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Welcome to 1st Grade!!

20 Aug

I promised updated pictures now that my classroom no longer looks like “a furniture truck threw up” in it.  I would say it’s about 95% done.  There are still labels, bulletin board titles and a few things to organize, and I still need to hang my icicle lights, but it’s good enough for the 1st day and I’m proud of the progress it’s made in the last week.
So here goes…

This is the view of my classroom from near the door.  The tables all have numbered supply tubs on them – we share most supplies in our room like markers, crayons, glue, pencils and erasers.  The white folders have a  packet in them for the kids to work on as students arrive in the morning and during the first week.  The table at the back left will be my guided reading table, but for now has all the forms and information that goes home on the first day.  You can also see my math wall, but there’s more on that later. 😉

This is our Word Work Wall and it’s not quite put together yet, but it’s getting there.  Let’s start from the bottom up, shall we?  The table on the left is the Word Work Center – part of the Daily 5 Program.  Materials can be changed out as needed in the tubs.  The purple word wall above it is our class word wall and it’s magnetic!!  Yes, magnetic!  When I add words to the wall I put magnets on the back.  Then the kids can take a word with them to where they’re working, use it, and replace it!  A few of the Kindergarten teachers used this system last year, so the kids will be familiar with it and already know how to use it!!  I’m so excited about making the words so accessible for them.  Once I add words and the kids start to use them, I’ll post about it again!
The green board is for Words of the Week for vocabulary and phonics.  These are the words they’ll also be using in the Word Work center….got it? Ahhhhh…:)
The orange board is for the vocabulary words we’ve already worked on to live so we can use them and refer to them when we want to use our “Million Dollar Words”!
This giant blue wall is our Literacy Wall!  On the left is our Classroom Library which for now is small and it’s bothering me.  I have a ton of books in the cabinets, but I thought it would be easier  to only have 2 bookshelves.  Now, I’m not so sure.  I always love having so many books out for the kids and it just seems so limited now.  We’ll see I guess.
The wall is used for posting big graphic organizers and charts we create together on the carpet during read alouds and shared reading.  Then, the reading tree!  I love this tree and it has moved with me and been a big part of my classroom every year!  I think I may add branches and more leaves later to really make it come further out of the wall.
The computers are new this year and they’re touch-screen!!  We have never had technology like this in our classrooms but our school got 140 new touch-screen computers this year for our classes!  It’s awesome and I can’t wait for the kids to be able to use them.  The Listen to Reading Center is another part of the Daily 5 and the kids will use the computers to listen to books being read aloud!  Fun stuff!
 

Well, let me Welcome you to First Grade!!  It’s going to be a great year!

-T

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Under Construction…

18 Aug

This is what my classroom looked like at the beginning of the week…Here is my thinking at this point:
“School starts next Monday. This is not a good sign!  I moved rooms (again) and there is a LOT of work to do!  This will not work- it looks like a furniture truck threw up in here!”

Well, I’m proud to say I’ve been a busy lady and the room is finally coming along!  I will post some updated pictures tomorrow, it doesn’t even look like the same room!! Thanks to my team, my student teacher and some creativity, we are definitely getting there!
I still have a LONG way to go though to be ready – copies, supplies, finishing touches…oh, did I mention Meet the Teacher is tomorrow at 12? Or that I have a meeting at 11?  No…well, perhaps I blocked that out. 😉 Fingers crossed!!

On another note, my Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred DVD came in today!  After reading some other people’s reviews and results from the program, I thought I’d give it a try!  Why not, right?!  So Monday will be Day 1!  I’m excited to see the results.  Bootcamp starts back up at school on the 29th – can you tell I’m getting back into my workout kick again?  After almost 6 weeks off, I’m ready to get back “on the wagon”!!

Well, that’s all for now, classroom updates soon!  Good luck to all those teachers out there!

-T