Getting Ready

The first days of school are quickly approaching. This will be my first year teaching k-4 and I'm trying to get everything in order. In addition to working out my curriculum, I'm also trying configure my classroom management strategies, and complete my supply list. I have found so many great ideas by reading through a bunch of blogs. Now I just need to organize everything! As I get this all put together, I will try to post as much as possible.


  1. Congrats on your new blog! And the job too...

    I have a couple of questions: I didn't notice a sink in your photos. Do you have one? If not, where do you need to go for water for painting, handwashing, etc?

    Another question: Your tables covered with the colored cloths look cute, but I'm wondering how easily they will pull off as the kids sit at them. I've never done anything but use a bare table, occasionally with newspaper covering. I'm also curious as to what looks like a clear plastic under the paper.

    Good luck, and I'll be checking back to see what you are up to!

  2. Hi Phyl,

    I do not have any sinks. This being my first year doing this I am trying to figure that out. We've completed a drawing unit and a collaging unit so I haven't needed sinks a whole lot. Often times I have to tell kids to wait till they get back to their classrooms. I plan on bringing some five gallon buckets in for days when I know that we will be getting really messy.

    I quickly got rid of the table cloths. They were shredded after the first day. I kept the clear plastic though because it's really durable and won't shred. The colored ones were just so that students would remember their table colors. Each table is a color (red, blue, yellow, and green) and has matching totes for when we need specific materials. when my students line up... I call them by color based on clean and quiet tables, so it isn't a mad chaotic rush to the door.