excess.  Easy peasy! I also glued some thumb tacks to the back so that I can use them on a bulletin board, but I'm beginning to think I will use them on the clothesline across my ceiling instead. I'll keep ya posted!

While I was re-organizing my classroom library, I began to pull out some of my favorite first day of school books.  Last year, I read Back to School Tortoise and Edward and the Pirates on the first day of school.  Some of the others were read at other times during the week.  I am working on my plans for the first week of school, so I'll let you know my plans for all of these books! Have you read any of these to your class on the first day of school? I'd love your input!

Here's a sneak peak at the new word wall that I'm working on.  My plan is to use a clothespin to hang the sight words from the ribbon so that my students can unclip the word and bring it to their desk when they are writing. Then, it will be easy for them to clip it back on. I was originally going to use velcro, but I think that the clothespins might be easier for little hands. The velcro is kind of heavy duty!

I FINALLY bit the bullet and found a way to organize my anchor charts! If you'd like to read about what I did, check it out {here}! I promise it is a lifesaver for those of you who don't have long drawers capable of storing these large charts!
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  1. We read "First Day Jitters" yesterday on our first day. We are going to read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books" on Monday. The kids will love that one!

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    1. Hi Sarah! Cool! I've never read that one! I'll have to check it out.


  2. The glitter clothespins are so cute! Where did you find the glitter duct tape?

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  3. Hi Rachel! Thanks! I got the glitter duct tape at WalMart. It is mini (like the size of Washi tape). I find that it works better than Washi tape because it is stickier and I don't have to keep replacing it.

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  4. I hang my charts in the closet too but I use binder clips to put them on the hangers. It works great!


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