Tattling Turtle in many primary classrooms and love how it eliminates tattling! I didn't want to spend the money on the turtle so I created my own 'Tattling Teddy'. My kids love him. So far, they haven't written anything, but sometimes they tell Teddy what happened (instead of telling me)! I love the time it saves. I got the bear at the dollar store and the little note box on clearance at Target (it's actually a desktop trash can).
Last year I borrowed big books from our school book room, but I didn't have any to keep in my own room. Translation: I never had to come up with a storage solution for big books! This year I am fortunate enough to have a huge supply of big books that stay in my room! They were in a storage closet and I wanted them out so we could use them as often as possible for shared reading. I found that this lamper from Target works great! Just a tip for those in need of a cheap solution for these awkwardly large books!