/front of classroom/
On the whiteboard you'll see my Workshop pocket chart, some math stair steps and numbers, the daily schedule, and lots of alphabet books!
I finally took the plunge and organized all my books this year into bins and labeled them. I am so glad I did and why did I take so long to do it? You can never have enough books and I would love about 100 more.
We celebrated colors the first two weeks and did an art project every day. You can tell I ran out of space, but I think it looks fun.
Ever since student teaching I've wanted Dr. Jean cds for my classroom and I finally bought one. I also bought these rockin guy which has a lot of great language arts songs. But Dr. Jean is amazing! I play about 4ish songs a day from that cd. It's the best! The kids sing along and it works excellent for transitions.
>calendar and reading area<
I was handed that ugly stool the first year of teaching and it's worked just fine. This is where I do phonemic awareness and word wall words each morning, where I read books, and also do calendar. Sometimes I'll teach mini math lessons here with the whiteboard.
We sing lots of songs at calendar. A song about the day, a song for the days of the week, months of the year, and poems for the money. They also graph the weather every day and there is a Dr. Jean song for that!
I redid my word wall posters and I'm so glad I did cause last year's had faded pretty bad.
Every day I select a King and Queen (boy and girl) from the class and we learn their name and we ask them a bunch of questions. Then they help me write a sentence about them and I add it to the wall. The painted letters were from an art project they did with the art teacher.
FAQ: "where is your favorite place to camp?" "what do you like to do outside?" "what's your favorite pillow pet creation?" "what's your favorite color/toy/animal/movie?"
My 4th year of teaching has begun!
We are a few weeks in and I am really loving this class I have! They are so darling. I see really great times happening this year.