Monday, August 8, 2011

Classroom Tour

We had Open House this evening and I got to meet my little sweeties for next year.  Oh My!  They are adorable.  Anyhow, prior to our Open House, I filmed my video tour.



Thank you Marlana from Lil' Country Kindergarten for my You Tube embedding tutorial!!!  Lifesaver!

Miss Theodora Pig ~ Need I say more?
These pockets are where my students place their writing drafts each day.  About every 10-15 school days, the students will select a piece to "publish".  The writing they decide to not publish goes into their year-long writing portfolio.

Here is my writing center in front of my word wall.  The word wall is made of fabric that is attached to the wall with Velcro.  I use straight pins and attach the word wall words to the fabric word wall (I hope that makes sense).

I inherited this writing table.  It was pretty beat-up so I covered it with fabric, added a ribbon trim, and covered the whole thing with a clear plastic.  This holds up very well to my kiddos.

This is the back of my room.  I leave the bulletin boards blank because they will be filled with our classroom learning.  The green rectangles under my white board are where my students display their published work.  Just above the green squares I have 3M hooks.  Then students use binder clips to hang their writing... Love this!  The green rectangles on my white board is where I display my letters of the week and my words of the week.

My math corner.  I have my math stations on the right and the manipulatives on the left.  I made the tree following the directions on Deanna Jump's page.  I am so excited about this tree!  Thank you Deanna for wonderful directions!  And thank you mom for your expert leaf construction!
This is a partial view of my classroom library.  Do the pillows look familiar?  
Click here to read how to make your own.


This is my small group area and my desk.  Ok~technically my desk is what Theodora's cage sits on, but I just use my computer table. I (ok, my mom) covered my boring (and gross) office chair with a fun coordinating fabric.
My work stations job board is ready to go.  I just need to add the student pictures.  I got this at Really Good Stuff.  It is wonderful because I can just flip it over for math stations.  Need Literacy Station Labels... Here are some from a while back, but they still work!

Please let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions!  Going to bed now!

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18 comments:

  1. You have wonderful ideas. I invite you to participate in my Freebies/ Giveaway linky party!

    Lidia
    kinderlatino.com

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  2. Absolutely beautiful!! I love your library area. All of the colors are so lovely together! Best of luck in the new school year :)
    Kristen

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  3. I love how you display the students' work! Great job! :)
    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  4. Your room looks beautiful! I am so jealous of your guinea pig. I am not allowed to have a classroom pet :( I do get to hatch chickens in the spring and have butterflies and tadpoles to demonstrate the life cycle, but I really wanted to give my kinders the experience of a classroom pet! I am hoping my next school will be more understanding lol (we are military so I know I will be moving sooner or later. I love how large your classroom livrary is, it looks so inviting!


    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  5. Love your classroom! I especially love how you display the children's work. Don't you want to come help me with mine? :)

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  6. Love it! Thanks for sharing, especially with a video! Do you have a dramatic play area??

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  7. Thanks everyone! I hope the video did not feel like The Blair Witch Project!

    Brittney~I do not have a dramatic play area. It was a choice I made when I first set up my kindergarten classroom. At times I think about all the academic/dramatic play activities I could do, but I do not plan on adding one. I love some of the ideas Debbie Diller has for this type of station in her Literacy Work Stations book.

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  8. LOVE it Deedee! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Everything looks so nice and uncluttered...unlike my tiny classroom with NO storage:( I absolutely ♥ Miss Theodora!!!! You may have inspired me to get one:)! I've always stayed away from pets because I was scared...but she is ToOoOo Darn cute!;)
    Little Warriors

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  9. Hi Katie,

    I love Miss Theodora! She is awesome! EASY pet to have. I am not a mouse/rat/hamster kind-of gal. I always seem to get bit by these tiny things (even the "Oh, she never bites" bites me)... must be tasty!

    Guinnea Pigs are simple, social, and hardy. I usually leave her in the classroom during our weekends. She has a little cage at home that we use for longer weekends. She seems to warm up to kids more than adults which is PER-FECT!

    Our custodian brings her treats in the evening and talks to her (so cute). The first thing he asked me when I came back after summer is... "Is Theodora with you?"... LOL!

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  10. Yay! I'm so glad it worked for you!

    Blessings,
    ✿Marlana
    Lil' Country Kindergarten

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  11. What an inviting, warm, and pleasant classroom for learning to occur. I want to be a student in your room! Everything is so lovely; you've inspired me. I only have two bulletin boards and one is teeny tiny. I was trying to figure out where to put my word wall and you have solved the problem--fabric. I love your birthday cupcakes. Did you make them or purchase them? If you sell them, please let me know. Have a wonderful year!

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  12. Love that purple wall! You did a marvelous job on your video. I shared pics of parts of my room on my blog, but will try to get a video together soon. Until then, here is a video I did last year featuring our "Mr. Sea Dragon" who came in and mysteriously messed up our word wall and was caught on video! lol My kids loved it. I plan to do something similar this year with Pete the Cat. I hope your open house went really well! Do you have criers this year? :)
    Maggie

    http://maggieskindercorner.blogspot.com

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  13. oops...the video link :)
    http://s1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee483/maggieskindercorner/?action=view&current=100_0895.mp4

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  14. Your classroom looks fun! My computer chair looks awful...how did you (your mom) add the fabric? I want to do that....this weekend. :)

    :) Shelly
    projectqn@tx.rr.com

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  15. Hi Shelly,

    First we removed the seat and back from the chair... easy turn of the knob. Then she just tucked and stapled the new fabric over the yucky one. She added a ribbon where the two pieces came together.

    I love it!

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  16. What an inviting, warm, and pleasant classroom for learning to occur. I want to be a student in your room! Everything is so lovely; you've inspired me. I only have two bulletin boards and one is teeny tiny. I was trying to figure out where to put my word wall and you have solved the problem--fabric. I love your birthday cupcakes. Did you make them or purchase them? If you sell them, please let me know. Have a wonderful year!

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  17. Hi Isabel! Thank you for your kind words. I bought the birthday cupcakes at a Teacher Store...I think they are from Creative Teaching Press.

    Here is a hint... If you want your room to look more spacious, make your bulletin boards the same color. You will probably notice that all of mine are the same color with the same border. The color (purple) is not my favorite color, but my room already had a purple wall (district chosen) so I wanted to keep the color theme consistent.

    I was told (by Debbie Diller~I really don't stalk her) that you want your kids to focus on the learning, not the frills. So I try to keep the visual noise to a minimum.

    Enjoy your year!

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  18. What a great idea--keeping all the bulletin boards the same color. It makes sense. I only have two--one is teeny tiny--so this won't be hard to do. I inherited a small room from a teacher who taught in it for 30+ years and she basically left everything behind and I mean everything. I have slowly started sifting through all of her things and have had to divide the room into areas because it is an overwhelming task. Some of the items are yellowed with age and dust ridden. I take deep breathes and plug along. The positive is that she left all of her wonderful children's books behind! Your blog is a source of inspiration to me so a million thanks!

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