I'm a First Grader... at Last!!! {Before Pics}

Yup, you read it right:  I'm heading back to first grade this year!!!  And I am super, SUPER excited!!!!!
{Monday Made It!  I used a 16x20" black photo mat, bulletin board border, and fun letters.}

In my five years as a teacher, I've taught sixth, first, first, second, and now first again!  I've switched grades {and rooms} four times...  I'm seriously a PRO at this!  hehe.  I'm hoping this grade/room is my permanent home as a teacher!  We'll see! :)

Today was my first day in my new classroom.  Seeing it unorganized and undecorated was a little overwhelming!  The first day back always feels like that, doesn't it?  I just spent three hours moving furniture around the room.  And then moving it again.  And maybe even once more after that. ;)

I snapped a couple pictures of how I left the room today:

I have a TON of work to do before September 4th.  I can't wait to add color and organize and make it feel like home! :)  Be sure to check back with me over the next few weeks to see what I turn it into!!!


Jenna Frederick said...

Cute room! Can't wait to see how it looks after you finish decorating. Where did you find the photo mat? I want to make something similar but not sure where to start.

Natalie said...

Wow, are those chalkboards? You don't see much of those anymore! Good luck...first is the best :)

Teachery Tidbits

Unknown said...

That is one snazzy floor! Congrats on teaching 1st again. It's difficult to become proficient at a grade level when "they" keep on moving you around like that! I've been teaching 1st for 8 years and I still feel like a newbie sometimes. I'm sure your room will look beautiful before September 4! Can't wait to see what you do.

Mrs. Patton said...

I love the frame, I want to make one too!

I've also switched a bunch. First grade 2 years, then kinder, now 3rd. I'll probably be staying where I'm at for a while, too!

Can't wait to see your room all decorated! :)

Colleen Patton

Aimee said...

Bless you for being so calm about switching grade levels so many times! That is a challenge! I hope this spot will be your permanent spot!

Your frame is really, really cute; your students will love it!

Primarily Speaking

Kristen said...

wow, that's awesome! It seems like you are destined for 1st! I agree with Aimee, you are so positive about the changes :)

I can't wait to see what you do in your new room!

SC Teacher 28 said...

Your frame looks adorable!

KinderKids Fun

Kelli :) said...

Yay! So glad you will be in first!! First is my favorite! :)

Kelli :)
Castles and Crayons

Mrs. Hodson said...

welcome back to first! :) they'll be so happy to have you!

Love that frame!


Lisa R. said...

Congrats Teri!!! First grade rocks!! Your frame came out SO awesome!! I love it! :)
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Unknown said...

Welcome to FIRST GRADE :) So excited for you!! Love the frame ;-) it was definitely a cute thing to do on their first day of school!

Fun in Second Grade said...

I just love the frame! It is supper cute!!! If you get a chance hop over to my blog and check out the giveaway I am having. http://funinsecondgrade.blogspot.com/

Sarah McReynolds said...

I love your frame! What did you use to keep the border and letters on it?

Christy said...

Cute frame!
Christy :)
Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

Tania said...

Love that frame!!! I want to make one.
My Second Sense

Heather's Heart said...

I love your frame!

I am also super excited that you are teaching 1st! I have been waiting all summer to hear what your announcement would be! =)

Heather's Heart

The Hands-On Teacher said...

I love all that cubby space!!! It's always overwhelming, but SO FUN to get a new grade level and det to decorate a new room! Have fun! :)
The Hands-On Teacher in First!

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Yeah, for you! I love the frame...my husband just made mine and I was going to start decorating. I'm glad I saw yours because I never thought of using border on it! Seriously cute!

Teaching Little Miracles

Molly Maloy said...


Yay for your first day in your new classroom!! It is not a good feeling to see the classroom at the end of summer and all the work that needs to be done to get it ready for the kiddos!! It's fun decorating, but so much work!! It always takes me a lot longer than I expect!! haha good luck getting it all done though, I can't wait to see how it turns out!! And your photo frame is super cute!!

Lessons with Laughter

Michelle said...

I love the photo frame and the floors in your new room! Totally can't wait to see what you turn it into! :) It's gonna be adorable I'm sure!!

Room 214-Ms. Wenzel's Blog said...

Are you taking orders from followers; I would love one for me classroom/students :>) Smiles and stop by anytime!!!

A Tale of 2 First Grades said...

So glad to hear you are headed back to first! There is something about first that is super special. I can't wait to see how you transform your new space.


Stephanie said...

I love the frame!!! I have been trying to figure out how to make one, with out using a real picture frame, never thought about a mat! Thanks so much for the inspiration :) I think your room has loads of character and potential! Can't wait to see what you do :)

Janaye said...

Congrats!!! We're both in 1st! Yay!

Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

Busy Bees said...

Your frame looks adorable!! I am sure that you will have your room whipped into shape soon and it will look awesome!! Good luck in first!!

A Teacher Without a Class said...

I love your picture frame! I am your latest follower. I would love to have you come and visit my blog. I am having a giveaway--a laminator--


Unknown said...

Yay! I love 1st grade! SUPER CUTE frame!! Love it! I'm a new follower!

Crazy Daze in First Grade

BeverlyP said...

Im a new follower of yours and for some reason I can't see your pictures!

Unknown said...

YIKES! Sixth grade?! I can't imagine teaching sixth! I can't wait to see your new firstie classroom!
Rowdy in Room 300

Kelly said...

Love your frame. How cute!!! Welcome BACK to first grade. It's really the best! I'd love for you to stop by sometime & visit. I'm your newest follower :)

First Grade Fairytales

Kelly said...

Love your frame. How cute!!! Welcome BACK to first grade. It's really the best! I'd love for you to stop by sometime & visit. I'm your newest follower :)

First Grade Fairytales

Miss DeCarbo said...

Loving that frame. Too cute! :)

Sugar and Spice

Traci Clausen said...

Congrats on being back in first.
Love that floor. I can't wait to see what you do with your room!

❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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