Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ready to go!

Hello! Here are a few photos of my *finished* room...really, it's always a work in progress, isn't it??
 Housekeeping/dramatic play area for September....
View from the back of the room
iPad/listening center. I have 3 classroom iPads.
Writing center
A few of our reading buddies; magnet center to the left.
Religion center
Circle/large group area, math wall

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Friday, August 16, 2013

A little organization....

One of my goals this summer (which didn't actually happen over the summer) was to organize all of my center materials. I like the idea of having them organized by month, but do not have the storage space to do each month separately. I decided to group the centers into Sept/Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan/Feb, and Mar/Apr/May into a 3 drawer cart.
                                  (I downloaded these cute labels from Miss Kindergarten.)

I sorted through the items and pitched ones that I don't use, had missing pieces, or were outdated. I like these big drawers because I can fit everything in counters or manipulatives.
And then, when I was done, I still had a pile of stuff left...these items I just sorted into reading and math for now, but eventually want to break them down into skill tubs.
The best part was seeing everything I I know what I have to begin the year and what skills I still may need to supplement. Sorting is always a good thing. ; )

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Word Wall Title Freebie

I added this title to my word can find it here if you'd like a copy! Thanks for checking in and have a great day!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day One!

Not day one of school, but of classroom set up! I went into my classroom and worked for a few hours today. It always feels good to get things a little organized. I feel like I made a lot of progress! Here are a few before and afters:

I was happy to see that my SMART board is now mounted! It used to be a portable board, which was nice, but the cords were always a problem. This will be much nicer.

Here's that same area in the front of my room after I put up my word wall (on the right) and reading focus on the left. The children's cubbies are also in the front of the room.

Here is my math focus/calendar wall. The shelf under it houses math materials....I'm still working on that area!!

This is the 'before' of my writing center. I worked on the writing focus board today. I started to put out a few supplies, but again it's a work in progress.

On the left I hung up ideas for writing, color words, alphabet chart, etc. The section on the right holds pocket charts for our daily schedule and the "Today I will learn..." pocket chart.

Here's a sneak peak at my classroom library....I get so discouraged....frustrated....don't know the exact word for my lack of space!! I guess even though it's a small area, it serves the purpose. I just wish I had room to spread out the books and reading buddies.

That's it for today! Thanks for checking in and have a great day!