Happy Happy Happy

My heart is so happy, happy, happy to be back at work and preparing the place for a new school year. Here's a peek at the books that I've put in the character case at our school's main entrance:

They are, from left to right:

The Way I Act by Steven Metzger
Stand In My Shoes by Dr. Bob Sornson
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst 
Polka Dot Fixes Kindergarten by Catherine Urdahl
Bad Apple by Edward Hemmingway
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

What back-to-school books would you put in there?  
What will you focus on this year? 
What will be different from last year? 
What will be better? 

I've been a busy bulletin board beaver this week.  
First I made this Peace, Love & Character board.
Do my peacemakers know what Walk The Talk means?

Maybe not, but they will!

Then I made this DREAMS board:

I got excited about this one because it kind of goes 
with our district theme {Take It To The Limit} this year. 
The border is I Know I Can! Little Engine That Could trim.
And I've always liked that cloud paper!

Finally, I put this Character Dynasty board together today.

My friend Laurel said that they were doing Character Dynasty Ts and I thought channeling Duck Dynasty would make a cute visual display. I wasn't sure if my students would "get it," so I checked it out with a few of them and they thought it was a cool idea. I couldn't find camo border, but the colorful values trim works.

Don't forget about the Who's That Blogger? contest going on through Friday. Check back Saturday morning to see who won and if you were right about which number is a second-grade me.

What is making you happy about the upcoming school year?


  1. Lovely bulletin boards! (Of course my favorite is the Peacemakers board.) And that book "case" is such a neat idea.
    They sure are lucky to have you...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. The bulletin boards look great! I love the footprint peace sign! :) Thank you also for the book suggestions.


  3. I like the "walk the talk" bulletin board, too! Super creative. Just got a book in the mail today called, "Only One You" by Linda Kranz and I think I would include that in your character display case. I can totally see myself collaborating with the art teacher to make painted fishy rocks to go along with it!

  4. Barb - you are so creative and love everything you do!!

  5. I'd love for my children's books to be in a case like that someday :)



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