Friday, August 31, 2012

Room Tour

Welcome to my Classroom!  

We will start the tour with my room sign!  I made this with my Cricut last year and have made one for each of my team members (and assisted with a few others). They really perk up the hallway!

My door. A little Cricut hello and some gel clings for the window. (I have gels for each holiday/season) I love the stars but my very tall son helped put them on.  I told him that the tiny first graders will not be able to see their names all the way up there!  You can see that he really listened to me, right?

A lot happens in this area.  Lunch count, clip chart, extra supplies, bathroom passes. My "Poet of the Month" Poems are going in that lovely blank space to the left of the the white board.

My sink area. My school rule bees (found on Pinterest).  Our rules are: Be respectful; be responsible; be proud; be ready to learn.  During the year, I add examples of how to show these rules on strips under the bees.  I was thinking that I may do some photos of children showing these.

Mailbox area.  I have a bigger table here this year so it may work out better for us. They turn in their communication folders here and the blue baskets are my "inbox" and "outbox". I store the library return crate andthe art smock basket under this table.  During the day it doubles as a workspace.

Smartboard.  I love her. Yes, it is a girl. "Smart" is in her name, that is how I know! :)  There is that Author of the Month bucket (isn't it pretty there?) and the blue bucket holds the monthly/seasonal books.  Lots of Fall and Back-to-School books in there right now.

This table is a new thing for me.  They re-wired our smartboards this summer and we now have to have the computer that runs the board, in the front of the room.  I have my how-did-I-ever-live-without-it document camera up there too but I had to put a table cloth on the table to hide the 30 miles of cords that were hanging behind the table.  The throne is also in this picture.  Much of the paint has chipped off (I had not learned the importance of priming back then) but the back cover that I made for it makes up for the paint chipping off.

The library.  That wooden cart has a back side that it equally loaded.  I can't remember who the incredibly SMART teacher was that suggested bath rugs but I bought these 2 blue ones and they are GREAT!  They are really soft and do not slip at all.  I am going to keep adding these little beauties around my room.

Reading corner.  As I looked at this I noticed that it looks kind of bare but I like to add strategies to the bulletin board and anchor charts to the metal door as we move through the year!

My desk area. If I am sitting at this desk after school, I can hide behind the crate and files and sometimes people don't see me. Sometimes.

 True Confession......this is what my desk looked like BEFORE I cleaned it off for the picture.

This is the shelf that my computers used to be on.  We will be getting netbooks and a laptop instead so we don't need the counter space.  I use the blue cupboard doors for the word wall.I am currently using it to hold a bunch of junk educational materials and I am going to do my best to keep it cleaned off....right.

This is the room from the doorway.  It is ready for children and many great memories that are waiting to be made!  Thanks for visiting and I hope everyone has a lovely Labor Day Weekend!


  1. Your room looks great! I love how your author of the month bin turned out! And...I hear ya about the how did I ever live without it document cameras.
    Funky First Grade Fun

  2. Your room looks awesome! Have a great start to your year! :)

  3. It looks wonderful, swannie!! Much better than it did all summer! (thanks again got sharing it for summer school!)