Classrooms that inspire and new Alphabet Cards

I am already getting ready for next year.
 I can't help it. I am a teaching/font/clip art addict. HELP.
  
My school sets us up for this "getting ready for next year problem."  Our kids find out who their teachers for the next school year are on THE.LAST.DAY.OF.SCHOOL. 

Yes- some of you still have weeks of school left, and I already have my finalized roster for next year (minus new students). Crazy right?

With that in mind, I have made a list of things that I want to make/buy for my classroom next year. Shhh- don't tell the hubby because all he sees are dollar signs :)

I LOVE looking at classroom pictures.  There are two classrooms that I am especially drawn to-

Kristen's Classroom:

Jessica's classroom:

I love how incredibly CLEAN (as in clutter-free) and organized these classrooms are. I also like the black.  Don't get me wrong I love color, but I think the black helps the colors you do have stick out more. 


Enough rambling- so to go along with my current theme (Jungle- with cool colors- blues, purples, blacks) I created a new set of Alphabet cards for above my SmartBoard. While I was on that kick- I went ahead and created some with different backgrounds for different themes! Each packet has two different color backgrounds:







If you are crazy like me  (and I say that with all the love in the world) check them out in my TPT store:
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21 comments:

  1. I love that red and black theme in Jessica's classroom too- how neat and tidy!!! I'm planning to pull everything out of my classroom this summer and trying to rearrange. this gives me motivation!!! :)

    -Staci
    Let's Teach Something 

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  2. I love the way black makes colors pop too! I can't believe you have a finalized roster already - we won't know what grade level we teach until after enrollment and we won't get our class lists until Back to School night!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  3. I'm so glad you posted these pictures! I have a pirate theme in my classroom & Jessica has some great classroom pictures to help guide me along.
    Your alphabet cards came out great!!!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  4. Hey Katie! Will you please email me when you get a chance regarding the alphabet that you made? Thanks!

    meganwheeler44@yahoo.com
    www.mrswheelerfirst.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm a freak about organization but I swear my classroom only looks that good on day one! How do they keep it up?! Not a crayon or stray pencil EEEK!

    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog is Having a Giveaway!
    My TpT Store

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  6. OMGoodness! How have I missed your blog and TPT store? I just stumbled across and now I'm your newest follower. I LOVE the pictures you posted of other classrooms. Those are my favorite to view. I'm wanting to do a major makeover on mine this year and post lots of pictures!

    Cynthia
    2nd Grade Pad

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  7. oh my gosh, thanks Katie!! I was so excited to see the photo on there :) Jessica's room is utterly fantastic and something I aspire to! I love the alphabet cards you made--and the options (options are always the best!).

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  8. Wow!!! I can't believe you already have your class list at the end of the school year. Talk about being able to really plan... Can't wait to see what you put together this summer :)

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  9. I wish I could be as organized as those pictures out there!!!! They are my inspiration too!

    We get our class rosters too, before school is out! We actually have a "Step Up Day" where we meet and get to talk to our new kiddos before they leave. It's nice---you can breathe a sigh of relief, or mentally prepare for the new year over the summer!! ;) I take a picture of the kiddos when they come to me and I have their pics on the bulletin board and on desks when they come in on the first day of school. Some years I'm lucky enough to have the "move ins" come to Step Up Day too.

    Angie
    Rulin' the Roost

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  10. Ohmigoodness! I just looked at Jessica's picture closer---are those trash cans at each group of desks??? What a great idea! That could totally cut down on the getting a tissue and walking across the room (even though there's a trash can a foot away from the tissues) to throw out the tissue.... (and other things too, of course)

    Angie
    Rulin' the Roost

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  11. We don't get our class lists until the day before school starts. I always wanted mine earlier, but it never happens. They tell us that they are constantly making changes up until the last day so there is no point in getting it earlier :(

    Jodi

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  12. Hi Katie,

    I saw your comment on my TPT store & I would love to link my store up here with you! You are so awesome!! :) Thanks!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Lisa, Will you email me? I could not find your email!

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    3. I just sent you an email! If you don't get it, please let me know. My email is fsuteach81@yahoo.com. Thanks so much! :)

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  13. I've never been given my class list that early. There are probably some pros to it, but it looks like there would be some cons, too. I like to begin planning early, too.

    Michelle
    Teach123

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  14. Thanks for sharing these classrooms. I love looking at other classrooms for inspiration.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  15. I LOVE my new, cute ocean themed letters! They will look so much better than the hand-me-downs I have now in my classroom (well, in a box anyway). Any chance of making numbers to go along with them? :-D I would actually buy those from you! ;) You are the BEST! I know Ms. Jamie's bragging embarrasses you, but she is right! :)
    -Claire

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  16. Oh man, your classroom is gorgeous! How do you organize your book? I'm getting a new classroom (and I'm excited because it's bigger and totally going to be jungle-themed again) and I want something similar to your little nook. :)

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  17. These classrooms are gorgeous. Inspiring is the perfect word for it!

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