Friday, August 1, 2014

Busy Friday Night!

If you follow me on Instagram then you have already seen how I spent my Friday evening...busy creating! My teaching partner and I both decided we wanted to use mini-offices this year. I have tables in my room and although she uses desks, she puts them into groups. Either way it is easy for our firsties to have "wandering eyes". So to help with privacy during work and also to have some material that will help them while working was our ultimate goal. We had already purchased My First Grade Helper by Michelle Oakes a couple years ago and we decided it would be better put to use on our mini-offices. It has all the important information you will need in first grade. We also added a number line that I found on Google and we made a little chart that listed the days of the week and a cover to tell who is using the office. We could have added more but felt that if we put too much on there it might overwhelm them.

So basically we started with 2 manila folders and just taped them together. We then printed all the stuff we would need and had to trim to fit. We taped the edges of all the items because we plan to laminate them to make them more durable so we just need everything to stay in place until then. :)
Here are some photos for you to check it out!

This is the front of the office when it is closed.

This is the inside left side. It has all the sight words we will learn this year.
This is the middle section on the inside. Alphabet, vowels, digraphs, and blends.
This is the inside right side. Color words, number words, months, writer's checklist, and days of the week.
Outside middle section. 120 chart, money, fractions, shapes, time, and part of the number line.

Overall I think they turned out pretty well. I'm ready to get them laminated and cross my fingers that my little babies will take good care of them. I also recently got Let's Get Organized from Learning in Wonderland. I have been using the same expandable file folders to put my daily materials in for the last 8 years and I am ready for a change. So, I fell in love with these adorable inserts that go inside a 3-drawer Sterilite container and I am ready to go!

So it was a successful and creative Friday night! What have you been up to? 


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