It's HERE!!!

The fantastic TPT Back to School sale!  I don't know about any of you, but my wish list is FULL! I will probably be spending a small fortune this weekend.

Some of you like to get your shop on early... or late.  My Store will be 20% off from now until Tuesday.  Teachers Pay Teachers will give an additional 10% off on Sunday and Monday if you use the code BTS13.

Have you checked out some of my best sellers?

Happy Shopping!
I feel like an epic failure when it comes to blogging this summer.  So many distractions (in other words, summer F.U.N.) and unfortunately blogging seems to fall towards the bottom of the list.  I keep thinking, "I need to blog about this" ... and then I don't, oops!

But I'm still here... and actually being quite productive.  Seeing so many classrooms ready for the first day of school is getting me excited and motivated!  I haven't been in my classroom because we don't go back for three more weeks.  Three weeks seems like a long time, but there is A LOT to get ready in those three weeks and I know they will fly by.

This past week I have been putting a major dent in the back-to-school to-do list.  I've been working like crazy to get a lot done because tomorrow at 7am I'm heading back to Chicago to spend time with my sister, bro-in-law, and fabulous-adorable-smart-beautiful nieces!  When I'm with them, nothing else matters, so I needed to get some work done so I can play for the next week and a half!  Yeah summer!!!

Here are some random projects I've been working on to prepare for back-to-school...

My classroom library needed some major overhauling!  I reorganized and streamlined my book baskets.

Of course, a reorganized library deserves new cute labels, right?  I would love to share these, but I got some of the pics of the book characters from Google image, so I'm not sure about the sharing rights.  Anybody know what the deal is with that?

Found this on Pinterest and it led me to the step-by-step directions and FREE labels at First Grade Glitter and Giggles.  This seriously took me less than 5 minutes to do!

So then I applied the same principles to make my Marbles jar.  In my classroom, I add marbles to each table's cup when they are working well together and transitioning quickly and quietly.

This summer, like many others, I discovered Washi tape.  Oh the LOVE!  Thought I'd buy a cheap-o light switch plate and jazz it up a bit.  Totally random, I know!

Spray painted some popsicle sticks and glued on these fantastic FREE numbers from 4th Grade Frolics to make my student number sticks.  LOVE that her numbers go perfectly with my love of all things chevron and my aqua/green color scheme.

Job chart complete!  I had this small bulletin board from WAY back when I was in college, haha.  The iPods have a Velcro dot on the back so I can easily change my classroom jobs each week.  You can find my Rockin' Responsibilities Job Chart {HERE}.

I've also been reading this FANTASTIC book by Jan Richardson.  SO many amazing ideas to incorporate into my small group reading time.  I absolutely LOVE teaching reading and any strategies to add to my repetoire are helpful.  I'm looking forward to reading more tomorrow on my flight. 

Until next time!
It's August, holla!!!  Teachers around the country are in full-fledged panic mode.

Not me.  I'm totally cool.  Really.  Haha!

Actually, I have 34 more days of summer left.  That is PLENTY of time to soak up more sun!

Since August has arrived, it's time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade...

Listening - Okay, okay I know this is THE most over-played song on the radio right now.  But I like it.  I'm sure after about 47 more plays I'll be sick of it, too.

Loving - For my birthday in July I got a new camera, woohoo!!  I went with the Nikon D5100.  I am obsessed.  This camera is absolutely, positively the BEST!  Check out a couple shots of these beauties I took the very first time I used my camera...

"Aunt Colleen, I'm not ready for my close-up!"

"Surprise!  My aunt's camera ROCKS!"

Thinking - In exactly two weeks I'll be back in Chicago and reunited with those gorgeous nieces of mine!  Let the snuggles begin!

Wanting - I really want to revamp my guest room.  Right now I have some oversized furniture that I need to sell.  Then I want a streamlined office space and a nice bed for guests to replace my futon.  Of course, I need to get rid of the old furniture first, but now I'm impatient since I have this idea in my head!

Needing - Is there any teacher out there who ISN'T needing to finish the back-to-school to-do list?!!  Seriously though, I need to get to it.  Otherwise I'll be in panic mode real quick!

B2S Must Haves -
1.  Gotta have a new teacher binder each year.  Mine is already set-up, ready to go, and it's gorgeous!
2.  I seem to use A LOT of clear packaging tape when setting up my classroom.  Anyone else?
3.  Every teacher needs to look good on the first day.  It's not a new school year unless you have some fantastic back-to-school clothes, right?

What are you currently up to?
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