Sunday, August 10, 2014

Goodbye summer...Hello school

Are you saying the same thing I am..."Where did the summer go?". I believe I counted about 58 days since the last day of school and that sounds like a lot, but I think I may have slept right through some of those days!

Since school ended on June 13, I spent 3 weeks in bed with the flu :(,  1 week on a cruise ship, and the remainder of the days at school preparing for this school year. Besides digging deeper into the curriculum, I got myself a little more organized by purchasing another bookshelf on craigslist. I got it for $20. I love finding these great deals.

This year, I wanted to add something to my room that the kids could sit on (besides a chair) that was comfy, yet can help with storage. After spending time on craigslist and searching the internet on IKEA, Walmart, and Target websites, I still couldn't find what I was looking for. So where did I go to look next?...Pinterest of course! Since my husband is always looking for " home improvement" projects, and my classroom is my "second home", I recruited him to make something. After a trip to Ikea and a few trips to Walmart, this is the new comfy bench my husband built for my classroom. I still need to buy some black storage bins but other than that, I love the way it turned out. Thank you hubby & Pinterest!!

Here are more pictures of the classroom that I took on Saturday. Things are ready for my Second Grade Stars!

picture book bins

chapter book bins

Wall of Fame

Front door

Writing center

student book boxes

Birthday balloons & class meeting box (I made these this summer)

Attendance (Pinterest idea)

Class jobs

daily schedule

student work board


  1. Happy back-to-school Julie! You are amazing and your classroom is too! Your kids are going to love it. Can't wait to see it filled with 2nd graders tomorrow!

  2. What a great looking room! Lots of learning to be done this year :)

    Melissa B

  3. Hi Mrs.Torres,
    It's me Oceana, but you can call me Annie for this year. I really like your classroom. I can't wait to learn a lot this year. I'll see you in the morning!

  4. The classroom looks amazing! Hope everyone had a great 1st day of school.

  5. Sophia LOVED her first day of second grade! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

    Jaime (AKA Sophia's Mom)

  6. I would love to be in your class!

    Susan Chase


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