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My Classroom

My classroom is definitely not perfect nor is it Pinterest worthy. 😕 It's real life though and I really do love it!

This is the view from the back of the room.  You can see I have 5 tables...with 4-5 students on each table.  I love how large our tables are...plenty of space to work.

 We start each morning at the rug.  I love my rocking chair and white board easel!

 Here is our "focus wall" where I can write our "I Can" statements each day.  I also have our weekly sight words and vocabulary words posted.  You can also see my Alive Studios cart and laptop!  I recently received these as part of a grant...I will do a blog post about it soon.

 I love my rocking chair!  The cute cushion is from Walmart. This is where we start each morning.  We start with our calendar, then phonemic awareness activities, review our letters and practice blending with the blending board (on easel),  and introduce the letter and sight word of the day.

 I love our reading center!  And the rug is from Alive Studios...students can scan the rug with their ipads and interact in various ways.  Yep, even our furniture has technology!

 Another view of the gorgeous rug.  You can see my reading table is behind that, and then my teacher desk in the back corner.

 Notice the file folders on the wall?   They are in alphabetical order with their assigned number on each. When I taught second grade, this is how I'd have students turn in work.  I loved it because I could easily look at the wall to see who hadn't turned in something.  An assigned helper would gather the papers up when I asked.  I taught them to do it in order...and then all my papers were in alphabetical order ready to grade!  Seamless! Now that I teach kindergarten, we don't turn in as many papers.  So, instead, they put their papers to take home in there.  When it's time to pack up, they can easily collect their papers and take to their backpack.

 I use this board for various anchor charts.


Our writing center!  Goals and papers courtesy of Tara West on Teachers Pay Teachers.  The writing stages posters were provided by my school district.

 Cubbies for students to put their coats/backpacks.  Book bins above hold their books, headphones, and poetry folder.  Also in view is our sand table. 

 Where we keep the "word work" bins for centers. These are differentiated.  Each student is assigned a color and each color is a different level/skill. 

 Seesaw Station and our class jobs.  I love Seesaw!  I will do a post about that as well.

 The kitchen! 😍

I love our light table! You can barely see our magnet board with the blue/red tubes in the corner.  On the other side of the shelf are lots of cubbies with more STEM activities for our "explore" center. The kitchen is also in this area.

My small-group reading table...it's messy but that's what it generally looks like. 😂 You can see the sound boxes and bingo chips that we use constantly.  The small, individual white baskets hold a white board marker, eraser, and small rectangle white board.  All our decodable books are in the mini-crates on the table against the wall.  I also keep all my other materials back there: sand trays, flash cards, magnet letters, etc.

Thanks for looking!

Comments

  1. I am sorry that I have been so ignorant about teaching.
    I never even consider it because I said I didn’t like kids that much.
    After visiting your classroom just now I realize that I had such a hard time in school in elementary and beyond.
    I was an August baby and was an only child and I did poorly.
    Held back 3rd grade etc
    I became an RN.
    I have one 34 year old son that can’t read very. It has held him back.
    The careful thought and planning that you devote to your job is something that I have never thought of before. Just stumbled across this blog

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