Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Classroom Reveal (Sort Of...)

Today was our first official day back at work. I have to say the day went really smoothly and I got a lot done. I arrived at school about 2 hours before I had to be there (I wasn't sure how much time I would get to work on my room during the day). We had a full breakfast, I mean scrambled eggs, hash browns,  fruit salad, rolls, juice and coffee! It was delicious! What a way to start the school year. After a lovely breakfast we had about 2.5 hours of meetings and then we broke for lunch and to work in our rooms! I was psyched!! I was able to spend almost 4 more hours in my room cleaning and decorating. It's ALMOST done!! I thought I'd share some pictures with you because so many of you have been following my progress and asking me what it looks like now.

 This is my front board. The far left is an empty hundreds chart which we will build together as we count the days in school. The yellow pocket chart under that is my ones, tens, hundreds chart. The next board has my calendar, the "Who's in School?" Pocket chart, and my LOVELY months of the year from Tabitha at Flap Jack Educational Resources. Under that in the square open space is supposed to be my weather board BUT for some reason the glue isn't holding the ribbon on in one spot so it keeps falling. I tried a stronger glue today and left it to dry over night, we'll see if that works! The next board is my Word Wall. I divided it in half (although it don't look exactly in half now that I'm staring at the picture) with yellow duct tape. There are tons of magnets on the tape trying to get it to stick better to the fabric. We will have to see if that works, otherwise I will be breaking out the hot glue gun!! There are sample letters on the board from a while ago that I never took down. I also have my behavior clip chart hanging on the board for absolutely no reason, except that I'm still trying to decide where I'm going to hang it! The chair that's under the boards will be moved. The white wires need to be taped down so the kiddies don't play with them. The shelves with all the colorful baskets will be used for our math centers. 

This is the other side of the carpet right across from my rolling dry erase easel (at the far end of the front boards). This is my math center. I still have to make labels for all of the bins BUT it's a start! I had this great shape poster set that I used blue painters tape and stuck to the window shade.... unfortunately the word "trapezoid" decided to take a vacation... I hope it returns soon otherwise I will have to make a new sign! You can also see the back end of my HUGE printer that prints AMAZINGLY! And my "media" cart that houses the projector for our ELMO system and other electronical equipment.

This is the wall of closets I have in my classroom. I hung my brand new "Handy Helper" classroom jobs chart. I'm going to do something with the kids names on the other door so I can move them in and out of jobs easily. I'm not sure how or what I'm going to do just yet - any suggestions? Next to that is my writing center. The black stacking shelves hold different choices of writing paper. The colored bins will be for their writing folders. The round table will be where I hold conferences. 

This is the side of my room. My library (which isn't set up yet, I know, I know the kids start on Thursday I have to get a move on it!) backs up against my math center. The three colorful shelves hold three different sets of bins. The bottom bins are for our shared reading folders, the next set is for our art journals and the top ones I'm still trying to decide what to use them for. 

I was thinking of creating 4 different binders. One binder for my teacher stuff, one binder for math conferences, one for writing conferences, one for reading conferences, one for ????.... OR my other option was to create one binder for teacher stuff, and then make four binders for the whole class. I would divide my class list into 4 equal parts and put 1/4 of the class in each binder. Any thoughts? Whatever I decide I think I'm going to get each binder to match the color of the bins... wouldn't that look nice?!?!

My final picture for the day is my HUGE green boards. I LOVE THEM!! They are covered in green fabric and I added the pink boarders today! I'm going to use them for first day of school pictures. I wish I could move the phone... but I can't so I will have to think of something to do with that for the pictures, but I bough really pretty letters that I will punch out and write "My 1st Day of Kindergarten!" I think the pictures will look cute!!! 

Tomorrows projects are to cover my last two boards with fabric and hang all the boarders. I also have to finish putting the yellow duct tape on the word wall and need to set up my library. My room is coming together really nicely and I'm excited to see it when it's all done. I have to also figure out where I want to hang my schedule but I have some ideas for that - You'll just have to follow my blog to see what I decide to do!

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  1. When do you start school? We've been in school for a month. Hard to believe you are just getting back. I am sure you enjoyed your loooong summer:)

    Kelly Teach

    1. We started school this past week... but we end school at the very end of June!

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