Sunday, August 21, 2016

4 Back to School Picture Books-For All Grades!

There is no denying that I LOVE picture books. I am obsessed with reading them, talking about them, and using them to help share important life lessons with my kiddos. So, I wanted to share with you 4 of my favorite back to school picture books that you may not already be using in your classroom. 

Each of these books play an extremely important role in the first few days of school for my class!
 Looking for it on Amazon? Find it here

  Looking for it on Amazon? Find it here

  Looking for it on Amazon? Find it here!

  Looking for it on Amazon? Find it here!

Already back to school? No problem! These amazing picture books are great to implement at any time during the school year! <3 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Back to School BASH 2016- InstaHOP

The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year.'s not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom? I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...

Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....

2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple! So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Back to School Bash

Happy Back to School season!!! It is here and it is going to be THE BEST YEAR YET!!! And, Back to School means that it's time for the annual and much anticipated Back to School blogger bash! There are so many amazing prizes up for grabs this year by some of my favorite bloggers. It is an honor to join in with my favorite peeps this year. 

Here's how it works...  You'll have a couple of days to hop around blogs and enter the giveaways using a Rafflecopter.  At the bottom of each post there will be a button that will lead you to the next giveaway!  The more blogs you enter on, the better your chances are of winning :)))

Check out my Bash Basket. My basket is.......

1) An Amazon Kindle!!!!!!! I am so stoked about this. I use my Kindle all the time. There are just way too many good books out there to read and my #tbrlist is a little out of control at the moment. Pretty sure my FAVORITE thing about the Kindle is the fact that I can take it anywhere that I go. I toss it in my bag when I head to the airport and LOVE that I can read it outside with no glare. 

2) An Amazon giftcard so that you can buy new books to read on your new device! 

And, while you are thinking about all things are a few of my book recommendations! 

Enter using the Rafflecopter below!  You have until the end of Tuesday!

Now, head over to the sweetest lady in the WORLD, Amy Lemons!!

***We also have another BIG giveaway on Wednesday through IG so be sure to check out INSTAGRAM on Wednesday for the GRAND PRIZE announcement and how to enter!  You definitely won't want to miss out!!! It is going to be amazing!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Classroom Reveal 2016

Yesterday wrapped up our first week back to school. I still can't believe that the new year is already here! I LOVE our classroom space so I wanted to share some pictures with you highlighting the place where the magic 505! 

Last year, I painted the room and gave it a big facelift which you can check out here. This year, I only made a few minor changes because the space seemed to work so well for us last year. It is interesting to look back at my room setups over the years and see how I have grown as a teacher when establishing a space for my students. I have learned that calming, inviting, organized spaces that are centered around students and created 110% with them in mind are truly the spaces that my students have seemed to enjoy the most. 

I do my best to leave things off of the walls, I don't laminate decorations anymore(the glare can be distracting and make the items hard to see), I don't spend a lot of time organizing our classroom library and I don't worry about bulletin boards. I encourage my students to take ownership in our classroom and make it what they need it to be...not me. They are the ones that now decide what goes up on our boards, they organize the classroom library in a way that makes the most sense to them, and they help the classroom morph into what they need to help them be successful. 

Now...on to the photos!!! 

From the front of the room:

From the back of the room:

From the hallway door:

 Flexible Seating Options

Classroom Library

Cameo project from 4 years ago...still holding strong!

Our reading graffiti wall is one of my favorite parts of the room! 

My parents bought me this rocking chair my first year of teaching. 

Teacher favorites that are being used in the classroom for teaching moments go in this basket by my rocking chair. 

I jumped on the light box train. My kiddos have LOVED it, and look to see if there is a new message every day. After the first month or so of school, I am going to give the responsibility of updating this sign to a student. I can't wait to see what positive messages they share with us.

Old chair, spray painted new! 

The kiddos have gone crazy over these jobs! 

I also posted a quick video of our room on Facebook Live the first morning of school. You can check it out below! :)

Looking for a specific product from a picture on this post? Check out the resources below! :)
Classroom Rug- Kid Carpet
Motivational Posters- Hope King
Classroom Crew(Jobs)- Primary Polka Dots
Cubby Labels- Target Dollar Spot
Welcome Banner- Teacher Created Resources
Library Book Bin Labels- Upper Elementary Adventures
Teacher cart bin labels- Literacy for Big Kids

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Back to School Bash...Coming Soon!

Hello friends!!  It's that time of year again...time for our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2016!!!  This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!  Mark your calendars for August 7th because you will NOT want to miss out!!!

Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  Make sure to follow the blogs below so you don't miss a single thing!  Check back in on August 7th so you can get your hop on!

See you August 7th!