Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's Finally Time!!!

It's here! My 2014-2015 classroom reveal! I'm linking up with three fabulous link ups! Head on over to Laugh, Eat, Learn, The Primary Gal, and Just a Primary Girl to check out some other fabulous classrooms! Here we go..
This is the wall to your right when you walk into my classroom (the blue to the right is the door molding).  Those cute little cupcakes are my birthday display. The cupcake wrappers have the months of the year, and the candles have the students' names and date.
The blue pocket chart houses my poetry station once my guided reading groups begin.
Turning to the right when you enter my classroom, you will find my Question of the Day wall. Each day, there is a different question. The students will use their name magnets to answer the question. Last year I stuck with yes/no questions, but this year I am going to venture out into other types of questions. 
I keep my job display on my bathroom door. I love having a display that has pictures and words because my kinders know exactly what job they have. I made this display using library pockets from Lakeshore. I use popsicle sticks with my students' names on them, and place them in the pockets!
Right to the left of the bathroom is our sink and water fountain. The best purchase I made this year was my little stool. My kinders had such a hard time reaching the sink and water fountain at the beginning of last year! The little stool saved us!
Next, you will see my mailboxes. I used binder clips and labels to label each mailbox with one of my student's names. This made it very easy for me to change the labels from last year's students' names to this year's.
The blue bin is where my students put their communication bags every morning when they unpack. These are just large plastic bags with handles that we use to transport important papers back and forth.
Right next to the mailboxes are the computers. I can't wait until I have some student work to display behind the computers; it looks so bare!!! I am also going to be posting my focus wall on the cabinets above the computers. {Also, please don't mind the MESS above the cabinets! I can't stand it, but I can't find any other place to store all of these things!!}
Here are my math stations. Once we start guided math, they will be filled with activities, and the pocket chart will hold our rotations. Above the chart, I post my math word wall.
Now you're facing the back of my room. The recess door is to the right in this photo. This is where I store all of our math manipulatives in labeled buckets. On top of the math manipulatives are my M-F bins. This is my favorite purchase for this year! I can now be super organized and keep all of the things I need for each day in one place!
Here is my guided reading table which serves double duty as my teacher desk. On the shelves behind this desk are all of my guided reading supplies, planning binders, and file/grade/copy bins.
To the left of my guided reading table is my classroom library. I will be posting our Daily 5 anchor charts on the bulletin board there. I used cork roll to create the bulletin board, because it was nonexistent! Last year, I just had to tape everything to the wall.
Here is our days in school bulletin board and Star of the Week bulletin board. I do every aspect of our calendar (calendar, days of the week, months of the year, hundreds chart, and weather graph) on the SmartBoard, but I wanted to have a more hands on approach to the tens frames, place value, and eventually base ten blocks. Underneath this board is the end half of my new interactive word wall. I've been using clothespins to attach our sight words and students' names to the word wall, and I LOVE how my students can remove the words to take to their seats!
Here is the left side of that wall with my SmartBoard, whiteboard, and teaching easel. I use both Sit Spots and duct tape on my floor. The Sit Spots give students defined places to sit during guided reading or when we are working on the SmartBoard. The duct tape helps to define spaces for our Morning Meeting or any other time we need to be in a circle. 
We've finally come to my favorite bulletin board and writing center! I did not have a writing center last year, so I'm excited to launch one this year. I especially love how I lowered the table so that students can sit on the floor to work! This idea came from one of my teammates, Barb!
If you turn to your left one more time, you will find yourself in our coat nook.  I labeled the hooks with student names so that they know where to put their belongings each day.
I have 4 tables in my classroom. This year, I bought pencil boxes at WalMart during back to school for less than $1 each! I labeled each one with a number so that I can keep using them year after year. The name tags you see there are in adhesive pockets from Lakeshore. They are a life saver! It is super easy to change seats during the year. I just have to peel the pockets off, and re-stick them on another table!
I hope you enjoyed visiting my classroom! As one of my students was leaving for his bus yesterday, he said to me, "Miss Peluso, I love our classroom." How sweet!? That totally made my whole week! I hope you love it too!
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9 comments:

  1. Everything looks wonderful but my favorite spot is your Writing Center & tree bulletin board! Have a great school year!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

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    1. Thank you!!! That is my favorite part, too!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! Loved your classroom, too!

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  3. Looks great. Be sure to put the picture on your post to qualify for the giveaway! And others can link up too

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    1. I just put a link to your blog at the top. Does that work??

      Thanks!
      Gina

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  4. Love the question of the day idea! You have a lot of computers for the kiddos, that is definitely a plus! :)

    Not Just Child's Play

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