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 makeover....so 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!
Finally....one 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.
TBA's classroom photo linky. Go check it out...There are some great ideas and amazing rooms out there!