June 14, 2013

What's Your Classroom Decor {Linky Party}

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 for teaching reading strategies or doing tutorials. 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! I actually ended up moving it mid year due to having a Smartboard installed!!
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 also moved this meeting area mid year because of the Smartboard also.
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.
 Here is part of my behavior management system (clip chart). It also just got a new revamp. Check that post out {HERE}.
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. Don't forget to stop by The Applelicious Teacher's Blog for this fun linky party that changes weekly!


  1. Your room is so neat. I would LOVE to be in your classroom & can definitely understand why it makes you so happy every day. I love my room, too.. I mean, we spent more time there than at home, we should decorate it to make us happy! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  2. I loved seeing pictures of your room! I always get such good idea from seeing other teachers' room. My room is so tiny compared to everyone's. I hadn't heard about this linky, so I'll be sure to check it out.

  3. I agree with Liz, your room seems huge! I'll be moving back into my old, newly renovated classroom, so I won't get to decorate for a while still. Thanks for sharing, it looks great!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  4. Your room is adorable! I love all of the animal print. That's how my room is decorated (mostly zebra print though).I have many of the same posters you do (highlight your name, writing process, and punctuation). I found them last summer and hung them in my room this past year. I do want to find some cute fabric to cover the bottom of the table that holds my smart board computer and printer. It's ugly under there! haha So, did you stick it to the table with velcro?

  5. Cute! I love your leopard! Especially the "information hut" and pride board! I'm a new follower, so glad I found you!


  6. LOVE your decor, especially the animal print. What a cozy classroom!

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes