Saturday, September 29, 2007

Where oh where has Meagan been?!!

Who knew teaching was so time consuming? I mean I knew it was that way, but I didn't take into consideration the other things that I still have to do on top of teaching (church, Gap, being mommy, being a wife, etc.). Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE it! I am just having to figure out how to juggle it all. Any suggestions?? I thought I'd post some pictures of my home away from home...the classroom. This is my little desk. It is in the back of the room and faced against the wall. I rarely use it when the kids are there because my back is to them. Instead I'll sit at the guided reading desk.
I took these pictures at the beginning of the year because I loved my supervising teacher's bulletin boards. This one is at the Working With Words Station. This is the Practice Reading area. The kids go to this cozy spot to read for 15 minutes during stations. There are a ton of books. It's practically a mini library. I have more pictures of the classroom, but I these are my favorite. Since I'm in the teacher mentality, everywhere I go I am looking at things differently. I am always thinking...Hmm...That'd be nice in my classroom. I don't even have my own yet! When things are on sale though, I tend to pick them up while I can because they are usually things that I am going to need and I might as well get them on sale rather than pay full price right?! This is one of my Target exclusive finds. I LOVE Target!! These are just little fold up chairs that sit on the ground. I thought they'd be perfect at my Practice Reading station. My teacher has a couch at hers, but we're poor so these will work just fine. Carson loves them. The best part is they were on sale for $2.48 normally $9.99. They fold back to a straight position for easy storage.
Another Target find is for my treasure box. Target always has that $1.00 section at the front of the store. I love when it goes on sale. I rarely find it on sale, but I caught it at 75% off. So, I got everything for a quarter each.
Then I had to find a treasure box to put it in. I looked online and at Ms. Mary's (a local school source store) for a cute treasure box, but couldn't find what I wanted for a decent price. So once again, at Target I found this little box in the Halloween section and thought it'd be perfect. Not everything fit in there, but a lot of what I bought are duplicates. It isn't decorated yet. I think it needs to be decorated, but I just haven't got around to it yet. I have also been busy working on my classroom library. I bought some classics not Target...Books-a-Million for $2.97 and then I got a teacher discount. I don't have a ton of books, but I'm working on it. I also found out that the scholastic newsletters they send home monthly have great deals in them. I've never read Junie B. Jones books, but the kids cannot get enough of them. At Books-a-Million, a boxed set of 4 was $14.95. In the newsletter they were $14.95 for a boxed set of 8. There is always a $.95 book each month. I think that is awesome because some kids (or teachers..haha) cannot afford to buy books, but $.95 is very affordable for a book. Well, that is what I have been up to these few months. CRAZINESS!! I love it though! I have some excited news to announce tomorrow! Stay tuned!