Friday, August 17, 2012

My Classroom Make Over

So it's been a crazy first week of school! I had great intentions of posting my classroom photos last week but...you know, stuff happened! It seems like at the beginning of the year a teacher's job is never done (who am I kidding, all year long that's true!). As much as a love my new batch of little ones I find myself longing for the reading and writing workshops of last year where everyone knew what to do and where to go. I always forget just how long it takes to be running like a well-oiled machine! I'm kind of wishing we could just skip ahead to October but I'm forcing myself to love these few days when random declarations of "Kindergarten is fun!" or "I Love School!" are common! These are precious times...

On to the main topic of this post- my new room. As I mentioned in a previous post I was gone for most of the summer and then when I came back I took care of my ten-month nephew for two weeks. So I had about a week to get my classroom together before preplanning started. This wouldn't have been a problem if I hadn't decided to change around EVERYTHING! Kind of silly on my part because I really loved my old classroom set up but I just got the rearranging bug and I had to follow through. Plus I had five more students on my roster than previous years so a little rearranging was necessary! I will say I tried to be super strategic about all my choices so that things that didn't work well in previous years were addressed and hopefully fixed. So here's the final product, what do you think?



This our math focus wall. The white signs are the problem solving strategies from KindergartenWorks (her guided reading pack is awesome!). The green pocket chart is for our essential questions and our math vocab cards. The clipboard holds our class data pages (I use the pack from lakeshore). The colored circles are burner covers from the Dollar store which makes them magnetic (I'm using them for grouping my kids into guided math groups- easy to change weekly based on our pre-tests!).  The small numbered boards to the left are for our math stations (these are white boards from the dollar store). I attached velcro to the right of each number where I'll put smaller colored circles to indicate which group is going to each center. I'll write math station specifics (i.e. computers, addition yahtzee, numeral practice) on the whiteboard part. Oh, there's a hundreds chart too!


Trying out the FACE acronym this year instead of CAFE. I'm going to surround our menu with the faces of my little kindergarten readers. I'll try to remember to post a picture of the completed project!

The front of my classroom, math station materials under the FACE board and math station board. My SMART board is down there too!

The rest of the front of my room and whole group space with our Reading Tree, Spin and Play Phonics Games, and our Language Arts focus board (its the blue board on the right side of this picture).

Part of our classroom library, green books=fiction, yellow= favorite authors. I moved my word wall to this wall this year. I used pocket charts from Target's Dollar Spot. It makes putting up words SO easy (definitely a plus!). The blue bins on top of the cubbies are our book bins. 




Here's a view from the door. To fit all the kiddos I have this year I had to switch my smaller rectangle tables to the really long ones- they fit 8 kids! I also still have two circle tables that seat four. I like how our whole group area is really sectioned off. It makes distractions coming from the hallway a lot less noticeable. 



This is our fence area that serves as word work storage, listening center space, and backpack hooks. It's a cozy little space that the kiddos love! We only take the cushions out when we're using this space, otherwise we store them on the shelf above the hooks.
 Another look at our word work bins. The blue bins are our cubbies. We keep our math "toolkits" and calendar books in here.
 Further back view from the front of the door. I LOVE my new guided reading table. Totally got inspiration from Deanna Jump (Love her classroom). The black stools are great because you can lift off the tops and store LOTS of stuff inside. I have lots of teacher stuff hidden behind this space.

Our Fancy Words board and computer station. Lots of other good stuff hidden under these computer tables. Seriously if you do anything skirt your tables! It triples your storage space!

A little corner near the computer station, a good place to read and our clip chart. Love this thing!!

Hope you enjoyed my classroom tour! I'm loving this space so far. We've made a few changes since the kiddos have come back but most things are working out great! Looking forward to really making this house a "home" with my new little kindergarten family!

Happy Decorating!
Jessie Roberts

9 comments:

  1. Wow- so many bright colors! I especially love the I <3 Kindergarten letters- it's just so big, positive, and fun! It all looks GREAT- so bright and colorful. Hope your first week went really well!

    Where did you find your cushions for the listening center? I think my kids would love some of those! :)

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  2. Great room! It really looks good:)
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  3. OMG--I love love love your tree! This is my first time visiting your blog. I am so jealous of your cute green dot background! I am your newest follower, for sure!!

    Hope you can stop by mine too!

    Em
    curiousfirsties.blogspot.com

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  4. I just found your blog! I love it! Your classroom is super cute! I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check it out here:

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  5. I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! I have enjoyed checking out your blog. Here is the link:
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    Em

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  6. My mind is racing after reading your post. Thanks for sharing SO many clever ideas. I am moving into a new classroom this summer, so I'm searching for help. There is a whole lot of "cute" in your classroom.

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  7. I am loving your classroom! I can tell it took a lot of time, dedication, and thought behind your design.

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  8. How did 8 kids at each table work out? I am moving to Kindergarten and the tables are huge and take up so much of the room. I will have 28 students coming in, so I want to put 8 at each table. The previous teacher only put 4 at each table and they had tons of wasted space and she had zero room in her classroom to move!

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