Friday, September 30, 2011

My Week in Review


Hmm...so what did I do this week?

Well, it started with me getting married! We had such a great day on Sunday, with all of our family and friends. It was supposed to rain, but it turned out that we didn't get a drop! So thankful that we were able to have our ceremony outside as planned (the rehearsal was inside due to a downpour). Here is a picture of our bridal party:




I took Monday and Tuesday off to spend time with my new hubby. We spent the two days in beautiful Newport. So awesome and relaxing! I'm still looking forward to our real honeymoon next summer.

However, I also missed my new kiddos so much! I'm happy to be back to school and to be able to completely focus on my class. Side note: I lost my girly-girl gene somewhere along the way and was getting realllyy sick of wedding planning!

When I got back, I started to introduce my students to our classroom Book Nooks. I got the idea from Beth Newingham's website. She has great ideas - go check her out! During Reader's Workshop, my students rotate through a variety of stations. Each day they visit a different station. They listen to books on the Ipod, tape player, CD player or computer. I also have special "reading spots" in the room, such as bean bag chairs, beach chairs, and pillows. Here is a picture of the rotation schedule right now (sorry for the horrible picture):
Each clothespin has one student's number on it. The classroom librarian rotates the clips every morning. I would upload the document to share, but I can't figure out google docs!! Every time I try to upload, my document comes out all funky and not the way I made it. Help!

Anyways...here are some classroom pictures of my Book Nook spots:


This is the listening center. It holds the CD player and the books on CD (green basket). It also has 2 tape players. The headphones are in the blue basket. The pink bin holds the Ipod and all the corresponding books.

Below is the shelf that holds all the books on tape. Each basket has a different book.
Two view of my classroom library (my favorite part of my room!). There are bean bag chairs, a black comfy chair and a pillow chair.

And, finally some of my classroom computers. These ones are actually kinda illegally in my room, but shhh. (I have 2 others in my room) The students listen to books at Storyline, a website that has celebrities reading books aloud. (Notice the math board in the background created by Clutter-Free Classroom!)

Ok, so this is a really long post so I won't go into everything else I did this week!
Happy Weekend :)

I linked up with Clutter-Free Classroom's Peek in my Planbook.



6 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! I got married in September as well (a couple of years ago) and had to kind of beg to get the Friday before off. Glad to hear you were able to enjoy it with a long weekend!

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  2. Yay, congratulations on your wedding! Love your bridesmaid dresses and shoes. :) I also love your library!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  3. Thank you thank you! I actually had the same shoes too! I love my library but I'm on the hunt for more consistent labels. If you know where I can find some, let me know!

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  4. Congratulations! I can't get Google docs to work either. Try Scribd instead.

    ✿Erika
    2B Honey Bunch

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  5. Thank you for this. Very helpful for my new classroom. Been teaching for a while, but moved rooms this year. About to get married myself and I totally get what you mean about losing your girly-girl gene. I completely spaced out in the middle of our last meeting with the florist. With 4 months to go, I guess I'm just at that point. Going to hike up my heels and just dig in though. From your picture, it looks like it was a beautiful day :)

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