Who's excited to start decorating for next year?
Me! Me! Me!

This March I was fortunate to travel to Atalanta for the ED Expo.
While I was there I met someone I fell in love with!
No need to worry.
I'm not leaving the husband and kids!
My affair is only with beautiful classroom decor
by Creative Teaching Press!
The Painted Palette Collection by Creative Teaching Press
is so incredibly beautiful.
They are celebrating their 50th anniversary
and they've pulled out all the stops!
I could have stood there all day drooling over the colors!
I stare at this boring ugly wall in my room everyday 
and can't wait to pretty it up with these lovely calendar pieces!
Check out the eye candy of the 

I've had the same borders up for two years!
Say it ain't so!
It's time for a fresh new look in the fall.
I have chosen these beautiful borders to layer on top of each other.

On the top we have the Chalk It Up! Dots and Loops Boarders 
from the adorable Chalk It Up! collection. 
Then underneath I'll have the beautiful pop of rainbow delight with the 

I plan on some contrast with this adorable paint chip border.

The official name is Painted Palette Rainbow Paint Chip Border! So sweet right?
I also know I need this incentive chart!
I love using a ticket system in my classroom.
I think i'm going to have them mark off every time
they get 5 or 10 tickets and they get a prize
when they make it to the finish!
More details will come on this when I flush my idea out better!!

It's also fun the have the classroom a little fall-like when they kiddos return to the classroom.
The Painted Palette Collection has some adorable decor to welcome fall! 

will be adorning my door!
I see these Painted Palette Leaves to maybe 
help out with sight words as we start back!

Lastly I'm pretty positive I need this tree
to get the year off to a great start!

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Head on over to the sweet Brenda from Primary Inspired
to check out how she's using Dots of Turquoise!

Welcome back the the Daily Five Spring Cleaning!
One of my favorite "fives" is up today!
Listening to Reading
I would have been stoked in elementary school to have the variety of listening opportunities my students have here in the 21st century. Back then it was all cassette tapes and records! 
Found this little gem to share with you!
I love kids listening to read because I feel it allows them 
to hear the way stories should be read. 
I know this is beneficial for all students but, 
I think it really helps our kids 
aren't read to as much at home as others. 

The first way students listen to books in my
classroom is on the computer.
Sadly, we only have two dinosaur computers, 
but as many of you know we get what we get 
and we don't get upset!
Here are some of our favorite sites.
This is a paid site, but well worth the investment!
Storyline Online is a great free site!
There aren't a ton of books on there, 
but my kids seem very happy with what it offered.
They'll listen to the same story a million times (at least).
I recently found this free site too!
More great books read to kids =)
I love Pebble Go!
What an amazing database of non-fiction information.
And we know that it is safe for our students.
Letting them roam free on the internet is scary! 
This is a paid site also.
Out PTA buys our subscription each year.
Money well spent!

Another way we listen to reading 
in room 12 is on personal cd players.
 I know iPods are way cooler but,
 I just don't have any (insert wahmbulance).
These have served us pretty well though!
I love our selection of books on cd.
are the best to grow this library!
We keep them in ziploc bags in large magazine files 
in our listening to reading area.
I grabbed this awesome TpT product 
from Always First early this school year.
There cards and the students 
use a scan apps to scan the QR code.
Then an animated story pops up 
through a safe share site.
My kiddos love these!
Check out Always First here
I also allow my students to use iPads during Listen to Reading.
I recently made a little "cheat sheet" of apps for my students. 
They were getting so confused 
of what could be used in reading versus math.
This has really helped!

Want to read a bit more about the Daily Five in my classroom?
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