Back to School Must Haves and a FREEBIE!

I've gotten the amazing opportunity to team up with Melanie from School Girl Style and April from A Modern Teacher, along with some awesome teacher bloggers, to bring you a new eMagazine!  We're all sharing our must have items for Back to School!

Speaking of Back to School, this was my first week!  I'll kick it off by giving you a virtual tour.  Later this week I'll share some of the activities we did, some of the new units and products I made, and also give you a breakdown of my organized library.  I can't wait to share it all with you!

My bookboxes from Really Good Stuff.  The chevron bins on top hold linking cubes that I use for whole group math instruction.  I got them on Pick Your Plum daily deal site.  You can barely see the pencil on the side of the shelf because of the glare from the sun, but I got it from The Teacher Wife.

Zoomed out of that same shelf area.  You can see my fish tank, and low shelf with math manipulatives.  Under the blue sheet are computers that currently are not up and running  Hopefully hubby can get them fixed soon!

The back of the room.

Corner behind the computer table.  TORCH is our schoolwide discipline.  It standards for tenacious, observant, respectful, compassionate, and honorable.  The blank board is where my Whole Brain Teaching Super Improvers Board is going to go when I get done with it.  Hopefully this weekend!  You also see my Mac Shortcuts mini poster and Sandy's Acceptable Use poster.

iHelp classroom jobs.  You can find those {HERE} in my TpT shop.  I'm super happy with how they turned out!  Above that is my 1-4 posters for formative assessments.

Hawaii General Learning Outcomes from Angelia at Extra Special Teaching.  And my Whole Brain Teaching scoreboard that I made on a whiteboard.

My new writing process clip chart. You can find that {HERE} in my TpT shop.

Parent area.  You can download the labels here.  The racks are from Ikea, but I found them on Amazon.  The "news" bunting I offered for free last year.

New schedule cards.  You can find them {HERE} in my TpT shop.  The "schedule" bunting I offered for free last year.

Zoomed out of the front door and the front bulletin board.  Aloha bunting on the door is from Surfin' Through Second.

Student mailboxes and my tropical WBT classroom rules.

My carpet teaching area with my new READ sign.  Miss Kindergarten's cupcake birthday display is on the long skinny bulletin board.

My desk and teaching area.  I downsized to just a computer desk this year.  All my supplies are in a teacher tool box on top of the filing cabinet and a 3-drawer sterilite cart under the table.  I made the fabric bunting above the windows.

Front of the room.  I made the hanging poms with tissue from the Dollar Tree when we visited the mainland.

Newly organized library with book bins from the Dollar Tree and Really Good Stuff.  I made my own library labels and stickers.  You can download a free set here.

Make sure to download those super cute Parent Communication labels, here! :)

Thanks for taking a tour with me!  Be back soon with more Back to School fun!

Freebie Fridays


  1. Looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great first week!

  2. Your room is super cute! Good luck starting back school!
    Rambling About Reading

  3. Your classroom looks great! It is very inviting!

  4. Looks wonderful Nicole! I made pom poms too last year, but I used WAY too much tissue and they are completely enormous! They hang over each table to signify the color name of that table.
    Love the bright book bins. Mine are in need of an upgrade as they're all mismatched and broken!
    Whimsy Workshop

    1. I use only 8 sheets of tissue when I make my poms. They go flat throughout the year from the humidity here, but I still love them :)

    2. I use only 8 sheets of tissue when I make my poms. They go flat throughout the year from the humidity here, but I still love them :)

  5. Your room looks fantastic Nicole! I love your black shelves and all of your bulletin boards. I'm jealous of all the space! Great job, I know you put so much into it and it really shows. AND thank you so much for the shout out in the Back To School Must Haves mag! You made my day!! Hope you have a fabulous school year!


    1. You are so welcome, Corinna! Your blog and products have helped me so much this past year! I hope your Beach Bucks product comes in handy for other teachers, too! :)

  6. Hey Nicole! I got your presents in the mail today! Thank you thank you (loved your little note too) and I'll be mentioning them in a blog post so everyone knows how sweet you are.
    Whimsy Workshop