Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Classroom Sneak Peeks Page!

Hello Everyone!
It's been a while hasn't it?? Wow I've neglected this little blog and all of yall! I'm trying to get better, but I feel as if I always leave something out while I try to catch up with the rest. Yall know how I feel right??
Anyway I've had many people email me and ask me about room setups.... How do I do this or that? What should this look like? Pictures, pictures, and more pictures. Believe me I have no problem answering any questions, but like we all know you only learn from the best and I don't feel like I'm the best lol.
So what I have done is opened a linky for every teacher blogger to join...
The best part? You probably already have a post to link up! No extra work. (Great plan right??)
Here's what it's all about.... YOUR CLASSROOM!
Anything that gives us a sneak peek into your home away from home. This way it's a one stop shop for teachers to browse around other amazing classrooms. Feel free to link up numerous blog posts and browse other posts!
Spread the word :) Don't forget your favorite teacher bloggers! Let them know about linking up!
Linking will end Oct 31 when the page is revealed, so be sure to link up and spread the word quickly!!
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Friday, September 27, 2013

#ABCsofTeaching Instagram Photo a Day Challenge

It's crazy to think that just a few short months ago I was rolling my eyes at everyone talking about instagram! "Why in the world do I need that?" I kept thinking to myself. Now I'm an addict...

The thing that got my Insta-ball rolling were challenges. I always saw so many cute pictures with the same theme and hashtag. That's why my dear friend Miss Kindergarten and I are challenging you to the #ABCsofTeaching!

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How Does It Work:
All you have to do is add #ABCsofTeaching and the hashtag of the day to your photo description and it's a done deal! 
How Do I See Others in the Challenge:
If you want to see what everyone else is posting for the day just click on the hashtag of the day or search it on instagram. If you'd like to stalk what everyone has been posting for the month just click on the #ABCsofTeaching hashtag or search #ABCsofTeaching on instagram.
I Missed a Day or Two: 
This photo challenge is all about getting to know each other and having fun while doing it. You can join all 26 days or pick and choose. Don't feel like you aren't allowed to join if you missed a few days! Catching this in the middle of the month??? JOIN NOW :) Don't wait. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Got DonorsChoose?

Got DonorsChoose? We do! Mrs. Stanford's class is requesting 2 projects for our 2013-2014 classroom!
Our class has grown this year and now my students are 5 ball chairs short :( Luckily I have loving kiddos that pay it forward to each other daily by trading off without me having to ask, but I'd love to have enough to not worry about trading. That's where DonorsChoose comes in. 
Ball Chairs to Answer Our Prayers!
This project is requesting the 5 ball chairs we need to complete our class set. 
MimioTeach Me Financial Literacy, Economics, Coins, & Money
This project is requesting a MimioTeach bar (an interactive whiteboard technology similar to smart board or promethean) and 5 sets of interactive programs to use during whole group and daily centers during math and reading. 
Now until next Tuesday the 24th, the word "INSPIRE" at checkout will double any donations!! What a blessing :) and I don't want to miss out on!

Also, make sure to check the optional donation line during checkout. This portion of your donation goes to DonorsChoose and not to the project. It is automatically set at 15% but can be changed from 0-19%. 
If you know anyone or any company looking for a tax refundable donation or anyone or any company that likes to donate to great causes please pass our link on. 
You're the greatest :)
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I'm melting... I'm melting...

The day is finally over! I woke up exhausted and then entered an oven to teach in. Needless to say, today was not a shining star type of day.

I digress.

There may have been a reason that I was so tired....
I maaaaaaaay have been up a little late last night creating a new blog design :/

and here it is... well for the most part. All of you that have been following me for a while know that I'm Type A and need everything to be precise, so I can't make any promises.

I hope the new format is user friendly, as well as esthetically pleasing. I loved the modern look of the old setup, but it left much to be desired. Contact buttons were hard to find and there was no pin it button on each pic (big pet peeve) So feel free to pin away :)  

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back to School Day 2: Ball Chairs, Erasable Pens, and a Better Outlook.

Sooooo after a long pep talk, a couple snooze alarms, and a SCALDING hot shower, I headed to work bright and early again to prepare for day two. I don't know about you, but I always forget how tough the first few days really are! My adorable littles arrived right on time this morning and let me tell you they were perfect!!! Little did I know the amazing artists I had in my classroom! Details, details, details. I am already proud. I can't wait to see what the year brings. 

Thank you Sara Connell of First Grade Funtastic for this AAAAAAAAdorable creation :) 

Many of you know that I own a class set of ball chairs and I swear by them! (click here for more info)
Today was the first day that they were able to test drive these babies. They loved them!!! Sadly I do not have enough for the entire class anymore, due to class growth. DonorsChoose hopefully will once again make my kiddos dreams come true and I can have a few more funded to support all of my little ones. 


Once I created my new teacher planner/calendar/gradebook/attendance/notebook I knew I needed these amazing erasable pens by Frixion! They are amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!! and you always need something to make you smile on the first week of school right?!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back to School: Day 1

Boy am I beat!!! Actually I came home and fell asleep for about 3 hours... Ooooopsies! It definitely was a draining day, but what first day isn't?? My cutie patooties looked absolutely adorable as they walked in the door as big first graders and they are as excited for this year as their teacher is. 
Thanks Teeny Tiny Teacher for the idea! The kids loved this little photobooth and I can't wait to make the wall of fame in our hall. 

Not looking forward to this avalanche in the morning. It's a blessing to have supplies for the youngsters, but lack of storage makes it hard! 

Crazy right?!? Little did I ever think that my little blog that started a year and a half ago would make it this far. I have you to thank for that!!!

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for instant daily updates :) MrsStanford724

I hope you are settling into your classrooms and enjoying the beginning of the year! What is your go to 'therapy' for yourself in these first stressful weeks???
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