Wednesday, July 18, 2012

AZ Bloggy Meet-Up, Monday Made-It, and Classroom Set Up

Last week was crazy busy for me!  We had the AZ Bloggy Meet-Up and had a blast!  Met some new friends, and put faces with some other cyber friends.  
Linda Camp and Michelle Tsivgadellis organized this get-together for us.
Michelle (L) and Linda (R)

Also there were Nichole Dirks, Jennifer Kadar, and Sandra Matadamas

From L to R
Nichole, Sandra, Michelle, Jennifer, Teresa, and Linda

Our eyes all look creepy, but Farley and Crystal Radke, this one's for you!

Next up was "Magic Mike" with my BFF's,
Readers Workshop Training with my school buddies, 
and taking my son to get his wisdom teeth pulled (NOT fun!)

Saturday I did some sewing and Sunday was a BD party for my mom.
Needless to say, I did not have time to get anything posted, so I am trying to catch up.

Monday Made-It

Here are the curtains that I made to cover all the teacher stuff on my bookcases.

For my other Made-Its, I put together 8 of these bookcases.

I am having tables instead of desks this year and have a bookcase for each table to store the textbooks and supplies.  I got the red and blue canvas drawers at Target on sale a few weeks ago.
Caddies, dish racks (for journals and readers notebooks) and baskets (for backpacks) are from WalMart.

I had all these plastic magazine holders left over from donating my books last week, so I decided to use them as book boxed for the kids for Reading Workshop, so I made these labels for them.

You can get a copy of the labels here.

Classroom Set Up

I have been working in my classroom all week. 
 (School starts in 2 weeks!  AGHHHH!)
Here is what my classroom looked like when I went in on Monday...

All my tables and my Goodwill trapezoid finds!

The Smart Board used to hang in the middle of my white boards,
 and I am having it moved to the left side of the blue board.

The bulletin boards are from last year and they are coming down.
I got rid of t a lot of stuff when I took the load to Treasures 4 Teachers last week.
I got rid of the extra bookcases too.

Now to start organizing...
I put the tables out and then built the bookcases.

I still have a TON to do, but at least now I can start putting things where they belong and get organized, then decorate, and start planning for the year.  
Stay tuned as I fine tune my classroom and get it all together!


  1. Love your meet up pictures!!! Question for ya. Where did you get those white bins that are sitting on the cabinet with the curtains you just made (which look fab BTW)??? I am looking to add to my set (they were left for me by the teacher before me) and I can't seem to find 'em! Thanks bunches :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  2. Kelley,
    They are Sterilite (sp?) baskets that I got at Big Lots. The style changes a bit every year but it is the cheapest place I have found them.


  3. Holy Cow!! YOu have been very busy!

    It looks like the meet-up was fun! I am soooooo sad I didn't make it :(

    Maybe next time!

    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

  4. You have been quite busy! I love the meet up pictures with the mustaches!! It looks like you girls had a great time! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. I use tables and I love the idea of a bookcase at the end. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I just built 7 bookcases for my teams, too! What fun. :) We have what looks robe the same carpeting, so a few shots made me do a double-take! Looking great! I should've taken pics while I worked this week in my room. I am out of town all of next week, and kids start August 6! I am getting anxious!!

  7. Robe? Ha! Make that "like"... No idea what I typed to make it autocorrect to robe.

  8. I am so glad I found your blog! I am also glad that I am not the only one that loves plastic bins! I use them for everything! I am not following your blog. I have left you a couple of awards over on my page so come check them out and follow me too! :)


    From Behind the Lavender Door

  9. Wow! Your classroom is coming along..I wish I could get into mine!!! Love your projects!!! Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  10. I just started getting curious about an AZ blogger meet up so I Googled it and found you there. Sorry I missed it! Maybe next time I can meet up with you all, looks like a fun group!

    1. Heather, we've had a few get togethers and they have been FUN! Would you like me to add you to the AZ bloggers FB group? Just leave your email or email me at Thanks for stopping by!



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