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Good News and a Giveaway!

It's amazing the simple things that we can take for granted as a teacher! Since the tornado, we really haven't had a copier, and it's been really hard! All of these center ideas and unit ideas rolling around, and no way to get them over to the kids! Well, we received copiers and risos today!!! YAYAYAY!!! I'm so excited, it's ridiculous! My principal just laughed when I told her I just wanted to hug it! I was able to make my copies to do the I have a dream mobile, which I do every year. I was so devastated to think that I wouldn't be able to do it at all.

Speaking of which, I have a slight problem. My old rooms (in 1st and K) were basically the same, just down the hall from each other. I was able to reach the ceiling by standing on a desk to hang them up. This is my 1st grade room in the following picture. 

 Well, this room at the school we are at happens to be slightly different. It is definitely an older building, and I don't think I can hang my mobiles up. The ceiling is up higher, and it has beams running through it. Also, it is almost like one continuous ceiling tile, they aren't squares.

See what I mean? So, I'm trying to think of an alternative route, but I'm stumped. Any ideas, anyone?

Alright, I just completed my St. Patrick's Day unit, and it goes on sell tomorrow in my TPT Store. Be the first 3 followers to comment on this post, along with your email address, and follow my TPT store, and you'll get it completely free! It includes an original story, I have, who has sight words, and a real/nonsense word sort along with recording sheet that can be used in centers. There is also a skittles graph (I LOVE graphs), along with an addition game. 


  1. I had a ceiling like that once...if the beams are magnets with fishline attached...and then from that ribbon, or string, or whatever...and then you can use a paper clip or something to attach the end of that to your student work (I use plastic sleeves and t hen I can slip their work in and out). The main thing is that the magnets and fishline don't have to come down...but you can change out what is attached to them...if that makes sense =)

  2. Your unit looks great!! Could you use a tack in the ceilings as a temporary solution??

    PS - Make sure you come over and enter my giveaway it ends tonight!

    Kaleigh's Klassroom

  3. Glad to know things are getting a little better for you guys! I would love to have a look at the unit...looks cute!

  4. Of course I'm #4 :) We are blue tape (painters tape) people at my school. It's a brand new building so we are trying to protect it by using blue tape. It goes onto anything. It doesn't stick that fantastic but it's an idea. I super love the magnet and fishing line idea above!

    Tales From Outside the Classroom

  5. I totally left out my email and put the wrong blog link...duh! lol

    First Grade Blue SKies

  6. I always missed these! I am always one to two post off! Great unit though

    Ms. Patterson

    Pocket Full of Kinders

  7. Thanks for following me. I am now your newest follower too!
    Ms. McBee’s Kinderbugs

  8. Whoo-hoo!! Congratulations to Jennifer, Kaleigh and Vickie for winning the giveaway! I'm going to post the unit to TPT today,and also email it to you guys. Let me know what you think!

  9. And thanks so much for your suggestions about the ceiling, I'm definitely going to try them!

  10. Bummers I didn't post sooner! Sigh... Your unit looks great!


  11. Thanks for stopping by...I am your newest follower (-;

    Your Seuss Unit is very cute by the way!!!

    The 3AM Teacher

  12. Hey girl! It was great meeting you yesterday! I had a lot of fun! Let's keep in touch!


  13. Another suggestion for hanging things--run a few strings across the room to use as clotheslines at a height that you can reach from the tables. Then, hang from those lines either using a clothespin to hold the strings of the mobiles or by them by paperclips.


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