Thursday, August 9, 2012

Loving My New Class!

Here I am on Thursday evening after two FULL days with my new class of second graders!!!  Yesterday was the first day of school and it went great!  I am loving getting to know my kids.  I wanted to share the new pics I just downloaded on my computer!  I am in the process of getting my Common Core portfolios all put together so we can start those on Monday!  I'll take more pics to share then!
Here are the precious goody bags tags that I downloaded from Hadar (Miss Kindergarten) and Mor 
(A Teacher's Treasure) on TpT!  Thanks to these ladies... my goody bags were a hit with my students!  They were easy to put together and each treat inside had a special meaning.  If you are looking for a goody bag idea I would highly recommend you check these freebies out!

Here is a picture of my classroom before Open House on Tuesday!  Notice the goody bags on my student desks! :)

More classroom pics! These are my Back to School Get on the Bus Math and Literacy Centers!  I like to use pocket charts...can you tell??? They are all over my classroom.

These are my math tub tickets that I use to group my kiddos for math tubs each week.  The groups change depending upon the skill levels of my students.  If you would like to use these for grouping your children, click on the picture for the download.  I usually place 4 or 5 students in each group.  They rotate around the room to a new math tub each day.

LOVE this new drawer I bought!  I plan to place math tub recording forms in here!  I have five math tubs each week...and there are five different colors.  I love it when things work out!

Another pic of my classroom before Open House!

This is my new boy/girl helpers chart I made two weeks ago.  My old one was looking very faded and I needed to update! I just used velcro strips to put up the cards.  Looking at it here, I think I will go back and add two bows with ribbon on each side and velcro!  The helper cards can actually attach to the ribbon. :)  The kids love this!
Please excuse my camera!   Here are the first EQ cards I've introduced from my Second Grade Common Core Notebook.  So far, we've just discussed the notebook in general and we came up with our class rules in groups.  I plan to have my students copy the rules they developed and staple to their evidence of learning form.  I'll share those with you then along with some pics of their portfolios.

One last pic of my room.   Open House went really well!  Since we added a sixth second grade classroom, I only have 19 students and ALL of them showed up for Meet the Teacher!  When I first started teaching 20 years ago, I was a first grade teacher at an inner city school and I was lucky if half of my families showed up.  I feel very blessed to teach where I do now.
I hope you all have a great start to your school year and enjoy meeting your new students and parents as well!  Have a great night!-Yvonne :)


  1. Have a great year Yvonne!! Your room looks picture perfect!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Thank you LIsa! After all of these years I still love the start of a new school year! :)

  3. I love your room! Thanks for sharing all the great pictures! Have a great year!
    Crayons and Curls

  4. Thanks Cheryl! I hope you have a great school year also! :)

  5. Your room looks fabulous! I love how organized everything is!

    Thinking Out Loud

  6. Thank you Jana! You are sweet! :)

  7. I love your wall o' pocket charts. :) I am your newest follower. I also teach 2nd grade. Come check out my blog sometime.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  8. Love it!! The goodie bags turned out adorable!! I hope your kiddos loved them!

  9. Happy New School Year! I love your bulletin boards and pocket charts.
    My Second Sense

  10. thanks for showing us your room!! have a great year Yvonne! :)

  11. I follow all three of your blogs and TPT stores as well as on Facebook :-) I am a first year teacher in 2nd grade and these resources would be an invaluable tool for me!!! My email is and thank you so much for the chance to win this!!!

  12. Love, love , love all the great ideas here...and the inspiration I get to make my room better each day! Thanks for all your hard work!