Thursday, August 9, 2012

Classroom Tour

I've worked in my classroom all week and it's finally finished!  I don't have the best pictures - just the little old iPhone. Here's a quick tour.

This is the view right when you walk inside.

This is my reading and writing area. I love the Writer's Eye!  I've always wanted to add a CAFE board to my room and implement it.  I found the CRAFT board here.

I completely changed my reading corner this year.  It used to be full of dark green, red, and blue containers.  I went through all of my books (I actually had to get rid of some - I had way too many!) and changed up the containers to pink, gray and lime green.

To the right of this area is my new and improved word wall!  It's the smallest word wall I've ever had, but I know my firsties will use it a lot.  I made extra space for "t" and "w" words - I always seem to have ton of those words to put up.  I put the writing center directly underneath the word wall.  Right now it has writing journals, mini offices and different types of writing paper.

You can see a little bit of the calendar in the picture, but I didn't take one of the whole calendar board.  To be honest, calendar time makes me sick to my stomach. I bought First Grade Parade's Calendar Companion, so hopefully that will spice it up for me. Or else I'll have to take a shot of Pepto Bismol everyday.

Here's the clock and my class rules.

Next up is the front of the room.

See the pocket chart at the bottom of the board?  My mom made that!  Isn't she crafty?  Each pocket holds different colored crayons so if a student is missing a color, they can grab one quickly.  I usually keep some glue sticks there as well.

I made this board to showcase the student's work throughout the year.  I glued a thumb tack to the back of a clothespin and stuck the clothespin to the wall.  I thought it would look weird if the parents saw just clothespins hanging on the wall, so I added the green paper.

Open House was today and everything went smoothly! I loved meeting the kiddos and I think I'll have an extra sweet bunch this year.  We don't start until Monday, so technically I don't have to work tomorrow.  I was hoping for one last day of the pool (at least during the week), but they made us shut down the computers after Open House.  Hard to get any work without your computer!  Guess I'll be going in for a few hours tomorrow.  When is Open House for you?


  1. Your room is looking brilliant! It is going to be a great year ahead for you and the class.
    In Qld, Australia we tend to have our version of 'open day' around the 4th week of school, and usually at night time, thereby having it known as 'Parent's Night'. Just so different to the way you do it! And ours is usually a face to face talk to the group of parents, outlining expectations for the year ahead. No nice little gifts to take home, no kids, and it only takes about 1/2 hour (unless you have parents who dare to ask questions!!!)

  2. Beautiful! We have similar word walls. I am a new follower.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  3. Everything looks wonderful Liz. I love all of the pink and green. =)

    I became a follower of your adorable blog this summer. I always LOVE finding other 1st grade teachers. =)

    If you get the chance, I would love for you to come and read about our ready confetti and jitter glitter.

    Heather's Heart

  4. Super cute room! :) I love the word wall! I really wanted to separate mine like that, but I just couldn't wrap my mind around how exactly I wanted it. And GOODNESS...that crayon pocket chart is BRILLIANT!!

  5. love me some polkadots! I love how you did your word wall too! :)
    Thanks for linking up!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal