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?