Sunday, August 12, 2012

First Day... Eek!

Oh my goodness, I cannot believe the day has arrived.  Tomorrow is the first day of school.  I have been so busy this summer that I did not even get a chance to get a back to school outfit. *sigh*

Doesn't matter anyway because I just found out they added seven kiddos to my list.  That's right, SEVEN!  I am dying over here because that means I will have 27 kindergarteners.  I should be dressing for comfort tomorrow and nothing else.  Do not be surprised if you see me in my yoga pants and sneakers - it's about to get crazy.   Eek!  Hopefully I have a great group of parents who have talked with their kiddos about behavior and school expectations.

Seriously, I am having a panic attack.

In other news...  My classroom is pretty much set to go.  I will most likely need to stay late a few days this weeks, but it WILL get done!
I am in LURVE with my new anchor chart wall.

I have a very odd shaped room and have had this wall taunting me for a couple of years.  Nothing seemed right in the space, I think this will be just perfect!  Since it will be a 'working' wall, I did not want to put paper behind that would just be destroyed by staples in and staples out.  You know?!

Here is my word wall all set to go! (Paper looks weird because it has been so humid.  It will settle soon.)  I just bought a pack of ocean cutouts and wrote the letters on them.  I made all the vowels the starfish.    Below the word wall is the writing station.  Fun fun!
This is where all my little kinders will be writing related sentences about how wonderful I am and expressing their appreciation for my magnificent teaching!  True story.
Our district put us on chair rations so I am only allotted 1chair/student.  So, I went and bought some cute ones from Ikea.  In this corner of the room, we have all things writing - writing ideas, writing accountability sheets, lined paper, blank paper, markers, pens, crayons, write-on/wipe-off, letter practice, letter posters and more!


Then I have my teaching cabinet behind my desk.  Hmmm, I guess I don't really have a desk, just a table I sit at with kiddos for extra help and practice.  Sometimes we just sit and chat!

This is the cabinet where I hide all the bad kids.  :/  Uh, I mean supplies.  Isn't it funny what kids believe from books?!  I like to highlight kids' work and showcase them as examples on our, "Reel Great Work" wall!

On the other side I crafted this little file folder pocket chart. *Thank you Pinterest!  So far I have just been filling it with the papers I use all the time:
*parent notes
*behavior charts
*Dojo rewards menu
*lined paper
*parent contact list

I will post pictures of how I organize my stations later on!  I still have some cleaning to do!

For Meet the Teacher night, I posted a bulletin board outside my room with some thought-bubbles, pens and the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
The answers were hilarious!

If I had asked you this question of your first day of kindergarten, what would you have said?


  1. 27?! Good luck and dress for comfort! ;)

  2. Sweet anchor. I bet someone really awesome made that for you!! :)

  3. Oh my. I started out with 27 first graders last year and thought that was a bit much. I can't imagine 27 k-kids. Here's to an adventurous year! You'll make it happen!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. Okay where is the link to that adorable file folder thing you made bc I got those file folders at Walmart and was thinking of Doing the same thing!!!

  5. OM!!! I will be thinking about you tomorrow...I would be having a panic attack as well. Of course I better not speak too soon, rumor is they MAY have to add a fifth kindergarten teacher after school starts. AFTER school starts! That means I may be in the same boat for those first few days!!! GOOD LUCK:)
    Teaching with Z


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