My classroom is finished and ready for the little ones to arrive on Tuesday. I have to admit, there are still a few small things that I plan to do VERY early in the morning on Tuesday. Just a few odds and ends. Marty said that it will never truly be finished as something like this is always a work in progress. True.
Thank you to all of you that posted comments and sent me emails about my classroom. I am really excited about the finished product this year. It has my creative vibe all throughout it. I hope that it is an environment that promotes learning, creativity and relaxation.
Allow me to show you around...
This is the Reading Reef (thank you mucho, Pat) where the I have my classroom library. It is labeled by Fountas and Pinnell levels as well as by themes. Thanks to this amazing site http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/Classroom%20Organization/classroom_organization.htm I was able to find some labels along with pictures for my library baskets. Thank you to this fine teacher who provided this resource!
This is a view of the second group of desks as well as the table at the Writing Center. The far corner is the rug area. New York City is very big on the Workshop Model http://www.tqnyc.org/NYC052376/whatisworkshop_new.html of teaching. The rug is the meeting area where the teaching is done. It is one of the most important areas of the classroom as that is where all of the mini-lessons are taught to the children. (Yes, those are curtains on the windows!)
This area is where I will teach Guided Reading each day. Behind the table are coat hooks. I am not thrilled with all of their coats, etc. being exposed but this is an opportunity to teach them to be neat and organized. The bulletin board is "Behavior Beach" which is a behavior plan that I am using. (If you are a teacher and want to know more about this, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a bigger view of the Reading Reef. Marty put orange coral and ocean paper in there. Hope you can see it. It's super cute!
This is the Math Center and another bulletin board in the room. I like to leave boards blank and decorate them with kid work through the first week. It helps to liven up the room and have the kids take ownership of the space.
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