Hey friends, long time no... see? talk? blog? Well, anyway... I've been MIA for a good reason. As you know, I recently accepted a position teaching K. This move was not only to a new school, but also a new district! I have been SOOOOOOO busy working in my classroom. I came into a bit of a mess -- the teacher who left, didn't take much with her. There was ten years of STUFF crammed into every nook and cranny of this classroom, so I'm VERY proud to show you what I've been up to! These pictures were taken last week -- before kids. I got kids yesterday -- 29 sweet kinder faces. 29. Yep. So the room no longer looks quite this good, but I'm going to live through the pictures ;)
First is our
failed attempt at a panorama. Yes, my class is huge, but it's not quite as huge as this picture makes it seem.
This is my math area. I'm not happy with the calendar. I will be printing and laminating some bigger number and shape posters to hang sometime next week!
Here's one of my student work bulletin boards. I will put clothespin on those ribbons to easily swap out student work. Notice the curtains at the bottom? They are covering open shelving and I can't stand the clutter, so I covered that stuff up! *P.s. the ugly number posters at the top are a school requirement :(*
Front of the room/large group area. Nice view of my little pompoms! They were a little time consuming but I love how they turned out!
View from the middle of the room toward the math area/storage. You can also see my teacher area here! All three of those large desks were in the room and I wasn't allowed to move any of them out. And so was born the biggest teacher area ever! You can see my center storage carts that I blogged about a few week weeks ago!
Guided Reading table and organization. That shelf behind it houses all of my letter manipulatives, guided reading books, and planning materials!
Back of the room. I love the dark cabinetry at this school. Those Dollar Tree baskets really pop!
Last but not least, our classroom library! The reading loft was already in the room and I L-O-V-E it. I had one student ask me probably 4,000 times when he was going to get to "climb up in there"
I know there has been some debate lately - Cute vs. Not Cute. I tend to lean toward CUTE! My main focus is on organization. Everything must have a place and nothing can look cluttered. I go for an open feel and functional. Minimal *stuff* on the walls and in open shelves. But then, I also love me some bright colors and cute accents. Thanks for coming by and checking it out! This is going to be my home for quite some time now, and I'm ready to enjoy it! :)