Monday, August 13, 2012

Classroom Reveal and Monday Made It

I know I have been missing in action for a while.  It has been a CRAZY week.  I went back to school on Tuesday, open house on Thursday, and first day for the students on Friday.  In the midst of all this my husband's grandmother passed away.  She was 92 years old and has lived a long blessed life.  We will miss her but we know that she is in a better place. 

I am so excited to show you my classroom.  So off we go!!
Front of the room

Back of the room
Back of the room
This is my work area. I got rid of my desk last year and love it. 

This is behind my table and where I keep my teacher laptop. 

This is where I keep all the things I would normally keep in my desk. 

 This is where I keep notebooks that I use often as well as my files for my weekly work. I use the drawers on the top to store materials for my group work. 

Student cubbies as you walk in the door.  These hold their supplies.

Helper Board

Computer Center.  I just love my bucket seats.
  
 Listening Center

This is where my students hang their bookbags.  The containers above are for my math manipulatives.

Close-up of Math Manipulatives.

Reading Corner

Close-up

I love my crate seats.

Classroom Leveled Library
I adore my READ sign!!
Where are you board and Boggle

Clipboards

This is where students turn in work.

Anchor Chart Board

Treat Jars instead of Treasure Box.
Calendar and Math Board
Student Birthdays!  I will add pictures under each month of the students holding a white board with the date of their birthday. 
Birthday Balloons and Student Material files.

This is where the students store the materials that they need during the day.

Our meeting area

QR Codes


Writer's Eye Bulletin Board

Inside of my door.

Pencil Station

This is the bulletin board that is outside my classroom.  I make wanted posters for each child. It is alot of fun burning the edges......NOT!!  I blurred out faces and names but I did leave one so you could see.  He is mine so I guess it is okay.  And yes.........because of special circumstances, I am teaching my own child this year. PRAY!!!  Below is a close up of the wanted poster. 
I hope you enjoyed the Classroom Tour!!
Okay.....now for a few Monday Made Its!!
 

Made It #1

I made this a while back but I really love it and thought I would share.  This is where the students tell me things that they feel are important.  Having them write it down and put it in the tattle box limits interruptions during instruction.  We talk as a class about what kinds of things would need my immediate attention and what kinds of things are more appropriate for the tattle box.   When they add to the tattle box they raise the flag so I will know to check it.    I keep paper beside the box so they can write down their concerns and add them to the box.  It works like a charm!!!

Made It #2
I found this idea at Eberhart's Explorers blog.  I just love this idea and had to make some in red and black to match my classroom.  The pom pom becomes the eraser!! 

Made It #3 

I have had this stool in my basement for a very long time.  I finally decided to make it beautiful!!  I saw the idea of using the initials somewhere but can't remember where.  If it was you please let me know so I can give you credit.  The letters were cut out of vinyl on a cricut.  The other decorations were made from sheets of duct tape!  I mod podged over the duct tape to assure that it wouldn't come off. 


Made It #4



I did not actually make this but it is just too cute not to share.  My niece, JuliAnn, made this beautiful teacher apron for me.  I just love it!  It comes in so handy when your like me and can't remember where you put your tape, stapler, pen, etc.  I especially enjoy using it when I am putting up  a bulletin board.  I think she did an amazing job!!  Pretty talented......huh!!!

59 comments:

  1. Your classroom is very cute! I can tell you put a lot of effort into making it student friendly! Looks great!!

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  2. Your room looks AWESOME! It is so organized. I'm jealous. :) Even after I cleaned mine up, it still feels like I have so much stuff!
    I bet your students and their families were very impressed!
    ~Andi

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  3. Your classroom is to die for. Your students are going to love it!

    Liliris
    Fourth Grade Garden

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  4. I LOVE IT! It's absolutely beautiful. You should come link up. You have two chances to win.

    http://missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2012/08/run-get-your-camera.html
    http://www.missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-after.html

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  5. WOW! Your classroom is absolutely stunning!
    - Michele
    Multiage Moments

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  6. Your classroom looks AMAZING!!! I love the colors you chose, and it's so super duper organized. You are going to have a great year! I got to teach my daughter 2 years ago when she was in 4th grade (just for reading, we departmentalize so she had another teacher for math, and another for SS/Science)....it was so much fun!!

    Lisa
    Super Pig and Tyrant King

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    1. Thank you Lisa!! I am excited about teaching my little boy. I think it will be a fun experience.

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  7. Your classroom looks great! I LOVE the colors in your room. Very unique.
    Jean
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

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  8. I love the red and black theme throughout your room. What is making the border at the front of the room look 3D? Is it crepe paper?

    It's going to be an interesting year for you - especially with your son in your room.

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    1. It is actually butcher paper! Here is a link to a tutorial that shows you how to make it. http://peaceloveandfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2012/06/making-scrunchy-border.html?showComment=1340325908991

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  9. Where did you get the 2 cute floor chairs at your listening center? They look so comfy and easy to store!

