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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blogiversary Giveaway Winner & My Home Preschool Room

WOW!!!  Thank you so much to all of you who sent us well wishes congratulating us on ONE YEAR of blogging & left us so many sweet comments!  We love sharing our teaching journey with all of you!  

So, the winner of my Back to School Unit and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Unit is...

Congratulations, Mrs. Richling, check your email for your prize!!!

Both the Darling Dolphin and Queen Bee are busy getting ready for their kindergarten kiddos to come into their classrooms this week. Yesterday was my very first day of "Flight Preschool" with my little one!  I have spent countless hours transforming my playroom into a make-shift school room and I am very pleased with the outcome!

I woke up, however, with a severe migraine on our first "school day," and Noah came bouncing in our bedroom bright and early yelling, "Mommy, I'm ready for school!"  It warmed my heart!  If only my heart could have cured my head! ;)

I braved my aching head & had so much fun (along with a few challenges...he's only 3 after all) teaching my sunshine!

I thought I would share the pictures of our school room with you.  ***Warning: you are about to be overloaded with pictures...sorry, but I just had so much to share!***

Our Sight Word Caterpillar: we will add a new word each week.  If you want a caterpillar for your very own, it's available HERE in our shop!

My new ABC & number posters look great on the wall!

I found these shapes and colors posters at Dollar Tree.

our Raising Rock Stars focus board

I made this F.L.Y (Filled with Learning for You) notebook for Noah.  I'm using it to hold all the pages from my units in sheet protectors.

Then, Noah can use dry-erase markers to write on the pages.  That way he can do them more than once and I can keep them at the end of our study.

I had to show you a pic of my cute lesson plan notebook...I hadn't made one of these in a long time!

On this shelf, I used my Dollar tree fabric boxes to store all of my manipulatives for each month.  I've been collecting things for a year!

I labelled each box with the month name.

Each week, Noah will have three Tot Trays with activities to do that match our theme (right now it is Back to School).  

I put up a short rain gutter bookshelf outside Noah's room for our seasonal and theme books.  He LOVES it!  :)

Our Morning Board is actually the door to Noah's Play/School Room.  We do weather and calendar here every morning.

I found this magnet board with a border of cork at Target & I love it.  I make a magnet board activity each week for Noah to enjoy!  This one is in my Back to School Unit.

Here's my desk.  It used to be my Assistan't desk in my classroom, but I have always loved it because the colors make me happy! :)  The chair was a flea market find, complete with feathers, glitter, and beads (oh my)!  

These stacked sliding trays are from Ikea and I'm using them to store the pages that need to be laminated or assembled.  On the top tray, I made folders for each day of the week.  I downloaded the cute labels from Lesson Plan SOS that I attached with clear contact paper.

This cabinet holds all of my craft supplies and teacher materials.  

The side door is made for cassette tapes (I know, I know, I'm old,  right?!?)  I found small plastic baskets at Dollar Tree that fit perfectly to store my collection of ribbon.  

My Cricut and Laminator live on top of the cabinet, along with a wooden organizer I found at Michaels about 2 years ago for 50% off.  

I'm keeping Noah's extra school supplies in the organizer right now.

Here's Noah's Raising Rock Stars Notebook, which I love because it also doubles as a Memory Book for his first year of preschool!

Whew, ok...I think that's all for now!  I wish all of you the best as you start the new school year, with a room full of bright-eyed little ones, ready to learn and excited about having YOU as their teacher!  Good luck, my sweet friends!  :) 


  1. Thanks for all the pictures. I did RRSP with my son last year and he learned so much (don't you just love 1+1+1=1). Keep the pictures and details coming! I love to see how mommies organize their home classrooms (we never can not stop being teachers) I was teaching Kindergarten when I had my son he is now 4 (starting preschool in a few weeks I am going to miss him). I am going to continue tot school with my daughter (2). Your classroom looks great!
    Thanks so much,

  2. Just noticed I used a double negative in my comment. Sorry hard to type my thoughts with a two year old on my lap. What I meant to say is that We can't stop being teachers. This is our most important teaching job anyway! He is very lucky to have you as his mommy! Looking forward to reading along on your journey.

  3. I received your email!!! I am SO excited! Thank you so much! I love it! :)

  4. Just curious to know what your schedule is? I can see some of it from the picture, but some of it is blurry.

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