Monday, August 20, 2012

Classroom Reveal

My goal was to have my classroom completely set up as of Friday afternoon.  I was close.  Soooo close.  When I went in to school today I was a woman on a mission: finish the physical set up and start downloading those TpT purchases I made during the big sale.  I am happy to report that I accomplished both.  Yippee!!

I don't know about you, but I just love looking at other people's classrooms.  It's fun to see how they have set up their space, decorated it, stay organized, and so on.  With that said, I hope you enjoy looking at my own photos.  Warning: there are lots of pictures in this post!

This is the "good work" board inside my classroom.  I cover my boards with fabric, not butcher paper.  In case you're wondering, if your board is 4' x 8' you'll need 2 2/3 yards to cover it (you will actually end up trimming off a bit).


I made the border out of fabric as well.  I bought 2 1/2 yards of green polka dot fabric and cut it into 3 inch wide strips. Then, I scrunched and stapled .  It took a very long time (and about a half a box of staples) to do one board and I wanted to abandon ship halfway through the first one.  I persevered, and I'm glad I did because I love the border!  Next year, though, I plan to use my sewing machine to create a ruffle.  It should be WAY faster.

This is my Phonics/Writing Wall.  You don't see it pictured, but I have a few writing posters displayed to the left of the letter clusters posters.  We teach Saxon Phonics which uses coding.  These posters are a must because the students need to be able to refer to them on a daily basis.


Below the phonics wall is my classroom library.  The books are organized into different categories and are color coded.  I store classroom supplies on top of the bookshelves: pencils, crayons, paper, glue, etc.


On this next wall space I displayed some story element posters.  The space is so awkward because of the racks (that NEVER get used) and it's always tricky to decide on what I want to put there.  I really like this set up though!  I love my clock labels.  I made them last year when Amy Lemons shared them on her site.  You can get them in her TpT store as a free download.


Below the rack is my Fast Finisher Activity Corner.  The students will be able to choose from the items in this area whenever they have free time.  To the right of this is our recycle box.  These things are all sitting on top of the cubbies.  I don't call them mailboxes, I call them cubbies.  Don't know why, they're really just drawers!  Anyway, I found these drawer sets at Costco my first year of teaching and I am so glad I snatched them up because they have lasted forever!!


This will be my birthday display. I finally found a use for the front of my desk!  I will take pictures of the students in groups (i.e. all the January bdays together).  Each student will hold a number indicating their birthday.  I will glue the photos to the squares.  I made the squares out of scrapbook paper by cutting each piece down to 8 x 8 inches. I made the labels, printed them out, and glued them on.  If you are interested in receiving a set of the labels, you can grab them here.


This is my classroom jobs display board.  I use library pockets to label each job (which I still need to do).  As you can see, not all of my students have a job at once.  Those students who do not have a job are "on vacation."

This is the math wall. 

My behavior chart (aka: The Clip Chart).  I made this one to replace my dorky version from last year. By dorky, I mean it was boring because it didn't have polka dots, or a bow.  I made it more cutesy and I love it! I will add the clips on Friday when my class list is as finalized as it can get.


My calendar board.  This board is fully operational and is used on a daily basis.  More on that to come.  I really need a cuter chair!  The basket next to the boring chair holds a hefty stash of read alouds and the cube organizer holds all of the calendar materials.  I made the polka dot curtains last year when my kiddos were being blinded by warped blinds. They aren't perfect, but they add a homey touch.


This is our hallway bulletin board.  Each month we display a new set of work.  My space is a bit awkward.  One, it is small because I share the wall with the fourth grade teacher next door.  Two, there is a counter (you can kind of see it in the picture) in front of this space so I can't hang stuff too low (although, at times, this can't be avoided).  This is why my little forest critters are all hovering near the top of the board.  No one would see them down below!


Lastly, my objectives board:


Well, there you have it, my classroom.  I hope you love it as much as I do!
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21 comments:

  1. Aimee-
    It's beautiful! I love all your colors and polka dots. The little critters are precious.

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  2. I love it Aimee!! It looks so neat and well put together. I am jealous!! The borders and animals are so sweet. I'm am sure your kids are going to love it:) Have a fantastic beginning of the year.

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  3. Your classroom looks great! I love peeking into other people's rooms and everything looks so pulled together with that color scheme. It shows just how much hard work you put into everything :)
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  4. Looks super! Thanks for sharing your classroom pics.
    Sara

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  5. OMG, I'm borrowing your idea for the Chirptastic Work. Where did you get your Non-Fiction text features? How did you hang them up? Are they just propped on the ledge?

    deniece@gmail.com

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    1. I'm glad you like the board. Borrow away!!

      The posters are stapled to the wall but I'm glad it looks like I did something fancier! I made the posters and they are a free download in my TpT store. Here's the link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nonfiction-Text-Features-Posters-Free

      Aimee

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  6. Looks GREAT!!! I love your "Chirptastic Work" board!!!!

    Marie
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

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  7. OMG!!! Way too cute...as always! ;)
    what kind of tape did you use on the objectives board? or is it ribbon?? LOVE how the birthdays turned out on the front of the desk! Super cute and great use of wasted space! ;)

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    1. It's electrical tape! I'm excited about the birthday display and I think the kids will be too!

      Aimee

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  8. I love your behavior chart and it would look and work perfectly in my classroom. Any chance it is in you TeachersPayTeachers store?

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  9. I love your Clip Chart/Behavior Chart. Do you have it for on your TeacherPay Teachers store? I looked but I couldn't find it.

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  10. What a great way to use your desk. I would love a set of the labels.
    easonstar@aol.com

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  11. I would love to have your pre-made labels for the birthday display. :)Thank you! (Email: michelle.harbold@gmail.com)

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  12. I love the birthday display! how do they adhere to your desk? I would love the labels if possible! Thanks! (scanlonchick@gmail.com)

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    1. Thank you! I've emailed you the labels. The display is adhered to the desk with Scotch tape. I folded pieces of tape and placed them in the corners of the backside of each scrapbook paper square. The labels are glued to the front of each scrapbook paper square. Have fun putting your display together!

      Aimee

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  13. I love your forest friends and the colors. Where did you get those forest friends? I would love to use them in my classroom. Is it available for purchase on your TpT store? Thank you for sharing.
    kavitarb@gmail.com

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  14. Looks fantastic! I am interested in the month labels for the birthdays if you are still sending them. Thanks! lrrodriguez10@gmail.com
    -Laura

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  16. I love your classroom !Do you have the patterns of the forest friends?I am interested in using them in my classroom.My email is marianella32trevisano@gmail.com Thank you in advance

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  17. I love your classroom !Do you have the patterns of the forest friends?I am interested in using them in my classroom.My email is marianella32trevisano@gmail.com Thank you in advance

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  18. I love your classroom do you have the patterns of the animals? I would love to use them in my classroom. Thank you for all the ideas you share with us.

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