For us, the hurricane wasn't too bad. Some wind and rain, and a few trees and branches down, but we live over an hour inland. I have friends and coworkers who were without power for over 24 hours, and sent me pictures of a lot more damage. I'm thankful that none of them were hurt!
But, Friday afternoon, I left school at 2, because my room was done and I am ready for my little ones....well, as ready as I'll ever be! I'm starting to get really nervous about teaching kindergarten. I know I'll be fine once things get going but it's just this initial bit that has me super duper nervous. Confession....I've been nervous the last two years on the first day of school, so why should this year be any different?! :)
I'm sure you're all anxiously waiting by the computer, dying to see my classroom pictures so....here they are!!! :)
This is at the front of my room....my meeting spot. The calendar items are all underneath the chalkboard and whiteboard...I have my amazing easel, pocketchart, and all my whole group items together in a basket under the easel. My pillows for the kids will go along the edges of the rug...I was just waiting until next week to bring those in (after the first few days of orientation). I really wanted everything to be kid level and cozy, but still very instructional.
Okay, this is next to the meeting spot. You can kinda see the edges of the easel along the far left of the picture. My kids are grouped at tables. I actually have 5 (but you can't see one because I took pictures on my cell), with four kids at every table, except for one. We added a desk to one table to make a group of 5...I have 21 kids so it didn't quite work out evenly. Each kid has a space built into the table for their workbooks and pencil box, and a chair cover with a spot for any papers, etc, and their name on it. I decided against putting down permanent name tags because I want to be free to move kids around. I may regret not having the reference point for them, but I'm still mulling that over. Along the wall, you can see my windows (shades are down because it was so hot) and my personal book collection.. all organized this year. On top of the shelves, I have my book characters and the corresponding books. I also have a book display rack with themed books for the kids to read.
This is at the back of my classroom. The kids' bookbags and lunchboxes will go along the way where the blue and green tags are. There are hooks for them to hang things and space to stow under their book bags. You can see my dramatic play area, the various buckets with manipulatives, toys, and games, and the bean bag chair, globe, and the art/writing center. Towards the very front of the picture, you can see a chair next to a basket with a small blue tabletop pocket chart and whiteboards. That's my small group table (a kidney bean table)! so excited to finally have one!!! Like my curtains and fabric? behind the velcro fabric is all of our extra supplies and craft materials. It looked so icky that I had to do something, and this made me happy! :)
Okay, this is the other corner of the back of my classroom. You can see the globe (as a reference point for where this is). It's basically taken at the end of my kidney bean table. I have a tv cart---which I hate---but since I have the biggest room out of the three of us sharing the tv, I got elected to give it a home. In front of it, I put a moving bulletin board...just to block all of the three boxes of dvds and vhs that are sitting on the cart. I need to get a clear plastic container for those but it's on my school wishlist. Hopefully a parent will want to help us out! Behind the tv, you can see some beige colored shelves...they're plastic units doors, holding my very disorganized construction paper (its on my list to organize here in the next two weeks). I have my cute little three door cart next to it, and some of my desk stuff on top of those items.On the blackboard (which for a while, I didn't think I was going to get to keep!!---thankfully, the teacher decided he wanted to to hold out for a whiteboard instead), I have my word wall, my theme board, and my language arts board. Way above it (you can't see it...sorry) is my alphabet line ...in Dr. Seuss and Zaner Bloser. :) My funky colored lamp made an appearance again this year, and my desk has some family pictures and fun tape dispenser on it! I'm ready to go there!
This is at the very front corner of my room. I have my prayer table, my "what we are learning" bulletin board, and my behavior chart. I love love love the rainbow clip chart that everyone seems to be using in the blog world, so I decided to hop on that train, too. I actually already have my kids' clips on it but I took this picture before that point. This is at the corner of my meeting rug at the front of the room. You can just barely see the corner of the blackboard in the bottom right of the picture.I also have my recess bag tucked under my prayer table. If it's not right by the door, I can guarantee that I'll forget to grab it on my way outside with the kids.
So these two pictures are of the same area but one shows it without tall the boxes and clutter in front. I have my red pocket charts (for the kids to turn in their home folders every day), our morning work bin, our finished work bin, my small group boxes (the purple ones), writing portfolios, and all of our language arts materials. I also have our class mascot (the cute little zebra who the students will name) and my reading tubes (pvc tubes at Lowes.....59 cents apiece). Inside the cupboards are all of my curriculum stuff..... and there's a TON of it.
Overall, I'm really pleased with how the room turned out. I think that it looks colorful, friendly, inviting, and very much an educational environment. there were things that I would have loved to have done as well, but space and time were definitely constraints.
Thoughts and feedback??
I'll post again later this week, after I've survived my three orientation days with my kids (and their parents)! Next on my to do list, pick out what to wear tomorrow.....seriously, I think it's just as hard as putting my room together. Take care, yall!!!