Mrs. Duggins' Doodlebugs

Monday, July 25, 2011

Randomness at it’s Best

So, I know this is a super random post, but, I went to school today and am FINALLY close enough to take some time off. I can hardly believe we go back to school a week from today. Here’s a few picks from what’s been done so far…


The first item on my agenda today was to get my boards together.. Still waiting to see if our custodians are going to grant my white board wish, so 1 is unfinished, but most are pretty much done. This is the helper chart – still needs a label at the top!

center rotation chart

This rainbow pocket chart makes a wonderful chart for center rotations. My groups are color groups (red, yellow, green, blue, purple). This year I added a tape strip down the center to differentiate for literacy centers and math centers. When I get the kids grouped, I will add a colored piece of paper for each group that lists the kids in the group. It has worked really well in the past; if a child has a lost look on their face during center time, I simply tell them to check the chart (or one of their precious friends will help them with this!).

focus wall 1

Here’s a wider view of the focus wall. As I move into 1st this year, I’m still trying to get a feel for what I will need on the math and literacy wall. Any helpful hints or tips?

writing center

The writing center still needs a little work, but it is a start. I found this super cute table and two chairs at a yard sale for $15 total – with polka dots already painted on!

door hanging by jodi

I have to share this A-DoR-a-bLe door hanging that was waiting on me when I got to school last week! One of my absolute favorite teachers painted this little goody to hang on my classroom door, so you know it was hanging up THAT DAY! (Thank you, Mrs. Frye – I LOVE it!)

To spread a little random your way, if you are still needing school supplies you MUST check out Walgreen’s this week! They have absolutely amazing deals on 3M hooks (2pk for $3), pencils, folders, highlighters, dry erase markers & cleaner, and my favorite – sheet protectors (which I use for nearly everything!). Hopefully this is something you might be able to use!

Hugs coming your way as you sweet teachers prep your classrooms this week!

Take care,



  1. Your room looks great. I love seeing pictures of other classrooms!

  2. just wanted to say that I'm your 100th follower!!! YAY and congrats Ü

  3. Yay!!! Thank you so much, Jerilynn! Welcome to the club! So glad you are with us and super excited that we're at 100! You rock.

  4. Thanks for your post! I liked your idea about making the dots. I love your polka dot pockets.
    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

  5. Your room looks great!! I love looking at pictures. I am going in tomorrow to work most of the day. I hope I get a lot done.

  6. Seeing your room makes me want to get busy working on mine! Love looking at your pictures! It's looking great!

  7. Love that rainbow pocketchart... trying to convince myself I don't need it! ;)

    Having Fun K-1


  8. Love the table!
    You do realize that is an expensive Pottery Barn Table and lucky duck $15.00 is a steel.
    The hooks you talked about are 2 something at Walmart...only after I over paid almost 6 for the same ones at Staples..BOO.
    I love your blog and your room looks fabulous!
    Is the Job chart something you designed? or did you buy it??

  9. Hi Barbara - thank you so much for your sweet comments! It's definitely a work in progress. I'm really excited about the table - had no idea it was a Pottery Barn item. The Job Chart is just something I made - I used the little library pockets that you get at a school supply store (they are polka dotted) and I printed a label for each one with the job on it. The labels are the Avery 5163 - 2"x4" white mailing lables. I am a little addicted to mailing labels - I use them for so many wonderful things! Glad you like the blog. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I love your room!! Would it be ok if I pinned a few of your pics?

    Miss J
    Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

  11. Miss J - honey, feel free to pin away! I haven't figured out how to add the Pinterest Button on my blog! I'm so glad you found something you can use!


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