So thanks to Pinterest and my new Cricut...I feel like I've gone overboard in my classroom. I say "Oh, I'm done" or "I'm not going back until August 16th", and then I'm making something else and making a trip to Bell's. What is it with this summer??? As you know my husband broke his leg and is doing soooooo much better so I can't blame it on him anymore. It was fun crafting around the house with him down and out but now I think I'm just obsessed with finding new, cute things to do in my classroom. Here are a few pictures...
Um yeah...how cute are pictures going to be with sweet smiles of my kiddos using this oversized picture frame!?! I always like to celebrate our 2nd day of 2nd grade day with activities like...counting by 2's, writing stories/reading in pairs, making words with "second grade", discussing famous pairs like peanut butter/jelly, and measuring items around our classroom that are 2 inches or 2 centimeters. I try to have a snack centered around this too...not sure what I'll do this year.
Bell's Crossing is a Baldrige school. We collect lots of data and use many tools to help students organize their thoughts like Lotus diagrams, Affinity diagrams, and more... Here is a picture of my classroom data station. Right now I have up an AR chart and math chapter pre/post test graphs. I'll probably add more throughout the year! Each student has a data notebook where they graph their behavior, test scores, set goals, and more.
We also use Covey's 7 habits. With our garden theme this year, I thought some tissue paper flowers would be cute with the habits.
Birthday flowers with crazy straws! Thank you Pinterest!
Thanks to Amanda at Teaching Maddeness...my dear, dear friend, I created my own "Kiss your brain" and "Hug your heart" candy jars.
And last but not least...I decided to change my behavior system this year and try the clip chart. I found the cutest apple clothes pins at Michael's this week and they turned out to be the perfect size. I just added numbers. I'm excited about this little change.
A few more trips to my school will probably happen in the next two weeks.
My classroom just won't be complete though until it becomes home to my Giddy-Ups!
Aside from doing school stuff...we're completely in awe of the Olympics. I just cannot seem to peel my eyes away from the TV. Gymnastics, swimming, diving, volleyball...holy cow! We have some talented athletes:) It just makes me so proud to be an American. I cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. they are receiving their medals. I'm going to miss the Olympics when they are over. Can't wait for the individual women's gymnastic finals tonight! GO TEAM USA:)