Thursday, August 22, 2013

Finally have my classroom mostly together!

OMGoodness!  Seriously.... I wish we could kind of ease back into the year.   This week has whooped my arse!  One more day.  Met my new class today and they are so stinking cute!   Right now I only have 15 - how awesome would that be?   I have NEVER had a class that small.    I am hoping there is not a massive reorganizing or something.   Fifteen would be amazing... anything under 22 would be!


Linking up with Tales of a First Grade Teacher to share what my classroom looks like so far!  I am exhausted but here a few shots of my "almost ready" classroom.   Right now there are still a few cabinets that could avalanche at any time,  but most of it is organized.   Hoping to finish up tomorrow!
Classroom Motto! 


Love this fabric!   Exactly what I was looking for - how often does that happen?
 
Our computer cart and tech wall... yes,  it really is crooked,  I will fix it,  just was rushing around to get ready for Meet the Teacher night!

 Our lone window.   My lil plant buddy is looking sad,  hoping he perks back up now that he is back at school.   Those pool noodles are giant tens and ones manipulatives!

 
My attempt at a chair makeover - it needs to be pulled a little tighter - but I like it!
 
Set up for the kids to come in!   My fingers were sore from tying all those balloons!  But it was so worth it - they were so excited!
 
Our meeting area - reading area.
WBT rules and our owl pillows.
Our bulletin boards and focus walls - ready for a focus!   I use the same border and backing on all my boards.   I learned this from "the sisters"(daily five ladies) years ago and I don't think I will ever go back.  It helps me focus on what is on the walls.
Word wall,  group area 
Math Manipulatives all out for the kids to use as needed.   This is new for me.  I have always just taken out what we are using at the time,  but through lots of in-service this summer,  I learned that kids should be encouraged to use any tool that helps them and have access to them at all times.   I sort of envision finding them everywhere - but hopefully we will establish really strong routines from day one!

 
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12 comments:

  1. Love your color scheme. Where did you find the owl pillows? THEY ARE A HOOT!

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    1. Thank you so much! I made the pillows. I am giving one away in my giveaway in any colors you choose!
      http://inthatroomwithheidiharrell.blogspot.com/2013/08/treats-for-teacher-giveaway.html

      Heidi

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  2. I love your room! So cute! OMGosh if someone only had 15 kids up here, they would dissolve the class and add those kids to other classes. I would DIE to have a class that small--imagine how much you could accomplish! I have 37 on my roster right now! :)

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    1. That is what I am worried about Raye. We would NEVER have class of 37 in the elementary schools... but 15 is pretty small and I am pretty scared they will divide it... BUT we only have two other teachers and that would the two left over a little over our limit - 22. So I am wishing and hoping and praying that we don't have to split because this would be THE PERFECT group to launch PBL in!
      Heidi

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  3. Oh my goodness. I am pretty sure I have the EXACT same fabric on my desk chair. Did you get it at Hobby Lobby? I love the owls!!

    Danielle
    Carolina Teacher

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    1. LOL! Absolutely Danielle! Hobby Lobby! Love it!

      Heidi

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  4. Looks great! I like the blue and green! and of course Owls are always cute. Paula @ educatingchildrenwithdisabilities.blogspot.com

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  5. Cutest classroom I have ever seen!
    How did you make the letters (for instance, the motto, and the Tech Talk)? Did you use a Cricut and then laminate? If so, what font is that? It's not the Mickey font, is it?

    Thanks so much,
    Maggie
    readingisimportant@gmail.com

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up with me. I love all your owls on your couch. I bet your class loves it!

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  7. Where did you get the word cards for you tech talk board? They look great!

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