Last year, I decided to make my CAFE menu spell out FACE, and I referred to it as the FACE of a reader…

I decided to change it up a bit this year, my sweet sister-in-law gave me a little help with the design…Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea…

After I printed these out, I just put a glitter letter in the circle to make the acronym. I used one of my favorite Kevin and Amanda fonts. When I taught second, I always wanted everything to have super clear print for the kids to read, but now that I’m with older kids it isn’t quite as big of a deal…Plus, my kids have seen the CAFE menu for a couple years now. I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

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Where it All Goes Down!

Today’s Blog Hoppin’ topic has everyone linking up with pictures of their classrooms! I am having SO much fun looking at everyone’s wonderful rooms. (I apologize for the fact that these are Iphone pics. I took pictures on my camera today, but I left the cord at school.)

When you first walk in the door…I start out with pretty blank walls, but they will soon be filled up with anchor charts, etc!

I have to have plenty of tables to seat my 26 kids, so it takes up TONS of space. But, it isn’t as crowded as it looks in this picture.

CAFE Literacy, Vocabulary wall, and Beth Newingham’s Genre Posters.

Reading rug and half of the class library. I keep the novels here…

Smartboard, reading rug, etc…

When I get my cord I have some better close-ups of certain details, etc. Thanks for stopping by!

Easy Class Library Labels

Today I made these simple labels for the baskets in my class library.

I started with clear address labels…

I downloaded cute fonts like this one for free at Kevin and Amanda. Then I printed the titles/genres onto the address labels.

I stuck them onto pieces of cute scrapbook paper.

After I cut them out, I attached them to strips of glittered cardstock. (This was half off at Hobby Lobby today, along with all the pads of scrapbooking paper!)

I love these, and I cannot wait to put these on my book baskets!

New Classroom Excitement!

Thank you to everyone who gave me advice about whether or not to create a reading rug area in my room next year! I appreciate all of your input!

So, my classroom is still a bit of a wreck! I have so much more to do, but it is coming along…First I have to finish unpacking all of my things and get myself reorganized. THEN I can begin doing all of the exciting things like decorating. So, to motivate myself, I purchased a few new fabrics for my room. I will let myself buy more fun things after I am totally unpacked!

I LOVE using different colorful fabrics as backgrounds for different boards. I start my year with mostly blank boards, then add as we learn.

Just a couple new ones…

I love this one from last year, so I will probably use it again for my CAFE menu and Word Wall again…

I’m inspired to get my new room in shape!