My Classroom

After only 2 weeks to get everything ready, my room is finished and ready for 19 kittens to arrive in the morning. I can't wait to show you my room!

A few things to tell you first...
-My room is super duper small. Like tiny. But I am going to call it "cozy."
-One entire wall is windows. That is great because I love natural lighting vs. overhead lighting, but it makes for terrible pictures.

Okay, here we go! Welcome to the Wonderland!

Here is my hallway door. I don't really have a "theme" this year, more of a color scheme but I am adding touches of Pete the Cat here and there! Props to my  sweet momma for making this Pete for me!

Here is my hallway display. I just laminated the card stock and the hot glued the clothes pins to it. I am hoping this will make it quick and easy to change out student work this year!

Here is what you see when you walk in the door. Remember what I said about all of that wonderful natural lighting? I LOVE it, but pardon the poor quality of picture. This is my whole group teaching area. My rugs are from Ikea. That is two rugs set side by side.

Here is the middle of the classroom. I have two white boards so I turned one into a magnetic interactive word wall. That way, the kids can just go get a word and take it back to their work station if they need to. I have 21 nuggets so far so I have 4 different table groups. The space above the board is blank because that is where the number anchor charts will go after they are introduced. I don't want them to be too overwhelmed.  

Here is the rest of the classroom. My little library is on the left, writing station up at the top, and center storage in the middle.

So that is an overall view of our room! Here we are going into a little more detail...

Here is a view from the carpet, looking towards the door. They will turn completed work into those little baskets with the team colors on it. The silver magnetic board is from Ikea, they will use that to make their lunch choice. 

This is my whole-group behavior management system. Whenever an adult, other than me, praises them or gives them a compliment they get a jewel in the jar. Ten jewels = a class wide prize. I let them vote on the prize at the beginning of the each jar. Sometimes it's a special snack that they want, other times they have chosen extra recess or drawing with chalk on the sidewalk or something. Once the jar is full and we have celebrated, we start over and vote on a new prize. I've used this since the very beginning of my teaching and the kids LOVE it! I love when the adult compliments them and they know it's the tenth jewel. Their faces are priceless! They look like they are going to burst but they know they have to stay cool! It's hilarious. This is just my WHOLE GROUP management. Not individual. 

A quick shout out to one of my sweet friends from high school! She owns her own business and can customize just about anything for you! She sent this to me and I can't get over how cute it is! You should totally go check out her store on Etsy. I love supporting small businesses and my friends!

Here is the other half of that white board. This is our calendar area. The days, months, and days of the week cards are from Kinder Craze --here--. We start out very simple and then build as the year goes on. I really love the way this came together this year. Above the calendar are the Seven Habits for Happy Kids that our school uses. It is from Dr. Covey, just like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I highly recommend you check it out!

Past the cubbies, where they keep their backpacks and other things that little kids hoard (rocks, snacks, papers, lizards?!?...), is my little home center. Not much to say about this except ---PLAYING is IMPORTANT! They are 5 and 6 years old! Please explain to me why the higher ups in other places are taking these types of things out of classrooms. It drives me crazy to hear of schools removing time in the schedule for play in Kindergarten. Give me a break. 


*Steps off soapbox* 

Here is my little corner behind my small group table/teacher desk. I keep the essentials back here. I keep my materials and supplies organized in the rainbow drawers. 

This is a closeup of my super precious scrap garland. Mom and I whipped it up this past weekend and I LOVE the way it turned out. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

This is my Kindergram board. I will change out the pictures and hashtag every few weeks based on what they are doing. I got the idea for this from Kindergarten Smorgasboard. I love having their pictures in the room, it gives them so much more ownership of our space.

Here is a close up of the magnetic word wall. The letters are from The First Grade Parade. Above the board is our timeline. I plan on putting a picture of the whole class from each month. I think they will love seeing themselves grow over the school year. That idea also came from Kindergarten Smorgasboard.

Last on that board is the birthday display. Under the board is my light table that Hubs made earlier this summer. I can't wait to use it!

Here is my writing table. I will keep different forms of writing paper in the little drawers. The magnetic board will hold seasonal words that they may want to use. Those are from The First Grade Parade.

Not much to see here, this is just where I keep my math manipulatives and items for Free Centers at the end of the day.

This is our little reading nook. I think this is my favorite place in the classroom becuase it is such a miss mash of things. The little bench was mine as a kid, I just recovered it this summer. The little green chair is from Pottery Barn kids but I found mine at a garage sale for $4. I found the yellow shelf beside a dumpster outside of a daycare close to our house. It was the natural wood and some friend had taken a red marker to it. Hubs and I sanded it and gave it a coat of paint and it is as good as new! I am not past pulling things out of the trash! Those bookshelves are expensive, people! I have my little reading buddies that the kids can read to in the corner. They were all nice and displayed in their bin until meet the teacher happened. Poor Little Critter is standing on his head back there on top of Charlie Brown. Womp. Haha.

Well...that's all folks! I hope you enjoyed the tour! I hope my littles are comfortable and feel that they can be themselves with me.

Happy School Year, Friends!

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