Classroom Tour 2018-2019
Classroom Tour 2018-2019 and year 13 of my teaching career in progress. I can remember my first classroom like it was yesterday. Time flies when you’re learning and having fun! My first class of kindergarten students will be graduating this year. Way to go Class of 2019! Is it me? Or does it seem like the teacher life moves rather quickly? They were my kindergarten babies just 11 years ago and now they’re getting ready to venture out into the real world. It’s so surreal when I think about it, and I can’t help but get emotional. Oh man, I think I have something in my eye 😉
I already wrapped up my first week of school, and to say that I love my kiddos is an understatement. They’re seriously a very sweet bunch, I feel very fortunate to be their teacher this year. We’re going to have so much fun learning from each other. Honestly I feel that every class teaches me something new year after year. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for all of us!
This year I really wanted to motivate my kiddos to make positive choices. As soon as you enter my classroom the first thing you see is our “We like to Brag” wall. It’s my first year incorporating this system in my classroom and I can already see some positive changes. My students said brag tags encourage them to make “good choices!”. Lets start with my Classroom Tour 2018-2019
Classroom Tour 2018-2019 Theme
We like to Brag Wall
I printed the letters out on card stock and I used Amy Groesbeck’s font . Also I bought the chains at Hobby Lobby for $8.99 a roll. I cut them into 24 inch pieces, I was able to get 15 chains total.
Right by our Brag tag wall you will see our supply bins. Organization is everything. The labels help kids find supplies easily. They’re a great visual and also helps them clean up and sort things right away.
Each student has a cubby, where they keep their backpacks and book bins. Whenever they’re done early with their work they can get their bins and work on their fluency, practice writing sight words, and they also have books for “Read to Self.”
The book bins are labeled with numbers. These come especially handy when we line up. Students have to line up in ABC order to get their lunch in the cafeteria, so their place in line is the same as their book bin number. I’ve done this for years and the kids learn their order pretty quickly! I’ll provide links to all the number labels available in my store below.
The hand signals system has definitely been a Game Changer in my classroom. I have been using it for a couple of years now, and I don’t know how I survived without it. This system has reduced disruptions, distractions, questions during instruction, and throughout the school day. It comes especially handy during small groups. It’s also a great tool to enhance classroom management with your students. Please read all about how I use this in my classroom, and to check all the different styles available in my shop. Blog link below 🙂
I use a clip chart for our Specials schedule. This keeps students informed on what special they have and it reduces those, “What special do we have this week, ” questions! Links to ALL special schedules below 🙂
Centers Bulletin Board
This is our centers bulletin board. We do a center a day during intervention time. I keep the same activities for about a quarter, and focus on a different skill a week. Also the bins to store the activities, if needed.
The kiddos aren’t the only ones that need organization, so does Mrs. Figs. These organizers are so helpful throughout my busy day. This is where I store our daily work. There’s nothing better than knowing exactly where things are 🙂 Grab the pencil labels for FREE in my store, link below.
Our student display wall is in the front of the room. I can’t wait to hang up my kid’s work, they feel so proud when they see their work hung up on the wall.
Also located in the front of our room are our rules, behavior chart, and “When I’m Done” chart. I figured this would be the perfect place to remind students what our classroom expectations are throughout the day.
CLIP CHART LINKS:
CLASSROOM RULES LINKS:
Our “When I’m Done” chart visually shows students what their options are when they’ve completed their work. It keeps students on task and allows them to practice what they’re learning in class. It’s help eliminate many distractions and ongoing questions from early finishers. Please check out my blog post to read how I use this chart in my classroom, and to check out the different styles available in my store 🙂
Here I put the alphabet on top of my classroom white board. I accented it with a pink border. Also I LOVE the way it turned out. I can’t take the credit for putting this up. My amazing nieces did it for me, #shortgirlproblems! Hanging up stuff in my class will NEVER get ANY easier 🙁
The objectives board is also located in the front of the classroom, the teal washi tape and chevron border ties everything together!
OBJECTIVES BOARD KITS:
It’s my second year doing Author of the Month. This really gets students excited about reading! They really enjoy learning about different authors and it inspires them to be better writers and illustrators. It’s such a joy to read their stories!
My students love the calendar 2018-2019 this year, and so do I. I don’t ever get asked, “Teacher what are we doing next” Our schedule is right up on the board and all they have to do is look up to see what we’re going to do
They also have a clear visual of how many days they have been in school and how many days are left until the 100th day or the 180th day. This is also a great way to understand and learn about 10 frames, it’s the perfect strategy to learn how to count by tens.
CALENDAR KIT LINKS:
Below the calendar is our Fluency Data Wall. This is what I use to display individual student growth in reading fluency. As students achieve a reading goal their flower moves up the number line. This keeps my students accountable for their own learning and it also motivates them! They get so excited when they get to move up! This system can also be used for sight words, letter recognition, counting, math facts, etc.
Fluency Data Wall Links:
Right next to our calendar is our Reading Focus Wall. We refer back to this wall very often. My kids really like knowing exactly what we’re focusing on reading each week. The posters are a great visual for them, I like to project them on our smart-board as I’m teaching each skill.
Reading Focus Wall Link:
We love Learning in Wonderland’s grammar wall posters! I love that I was able to make it go with my classroom theme colors 🙂
Classroom Tour 2018-2019 Library
It’s safe to say that our favorite area in the classroom tour 2018-2019 is our classroom library. I really wanted to create a cozy environment where my students can sit down, relax and read. Also I wanted to inspire them to read more so I surrounded our library area with reading quotes. In my opinion I feel it adds a cute little touch.
This floating shelves I ordered them from Amazon. I wanted something to display my author of the month books and my read alouds. This worked out perfectly, I also accented this area with some foam flowers I found at Hobby Lobby, I love how everything turned out! Affiliate link below, if you use this link, the items cost the same but I receive a small commission for referring you.
I have books sorted by theme, genre, and author. The label in the front makes it easier for the kids to pick their favorites. I bought the book shelf at Ikea and the bins at Target.
Classroom Tour 2018-2019 Desk Area
This is my desk area. My horseshoe table is attached to my desk so it’s easier for me to work with my small groups. I have everything I need at arms reach. The seat crates I made myself. Check out my blog post to read how I made them. It’s super easy, and they turned out is so cute.
I wanted to showcase a few of my favorite things around my desk in this classroom tour, especially pictures of my family. The kids really enjoy seeing personal pictures.
This is the view from the back of the classroom. How do you like that rug? Isn’t it adorable? The kids really enjoy sitting there during instruction time and story time. It goes perfect with my classroom 2018-2019 theme.
The view from the front of the room.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed my Classroom Tour 2018-2019. Thank you so much for stopping by.
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