I recharged my camera battery!  Here are some more photos of my little room.  By the way, thank you so much to those of you who have left the sweet comments!  It just melts my heart!  :)

It's hard to see but top image is one of my table signs.  I'm still going with the owl theme this year.  The yellow one is from Party City with owls glued on each side.  I used these as filler throughout the room.

I love the posters from A Year of Many Firsts.  She has a great Daily 5 pack!

The little make-shift bulletin board on the right is focused on math.  The shape and color mini-posters are from Cara Carroll, the number posters can be found in HERE in several different color options, and the days of the week are in my classroom decor pack.

I made this with leftover fabric and ribbon.  I cheated and just hot glued the triangles onto the ribbon!  Super easy and it still looked good.

I went with wrapping paper on the word wall.  The black is from Party City and the polka dot is from Hobby Lobby.  


Spelling, vocabulary, and high frequency words will go in this pocket chart.  I am going to use the table below for word work.  Extra materials will be stored underneath the table and out of sight!

I'm not sure what I am going to do about the pink chair.  It doesn't match but I still love it.  For now, it's hidden behind my easel.  

I keep a lot of my math manipulatives here and the busy baskets that we use for practicing fact fluency are in the Ikea baskets.  I need to work on updating those!

The area in the corner is my Common Core Writing Workstation which is still in progress.  I will post on the specifics of it in my next post.  You can look at it in my TPT store.  It's designed specifically for second grade.  

I am loving these trees I got on sale at the teacher store!  I was going to do more nests for the owls but I lost motivation...;)  I like for that wall to be the focal point when you walk in.  Now to figure out what to do in the middle on the air unit.  I may use it for an anchor chart but I am open to suggestions! 

That's my classroom!  Thanks for stopping by and for being such an inspiration to me!  I don't know what I did before without this wonderful blogging community! :)

Welcome to my classroom!  I have finally almost finished redecorating.  It took me a total of two and a half days moving like a mad woman, but it paid off.  I know that last year I totally changed my color scheme, but I just wasn't feeling it.  It was too many different colors and just not soothing to the eye.  Yellow is my favorite color and just makes me happy!  And I love how the black really grounds everything.  Black also does not show dirt and the black fabric does not fade, so it can stay up for a long time.

These may be my favorite part of the whole room.  A sweet grandparent at our school made these chair pockets for me.  She is super talented and I couldn't have bought any like this and made this well anywhere else.  I love that they have two pockets!  It's hard to tell from the picture but the chevron part is an extra pocket.

I have been in this same room for five years now, and I don't know why I never thought to move my desk here.  It seems to always be in the way.  I even considered getting rid of it but I decided to put it in the front corner beside my Smart board and it really works.  My carpet is there and it's the perfect size for my computer, Elmo, and more.  

I ordered the polka dot fabric from fabric.com and got a really great deal.  I always get my fabric from them; they seem to have the best prices and free shipping if you spend more than $35.  The chair is from Ikea.  

I got these at Target and cut out the letters with my Silhouette Cameo.

My little guided reading area is at the front of the room.  I keep my supplies in the drawers and in the wire shelf beside it.  I will put important anchor charts behind me on the board.  

My classroom library is in the front corner of the room.  I got the carpet at Walmart on the cheap!  I am looking for a cute basket to put the little reading buddies in so ignore the crate.  I need to get another bean bag, too.  On top of the guided reading level shelf is where I am going to keep student data notebooks, so I will move the flowers and globe somewhere else.

Here is a side view of the library.  I will hang ELA anchor charts in that area above the library.  The black fabric is just an old curtain panel.  The lamp is also from Ikea.

I have many more parts of my room to post, but my camera battery went dead in the middle of taking these.  I'll be back soon with more!  

So, we go back THIS Thursday!  It's been a super busy summer, so I do apologize from taking a blogging break.  I thought I would make it up to you with some new back to school freebies and some old ones, too.

Last year, I transitioned to whole brain teaching.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much this changed my teaching for the better.  I encourage you, if you haven't, to check it out.  It REALLY works!  Here are some freebie rule posters if you are interested in trying it!

You may have seen my voice chart on the blog last year.  Click the pic below to download it for your classroom.

Click the pics below to download these freebies from last year.

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Table Signs

Like I told you in an earlier post, our district has adopted the Journeys Common Core Reading Series.  I have started making units to accompany the lessons.  If you teach second grade and use Journeys, you can check out the units below.   I will work on a post coming up soon to break down each of the components of the unit and how to use it.

Well, I am off to school in a bit to clean and finish up my room, as well as enjoying my last Monday off!