Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I am very sorry for the long silence, however I have been very busy. I did have a few bucket orders...which was nice to get to craft, some of which I have shared already...but in the spirit of the Super Bowl, I did have one order for a NY bucket (glad they won)

I also planned and carried out three parties in one...on the same day! We had my daughter's third birthday party combined with a surprise birthday party for my husband (their birthdays are 3 days apart), and a Super Bowl party. Needless to say everything went very very well, but I was very very exhausted...and still am! Here are a few pics:

Now for a school related line or two...

I did manage to move a few of my desks around to try something new. I am still adjusting to having a square classroom versus a rectangular makes it a little hard for arrangements. But this seems to be working a little:

Lastly I told you a little while ago that I would share with you all how I set up and store my math center games. I am a HUGE envelope person. Slowly I am getting around to laminating them, so that maybe they will last a little longer.

Most of the games my students know I have made title cards and instructions for. This way I may have two envelopes that contain these items. Therefore I don't have my entire class trying to play the same game. When a student wants to play a game they will take that envelope with them, collect the materials needed, find a spot in the room, and get started.

I store my games in my center central, in a tub (of course)

As I said before all my games have a title card and an instruction page. On the envelope I always try to write what they will need to play the game, so they can get their materials prior to starting to play.

Now that I am laminating the envelopes I have to take the brads off, which is really easy to do (my kids break them all the time). I knew I was going to use or try to use velcro. I was pretty excited to find these velcro ovals (saved me some cuting and gluing time).



Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...

Loving it all!

Thanks for sharing :)

Cute b-day party too!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Unknown said...

Cute idea for the birthday party! I really like your desk arrangement. What a great idea!


Unknown said...

Super cute birthday! =)
First Grade Blue Skies

Think, Wonder, and Teach said...

You are so talented!!

Kelli Beason said...

Would you mind sharing some of your Math games?

Heather's Heart said...

I LOVE it all! I am obsessed with Velcro! =)

Cute birthday!

I am having a HUGE giveaway that I would love for you to come check out! YOu can win one of the cutest shirts ever and some items from TpT!



Aurora said...

Love the desk arrangements! I too have a square room, and it is so frustrating! May I ask what the bookcases within each grouping are for? Why do you choose that placement and does it work well? Thanks!!

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

The book cases hold their guided reading book boxes (journal, sticky notes, library books, group books, etc). I also have their dictionaries, group basket (holding scissors, glue, tissues, hand sanitizer, and such), and colored pencil/crayon boxes for each student. It is pretty handy! I chose a new set up A: because my carpet had to be cleaned so I had to move all the desks out of the way...and B: the students in the front blocked the projector a little, and were close to my work space...this arrangement seems to help believe it or not.

vicky1970 said...

Hi there, I love your blog. I also love your pinteresty touch I see throughout. I really want to try the bookshelves by the desks how does that work? Our district is taking the big leap to 30 first graders next year...we've had 20 since 1996 and 23 in the past 2 years...ugh!
My daughter had a bee bday party too when she was little. We have a lot in common, I love crafting and in my blog I write about teaching and mommyhood. :o)
God Bless!
~ vicky
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

Miss Foote said...

Your room is so cute! Following you now.

Chickadee Jubilee

Amy said...

I'm new to the world of teaching (just graduated from Arizona State) and next school year I will be taking on the world of third grade! That being said, please forgive me if this is a silly question. How do you laminate the envelopes without sealing them shut?

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

Not a silly question at all, they do seal shut but it is really easy to take scissor or an exacto blade and slit it open

Anonymous said...

Can I ask where you got your bookshelves in your classroom?

Dandelions and Dragonflies said...

Walmart! They are the mainstay brand...pretty inexpensive. Thanks for reading!