Sunday, September 9, 2012


This is what my classroom looked like on the first day of school.

At 6:38 a.m. on the first day of school to be exact. Hubby and I ran over quick to drop off the flowers, the desk chair and some freshly spray painted frames that you'll read about in a future blog post.

I completely failed to take pictures of the entire side of the wall that is behind me in this photo. I just added that to my morning to do list (on a post-it of course) and will add it to this collection next week. I also don't have a mega photo-dump to do because we only had 3 half-days of school this week. The pictures I did take all involve my friends using the first day play dough, writing about the 1st day of school, exploring math manipluatives as practice for Math Workshop which will begin this week, and learning about our procedures and routines. We also did a lot of activities from my Back-to-School packet along with my Judy Moody activities. But, since I don't post photos of actual students I really don't have many pictures to share.

But what I lack in quantity I make up for in quantity because these pictures are special.

They are special because they are INTERACTIVE!!  How cool is that?

Just mouse over each picture and you'll find lots of links that will take you blog posts with detailed pictures and descriptions (and sometimes even free downloads).

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  1. How do you afford to make your classroom look this way? How much of it is paid by the district where you teach? Is there an allotment? How long did it take for you to make it this way? How much do you think you have spent?

    1. Hi Mrs. Eckley! I really and truly take your question as a compliment. We're not given any money towards our classrooms at all and this is actually the lowest-cost classroom I've created. I'm not sure how long you've been reading my blog, but if you go back to this post

      You can read about how I created everything with ribbon, bedsheets, gift wrap, tissue paper and scrapbook paper/cardstock. I wrote about each component throughout the summer which can be found using the tags in the photos.

      The only things in the picture that I would consider to be "pricey" would be the storage cubes at my teacher table. I did pay $15.00 each for them at Target, but bought them over a 2 year period,

      I am a big fan of spray painting recycled materials and Dollar Store items to make a classroom that coordinates on a budget. I would need to really think about what I spent (and would love to do so for a future blog post), but I would estimate it at definitely under $100.00.

  2. Glad I found my way over here from TPT. Your interactive classroom snapshots are awesome!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Kate @ The Wise Owl

    1. Hi Kate and welcome! Glad you found us. :) Jodi

  3. It looks amazing! I do have to say that since I found your site . . . I've re-done a lot of the things in my classroom! The best thing that I've gained from your site is the Math Workshop Board. . it is so amazing! It's really helped energize my students to be excited about math. It's been hard getting them used to rotating and having partners, but they are so engaged and learning. It's amazing. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  4.'s my question for the week...
    How did you make your graphic interactive!


    ps..I'm moving into a new building at winter break, so I'm eager to clone your room :)

  5. I must add my request to Pat's -- how did you make the photo interactive? Wow! Thanks for letting us tour your room! Melissa

  6. I agree! How are those pics interactive?? And the room looks great! :)

  7. Your classroom looks spectacular. Thanks for sharing your pictures and making them interactive. I agree. . . I would love to learn how to make my pictures interactive too. I'll be back next week to hook up with your linky party.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  8. Hi there! I posted this question on your TPT site a few weeks ago - are you able to make a Spanish and Violins specials poster? I'd love to hang those signs in my classroom!

  9. Totally worth waiting for the full picture of your classroom....I have enjoyed following your blog all summer and faithfully (!) reading your posts.....I even showed my husband the picture of your husband doing some spray painting of your tubs:>)

    Thanks so much for all the ideas and esp. the videos!

  10. It is like the IKEA website. This was so much fun! You are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  11. This is awesome! The photos aren't interactive through Google Reader, so I'm glad I came to check things out! How did you make the photos interactive, though? I'm already imagining so many cool ways interactive photos could be used in my classroom! I'd love to know the secret!

    Thanks for sharing - your room looks great! :)

    Yay Third Grade

  12. What I REALLY need to know large is your classroom? What are the actual measurements?

  13. If you're interested in the interactive pictures, they are created using a GREAT application called ThingLink. You can find out more about it here: No, I don't get any renumeration from them, I just think they have an AWESOME product. And if you give it a little thought, I'm sure you'll think of lots, and Lots, and LOTS of classroom applications.


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