Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Classroom Reveal {2013}...Come and Take a Look!

I am so excited to share my classroom reveal with you today!!  I'm linking up with Courtney from Swimming Into Second and Jessica from Tales of a First Grade Teacher, so be sure to check out their links at the end of this post.

Every year I change my theme, so it's always fun to see everything come together. (Note: I have promised myself, and others, that I will reuse this theme next year.  So far, no one believes that I will....)

Warning: there are lots of pictures in this post!

Welcome to Room 44!
 

Here is the view of the classroom from my door.  I love the hanging pom poms!!

I hate that the wall above the whiteboard is split in half by these "after market" projectors.  Does this drive anyone else crazy?

That's a blurry Little Peanut that you see in the picture above. 

Here is a view of the whole room from my desk.


This is my desk.  It's so neat...I wonder how long it will stay this way?  If you look carefully, you can see Little Peanut's mural on the whiteboard in the background.


I have two bulletin boards in my room.  One is designated for student work.


The other is used for Calendar.  I love the pink chair!  That's where I sit while leading calendar, during read alouds, and the students can earn the privilege of sitting in that chair as well.


 (I took the picture above before I put the calendar numbers up, but I wanted to include a straight on view of the board too).

This picture shows the other end of the calendar.  The bookcase holds all of my backup supplies (glue, erasers, etc).  I love the cozy feel of the lamp!


Here is my birthday display.  I have yet to add the cards with the students' names (I won't get my class list, which includes this information, until the end of the week).  


No classroom would be complete without a rules display.

You can grab this free set of rules from Miss Nelson here.

The back wall of my classroom is mostly covered by two storage cabinets (on wheels), the space that is left over is a bit small, but perfectly suited for my jobs board and a small bit of decor.  Each pocket will be labeled with the different class jobs that I have.  The students' names will be written on cards sized to fit inside the pockets.  I rotate jobs (almost) every week.  My students do not all have jobs every week.  If they are not assigned a job, they are simply on vacation; they love that!


I can never seem to fit all of my students' work on the interior bulletin board, so I took this awkward space above our built in racks to create a showcase of work.  This allows for some overflow from the bulletin board.


(The paper is warped in this photo because this past weekend was a stormy one and the building became rather humid as a result.  Needless to say, I spent some time fixing a lot of stuff).

These posters are a necessity in my room.  Without them, the students have a difficult time remembering how to code words during Saxon Phonics.  So, I used some borders and shiny stars to spruce them up a bit.  I also use this space to "advertise" what students may do when they finish an assignment early.  It is conveniently located above the "I'm Done" box.


This is my class library.  My librarian friend helped me sort and color code the books several years ago.  The system remains effective.  Each book has a colored tab taped to the spine that matches the color of the book bin label.


These bins will hold different math games that my students get to play when we finish our math lesson early, but are still within the time limits of our math block.


I was also able to get my wardrobes (closets on wheels) organized.  I never feel like any arrangement within these carts is the best, but at least it looks neat (enough).



Finally, this is my hallway display.  My students' work will go in the big empty space.  We are required to switch out student work once a month.  I'm looking forward to filling the space in the next week! (Sorry about the dark quality of the picture, I turned on the hallways lights but that didn't seem to do much good).


I made each of the characters by tracing the different parts onto scrapbook paper and then gluing them together.  Here is a close up of the girl.


Well, there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed touring my classroom!

You can find more fun and exciting classroom reveals over at Courntney's blog, Swimming into Second.  Click the image below to head over there!


I'm also linking up my classroom reveal with Jessica from Tales of a First Grade Teacher. Be sure to head on over and see her beautiful room and while you're there, link yours up too! Simply click the image and it will take you to Jessica's linky party.

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30 comments:

  1. You are so clever to make the full size/custom dress Melonheadz kids! Love your classroom...the students are going to love it, too!

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    1. Thanks Suzy! They were challenging to make, but they definitely make me smile every time I look at them. Thanks for stopping by!!

