Saturday, September 15, 2012

Peace, Love, and Sheer Panic

Good Morning Everyone!!! It has been so long since I have blogged. Thank you all for the emails.  On August 27th, I received the phone call every mother dreads… Your son was involved in an accident! My only son was involved in a one vehicle accident responding to a volunteer fire call for another accident. He was air-lifted to a nearby Pittsburgh hospital and underwent surgery for a shattered femur and monitored for head trauma. My son has a very long and painful recover, but he is going to OK!!photo3Well, as many of you know I decided to venture into a regular classroom this year. My theme peace, neon, and polka dots.


This is my outside of my door and my “where are we sign” I changed it up a bit when I decided to go with a peace theme. My “travel agent” moves the peace sign whenever we leave the room.


I was completed stressed out about “keeping track” of my kiddos. I found this pinterest inspired board and knew I had to recreate for my class. I headed on done to our local Dollar General market and snagged up a cookie sheet and when to town. My kids “love” using this board!!!! And I love knowing exactly where they are…




Thanks to Ms. Fultz Corner for designing my blog, but for letting me snag this adorable saying. I recreated it using my signature polka dots and neon!


Here is a closer look at my Math Focus Board. Our county has adopted the Pearson Envisions and Investigations Series. I couldn’t find an alphabet I liked… Love my cricut and my mom for having the patience to deal with my OCD issues.


These money posters were from my room last year. They were inspired from Doodle Bugs Teaching. The rug…Walmart


Here is my helper board. I don’t have a lot of wall space so I simply attached this tray to my closet door. You can find my polka dot jobs {here}   I love my little command clear buckets too.


I needed something above my windows. I created these images using poster board and added some glitter!!! Love Love Love theme. My shelves hidden behind my polka dotted curtains (Thanks mom for sewing) hold my art supplies, math manipulatives, literacy manipulatives, etc.


This picture was taken on the first day. We did Abby’s Jitter Juice Activity!!!! They loved it!!! Thanks Abby for being an inspiration!!!

Back Area


If you are standing at the front of my room, this is what you see. Of course, I couldn’t find a number line I liked either. (Thanks MOM for your patience!!!!!)


Here is my mail station, library, and part of my reading focus wall. The drawers house my monthly supplies (stickers, cutouts, etc)


Here is my calendar and birthday boards. You can snag up these adorable cupcakes that are in my Birthday Decor Packet {Here} You can also see a small glimpse of my desk area. My NEWS area was suppossed to be a mini bulletin board of important dates, events, etc but has rapidly turned into a “love” bulletin board. I love all the notes, pictures, cards, etc my Groovy Kids have been making me. They have definitely been filling my bucket.


Last but not least, here is a picture of my desks on the first day. I purchased a black/white PEACE folder at Walmart. A black notebook, pencil box, and supplies for my students (Thanks TPT for giving me the opportunity to help my students which over 70% come from low-income families) Oh and the “PEACE” inspired take-out box which was “filled” with different trinkets.


SORRY FOR THE LONG POST!!!!! I know many people have been asking for my UNIT 2 Reading Street Items. I will be uploading unit 2.1 and 2.2 today. Thanks again for all of your support!!!




  1. Lots of prayers for a successful recovery for your son.

  2. Your new room looks great! Good luck this year. Hoping for a speedy recovery for your son!

    For the Love of First Grade

  3. I love your classroom! The colors are great, and the theme is adorable! I'm already thinking of ideas for next year lol

    my classroom is my runway

  4. Your room is fantastic! And your mom loves helping you get it ready even putting up with you OCD'ness!!!! We are just really luckily that the accident wasn't worse and he is going to mend. Love you! MOM

  5. Prayers for your son and your family as he recovers. Your room is awesome! Have a wonderful year.
    Blessings, Kathy

  6. Sending you prayers for your son and family!!! Love your room! Christi did my blog design too!!! LOVE IT!!!

    I'm your newest follower! I hope you can hop on by and follow me too! :)

    Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids

  7. I'm so sorry about your son. Sending my best for a speedy recovery!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  8. Praying for your sweet boy! How awful for a mother to hear those words. Hope he has a quick recovery and I LOVE your adorable room.

  9. Praying for your son's speedy recovery!

  10. What a terrifying story. I'm praying that his recovery is smooth and filled with forward progress.

    Your room looks a-maaaaaa-zing!! You are truly an inspiration, Melissa.
    Growing Firsties




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