Thursday, August 13, 2015

Spruce Up Your Computer Lab with Chalkboard Decor

Now that my classroom is (almost) in full swing and
beginning to to run a bit more smoothly, we'll soon 
be spending some time in our computer lab. I'm in complete 
back to school decorating mode so I thought I'd share 
a few tips for sprucing up your lab and 
taking it from drab to darling!

Computer lab makeover: Ideas for sprucing up your lab!
Like most teachers, I like to spend my time at school 
in a room that makes me happy.  Our drab little lab 
 needed some TLC to brighten it up and add some pizzazz!

Computer lab makeover: Ideas for sprucing up your lab!
I wanted to tie in all the black monitors and chairs 
in our lab so a chalkboard theme seemed just the thing! 
To make it bright and beautiful I used the 
Colorful Chalkboard Decor from Carson-Dellosa.

Colorful Chalkboard decor from Carson-Dellosa

I added this bright, bold board to highlight our lab rules with the 
two-sided border and matching letters.

Computer lab bulletin board

With some pop-out computer keys for effect!

Computer lab bulletin board ideas

Next, I made it cozy with some curtains!

Computer lab decorating ideas

I hung a 15 inch strip of black butcher paper around the top 
of the window then used rolled tape to adhere a piece of
border to give it some pizzazz!

Computer lab decorating ideas

Add a few bright containers with pencils and scrap paper...

Computer lab decorating ideas
I love the mix of patterns with the primary colors and brights!
 The two sided borders make the set quite versatile for a
black & brights scribble look or a wavy pop of primary colors!
Take your computer lab from drab to fab!

Colorful Chalkboard Decor from Carson-Dellosa

Here's a little peek at how one of my teacher friends used 
the Colorful Chalkboard Calendar Set in her primary colored classroom!

Birthday bulletin board with Colorful Chalkboard decor from Carson-Dellosa

She added stuffed butcher paper balloons and some twine 
to give it a little 3-D effect! 

Birthday bulletin board with Colorful Chalkboard decor from Carson-Dellosa
Have a fantastic school year, friends! May you spend your days in
a classroom that makes you happy!

For time-saving tips on putting up your back to school 
bulletin boards check out my 2-part series, 

 Time saving tips for putting up bulletin boards     

Need inspiration? 
Check out my Bulletin Board Ideas on Pinterest!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

They're Finally Here! Our First Week of School

They're Finally Here! First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

They're finally here! My brand new class of 
second graders! I've been waiting....
and waiting...and WAITING for them to arrive!
And they finally did!  Here's a little recap of
all of our first week fun!

We read the MOST precious and perfect first day book,
You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt, author of the 
lovable little Scaredy Squirrel.  This little bunny of a book 
character is waiting and waiting for his readers to arrive. 
 I convinced my class that, I too, I've been waiting...
and waiting.... and WAITING for them to arrive!
We'll used this book all week for my class to explain 
what took them so long to get to my class, get to know 
each other,get up and get moving, play games, give opinions, 
do some writing, and of course, have fun!

On meet the teacher night, as my new students approached
our classroom, they were greeted with this....
They're Finally Here! First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
And a note on their desk after a big hug from me!

They're Finally Here! First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt


They're Finally Here! First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

Our first day of school finally arrived! We read our book 
the very first thing, before anything else....
Then I asked, "What took you so long?"

They're Finally Here! First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

I made a big fuss over how LONG I'd been waiting and 
how happy I was that they were finally here! I have to admit 
they had some pretty good reasons to keep me waiting!

They're Finally Here! First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
As a getting to know you activity after reading the book my 
new friends turned to a neighbor and explained what took 
them so long to get to my class! Then we made these 
little books for them to write about all the things they 
had to do before they could come to second grade. 

 First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
Later that day we played The Bored Game so my class 
could connect, share stories, laugh and roll their eyes together, 
and find things they had in common.

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
Their responses were priceless!

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
Before dismissal we wrote about our day. 

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
I wanted to check on everybody and give them a little outlet 
to express their relief or concerns and to generally get a sense
of how they were doing.  I make a copy of these to save as
a beginning of the year writing sample, too.

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
The next day we talked about all the things my students wanted 
to learn and do now that they were in second grade. 

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

We made this character craft and wrote about some 
of our goals for the year. 

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

Oh, the allure of the easy button! 

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

 My class had a lot of fun with those eyebrows! 
We had a whole conversation about placing the
eyebrows to show different emotions.

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

I used our bulletin board as a backdrop to take 
first day pictures then later in the week to display our writing.

On Wednesday we got out our brand new writing journals!
Our new friend the book character bunny scolded us 
and said how unfair it was for his readers to keep him waiting. 
"As unfair as having to go to bed when you're not tired!"
So to introduce our journal routine I gave them this prompt.

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
So that I could get to know everyone a little better we did this...
First week of school activities for You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
On Thursday, we got up and got moving with a How Long? hop!
I just love all the time idioms in this book!

We worked with a partner to roam the room and answer some 
time related questions!

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
How long does it take to find a needle in a haystack?

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

How Long? hop: First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

How long does it take paint to dry?

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

On Friday after a fun-filled first week, I hung our book character 
bunnies and sent everyone home with these keepsake cards!

First day of school keepsake cards and activities for You're Finally Here! bFy Melanie Watt

even more activities and additional bulletin board ideas!

First week of school activities for You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

Find all of these activities, as well as the book,
You're Finally Here! by clicking on the pictures below.

First week of school activities, printables, craft, and bulletin boards with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt


Click here to find You're Finally Here! on IndigoBooks.com

Find the book at IndigoBooks.com

Click here to view the You're Finally Here! book trailer by Jennifer Johnson

If you haven't already, you'll completely 
fall in love with this book after watching this

First week of school activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt.

Don't have time to find the book? Read it online!
is available on YouTube.

First week of school activities with You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

Ready or not, here they come!  
Have a fantastic first week my friends!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You're Finally Here! Book and a Bundle Giveaway!


It's finally here! Our first day of school! I've been waiting....
and waiting...and WAITING for my class to arrive!
And today they did!  And they've got some 'splainin' to do!

We read the MOST precious and perfect first day book,
You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt, author of the 
lovable little Scaredy Squirrel.  We'll be using this book 
all week for my class to explain what took them so long
to get to my class, connect (and giggle) with new friends,
get up and get moving, play games, give opinions, 
and of course, read and write! 

I'll be posting more about all that we did, but in the meantime 
you can see all of our You're Finally Here fun from last year!

Be sure to come back if you click on the link 
because I've got a surprise waiting for you!

You're Finally Here! Book and a Bundle Giveaway!























                       To celebrate that my class has FINALLY arrived
 I'm giving away 2 Book and Bundle sets!

First week of school activities for You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

First week of school activities for You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

The bundle is filled with lots of  back to school activities,
bulletin boards,and classroom displays for your
whole first week and.......

I've just updated this favorite unit with
a little bunny of a book character writing craft PLUS 
a few other time saving goodies.  Use the craft 
for students to write about what they want to do, learn, 
or accomplish now that they're finally here!

Back to School goal setting craft to go with the book You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

I've also added additional templates to create a 
Meet the Teacher or Back to School Night display
 PLUS pages for you to take a first week writing sample.
Pretty much everything you need for a fun,
first week of literacy! 

Writing about the first day of school with the book You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt.

Here's a little peek at just some of what the unit includes:

First week of school activities for You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

I'd love to send you this (so much fun!) book and bundle so 
go ahead and enter below for a chance to win!
Don't want to wait?
Purchase the book from Indigo books.com
Purchase the unit here

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