      Aimee

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  2. Your room looks awesome! I love your student work BB... and that pink chair!! Where did you get it? :)
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. Thank you! I am borrowing the chair from my good friend; she thinks she purchased it at Target a while back. I remember seeing them a year or two ago. Keep your eyes peeled; you never know when one might pop up!

      Aimee

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    2. I believe I saw one of those chairs at WalMart the other day in the exact same color. I thought about buying one or two for my own classroom, possibly for my classroom library area.

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  3. Oooh I love that birthday display on your desk! I have a real desk this year (first time in 5 years because of the buildings I've been in) and I was trying to think of something to do with the front of my desk. It's made of wood and I am not allowed to paint in. I think some felt and a few pieces of ribbon are in my future :)

    Raye
    The Caffeinated Teacher

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad the display inspired you! It definitely helps add some character to an otherwise boring desk front! Have fun!!

      Aimee

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    2. Hi Raye,

      I'm planning on putting up some bright and decorative contact paper on the front of my wood desk bordered with some polka dot Duct Tape. I'm also planning on putting up some 3-D glitter foam letters that spell out Mrs. Baker and some bright colorful circles around that.

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  4. Your classroom looks awesome! I love the characters in the hallway, super cute :)

    Good luck getting ready for the kiddos!
    Annie
    Three Cheers for First Grade!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm excited for the kids to see it!

      Aimee

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  5. Everything looks beautiful! All your hard work has paid off! Your students are super lucky to have you! I hope your year is fantastic!
    -Jaime
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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    1. Thank you! It was truly a labor of love!

      Aimee

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  6. Aimee, it looks AMAZING!! I definitely found a few things that inspired me, especially the birthday display :) Can't wait to finish my room so that I can share pictures!

    Lacey
    The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher

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  7. Thanks, Lacey! I'm thrilled to hear that you found some inspiration; I can't wait to see how that translates in your super cute owl room!

    Have fun decorating!

    Aimee

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  8. LOVE your ROCKIN' room and the colors. Everything is so neat and organized! Love, love, love!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  9. Your room is so great. I love all of the colors and polka dots. I need to make some banners. Yours are precious

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  10. Thank you so much for linking up! Your room looks great! My desk has never been that neat!!! Have a great school year!
    -Jessica

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    1. Thank you!! It was fun to link up!! I'm just hoping my desk can stay that neat...at least for a while!

      Aimee

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  11. Wow this room is awesome! Love love love the pink and blue colors!!! Beautiful and so nice a clean looking!

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    1. Thank you so much!! It was a bit hit with the families who came to our meet and greet yesterday- yay!! Have a great school year!!

      Aimee

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  12. Your room looks amazing! I love the colors and your letters for Welcome and Calendar. Your students are going to love it! Thanks for linking up!

    Swimming into Second

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited to start our rockin' year!

      Aimee

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  13. Soooo gorgeous! You totally need the new precious pink pencil sharpener! I am in love with your color scheme and jealous of how organized your room is! I love the idea of doing your birthday list on the front of your desk on ribbons - such an easy way to display without taking up a whole board - totally stealing that! Thank you so much for letting us "in". Totally a fan of your room!
    Heidi
    http://inthatroomwithheidiharrell.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! You're words are too kind! That pink pencil sharpener is definitely on my wish list. The birthday display is great because not only did it free up wall space, but I see it every time I enter the room, which means I'm more likely to be on top of those birthdays as they roll around. I hope you can take the idea and run with it!

      I'm so glad you stopped by to take the tour!

      Aimee

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  14. Where did you find such cute letters?

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  15. I cut out all the lettering that you see on the walls using my Cricut. I wish I knew which cartridge/font it was that I used. I definitely like using the lettering options I have with the Cricut vs. what our school die cut machines have to offer. I still haven't yet purchased or used a Silhouette Cameo, but you can do similar lettering with that system as well. I hope that helped!

    Aimee

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  16. May I ask where you got the class rules banner and print outs of the rules? :)

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