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Friday, January 20, 2012

Clutter Free Linky Week 3


Well, I only got to two shelves this week. BUT - that is two shelves more than last week! I think they look pretty good! I need to go back an inventory what is on them, but that will be easier because I can see what I have!
 This pile went to two VERY grateful friends that teach first grade! The teacher who got there first was very happy to get new center activities. These were things ordered because they said "K" - but, alas, they were not! There are sight word pages to write on and wipe off, sentence stamps, sight word games, etc. Teacher one had a few of the things, so she left the rest for teacher number two. :) Teacher Two - was ECSTATIC! She couldn't believe that I was sharing with her! Some things weren't even open. Well, there was no reason to open them when they wouldn't have been able to use them!
This pile - three VERY old things! The two small activities I had when I was teaching second grade at another building! The box was a left in the room box! :) It was rather large and had an old picture set of opposites from Frank Schaeffer. Remember those??? LOL I knew I didn't need or want them and the other two teachers wouldn't either. So, I put them in the faculty room with the plan to ditch them by Friday if they were not gone. I was the last to leave when I put them in the faculty room. By the next morning... 45 minutes before we have to be there - the two small boxes were GONE! By lunch the large box was GONE!!! Glad I could help some more people!

This was the garbage can from the two shelves. :) Yes, I put a lot of work and time into some of it, but I never used it, so it went! There were some REALLY OLD materials in there too that were left in the room!


I feel really good about what I got done! I was hoping to get some more done, but had a dentist visit to get to. I'm hoping to do some more this coming week. I like the inventory sheet - so I need to print it and USE it! Need to remember to bring the tape measure on Monday too! Not sure if I will need containers for these two shelves - they are mostly box activities. I'll see what the recommendations are. Can't wait for Sunday's post at  http://clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com/  This is fun!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Clutter Free Rules!

Here are my rules to declutter those cabinets of mine! :)
  • If I haven't used it in 2 years - it's gone!
  • If it's from someone else's room, it's gone!
  • If it's "old" and/or "outdated", it's gone!
  • If I have something else very similar, it's gone!
  • Can I find the resource on line?
  • Could I borrow one if I need/want it?
  • Does it fit with what I want to do?
  • Am I required to keep it/ use it?
  • Could someone benefit from it more than me?
  • Is it taking up valuable space in my classroom?
  • Do I really love it?
  • If I didn't feel quilty, would I still keep it?
  • JUST GET RID OF IT!!!

I GOT IT!!!!!

My Donors Choose cabinet came!! It is AWESOME!! I am soo happy and excited to have it! I don't have any pictures yet though. I had to leave early - well, on time:) on Friday and didn't have a chance. It's on the list for tomorrow. I moved all the center materials into it and it is GREAT! I also got rid of 4 rolly carts! :) My room feels so much more open. :) YEA!!! Now, onto cleaning out the clutter in the cabinets. Thank you Donors Choose and all the wonderful supporters!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Blog Award!

Oh my goodness! My little blog got an award! I can't believe it! Sue Lattea at A Rainbow Of Teaching blog sent it to me!  http://arainbowofteaching.blogspot.com/  Woo hoo! Life is good!Thank you Sue!!
Here are the rules:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you!  Thank you so much Sue!!!:)

2.  Tell 7 things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know they received the award.

7 Things about myself:

1. I will be married to my best friend for 25 years in June. How did 25 years fly by? Definitely fun! Hard to believe though. We have 2 wonderful teenagers too:)
2. I taught second grade and now kindergarten. I LOVE teaching kindergarten.
3. I would love to teach college also.
4. I love planning and making things for the classroom:)
5. I love to scrapbook and stamp- especially with my circuit.
6. I want to be even more organized:)
7. I finished doing a pilot program for Carson Dellosa.

Ok - now to pick 15 bloggers! This might be hard! There are sooo many great blogs out there! Thanks to all of you!
1.livelovelaughkindergarten.blogspot.com
2.www.whatilearnedinkindergarten.blogspot.com
3.lessonplansandlattes.blogspot.com
4.mskerriandherkrazykindergarten.blogspot.com
5..http://msdraffkorn.blogspot.com/
6.camillesopendoor.blogspot.com
7. coleslittlepups.blogspot.com
8.kindergartensmiles.blogspot.com
9.mrsalbanesesclass.blogspot.com
10.fennemorekinderkids.blogspot.com
11.peacelovelearning.blogspot.com
12.spotlightonkindergarten.blogspot.com
13.drjeanandfriends.blogspot.com
14.ericabohrer.blogspot.com
15.firstgradeglitterandgiggles.blogspot.com

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Clutter Free Classroom Assignment

The Closet Abyss!This is the closet with the language arts materials - alphabet recognition, rhyming, beginning and ending sounds, sight words, oh my! It was looking better till I bought more stuff and tried to put it in here! It is somewhat organized- rhyming stuff on one shelf, abc stuff on another, sight words on another, for the most part!This is the only large cabinet I have like this. :(  Is it any wonder why I don't use all that I have? AND when summer gets here - everything in the classroom has to be packed away - which means even more is shoved into all these closets!

This is above the hooks for the kid's coats. It is organized but not pretty.

These cabinets hold my literature. The bags are letter bags. I have one for each letter. The other stuff on top is stuff that doesn't fit into a cabinet. This area of my room is what I call the mud room. When you come into the classroom, this is where you come first. Then there is an opening right at the snowman to get into the main part of the classroom. I <3 having this mudroom, but I don't think I am using the space to my advantage. The books are all grouped by topic so I can pull what I need for each unit. Again though... when I get more (Hi my name is Kristin and I'm a Scholasticaholic!) there is no room to add it!

This is the other corner of the mud room. The classroom door is to the right of the filing cabinets and opposite this is the coat hooks. The plates are for the snack grant we got. So we have to store 2 sleeves in our classroom.

This is the back wall of my classroom. These cabinets were new when we renovated. I like them cause you can fit posters in them. Each drawer is for a month and any special unit we do during that month is also in them. I got rid of my teacher desk about two years ago. I LOVE IT! I use the top for my rack with the weeks worth of materials and pens and things. But it looks cluttered to me.

This is the math cabinet abyss! That is it- two shelves! Wonder why I can't find anything! Some of the plastic shoe boxes out in the mud room have math materials in them also.

This is the teacher/reading group table. I did get rid of those piles the next day. The black organizer is from Staples and it spins. :) I keep my assessment materials in it and pens, etc.




These are the before pictures for the Clutter Free Classroom Week 1 Project! Before pictures of the classroom, so all can see the wonderful transformation:) I can't believe that we are all brave enough to let others see these pictures! lol Here goes!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Clutter Free Classroom Project

I love organizing! I think I am pretty good at it but one can always improve!:) So.... I am going to follow along and see what I can learn. She wants us to write some goals. So here it goes: 1. Find the materials in the small closet that holds my center/language arts materials. 2. Use all the materials that I have bought and/or made over the years! 3. Save money and time but not buying more but using what I have! Plus all the ones that are on her blog page:)