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    1. I wish I knew!! I actually stole them from my mother in law!! She can't remember where she bought them. I would love to have more.

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  10. Your room is amazing! Love, love the color scheme! I hope you get a chance to drop by my giveaway--a laminator--

    www.ateacherwithoutaclass.com

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  11. LOVE your room! so jealous, I haven't stepped into my room yet. Quick question, how do the kids do with the expos? I want to do the same thing with the poms but i'm afraid they'll loose the lids.

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    1. We have only been in school for two days so I haven't had a chance to try them yet. I thought the same thing!!

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  12. Amazing room!!! Love your color scheme and fun accents:)

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  13. Your classroom is gorgeous! You have worked so hard and I love how it turned out! I just wanted to tell you, I had my mom for math in eighth grade. One of my fellow students asked me in January if she was my mom!!! Fingers crossed for you!

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    1. Thanks Laura!! I appreciate the encouragement!!

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  14. I LOVE your room! It must make it so much fun to teach with everything organized! Hope you have a wonderful year!

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    1. Thanks Carly!! We sure do miss you. So glad that you are coming back to Georgia!!

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  15. Wow, your room is gorgeous! I love the red and black - and how everything is so coordinated! I think it says a lot about what kind of teacher you are that you obviously put so much thought and effort into your setup! Thanks for visiting my blog - I'm now your newest follower!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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    1. Jennifer, Thanks so much for the kind words!!

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  16. Your room looks great! I'm interested in knowing how you use the QR codes in your class!

    Traci
    The Bender Bunch

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    1. Thanks Traci! I use QR codes in a number of ways. At my school we have Xooms and iPads that we can check out from our media center. They all have the QR scanner downloaded on them. I create QR codes for reading and math sites that I want the kids to practice. I also have QR codes for things like online dictionary, interactive hundreds board, interactive multiplication table, my webpage, classroom blog, research sites, brainpop videos, etc. I also include QR codes in my weekly newsletter. I can link the parents to things like my website, videos of activities, practice sites, etc. There is also a desktop scanner that you can use in the event that you do not have access to other devices. Here is the site that I used last year for a desktop scanner. http://www.dansl.net/blog/2010/desktop-qr-code-reader
      I have not researched to see if there are any other desktop scanners available now. I am sure that there are many to choose from. I hope that this helps!!!

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  18. I absolutely love your classroom pics! It looks amazing! How did you get your READ letters to hang on the cinder blocks? I've been working on that all week!

    Thanks for following me...I'm following you now too!

    Nichole
    Craft of Teaching

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    1. I used concrete wall hooks. They sell them at any hardware store. They are great but once they are in they are hard to remove!! Good Luck!!

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  19. I must have a tutorial on those bucket seats! FABULOUS!! Your room looks absolutely incredible!

    Hope
    Teachingwhope.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks!! The bucket seats are super easy.

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    2. I was wondering where I can find the tutorial for the bucket seats.

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  20. Your room looks amazing! I love how everything coordinates so perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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  21. It's absolutely stunning. Glad you linked up.

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    1. Thanks!! I love seeing all the wonderful before and after pics. I wish I had taken some before pics.

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  22. Your room is amazing! I am a new follower and I am glad I found your blog. Where did you find the "In this room.." cards on your door?

    Thanks,
    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen!! Okay....I have spent the last little while trying to figure out where I found the signs. I can't seem to remember. I know it was a free download. I will keep searching for the source. So sorry!!

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  23. WOW! Your classroom is something to aspire to! Love, love, love it!!

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  24. Your room is too sweet. I really enjoyed the tour. I absolutely love the sign that's on your door. Thanks for sharing.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  25. Love, love, love your classroom!!! How adorable and organized! Wanna come to my classroom and help me :) I also got rid of my teacher desk about 3 years ago and it was so liberating!!! I would not go back to one now and see it as a big waste of space in my room. I am your newest follower :)
    Rita
    ...remember ...always stay 'Wild About School!'

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    1. Thank you so much Rita!! I feel the same way about the desk. I will never go back!!

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  26. oH! I love your room! Where did you find the black and red storage containers? I have been searching high and low for these but have not been able to find any. I am off to pin your classroom!!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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    1. Thanks Misty!! I found the red and black containers at Walmart about three years ago. I have not seen them since. I would love to have a few more but they are impossible to find.

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  27. Your room is just adorable! I love the color scheme! Just found you - love your blog!
    Vicky

    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  28. Thank you for sharing your classroom! I'm starting my first year of teaching in a few weeks and I'll be teaching 2nd grade! I'm so excited. I like seeing how you organize your classroom library, that's what I'm trying to figure out now!

    So cute!!

    Kristine
    Kristine's Book Reviews

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  29. What did you use to line your cart drawers?

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  30. How did you make the little magnets with the kids faces on them?

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