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August 6, 2015 Classroom Setup: A Home Away From Home By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Welcome — or welcome back — to Top Teaching! This is my first time blogging for Scholastic, and I am beyond excited to embark on this journey with you! My school year begins on August 24, and this is what my classroom looks like today. However, just a few short weeks ago, it was a mess! I am so happy to "open the doors" for you and even more excited for my new students to finally see their classroom! Our "Meet the Teacher" event is just a couple weeks away, and I can hardly wait to meet these kids. I am really looking forward to begin putting faces to the names that are so cheerfully posted all around the room.

    This was my room as it looked not too long ago: cleaned and ready to go for a new year. Our custodians are the most dedicated people and take great pride in making sure our school looks beautiful for the kids who will be here soon.


    Classrooms should create feelings of comfort and welcome. Color and themes can help achieve that. Last year I chose a bee theme and I loved it. I loved it so much that even though I typically change themes from year to year, I just couldn’t say goodbye to all my cute bee stuff yet.


    Well, this little thing use to be the most hideous 1970s barstool, but with a couple coats of spray paint (thanks to my hubby) and some very cute fabric, our “Honey Bee” chair looks super cute in our room.


    Our classroom supplies coordinate with the colors in our room. I love using scrapbook paper to add extra details and color such as the labels on these bins. I got these cute yellow bins three for one dollar — what a steal! I love when I am able to find these at an inexpensive price, because our crayon boxes are usually destroyed by the end of the year.


    Last year's kinders made this for me. This is such a treasure! If you look very closely, you can see that each bee is made from a student thumbprint. The leaves were also hand-painted by each and every one of my sweet kids. Now you can probably see why I couldn’t let the bees go just yet!


    In the summer, when I am not in my classroom setting up for the school year, I love being outdoors and spending time with my family. This is my hubby and me on a hike in Ponderosa State Park. It was a great way to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary this summer I adore this man!


    My son just graduated and will soon be entering the military. This boy knew what he wanted to do for as long as I can remember. He loves the outdoors and is always up for an adventure!


    I don’t think you’ll ever find a bigger animal lover than my daughter. She has a bleeding heart for all animals. If it were her choice, she would live in a zoo! She aspires to become a veterinarian one day.


    This rocking chair was a gift from my husband when I was expecting our first child. It has so much meaning to me, and I love that I still get to use it every day, even though my kids are getting so grown up. The rocker is in my classroom right now. I use it for my read-alouds to the kids, and the kids use it to do their author sharing and book talks.


    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have as much fun getting ready for your new class as I did! I just can’t wait to meet my new students and share some of my very favorite back-to-school books with them. It’s going to be a fantastic year!


    Great Back-to-School Books:

    Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton                    

    Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

    First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

    Mouse's First Day of School by Lauren Thompson

    Charlie Goes to School by Ree Drummond

    Thanks for reading, and have a happy day!

    Shari :)


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