I try to achieve balance with this but as I'm typing this I have just finished cleaning up and organizing my classroom. I'm not going to mention the huge "to do" list of chores waiting for me at home that I probably will not get to tonight.
Since our classrooms are such a home away from home for many of us it seems quite natural to want to share some of our favorite aspects of our environments. I was quite excited to see the linky party from Flying Into First Grade that encourages us to share our three favorite spots in our classrooms! I have enjoyed seeing what everyone appreciates most in their classrooms. Stop by and visit those that linked up....there are some great ideas that they are sharing!
So here are my three favorite spots in my room......
The Science Center
My science center changes and evolves throughout the school year but this is how it looks currently. You can see our plants and our butterfly condo. On our green shelf the documentation from our rock project is stored and many other items of interest such as shells, scales and magnets. Off to the side (not pictured) is a book shelf of books thematically sorted by our "science" topics and a place to store our science journals.
The Writing and Post Office Center
This is the hub of our classroom! Next to the writing table itself you can see my thematic word books that I am currently using instead of a thematic word wall. We also have a book of our popcorn words. Next door is our post office area. The baskets contain envelopes, letter templates, seasonal cards/paper and stickers to use as stamps. In the post office book there is a picture of each student and their address (mailbox number.) I have helpers deliver the mail to the mailboxes several times a week.
The Reading Center
I LOVE to check out the reading centers that other teachers set up....so many great ideas out there. Mine seems to change each year but for now this one is working out great! =) We have books thematically sorted and the white book tubs contain leveled readers the kids shop for and keep in their book tubs.
Thank you for stopping by and seeing my favorite spots in my room! Don 't forget to link up and share your own.
Have a great week!