In between all the Summer fun, I have been slowly poking away at my classroom for the new school year. We don’t start for another couple weeks! My mom and I have been busy preparing and I thought I would show you some of what we have done. I am not ready for the full tour just yet, but some of the areas were ready to share!
This bulletin board is in the back corner. I know it isn’t the best photography, but we used a garden hose for a border. The shapes, colors, and coins are all plants and the titles are on garden tools and seed packets.
The background is a textured soft paper.
The classroom library and reading area has a new soft rug (like long grass) with fresh fun fabrics!
I recovered my ottoman footstools too! I adore this floral fabric I got at hobby lobby!
The sun was beating in so I closed the light gray blinds. I made this laminated paper pennant with a hole punch and twine. Below it, I will have another line of twine and clothespins for my student’s artwork through the year! It will add color to the gray backdrop.
The writing center has a pull out table that will help with crowding and space. My mom is the genius who thought of this one. I was caught off guard that I had to have both of these extra tables in the room. Now I am so glad I had that problem! As a child you would not have been able to get me out of this area of the classroom!
I used Cupcake’s Writing Center for my bulletin board.
Next, I have my sink area which also houses my science safety goggles.
above the sink, I have storage rubbermaids. I made some matching labels which immediately created a calm organized look. I think my shoulders relaxed almost instantly after these bad boys went up there.
This little area is near the doorway of the classroom. It will hold the student book boxes for our literacy block as well as our extra classroom supplies. I would love suggestions for what to put in this cork board frame! So far I am thinking of hanging my diploma and certifications. Thoughts? I would love the area to be useful for the kids, but it isn’t very large. I don’t like messy bulletin boards so I don’t want to have a hodge podge of things here. I want whatever it is to stay there for the year.
Moving down the wall, you will find the word wall. It now has a few kinder words up for my firsties to use the first week of school, and then at the end of the word wall is my new math wall!
Our math wall is a new focus for us this year. We are not focusing on calendar
activities here, but more of our math vocab and important concepts.
If you click the picture below, you can get the first three weeks of my math unit for free. It has 4 essential questions, 4 big ideas, many concept posters, and 15 math words and their definitions. I have the entire first semester finished and in my TpT shop!
This is my math center area right here next to my math wall. It has our math tubs and all the manipulatives below them! I am excited about this area because I have been using up an entire cupboard housing all these materials, and now I don’t have to do that!
Here’s a peek into the first week of math tubs. These will be the tubs that my students do while they learn the procedures for math centers for the year. It’s mostly free exploration, but as we discuss how to use the materials, they are praised and encouraged for their math talk and their thinking. We reflect out to the group about how we were able to use the manipulatives to think mathematically. It challenges students to push beyond the urge to just play.
Tub 1 Pattern blocks and sticker pattern cards
Tub 2 Dinosaurs and work mats.
Students make the connection to add dinos to the wagon and then take some away. It is adding and subtraction in play form.
Tub 3 Snap Cubes
Tub 4 Sorting cases. The colored cards are for sorting mats. They will naturally want to sort and place them on different cards. I don’t tell them what the cards are for and if they ask I just ask them what they think they could be for.
Tub 5 Bears
Tub 5 Dominoes
Another little organization tip, is to organize your math and literacy centers by skill or month, and then lay them sideways in your file drawers. I do not have many paper files anymore since most of my lessons are housed on my computer. Since we have two tall towers of file drawers, I decided to make use of them this way. The drawers are so long that you can even set special supplies or manipulatives in the back!