Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Work in Progress

I have recently discovered this whole wonderful world out there about teacher blogs.  There are so many amazing posts, classrooms, teachers, and ideas that sometimes it becomes very overwhelming to me.  I always look at these blogs and think, "Oh my, I should be doing more in my classroom."  Then my perspective driven husband chimes in (when I am in full panic mode) and reminds me that it is a work in progress.  So, here is the start of my work in progress (3 years in the making) but by no means my final project.  It is exciting to get and share new ideas for classrooms (thank you blog world and Pinterest)!!!

My first grade teaching partner and I decided on these cute little monsters for our hallway and calendar decorations this year.  I love the little monsters!  My wall says "Wild About Learning" and hers says "It's a Great Day to Learn Something New"

Okay, this is the view of my whole classroom from the doorway.  Only 10 kiddos this year so I have a lot of extra room!!!

Right when you come in my door, this is to the left.  It is kind of busy but all necessary things. 
The little boy and girl are my bathroom passes.  My wonderful mother-in-law painted those for me.  On the back, they say OUT so the kiddos just flip it when they have to go.  
Then the green, yellow, and orange papers are our milk check-in.  The kids move their clothespin to which type of milk they want for snack.
The "We Are Wise" frame will be used for something…. (pending project idea)...

The first bulletin board has our All About Me poster that each kiddo will get to present on throughout the year.  Right next to that is my calendar area.  I use the monster calendar set but also pieces from our Saxon math program.

 Here is a view of my desk area from the door.  The purple rug is where we sit for calendar time, sharing, etc.

 YAY! Go Pokes!!  This is one of my favorite areas of my classroom.  It used to be a bulletin board right next to my desk but this year, I decided to put it on the front of my desk so it is more obvious.  I have to make sure that my kiddos and everyone at school knows I am from Wyoming even though I teach in North Dakota.

This is a new area of my classroom this year that I am really excited about… a writing center!  I have my tablet to model writing for the kiddos and then all kinds of papers for the kiddos to practice their writing!!  

This is a picture of my classroom library.  It is a little hard to see, but all of my books are on the shelves to the right.  I have way too many books to fit though so there are a few bins on the bench and under the word wall.  I added the curtains this Spring and it made the whole classroom feel so comfortable.

Here is my Chicka Chicka Word Wall.  I wrote about it in a previous post.  You can see all of the extra book boxes on the counter.

Here are some math manipulatives under the word wall.  

This table and drawer system is for the Word Work portion of Daily Five.  During the year, I will have different activities in each drawer for the kiddos to work on!

Here is my very boring, start of the year Daily Five board.  As we begin to learn the five parts, we will add more posters to this board.  I love, love Daily Five!!!!  I will have to do another blog post on how I have made it work for my classroom.  
I had the woodshop kids (benefit of K-12 school) build that shelf and the one by my writing center to fit under my board.

This is my reading table for Daily Five.

Here is the wall opposite to the library.  It is a little hectic but a work in progress! =)  I have to store stuff up above the cupboards but despise what it looks like so I repurposed my wedding decorations to try and cover some of it up.  

There is the overall layout of the classroom.  Mind you, this is pre kiddos so it looks much more neat and organized than it will come September…. =)

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