Mega Giveaway!

Live Love Laugh KindergartenThis one is full of giveaways from teachers I follow at tpt and have bought plenty from! Check it out!Live Love Laugh Kindergarten

Just Reed: 100 followers Giveaway

Just Reed!
Just Reed has just reached 100 followers and is doing a fabulous giveaway just in time for back to school!  This is a good one, click on the name to go check it out!

A Mega Giveaway is in progress!

You have to check this out at Erica Bohrer's First Grade!

Tons of stuff for back to school if you win, pretty cool!

Room Painted! Ready, Set, Go!

Well I officially complained about not getting into my classroom on my blog and now it's ready!  I went in yesterday and it had been painted so I can start putting furniture in place!  I went in for a couple of hours this morning and just put my furniture in place. (Well....for now!)  I wish I had taken a picture of the "mountain" of boxes and furniture before I started, but here it is for now...
My tables got scratched in the move....UGH! but I'm happy I was able to round them up!  Now to figure out where to put things??  I feel like this room is very small and I don't have a lot of choices as far as where I should put things.  Little "reading corners" that I would like incorporate don't seem possible??? 

300 followers Give Away at Castles and Crayons

This is the last one I will do for today, I can spend an entire morning going through blogs and entering give aways!!  But I love this blog, I found some of her stuff via Pinterest last night, and then here she is this morning on someone's blog roll.  I love it!  Everything is so connected!

Head over to Castles and Crayons to check out her 300 follower give away contest!

Super fun Giveaway!

First Grade Awesomeness is doing a great give-away!  All you have to do is blog about her giveaway and she will email you a super cute unit on shoes!  Beginning of the school year, all those cute new shoes, sounds like a winner to me!

Linky Party

Ok, time to figure out one more blogging essential, linky parties!  I am checking out this linky party.

Here are the rules:
In your link up find the following:

1.  A blogger who is a "New Kid on the Blog"
(Let's say someone who has blogged 2 months or less and has less than 200 followers)

2.  Post a blogger in your same grade level

3.  Post a blogger in a different grade level

4.  It's all about the button. Find a cute blog button and post it.

Now here is mine!
1. Always Learning is a new blog a ran across on a 1st grade online community.
2. The very first blog I looked at was First Grade Parade.
3. Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog is a blog I came across that has some really cute ideas!
4. Here is a cute button from Teach, Blog, Repeat. Plus I love the blog name!

I feel locked out!

It's driving me MAD that I can't get into my classroom!  I guess I should clarify, I can get in, it's just useless to try to do anything until they clean, paint, and do whatever else they need to do before the beginning of the school year. 

Patience is a virtue right?

But I have stuff to do!  My entire room is in boxes, I am changing grade levels and schools this year.  I am officially freaking out!

So to calm my nerves I am typing up lesson plans and searching out cool units online, and it's just making me more nervous!  Tonight I am trying to figure out how to post a "preview" of a document.
Still haven't figured it out, how long do you think I'll have to play with this before I give up and ask someone?


I won a great give away from Just Reed! It's a really cute unit called "Fry Guy" to use for sight words! I am excited to use this in my classroom!  Click here to head over to her awesome blog!

Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business

Is celebrating 50 followers and is hosting a giveaway of 2 of her items from TpT. Head on over to her blog and see what it is all about!!

Another Great Giveaway-Books!

Queen of the First Grade Jungle is doing a great giveaway from Sylvan Dell. 
Click here to check it out!

Peace, Love and Learning

I found a great blog today called Peace, Love and Learning.  Lots of cute stuff and a real enthusiasm for teaching!  She has a cute birthday unit she's giving away free if you follow her blog.  I have been looking for some creative things to do for birthdays this year (because I am a horrible birthday teacher!)

Click here to check it out!

Miss B, Busy Bee Awesome Giveaway!

Here is a link to Miss B, Busy Bee (I love the blog name by the way!) and her great giveaway!  I can feel her enthusiasm for teaching just through reading her words!

And here are the details for her giveaway:
Here's what you need to do to win everything in my TPT store plus On the Dot, Art Skills Adhesive Numbers, 2 chipboard ringed notebooks, and a special surprise
1. Follow my blog.*
2. Add me to your blog roll.*
3. Leave a comment.*
3. Follow me on facebook.
4. Follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers.
5. Follow me by e-mail (see top left corner of blog).
6. Blog about my giveaway.  - 2 entries
*Must be done in order to win
You will receive 1 entry for each and the winner will be randomly selected on June 30 at midnight. Good luck!

Great Art Ideas!

What an awesome website!  Patty has great art ideas and management tips for art in the classroom.  I discovered this site at the end of last year and did more art in my room in the last few weeks of school than I did all year,  my kids loved it and so did I!  Go to this site and help support an awesome art teacher!

Here was a project we did on Keith Haring, it made for a great bulletin board in our hallway!

Safari Themed Bulletin Boards

This was one of my bulletin boards last year with a "Wild about Reading" theme. (At the end of the year as I was cleaning up and packing!)  I am going to go with a Safari theme this year as my classroom will be focusing on the continent of Africa.  In all of my searches online I have such a hard time finding ideas for Safari themes, it seems like it would be more popular!
I made this bulletin board with scraps of fabric from Walmart (they got rid of our fabric department, and now just have little bits of things).  Thanks to my hubby and kids they found a few "Wild" fabric pieces that went with my theme.  The borders are just big pieces of brown butcher paper rolled up with ivy leaves stapled here and there.  It held up all year and I used the 3 separate sections for different purposes throughout the year including "Theme of the Week" and "Genre of the Week" which worked well in 5th grade.  I'm wondering how I will work these into 1st grade next year!
In related news...I went into my classroom today and my white boards have been installed!  I had all black boards in my room (4 of them, really!).  I asked them to keep one of my black boards because I thought it would make a great place for my word wall and now I have 3 beautiful new white boards covering an entire wall!  I'm super excited to get into my room and start placing furniture! Pictures to come!

Still Working out the Kinks!

I am playing with this here and there as I get the time and just figuring out how to post a picture.  It sure does take a long time to load, that may just be me though!
This is really just a test to figure out how to add a picture to my blog, but I am already missing my classroom after moving out last month.  The good news is I get to design a new classroom at a new school and a new grade level!  This was my 5th grade library, organized by genre (labels were already removed because I was in the middle of moving when I took this picture).  What I am contemplating now is how I will organize these shelves to house book bins for Reader's Workshop in a 1st grade classroom.   So between moving and remodeling a house, this is my new project until it's time to start moving into my new room.  I'm excited to get in there and start organizing! 

Sharing Rug

My husband and I found a great find today at a home improvement store!  We were shopping for tile for our house and as we were browsing we noticed a stack of rugs.  They were getting rid of all the display rugs they have hanging in the flooring department.  I got a $300 rug for $20!  I am doing a "Safari" theme this year in my classroom and got a safari themed rug for my sharing area.   It will be a nice area to sit for sharing time and stories.  Getting excited to set up my room and post some pictures!

Ah! My first post!

Hello!  My name is Heather Langley and I have been teaching for 6 years.  I have spent my time split between 5th grade and Kindergarten and love both grades for different reasons but this year I am venturing out to teach 1st.  I am really excited, but looking for new ideas to get my year going.  During my endless searches online, I have run across so many blogs that have been so helpful, so here I am starting my own blog.  This will be interesting, but I am ready for the challenge!