Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New buys!

How is it that I can feel more tired now, than before the holidays? I'm now 5 days into my 14 days off and I'm spent. I've been contacting books for my class library, organsing last semesters worth of 'stuff' into new pretty folders, rearranging my classroom, playing Lego Batman on the PS3 with my little guy (well, he's almost 13 and has long since grown taller than me and out of the Lego games, but they're the only games I know how to play because they don't require great skill) and doing a little DIY for my classroom. Oh, and I also spent a lot of money... I feel bad for spending so much on school stuff, but aren't these pretty? 

New pretty rainbow rug. 
I've only got a couple of bookcases and no other storage, and I'm sick of buying storage carts. I thought I'd use this to hold all of my math and word work manipulatives.
 New book tubs for guided reading groups. 

And lots of other little things I don't want to bore you with. Can't wait for them to be delivered.

I went into school today to rearrange so I actually had room for the storage shelves. My back is sore from moving bookcases around. I swear I'm walking around like an old woman!!

Look what we made on our last day of school for the semester:
I totally forgot the tablecloth!

We are learning about procedures next term, so I thought I'd get them ready for it by making fruit kebabs! First we discussed how we would make them. Each kiddo got a job - some peeling and slicing bananas, or scooping out rockmelon, cutting watermelon, peeling and slicing kiwi fruit or peeling and segmenting manderins (I cut the apples and they had plastic knives). They had so much fun and it was great to see the kids helping each other. I went around and took photos of what everyone was doing so that we could share write the procedure.

They stood in a line and threaded the fruit to make their kebabs. We went and sat outside our room on the grass and ate our fruit with a cup of juice. Most kids went back for 5ths and 6ths! I ended up just bringing the fruit outside so they didn't have to keep on walking inside (it's just up 4 steps, but I also felt like chilling outside, so it was easier on me). You should have seen some of the kids - it was like they've never had fruit before! They just couldn't get enough! I had one girl vomit in the bin from eating so much...the bin right near the door... where she could have vomitted on the grass...but no, she did it in the bin... It sure is amazing what a little wooden stick can do to motivate kids to eat fruit.

We actually had a great last day - cutting up the fruit and eating it took up about an hour and a half, so that was a great start. I also got a lot of tidying done but then I had a visitor, the husband of a friend of mine who works at the highschool. I was so embarrased as he came as I was madly cleaning up and the class looked a mess. The kids had also been cleaning out their tidy trays. Oh well, it was really tidy by the end of the afternoon!

Have you ever been embarrassed by the state of your classroom? Or is it just mine that gets heaps messier while I'm cleaning before it starts to look neater?

20 comments:

  1. Kylie, I am just starting the end of term clean up with cleaning out desks, revamping pinboards, packing away resources, returning library books and I still have 2 school days left. I am already shopping for next term!!! I hit Officeworks after school today and found some book holders and a table for my class library. The next two days will be hectic as we also have our reward afternoon on the last day. I drew art and craft, I'm thinking of making Olympic torches. Enjoy the rest of your hols!!
    PS Love that rug!
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

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    1. You're very organised - I didn't start until the middle session on the last day! I'd love to see your new things if you post pics on your blog. Good luck for your last two days, the olympic torch craft sounds like fun!

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  2. Kylie, I am in love with the shelf with all the drawers - where did you get that? Bet it cost a bomb!

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    1. Hi Melanie, I grabbed them from Kesco. They were $150 cheaper than Modern Teaching Aids PLUS I got an extra 15% off through a June promo so I ended up getting it for about $230 cheaper than I would have it I went through MTA. You can see I'm trying to make myself feel better for spending so much! Thank God for TpT - I used up some of last quarters payout!

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  3. Hi Kylie,
    I love your blog and your fantastic ideas. I have given you a 'Blog Award'. Pop over to my blog and check it out.
    Rhonda
    Classroom Fun

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    1. Thanks Rhonda, I'm off to check it out! I really appreciate it!

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  4. I am the SAME way! Cleaning my room meant actually pulling out all of the mess I'd shoved away, so it got much messier before it got clean again!

    I love the idea of kabobs! :) How fun- and a healthy treat, too!

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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    1. Isn't it funny how we have different words for the same thing! I've never heard of kabobs before! I hate pulling out all the stuff I've shoved away, I really need to get better at doing it as I go!

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    1. Thanks April, I love it too! It's so cheerful!

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  6. I thought I was the only one who made a huge mess cleaning up my room. Love the idea of making the kabobs :)

    Super cute rug!!!

    Every New Beginning

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    1. Another 'kabobs'! Ha, I really have never heard of that term before! Maybe I'm the only one who calls them kebabs! And no, I make a HUGE mess cleaning up - it ends up being a marathon task!

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  7. That rug is awesome!! I am always embarassed by the end of the year over the state of my classroom lol. It starts off so neat and it slowly goes downhill. :)

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Amen to that! I try really hard to keep it tidy, but by the end of each term, I cringe at the little piles around the room!

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    1. I grabbed it from Kesco. I just checked out their website and it's now out of stock! I must have got the last one!

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  9. That mat is great. I'm looking for a superhero themed rug. Just found your blog and it's a great read.

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  10. Love your mat and the wooden shelves with the tubs. I bet those cost a fortune!
    Enjoy the last days of your break :)

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  11. Hi I'm just wondering where you got your reading tubs from? My school is looking at purchasing something just like that for our classrooms but can only find them on American websites!!

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    1. Hi Amanda, I grabbed it from Kesco, it had the cheapest price that I could find. Hope this helps.

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