Because I work at a year-round school, there are only 3 weeks for me to break down my classroom, clean, make changes and improvements, and set back up again for the new kiddos. Needless to say, I have been spending almost every weekday in my classroom. Here are some of the new changes and improvements!
I am using fabric (instead of butcher paper) as the background on my Word Wall this year. A colleague of mine gave me this tip and I finally took advantage of it. Hopefully the fabric will last (and not look ripped up and holey by the end of the year) and make it worth my $30.
My students' pictures will go on the stars. The title says, "Look Who's Popped In!" As an introduction to graphing, they will try 4 different types of popcorn then vote for their favorite. We will discuss the results after the graph is complete.
I (finally) increased the size of our classroom library. Next step - add plants, bean bag chairs, a lamp, etc. I need to make this space more fun and inviting!
The desks are cleaned, sanitized, and ready for new shining faces!
I (finally) moved all four computers on to one table. My, the space is wonderful! I moved the other table near the sink and it will be used as our Creation Station and a small group work area.
So I had one minor set back. Aye! What a mess this was! My desk had always been wobbly and it just could not take me moving it around. On a brighter note, I traded for a new, more sturdy desk AND it forced me to clean out and reorganize my desk drawers!
Okay, so by the time I am adding to / editing this post, our school has been in session for 4 weeks already. (We are on a month break now, but we'll be back to it early September through early December. Did I mentioned I LOVE the year-round schedule!?)
I wanted to join my very first linky party (yippee!) on TBA, so I am adding a few more pictures of my classroom. If you want to join the party too, check out the blog post HERE!
This is our Calendar / Math wall - though it looks a bit bare in this picture. We add more as the year progresses.
I am such a technology nerd, so I consider myself very LUCKY to have a mounted SmartBoard in my classroom. I use it on a daily basis. I would not go so far to say my students use it on a daily basis, but certainly on a weekly basis. Our Phonemic Awareness Center is the table to the left.
I so love our small group table - how lucky we would be to have another! I am super excited about the apple tablecloth that I found at Target today for $5!! It is going to look AWESOME on this table. :)
Hmmm...I guess that's it for now. Back to the classroom to take more pictures!