I always love exploring other blogs that I love to see different things they are doing in their classroom. I also love getting ideas from something cute I see on Pinterest and then "tweaking" them my own way. I've decided to post a few pictures of my classroom to hopefully inspire others. If any of these were your original ideas please let know so I can give you proper recognition! Whoever came up with these ideas has been a life saver for me and my classroom and deserves recognition! Enjoy!
Where Are We? Board
Great idea for keeping track of where your students are throughout the day. I always have kids coming in and out of the room and people pulling my kids for different thing. I saw a board like this on Pinterest and decided to make one to help me keep track of where each kid is throughout the day. It is just a while board with zebra sticky paper and vinyl letters. The magnets are made from clear decorative rocks from the Dollar Tree, cute paper, mod-podge, and thick magnets. Each one has a student's name on it and the kids move them to the appropriate box before they leave the room.
In our calendar area we have the usual calendar things: calendar (I made mine on a white board so I could put little magnets on the backs of the dates), day of the week chart, hundreds, tens, and ones char, weather chart, etc. My two favorite things in this area are...
1. Our attendance chart. Each day that we have every student there they earn a puzzle piece. WHen they fill in their puzzle the class gets a special reward. I made this puzzle to look like my little dog Paisley! :)
2. Our target behavior board. Another wonderful Pinterest behavior management idea. In our meeting area we pick a target behavior such as "shouting out". Then each time someone "shouts out" I take one flower down (they start with 5). The more flowers they keep at the end of a lesson, the more points they get toward a class reward.
Our classroom library. The books are organized by DRA and Lexile level. I love how colorful it is and I love the tubs! I found them at the Dollar General last year. They come is large size and small size. Books fit perfectly in them and students don't have to pull them off the shelves to look through the books.
My Desk... sorry about the mess!
Cute desk skirt made by a friend and they match the curtains she made for me too! I then made some book shelf covers to match.
My new favorite hobby... painting furniture! I just started painting furniture last year and loved it. So I decided to make a few things for my classroom. I made this little reflection chair, and I just love it :). I also painted a chair for myself, one for Ms. Fretwell on my 2nd grade team, and a special pink chair for Ms. Ross who is the bravest breast cancer survivor I've ever met!
My pretty painted chair :).
I'll post some more pictures of my classroom later... and I promise next time it will be more pictures and less words :).