Monday, October 21, 2013

And now for the AFTER photos

I promised to post some pics of my new and improved classroom, so here we go. First, the new carpet, floor and reading area. 

Here is a close up of one of the newly painted bookshelves, and a few small friends.

I have a small mask collection on display. 

Here is the newly painted cupboard with friends up high. 

I use the Harlem Globetrotters 4 point marker to show the target of Level 4 for Physical Education participation, safe play and respectful behaviour. I also love Groovy Girls. They just look so happy!

Here is a close up of La Valise Magique.

It was a bit of a rush job, so I will have to redo it soon. Today I brought it to the Grade 2 science class with a surprise inside...

A class set of nerdy glasses! 
I went to the movie theatre and asked for some discarded pairs, and they gave me new ones FOR FREE! Not only that, I got another class set for my own class and I have a super cool art idea that we will be doing with them. More on that later. The kids in Grade 2 were super excited to have their own pair of science glasses. It was so much fun to see them all wearing them!

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


I had no intention of being away from the blogosphere for so long, just after I had started this blog. My family has been through a lot these past few months, but now I'm back.

Okay, get ready for some UGLY... Here is my new classroom before I set it up...Trust me, there is a happy ending.

One of the crazy things that happened was that my portable classroom was given a new floor! Yay! I wasn't able to work in the classroom for a week, but it was so worth it! 

I did some painting of book cases and cupboards first, to try to brighten up the place. I ordered a matching carpet which just arrived 10 days ago. Here is a photo of the class library and word wall taken before the kidlets arrived. You can see a bit of the new floor here.

I will take a photo of the new reading area and carpet tomorrow and post it. 

     I am very happy at my new school. I miss my lovely friends at my former school, but that's what texting and Facebook are for, right? I have a large class - 28 as of Tuesday, and they are all great kids. I am teaching 4-5 this year, which I have done twice before. At first I was sad to be leaving Primary, but I am totally loving being back in Juniorland. This class is a DREAM. They arrive with bright smiles each morning and ask excitedly, "What are we doing today, Madame?". They are so thirsty to learn and try new things! And who doesn't love students who love to help you with jobs around the class? Merci, merci, merci, les amis!

 I have a lot to share about my class programming but I will leave it for now, to talk about...


I LOVE teaching Grade 2 science! I have an outfit and everything! 
     I'm using la Valise Magique (Magic Suitcase) to introduce the Science units to the students at the carpet. The picture is blurry, but I think it gives you the idea of what I'm up to.  To introduce the unit on weather and seasonal changes, the suitcase held a thermometer, a water bottle, a tuque, a paperweight with blue "ocean" water and dolphins inside, a rubber ducky and some wooden toy trees. We talked about each object and how it was related to water or weather. The kids were instantly engaged and curious. The suitcase idea has been around for a while, but I thought I would share what I'm doing with it. On Friday, we started a unit on Animals, so I had a whole bunch of different Ravensberger plastic animals and a plush skunk inside the suitcase. After we talked about what is unique about each animal, I gave the students a worksheet I made up for them to draw their favourite animal write down one thing that is unique about that animal. 

     In September, the kids did some awesome collages to illustrate the Water Cycle, and I'll be sharing some of them with you here later this week.

Sorry for being away so long, and thanks for dropping by.

Happy fresh new week!