Hey teacher friends! Are you exhausted from the first few days back to school?! One thing that energizes me is looking at pictures of classrooms! #teachernerd
Welcome to our classroom!
Do you see my teacher desk??!! Neither do I! I removed my desk so we could have extra floor space. My desk was never really utilized. and it took up a lot of space. I organized all of my materials so that I can quickly access them throughout the day.
Our classroom banner is so inviting and beautiful. You can check out lots of banner designs for different grade levels here.
I ordered my red teacher toolbox from Amazon, and the toolbox labels are from Erica Bohrer (They are editable and awesome!) The sterilite drawers are from Wal-mart. The polka dot boxes and frame are from Hobby Lobby.
I keep some teaching materials on my front table too. The shelf and bins from Target are perfect for holding all of the things that I need during instructional time. Using this vertical space keeps my front table from becoming too cluttered during the day. I like keeping my supplies in containers with labels that are easy for little ones to read.
I made some new labels for the student storage area too so that everything matches. Did you notice I keep shower caps on the top row of bins?! If a bin falls off, you don't have 300 markers rolling across the floor, and you can keep busy hands out of the bins!
I love labeling everything with words and pictures. It helps me quickly remember where to put everything, but it also helps my firsties clean up too!
You can check out all of my classroom labels by clicking on the picture below.
For a little extra storage, I got a pair of filing cabinets. We found these for FREE on the side of the road when we were driving around town. They were an ugly green color, but my husband helped me sand them down and spray paint them! The rolling carts will serve as mailboxes for my students this year. I used calendar numbers to label them 1-30.
I updated my reading board this year too! My sight words have little magnets on the back so I display them stove burner covers while they are being taught. Once we master them, we move them over to our magnetic word wall. My firsties can come up and remove words as needed during writing and then easily put them back. The word family signs are held with clothespins. When we are ready for a new family, these posters will move to a permanent display on our lockers. (All of the word family posters for the year are available in my TPT store if you click on the picture.)
You can get these word wall cards, alphabet posters, and FREE word helper signs from my TPT store. I also use my table signs to help reinforce long and short vowel sounds throughout the year.
I also like to keep up posters for shapes and colors for the whole year. My firsties use these words ALL the time!
I am really excited about our reading area this year too. I know my firsties will love the special seating (from Target and Ikea) and there are sooooo many books to share! I store books by genre and by reading level. The little shelf between the chairs holds books we have been reading together in the classroom or seasonal books.
You can get all of the labels and matching stickers to organize your books by subject, author, characters, or guided reading level by clicking on the picture below.
Here's a look at our first writing display. We use these editing cups as we practice writing complete sentences and learning how to check our work. (All of these writing resources are in my TPT store, just click on the pictures to check them out.)
Here's a peek at our math wall. We update our calendar and number of the day it every morning. You can get the mathematical practices posters and number cards from my TPT store too.
As we finish calendar, we look at our schedule for the day. By mapping out our day together and answering questions, our transitions are more smooth and everyone (including me) knows what to expect! You can check out the schedule cards by clicking on the picture.
My school has a fantastic School-Wide Positive Behavior System so we display consistent rules posters and displays throughout our building. Here's how our rules looks in my classroom. The chart is used for students to store their reward coupons called "rocket fuel." They can buy prizes or special experiences with their rocket fuel.
I can't wait to share this space with my super sweet class this year! The only thing missing is LOTS of kid work! Thanks for stopping by friends!
PS.... Can you spy me in my first grade class photo?! I love to hang this up for my firsties and their families to see!