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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ready or Not Classroom REVEAL!!...and Currently

Whew!!  My classroom is as ready as it will ever be!  I am so proud of all the changes I made from being inspired by all of you!  I am linking up with the Teaching Blog Addict for Open House week and  Swimming Into Second linky party:

Here is my owl themed door that was inspired by other owl doors on pinterest.  Of course, there is the welcome sign that I made too.  You can read about it here.  The white sign is designating my room as peanut and tree nut free.

This is the view as you enter the classroom door.  My room is really not very big and there is not much wall space compared to some of the classrooms I have seen.

Here is my reading corner BEFORE:

 AND READING CORNER AFTER:  I will be putting the IPICK poster and other anchor charts around as we get going with D5 (at least, that is the plan!):

This is a view of my windows with my no-sew curtains and owl table skirt that I made with a hot glue gun.  You can read about that project here.  The table is all ready with the bin for my crayfish that will be arriving next week:)

 My chapter books are arranged by genre and the AR level is written on the color coded stickers (taped on bindings).

This is my homework board, schedule, teacher's helpers, and math meeting helper board.  I love the new owl subject headers that I laminated for the homework chart.

The editable schedule cards that I created turned out great!  I used the schedule pocket chart I already had.  I printed, cut and glued the cards on colored cardstock before laminating.  There is a space in the chart because 3 days of the week I have two specials in that time slot, not just one.  You can get the editable schedule cards here at my TPT store!

 These are my baskets to turn in homework on a table in front of my teacher desk.  I improved the labels on the baskets:)


Rules posters you can read about here:

Student work bulletin board with glittered clothespins.  This will not fit everyone's work and I have contemplated moving this onto the chalkboard too:

Kidney table area with bookshelf labeled with nonfiction genres (my daughter keeping me company):

Student computer area:

Book bins located on bookcase for ELA block:

Student mailbox cubbies, sink (to the right when you walk in the door):

View from back corner by sink:

View to the left of the door with the unsightly SMART board cord coming from the ceiling:)

There is my classroom (ready or not) to start the first day with students!  I hope you enjoyed the tour:)

Now, onto the September Currently!  I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade:)

I am really bummed that my daughter will be starting Kindergarten tomorrow and I won't be able to see her get on the bus or walk in the classroom...sniff, sniff:(  I would have to take a 1/2 day personal day on my student's first day too and I really need to save my three days for field trips, parent conferences, and Kindergarten graduation.  My school day starts at 7:40 and hers starts at 9:00 (in a different town).  

I am so glad that they had a meet and greet last week and I met her teacher and toured the classroom!  My husband will be meeting her at the bus stop and again at her class to take pictures.  At least she is so excited and never cried for PreK.  She LOVES SCHOOL (I wonder where she gets that from?...hehe).

On another note, I can't wait for all the season premieres...especially Revenge!  Season premieres are one of the many reasons fall is my favorite season:)  

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Your classroom looks so welcoming! I'm wishing you and your daughter a great first day tomorrow!!!

    Fifth Grade Dugout

  2. Ahhh Dance Moms starts in 1 hour here!! I love me some Abby Lee Dance Company :) I have never done kickboxing, but I am currently doing Insanity and I am loooving it!! I am so strong now lol!

    Your classroom looks awesome, by the way!

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  3. Your class looks great!! I hope you had a great first day back. "Whooo's making a difference" is the theme at our school. Owls are everywhere!! ;)


  4. Your classroom looks great! Congratulations on all your hard work!


  5. Your classroom looks fabulous. I love your owl theme!

    Fourth Grade Garden