Sunday, September 2, 2012

Time for a Classroom Photo Tour

Ready or not (some piles are still visible)...but it's time for a classroom photo tour! It's been so much fun to peek at all the other photos of "ready" classrooms. My students start on Tuesday. I'm as ready as I'll ever be...

I work in an early childhood building.  We have Young 5's - 2nd grade (plus preschool and the early on special education programs) in our beautiful school.  Our classrooms are not square and my room is one of the rooms that I affectionately refer to as a "righty room".   I pretty much begged my principal for a "righty room" after spending a year of total confusion in a lefty.  I have a beautiful view of our campus, which includes another early childhood building, our 3rd - 4th grade building, our middle school (7 - 8) building, a few regular baseball diamonds, a new baseball diamond made for special needs students, a community walking track and a fancy bus loop.  Oh...and a cemetery (seriously).  I love my school, my staff, my students and the little village where the community still loves teachers.

Welcome to my classroom!

The view from my door.

My desk is behind these shelves which are the home for some of my leveled readers. 
I confess... I might be a hoarder of leveled books.
My students do not have their own book boxes.
Each student is free to choose books from the bin that is labeled 
with books from their just right level.
I considered cleaning off the desk for you,
 but I figured you would understand.

My writing center area.
I will use this bulletin board for anchor charts and student work
 once we get started.

My math work station shelves and my special place for math related books.

My reading corner. 
My students use this all throughout the day, 
but especially for read to self/read to someone.

A few more spaces for partner work and/or reading.
(reading loft and the little round table)

This is a view from the back of my room.  I'm standing next to the "secret door".  
It's really a door that leads to my friend's 2nd grade classroom, 
but it's more fun to call it the "secret door".

My small group table (which I spray with windex about every 20 minutes).
I'm kind of like that guy in My Big Fat Greek Wedding...but I'm German.
Just noticed that the "g" on my word wall is dangling.  oops

We already had open house (always before school starts).   I welcomed 22 out of my 24 little first graders and their families to our classroom.  I think the other 2 were on vacation. I even tested out my parent wish jar (which went really well).  You can read the post of my parent wish jar here.  It seems like a really nice group of students and I can't wait to get this party started on Tuesday morning.  Let the fun begin!

I'm linking up my classroom photo tour with Swimming Into Second.
There are so many amazing classroom photos!


  1. I enjoyed the photos of your room! Especially loved your reading center- so cozy and cute!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. I just love your room - it matches your blog!

    I wish we were teaching partners...wouldn't that be fun!?!

    Happy almost first day of school!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

    1. Yes, I would love to be teaching partners! I can't believe it's almost the first day... (insert pep talk) We're ready! We can do this! You are going to ROCK it out! :)
      Funky First Grade Fun

  3. I love your modern, clean and colorful classroom! I am very envious of that reading corner! What a great home away from home you have made for your students!Glad to have found another Michigan teacher/blogger! :)

    Good luck on Tuesday!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  4. Your room looks great! I too teach first grade. I am giving away an organizer on my blog. Come stop by for your chance to win!

    Fantastic First Grade Friends

  5. Your room looks just wonderful! I especially love, love, love your reading corner! I want to come read there :)


  6. I would like to be your 25th first grader! Awesome room! It looks HUGE yet oh, so cozy! Your reading corner is to die for. Lucky you! Lucky kids!

  7. Thanks for linking up! Your room looks great!

    Swimming into Second

  8. I absolutely love your reading corner! Your room looks great :)


    Stories from Room 114

  9. I loooveee your reading corner! So cozy!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  10. Cute Room! Love the color coordination!


  11. Love the colors! Your room looks ginormous! The reading corner is so cute. Makes me want to go read over there!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  12. Love, love, love your room! And your reading corner is TDF!!! :)

    Color Me Kinder

  13. Love your room!!!
    I want your reading corner!!!!!!! Love it!!!

  14. Ha, ha! I guess windex would work better than my baby wipes :) I'm loving your room, glad I found your funky blog :)
    First Grade Dual

  15. I am in love with your room! So spacious! AND the reading corner by the windows is just to die for. I want one!! Glad I came across your blog!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

  16. Holy cow your room is huge!!! So super jealous. You did a fabulous job of decorating. I love the window nook.

    And I think we have the same word wall letters! Brown and polka dotted?

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  17. Ohh, Ahh, I love that reading nook!

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