August 22, 2012

Picture This: Where I Teach Wednesday

I don't know about you, but everyday I walk into my room I get a smile on my face!  I just adore the cuteness I created this year for my firsties and I.  There is just something about getting to decorate your own classroom that makes you happy! Enough of my random rambling and onto my classroom tour.  By the time you get through all the pictures you will probably notice 2 things: my favorite color is red and I am crazy about animal prints!

Here we go:
We'll start with my desk area, bookshelves, math manipulatives and awesome desk skirt my sweet mom made for me this summer!
Next up is my guided reading area where I meet with small groups. And I'm very lucky to have my window : )
Computer and Listen to Reading Centers.  New this year, I left a blank space on the wall to hang anchor charts for the kiddos to refer back to after new instruction is introduced.
On top is the Writer's Eye bulletin board with the writing process steps and punctuation station. 
On bottom is actually where the students will sit when they are working on their writing.  There are all different types of writing utensils (pens, markers, crayons, pencils, crazy scissors) and I will put out different paper once writing styles are introduced. Can't forget the crate seats I made with the help from my hubby!
My new and improved library for this year!
Daily 5 book boxes (giving credit to the hubs again for building me shelves to store them on--love him)!
This may just be my favorite part of the room, our meeting area/calendar which I call the "Information Hut".
 I've disguised my cabinets...on the left is where the kiddos will make their Daily 5 choices. On the right is where I display their good work, which I call the "Pride Board". I made their individual displays with scrapbook paper.
Word wall is a must.  We also make a class promise at the beginning of the year which I will write on the blank chart after we come up with it together.  I also have their cubbies as well as our specials schedule/school map/lunch menu right beside the door.

 Ever since my discovery of Pinterest, it seems as though I am always working on some sort of new project for my classroom.  This summer I made both of these: Our Classroom Rules/Expectations and part of my behavior management system (clip chart).
This is where I have the students turn in their work.  This year, to start off I am going to have them highlight their name because what 1st grader always remembers to put their name?  I also put a little reminder for them to check their work for capitals, periods, and finger spaces.
Last but not least, is my happy birthday bulletin board and a space for the safari super star of the week!
I hope my classroom tour has given you some ideas for the future! Feel free to ask any questions you may have.  And don't forget to head over to Blog Hoppin' to link up!


  1. Your room is so cute. I love the red and your jungle theme. What a cute idea to make your whiteboard look like a hut.
    The Hive

  2. Hi your room looks great and so cheery. The red and animal print go great together.

  3. I love the animal print in your room, everything looks so tidy and organized.

  4. Your room looks amazing! I'm sure your child will LOVE being in you room. Just found your blog & would love for you to stop by sometime :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  5. Oh, and I'm your newest follower, too :)

  6. You room looks great, I love how the brights pop & the animal print is so fun!

  7. Your desk looks very organized. I'm jealous. I'm a new follower!
    The Caffeinated Classroom

  8. Your room looks great! I love the red! II'm your newest follower!

  9. Your room is really bright and cute! I love the colors and the animal prints!

    Down Under Teacher