Hey everyone! I'm stoppin' by real quick to give you a 'lil tour of my classroom. As I was getting pictures ready, I realized some of these pictures were right before back to school night...before school actually started and I have changed a few things. So, I'll have to update sometime soon. But this will give you a good idea of where I am spending my time.
This table is where my student teacher and/or para sit and work with groups. The blank board will be the home of our writing anchor charts once we get moving into writers' workshop just a bit more.
Mini black pocket charts: Scholastic The Teacher Store
Camera Crafts can be found in my back to school packets
Bright chair: Target
Chevron floor pillows: Kohls
Rug: Home Store
I really would prefer not to have as much on my counters as I do, but with a student teacher and para who is in and out of my room, I need some things easy to grab. The black crates contain centers to be used during small groups by my student teacher and/or para, data binders, and also mentor writing texts to easily grab. It is on my "to do list" to make signs for each crate, but I've decided to let some little things go:)
The teacher tool box: Teach Create Motivate.
3 Drawer Signs: Learning in a Wonderland
Wel"gum" to 2nd Grade: Hope King
Subway Art Signs can be found in my store
This picture is pretty accurate on how my rooms looks from the back, besides the calendar being updated with our specials schedule and the chevron arrows & millions of magnets being stored in a container verses all over the board:) A schedule is now posted where the arrows are.
Alphabet: Primary Graffiti
Objective Bulletin Board: Learning in a Wonderland
Math Signs: here
Chevron Pillows: Walmart
Owl Pillow: CVS Pharmacy
Chevron Rug: Big Lots
Polk-a-dot Pillow: Kohls
Class Rules: Maria Manore-Gavin
Ah, the quality of this picture is awful and I have added more things to this little area. I have no teacher desk, so I try to use as little space as possible for my own materials. Why are the blinds shut? Because the afternoon sun coming in is AWFUL! See the little clutter behind the table? I couldn't take it and it is already moved and gone. The reading cart is now against the wall right below the window. The black pocket chart will be the home of some sorts if needed. I have very little space to actually HANG things up and needed to get creative! I'd really like to put some signs way up above the windows, but again.....trying to pick my battles:)
This is my new little math corner, that really should be called my "Amy Lemons" area! Seriously. If you've never checked out her math items, you are missing out. All items in this picture can be found in her store:) Students also hang out here during reading while they are on the iPad rotation.
My focus wall is in a space that isn't the easiest to decorate! Last year, I spent many hours putting up my own bulletin board in this exact area that contained my calendar, etc. Well, it only took about a month before the Nebraska humidity had the paper all over the floor. I put it up again, only to have it come right back off. So, I refuse to spend my time doing that anymore and this nice big pocket chart is my solution! It's driving me nuts that the one picture is not turned in correctly as it normally is, but....oh well!
I talked my very nice janitor into helping me put black paper up above my lockers this year. I am so glad I did, it just makes this bulletin board pop! This bulletin board set is by Teacher Created.
I grabbed this flower pot, along with a yellow and green pot back in the spring at Michaels. The flowers still need a little help, but they'll do for now! I didn't realize how thick the stems were and what a challenge it would be to cut them! Even with wire cutters.
My sister helped me make these pom-poms yarn balls for my classroom. I absolutely love the little touch it has brought to my classroom. A simple and cheap way to add a little more detail.