Saturday, August 9, 2014

Favorite Things Giveaway #1 Scentsy

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been working all summer to create my dream classroom.  I am excited to start a series of giveaways of my favorite things!  Each month, I will post something in my classroom that I LOVE and you will have a chance to win it!

One of the most important things to me about any space is the smell!  I can be in the most fancy shmancy of places, but if it stinks, it's all over for me!  I teach firsties and after recess, my room smells like puppies.  I can only imagine what happens in older grades!  I use my scentsy everyday to keep my room smelling fresh and clean!  I love that I can change the fragrances daily or according to the seasons and holidays.  New fragrances create a new atmosphere.  I love to smell pumpkin in the fall and citrus in the spring.  For me, scents are really tied to memories and moods.  Scentsy gives me the power to control that!  My Scentsy bars last for SO long!  I keep a variety of fragrances in my cabinet so that I can switch them out as often as I want.  
I get my Scentsy products from one of my parents, Delina Duchaineau.  She is the nicest lady and she is also a teacher!  She has offered to donate a warmer and two Scentsy bars to my giveaway.  I told you she was the nicest lady! 

Scentsy offers SO many different warmers and guess what?  Delina said the winner can choose their own warmer!  
Here are a few of my favorites:
Chevron Black Scentsy Warmer PREMIUMBig Apple Scentsy Warmer PREMIUMCarrey Scentsy Warmer ELEMENT
There is a warmer to fit any classroom decor!  To see more warmers, click here!

Ok, so let's talk about the SCENTS!  Here are some of my all time favorites!
Scentsy also offers special scents throughout the year.  They have a catalog for fall/winter and spring/summer.  Last year, I got a gingerbread and a holiday cinnamon bar that made my classroom smell great all winter!  

Beach Scent CircleI also love the Scentsy body products.  Have you tried them?  They have lotions, soaps, perfumes, even laundry soaps!  My favorite scent is Luna.  I might be called a Luna-lunatic!  I think I have bought everything they make in that scent!  I always put Scentsy Circles in my suitcase when I am traveling.  My clothes smell like home to me.  It's like a little treat!  
Check out Delina's site to see all the wonderful things Scentsy has to offer!  
I am so excited to kick off this giveaway!  Please spread the word to all your teacher friends who might be interested in entering!  

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Walk Around the School - Mr. Adams 5th Grade

I know how fun it is to look at other classrooms and get ideas for set-up, organization, and bulletin boards.  I have decided to start sharing pictures of some wonderful things that are happening at my school.  This is the first of many blog posts that will feature photos from classrooms at my school.  This classroom belongs to Mr. Adams in fifth grade.  Adams is new to my school and has set-up an amazing classroom.  In the lower grades, we don't do a lot with science and social studies.  These subjects are the influence for his classroom theme.  Perfect for fifth grade!  I snapped some pictures of some of my favorite things about his classroom.

This area is in the back of the room.  I love how organized everything is.  Mr. Adams has lots of resources, but they don't feel cluttered or messy because they are organized so well on the shelves.

I am crazy about these huge paperclips on his wall!  I have never seen these before!  He said he found them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  They are perfect for this area because they can easily display flyers and current events and you don't need to bother with staples.  I found them online!  Click here for the link!

This is a view from the front of the classroom.  Mr. Adams has arranged the desks in rows that angle back to form a V shape.  I can't believe how much bigger this made the room look! 

In this shot we can see the computer stations.  I love how Adams used the wall space above the computers to hang charts.  This just looks like an area that will really function well for the students.

Mr. Adams has used the space below his board to display US presidents.  I have seen this bulletin board set displayed in classrooms before, but it never felt so "clean" to me.  He has this displayed in a way that is symmetrical, completely straight, and evenly spaced.  I am so bad at hanging things that I usually try to go for the "wonky" look.  Can you see how he has angled the presidents up on the end?  It looks perfect and what a great use for this space!

When I am in Mr. Adams' room, the longer I linger, the more things I discover.  He has this little solar system hung on the ceiling.  Planets are spaced proportionately.  It is small and subtle.  I love all these special details that Mr. Adams has put in his classroom. 

Isn't it fun looking at what other teachers are doing?  I am going to get some more classrooms for you guys.  There are lots of cool ones at my school.  I can't wait to share them with you!

To Mr. Adams,
 Thanks so much for letting me share your classroom with other teachers.  You have put a lot of work into creating such a wonderful space for your students.