Oriental Trading Wish List for Teachers!

I've always been a fan of Oriental Trading! It's been my go-to for end of the year parties, holiday parties, birthday parties, and more! But, did you know that they have TONS of great items to use in your classroom!?

When Oriental Trading contacted me about their new Wish List feature, I was SO excited! What a fabulous way to share items that you are wanting for your classroom with your students' families! I immediatly hopped onto their website and got started! 

After reading this post from The Brown Bag Teacher, I've had morning tubs on my mind! So this was THE perfect opportunity to start using them in my classroom! There are TONS of great items on Oriental Trading to get you started! All you have to do is look through their website and click "Add to Wish List" 

Here are some of the items that I had to have to get my morning tubs started! 

Once you've added all your great finds, it's time to SHARE! Simply click on "SHARE" and you can share your Wish List multiple ways. You can use your URL code to create a QR code to share on a newsletter or share on your blog! 

Then, of course comes the FUN part! Getting the Oriental Trading box and getting to unpack all your goodies!

And then, the REALLY FUN part! Getting to use them in your classroom! I got my morning tubs set up right away!

For my morning tubs, I just put a different activity into tubs and labeled them with different colors. 

My classroom is organized into teams. So, all I do each day is rotate the colors of each tub. Then, the team can just grab the tub that their team has that day! Super easy!

There are SO many other options for items to use for morning tubs and MORE! What are you going to add to your Oriental Trading Wish List!?

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Come On In to my 1st Grade Classroom!

Come On In! I am SO glad that you are joining me on this peek into my classroom! I am so glad you are here and can't wait to show you around! 

My room didn't change TOO much from last year! If you are curious what it looked like last year, you can check that out HERE! I did add some fun new touches and it's a space that I truly enjoy spending so much time in throughout the year!

So, let's get started! Here is my door! I made the welcome sign using scrapbook paper and my Silhouette Cameo! I made the little pencil sign using a pencil from the Target Dollar Spot and using vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo for my name. The BEAUTIFUL door hanger came from Just Plain A-Door-Able!

This is the view when you walk into my classroom! I teach 1st grade in a co-taught mulitage classroom with 1st and 2nd graders! So, it is actually two classrooms in one and I get to teach with one of my best friends everyday! So much fun! 

Looking the other way from the door, this is what you see! I LOVE these quote posters from Blair Turner and have them all over my classroom! Since my classroom mailboxes are right at the front of our classroom, I also like to have this Reminders board to post our Class Calendar and Peek at our Week! I also put any important notes right here since I always see this when I leave our classroom! 

We go over our daily schedule each day during our Morning Meeting. These schedule cards make it easy for my students to know what we are doing each day! 

I use this side of my white board as my Focus Wall! This is where I post our Essential Questions and the Standards that we are working on! 

One of my favorite places in my classroom is the classroom library! We have TONS of books and I just love how cozy it is in this little corner of our classroom!

How ADORABLE is this sweet little bench that my co-teacher made!? The perfect place to hold more books and for our students to sit and read a good book!  

On the other side of our classroom library is our Writing board and our computers. I LOVE this cart that I got from Ikea. I'm going to use it to store all my teaching materials that I want to keep close to our Smartboard! 

I created the subject banners using scrapbook papers and my Silhouette Cameo. But, I made a printable version that you can edit for YOUR classroom! Click here to grab the banners!

Here are some more views from the front of my classroom! 

This beautiful print is from INKchicago! They were SO great to work with and made this custom print to match my classroom! LOVE this quote!

These cute little class pets will be introduced to our class VERY soon! I can't wait for my students to be able to take Nick and Brave home on the weekends!

If you are curious about how I use this Boo Boo Basket in my classroom, you can read all about it HERE and grab the FREE labels while you are there!

Each of my table groups is called a "Team" and I LOVE using this to help build a community within my classroom! The students at each team need to work together to earn team points, and they have to keep their team supplies neat and organized!

These drawers have been in my classroom for EIGHT years now! Yes, you read that right! They have been worth every penny and have other than being a little dirty, they have held up GREAT! I have one at each team and use them to organize a lot of their supplies and reading bags!

These Trash Tubs have been a lifesaver! I used tubs from the Dollar Tree and my Silhouette Cameo to personalize them!

And, my MOST favorite thing in our classroom is this board! It has become the motto of our classroom and we always focus on making someone smile! We end each and everyday with a Smile Session to discuss ways we made people smile throughout the day. You can grab your own Smile Slips and printable HERE! I'm hoping to start selling the letters for the bulletin board SOON! 
You can read all about how I use this in my classroom HERE!

If you are interested in any of the Classroom Decor items in my classroom, most of them come from my Chalkboard Brights Decor kit!

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Back to School Procedures: Potty Procedures!

It's that time again! Time to head BACK to SCHOOL!!! I learned very early on in my teaching career how important it is to go over procedures for EVERYTHING at the beginning of the year! If you explicity go over the procedures and expectations for students to complete simple everyday tasks, you will have a MUCH better year, I promise! Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be sharing some of the procedures that I use in my classroom that have worked well for me!

This one is one of the most important procedues because everyone has to go, especially little kids!

I always, always, always go over the bathroom procedures that I have in my classroom on the very first day of school! We always begin by creating an anchor chart and I list every step so that we can always go back and refer to it, if needed!

To me, the most important step is that students know WHEN they can use the restroom. Unless it's a true emergency, students should not be interrupting me when I'm teaching to ask to use the bathroom. Since I teach using the workshop model, my actual teaching time is not very long so students should be able to wait to ask to go to the bathroom. Whenever I am NOT teaching the entire group, they are free to ask to go to the bathroom. 

My favorite part of these procedures is that my students don't have to actually ask to go to the bathroom. All they do is show me the bathroom pass. I have ONE boys pass and ONE girls pass. So only one boy and one girl can be in the bathroom at a time. 

All they have to do is grab the pass and show it to me. This way even if I am working with a small group, all I have to do is shake my head yes or give a thumbs up! I just love non-verbal communication in a classroom!

This part is a little different in my classroom! After students know that it is okay to go to the bathroom, they put the pass ON their desk. They do not put it around their wrist, or around their neck and take it to the nasty, dirty, gross bathroom to get tons and tons of germs all over it. They simply put it on their desk. That way I know where they are and no other students can get the pass because they know someone is already using the bathroom! 

When they return from the bathroom they simply put the pass back and get back to work! Then, somebody else can get the pass and do the same thing! 

Nothing fancy, but this works really well in my classroom! Any tips for how your handle potty procedures in your classroom!?

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