My classroom has been a work in progress for the last two and a half years. The teacher before me kept EVERYTHING! There were Weekly Readers (never given to the students!) from the 80s, food dated from when I was in high school, loads of paper turning brown and lots of other things. The first day I walked in the room I remember having to walk right back out because I needed a plan to tackle everything. So I did an initial huge purge and now I am tryin to begin to go through everything again and get rid of things I know I just will never use and there are still a few cabinets and drawers I never fully tackled. That is my goal for the next few weeks to tackle those cabinets and drawers.

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My assessment cabinet. Definitely needs to be organized and some of these assessments we don't even use.
The top of my file cabinet or my "to laminate and do" pile. The drawes (there are 5) that contain holiday/ monthly oriented items some that I don't even use.

One of my other cabinets that has this and that. I just need to organize all of these better and put items that belong together, together.
An overview of my classroom. The outside looks organized, but the cabinets and drawes not so much! I did organize the big cabinets at the left last year by subject, which has been VERY helpful!

On my full day record's day I am hoping to tackle the cabinets for sure and possibly some of the drawers.

I am linking up again with Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching. This will be the perfect way to recap my week.

 We started talking about winter and made some tissue paper mittens.
We also made some walruses. The morning class colored them and the afternoon class painted them.
I got some of my Valentines started. You can get the mason jar here
I want to make some dipped marshmallows I saw on pinterest too as a gift this year.
We practiced counting out small snowflakes.
The kids loved the winter sensory bin. It includes small styrofoam balls, snowflake confetti, white cotton padding, mittens, gloves, hat, scarfs, small penguins and snowmen.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Has anyone else felt like this week has been VERY long? Needless to say this week has been a long and crazy week! Monday we had hearing and vision which just adds challenges to the day especially since the kids had been off for two weeks. I also had a new student start on Monday and I had two classes Monday nights. Tuesday I had a student abruptly move. The mom called and said "we've moved to...". He had just been there on Monday and the request for records came in on Tuesday too so she must have known for some time, but didn't care to share. This morning I had a 2.5 hour IEP to transition a student into the ASD program. I have another new little one starting next week too! So lots of craziness and the week isn't over yet. Anyways, over break I was able to do some crafting and here are some things I made.
If you had the time to do some fun crafts and want to share link up at Fourth Grade Frolics

I have been meaning to make a prize box and finally got around to making one. Not one of my best creations, but it will be a work in progress. I sprayed a box and wrote prize box. I used my new Cricut cartridge, Campin' Critters to make the owl and beaver. I also added a phrase at the bottom "Look Who's Working Hard!"
I made this cute snowman with an extra pot that I painted white. Just add ribbon and some pom-poms. This is something that would be cute to do with the kids too.
I made this frame for our spare bedroom using masking tape and paint.
I hope everyone has a fun Friday! I will try to post some of what we did this past week tomorrow.
Well, it is my last day of break! I am definitely missing my kiddos, but I am not looking forward to not being with my Ethan all day. I also start my last two grad classes tomorrow! Yay! I am looking forward to being down with that! Since my surgery I have not been allowed to lift and let me tell you it is quite the challenge with 15 month old. Ethan loves running around but he also loves his cuddle time when he first gets up from sleeping and such! His high chair fortunately comes apart and he has been eating on the floor and I have been eating down there with him. I think he likes it, but now he thinks everytime he goes over to the chair and sits down he gets fed.  Not being able to lift makes me a little concerned about my students as I do a lot of lifting and running around all day. I will have to be very conscious about not over doing it.
Anyways, I just loved this clip art by Sarah Cooley over at First Grader... at Last!. So I made these cute snowmen. I plan on printing them today and getting them laminated tomorrow so we can use them throughout the month of January. You can find this freebie here
If you are heading back to work like me good luck tomorrow and if you have been back I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Snowmen ABC Matching
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