Boo to You!!
Happy Halloween! Is this day over yet? Honestly of all the holidays on the calendar this one is at the bottom of the bottom of my list. I've actually wished for a cold so I could stay
home and not have to deal. I'm sure I'll regret that wish when I really am sick. 

We did have a little fun with Halloween
as much as I'm a Scrooge about it. 
We worked on our Doubles Spiders this week!
Grab this freebie here!

To celebrate falling out of October
and into November I am having a sale! 
20% off in my shop through Sunday night! 
Click the button to visit my store.
Along with the sale I am also excited to introduce a new product.
Now I am not a huge centers person, but I was looking for some quick and easy ways to snazz up my word work area and my math workshop time. And so "Gettin' Clippy With It" was born. Yes that is a take off on "Gettin' Jiggy With It" by Will Smith. 
I love a good quirky title.







Don't they look so pretty here?
These are the 5 math sets.

You can also make these cards self-correcting.
Just put a little Sharpie dot behind the
correct answer for the kids to check there work. 
Of course read them the riot act about
cheating before you tell them this! Ha!

Lastly, I just love this little project my almost 5 year old came home with! I am going to put this in my back pocket of fun and easy classroom ideas!
Just a plate, some yarn and a plastic spider!
Boom! Craft! Done!
Oooo and see my pretty little nails.
Those are my Jamberry nail wraps.
Jamberry are super fun nail stickers that you apply with heat from a dryer or rice bag, 
They are way cuter than polish and last for up to two weeks, 
Although I always want to change them out sooner because there are so many fun styles. 
I am on the search for a few fall hostesses! The Jamberry parties are all on Facebook. It is so so easy. No cooking, no cleaning...you don't even have to wear a bra. Just wear your jams around town to get people excited and then invite them to your Facebook event. Then you earn tons of free jams! Email me if you are interested deirdre.eldredge@gmail.com. 
I would love to work with you!
Oh, and if you book a party you get a prize too !

Trick or treat over to Doodlebugs to check out all 
the other Five For Friday treats out there in blogland!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!
We set our clocks back here!! 
One more hour of sleep on Saturday night....zzzz



Welcome back to Day 2 of Weekend Warriors!
We are all about organization this month!!
 One of the biggest facelifts in my classroom this year was my library. It needed a pick me up so pick me up it got! I am a huge lover of the Daily Five whose main philosophy is in order to learn to read you need to spend a lot of time reading books. Genius, right?!? I really wanted to create a space that kids are excited to come into, cozy up and dive into a book. 
My library houses AR books by level, a variety of series, books by author, many different book themes (fairy tales, math books, animal books, etc) and seasonal books. I think I need a book intervention! Here's how they all fit into this cozy little space!



I'm in love love love with that Dr. Seuss alphabet on my closet doors. Dr. Seuss' ABC book is an all-time favorite of mine so I had to grab these. I picked mine up at Michaels. Grab your own here!

When students are done with a book in the library they return it here. 
I could have them return them to their correct spots, but I know even though they are labeled they'll end up a mess. I love these kids, but generally they don't appreciate the art of organization {wink}.
I will have a school assistant or a parent volunteer put the books away each day.
I have them clearly labeled so things don't get all muddled up!

And one final shot just because this space makes me happy!!

The labels I used in my library are from my shop.



If you need a label that you don't see here please contact me and I'll try to add it =)
deirdre.eldredge@gmail.com

Time to buzz around and see the other Weekend Warriors!







It's Weekend Warriors time!
The last weekend of each month my sweetest bloggy buds and I get together to share with you the best of the best of our ideas, tips and tricks. I feel like this month is so special because it is ORGANIZING OCTOBER. After 7 years in my first grade classroom  I have so many thing just the way I want them. And a few things that still have a ways to go! But, let's get down to the good stuff. 

First...Welcome to my classroom!
You can't see the front board or my table here, 
but you get the jist of the space.
A couple years back I went to tables and I will never look back! Although I would like real new tables. These I just scrounged up from around the building. Classic teacher style, right? Why won't they just give us new stuff? But moving on...I love the tables. And, yes my poor kids have chairs too. They are just stacked away because I took this pic after school.

But with the move to tables there were certainly 
some supplies issues to deal with. 
The big one being...
WHERE WILL ALL THEIR STUFF GO? 
Two years into this table business 
and I've got it down to a science. 
On their tables they each have a "caddy" as I call it. 
There are three little sections inside. 
One for their nametag and crayon boxes, 
one for a pencil, scissors and glue and 
one for our tickets we earn. 
We use the Teeny Tiny Teacher's system this year. 
Like anything else we have 
to clean these caddy's out every once in awhile. 
You know at night erasers, extra pencils 
and paper bits jump in the caddies!
I bought the caddies at Target two years ago.
I know I have seen them since. 
Check the Dollar Spot on your weekly Target trip!
Where are all their books, notebooks, folders, etc you ask?
Introducing the Apple Boxes!
These bad boys hold everything else!
Thank goodness I have this extra long shelf to store them.
The boxes I got from Really Good Stuff. They hold up great, 
especially with a little packing tape reinforcement.
On the shelf below in the black bins
are marker boxes for each table.
The little drawers hold extra crayons and markers.
The blue bin has extra scissors.

Let's take a peek what's inside the Apple Box!
First up our yellow folder. Unique name, huh?!?
This is our math reference folder. It holds our 120 charts and all our Math Maniacs for quick math reference! It's an awesome tool for the kids to have this info right at their fingertips! We also have corresponding big Math Maniacs on our math focus board. 
Check out more about the Math Maniacs here!

Up next on the Apple Box tour is our aptly named red folder!
This is our Fluency Flyer Folder. 
Our Fluency Flyer folders are a series of Dolch sight word lists for the kiddos to practice and get rewarded for learning all those tricky sight words! Check out Fluency Flyers here

And the last of the folder series is our green folder. Inside here is the best. tool. ever. 
My blog bff Molly made these and we use them constantly. There are word lists as well as spaces for you to write words your kiddos need. I also have them  keep any writing they are working on in the pocket of this folder. 
My yellow, red and green folders are from Target.
I always get them at Back to School time! They are the best!

But wait, there's more! 
Our Apple Boxes also hold these wonderful treasures. 
Clockwise from the left we have our "colorful journal". 
I call it that because that pic of all the
pretty pencils makes me happy! 
Then we have our math journals from Lakeshore Learning. Our school math curriculum is weak to say the least. These are helpful in providing some structure and sanity to math time. 
Next up is our ELA and Math Notebooks. We write in these and we interactive notebook in these. They are a great little tool and a nice break from the traditional worksheet. 
And lastly is the wonderful B.A.T book, again by my friend Molly. This is for early finishers and an absolute lifesaver!! She has one for the whole year and has just started creating monthly ones
I am loving the monthly ones! Believe me you need this resource. 

So there you have it folks. 
The organization of all these materials makes me
all warm and fuzzy inside. 
Is that weird? If so then I'm happy to be weird!
We just started a Weekend Warriors Pinterest board!
Be sure to follow us there to keep up with all
the great ideas!

Now it's time to hop around and check out all 
these other fabulous gals as well!





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