Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Classroom Tour

I always love that feeling when you finish the room yet again and then it's just time to wait for your  students to arrive!

This year my room was due for a makeover. Towards the end of the year last spring I was starting to feel as if a crayon box exploded in my room and left it's mark on everything.

It was time to tone it down a notch or two.  (Or three or four.......)

My amazing student teacher Ms. W helped me with the beginning plans for the happy to have some feed back. When you've been working in one class room for a few years it's nice to see it through another teacher's perspective.  The above pic is the view from my classroom door. You walk directly into our math area.  Have fun checking out the rest of the pics from my room....  I LOVE peeking into other classrooms! The only problem with it is that I always spot something that I want to try.....and then I have to make more changes. =)

The entrance area and where I store the math manipulatives when we are not using them in a math station. I love the cupcake drawing that one of my students made for me last year!

Our math stations....I like to keep our group meeting area for math separate from the area we use for literacy.

Our calendar and morning meeting area.  The schedule cards are from last year...I have no idea what my schedule will be like just yet. Waiting to find out the details later this week! =) Our writing tubs are also housed in this entrance area. I absolutely love my light table. It moves around my room depending on if I'm using it for math, science or block activities but typically it stays in the math area. I have some new transparent 3D shapes that I can't wait to use with it!

On the other side of the math stations rotation chart I have our pocket chart for our traditional centers. The students can choose their own centers by putting their clip on the appropriate card  and can change once during the allotted time frame. The numbers on the cards let them know how many are allowed in each center.

Our House Area

Our Block Area....which also doubles as a chart/rhyme center for the "read to someone else" choice during our Daily 5 time. 

In our literacy group meeting area you can also see our listening center and our Daily 5 choice chart ( I still refer to it as ABC centers with the kids.)  We also have clip board storage with a pocket chart activity area on the back.  

On the other side of our library shelf we have tables for puzzles and other fine motor activities.  I also have our new Pinterest inspired bathroom passes!  

I'm using the Pinterest rainbow behavior chart with a twist. Each time they reach the "super star" level they get to put their monkey on the tree. Although you can't see it really well in this photo the tree is divided into three sections. Each time they get their clip on "super star" their monkey can move up the tree. If it reaches the top by the end of the week they get a prize.  

Our Science Center

The Art Center and you can see the writing and post office centers.  

Our Word Work area for Daily 5 time.  Everything does double duty....the sensory table top is also used for word work activities during Daily 5 and the nearby art center table is used for ABC choice activities.  

My new curtains. =)  I'm using the frames for student artwork once we begin creating masterpieces in our room!

I LOVE my teaching buddies! They've been showering me with Cupcake items for awhile now! 

It makes me smile just to glance at that shelf during the day.

Of course it makes me want a cupcake too but that's another story! last Pinterest inspired idea. Our going home clip chart. I love the cheetah tire tracks! I'll add the clips with student names and bus numbers as soon as we have our open house.

Thanks for taking the "tour" of my room. I'm getting ready to begin the piles of paperwork and organization that is so abundant this time of the year. But....I'm also going to take a few "tours" of my own and check out some of the other classrooms that bloggers have been posting about. I just linked up on TBA's classroom photo linky. Go check it out...There are some great ideas and amazing rooms out there! 
                                                                                  Mrs M


  1. Your room looks great! I've just started today (pulling the tables down from where they were stacked, etc), and I have a long way to go! You are ready to go! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Best wishes getting everything ready....I'm sure you'll have it all looking amazing really soon. =)

  2. Your classroom looks awesome!! I especially like your class library. It looks so cozy that I want to come there and read a book. Thanks for sharing!

    1. That area is a favorite place for several of my teacher friends to plop on after a long day and we need to catch up with each other! Beats standing in the hallway. =)

  3. Great makeover! I love the room and I'm sure the kids will also love it. It's so cute. Thanks for taking us on a tour in your room.

  4. I love your room - especially the clipboard storage idea - I actually turned down one of those shelves yesterday because I didn't know what I would do with it - I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for another one!
    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

    1. Oh no...grab one when you have the chance! I also have used this shelf for daily (going home) folder organization ...we just put things in as we needed to during the day, writing folder storage and storage for literacy center folders.

  5. Your classroom looks very inviting, I love the coach!

    I'm your newest follower.

    Mrs.D Reading with Mrs. D

    1. Great...thank you for following! The couch is a favorite of mine too....hard to resist during the day. =)

  6. LOVE YOUR ROOM!!! Your housekeeping area is to die for! So cute AND you have a couch!!!!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  7. OKAY, you officially have the nicest room i have seen online! Amazing! It is gorgeous. Maybe you can give me a few tips

    Come check out my new blog/classroom. love to have new visitors :)

    Pre-Schooler Daze

    1. Wow! What a compliment! Thank you!! I'm very excited to be checking out your blog soon =)

  8. It looks so great! Love your theme, so homey! Come and check my classroom reveal out too!
    Fancy Free in Fourth

    1. Thank you! Can't wait to see you room too!

  9. Your room has such a great home-like feel to it! Love it!


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