I am teaching Kindergarten! It's my dream job! Really, I couldn't be happier. I spent a good part of my summer putting together a welcoming classroom for my little ones and I want to share all of it with you, so let's take a tour of my new room! I'll leave links to the things I have purchased and try to explain as much as possible, and I've got several freebies for you!!
Here it is...
These drawers are directly to the left of the door, they store any type of cleaning/organizational things we may need such as baggies, cleaning wipes, brooms, paper plates/cups, and extra Kleenex. Above the drawers is our behavior tracking system we use a colored card system K-3 to keep consistency. I added a shout out board for students who are going above an beyond. We give them a shout out cheer, their name goes on the board and they get a couple M&M's. They are so proud when their name goes up there!
Under the board is our sensory table, I found the directions for making this out of pvc pipe and a storage container on pinterest. It works really well. I have two yoga balls for kids to sit on while they work if they prefer. the drawers underneath hold sensory table supplies so I can switch them out with the seasons.
Above the board are my shape posters! The letters that spell "shapes" are typed one letter per page in one of my favorite fonts, printed and cut out. I added a solid color under each letter for a "shadow" effect. This is an awesome idea I got from Kacey at Doddle Bugs Teaching. Her letters on her boards are always amazing! The shape posters are free!
Maria at Kindercraze. The drawers underneath are our class mailboxes. The green bin on top holds our daily folders, at the end of each day we take our mail from the drawer and put it in our folders to take home.
Under the board on the white shelf are our morning work tubs, center tubs, and puzzles that can be used during free choice center time. I will explain more about what is in each of these in a latter post. The cart in the corner is holding the larger center toys such as Legos and large ABC foam shapes.
Above the board are my color posters. I printed them round and put a piece of scrapbook paper in the corresponding color under each to help them stand out. These are also free you can grab them HERE!
Kidcarpet. It is perfect for giving everyone their own space! I have it right at the front of the room so all of our important learning posters and displays are quickly accessible while we are here. To the left is our calendar area and more center tubs. Above the white board are my alphabet and number posters that can be found in my TPT store. To the right is my teacher small group area, I will explain more about that in a little bit!
Next to my teacher area these drawers hold our tablets. We are one to one with Samsung Galaxy Tablets this year and I am loving it. These drawers hold the tablets perfectly. Tablet rules are above the drawers you can get them free HERE! I love, love, love the vinyl quote under the clock I bought it on Amazon!
To the right of the drawers is our class library! This is my favorite space!! I love books! Having an inviting and organized library is always a must for me. I loved putting this space together.
I organized my books by character and theme. I made my own labels and put the same picture on each tub and book so students will know where to return them easily. The bins on the top are from Dollar Tree, the bins on the shelves are from Steps to Literacy. The rug is from Walmart.
Along the wall we have a tub of reading buddies and a tub of big books. The small front facing shelf holds our theme books for the month. Right now it's back to school books.
In the corner you see our carpet bags hanging on a coat rack I got from Hobby Lobby. I love this storage solution! Carpet bags are a great time saver for us! Learn all about them over at Kindergals!
The Creative Teaching Press Tweet Birds have been a favorite of mine for the past few years. They started my color scheme and I've kept the poppy red, lime gree, aqua blue going throughout the room. I think it brings a unity that keeps the room from looking to visually cluttered. This board says "Friends of a feather read together: the READ sign is from Target dollar spot. Each of the birds has a student name on it.
This is my small group/teacher area. Behind my table I have closet organizer shelves from closetmaid that just happen to fit the sterilite three drawer units perfectly. I put border inside each drawer, and labeled each drawer with a number. All of the supplies I need for my reading lessons that week are in the drawer. So drawer one holds all of our reading materials for week one and so on. I found the corner shelves several years ago at Walmart in the same closet organizing section, they are closetmaid brand but I have not been able to find them recently. I painted my table with dry erase paint this summer and love it. I used blue duck tape around the edge to give it some color. The stools are from Family Dollar.
A closer view behind the table. The smaller drawers on top are my teacher toolbox, they hold all the little things that would go in a desk, but free up so much space. I also have a bin for my student assessments and I found the magnetic tin board at Michaels on clerance this summer for just $2.00! I love how it added a place for me to post notes and some family pictures. The cubboards above my shelves house all of our math maniuplatives and extra supplies we need frequently.
One more view of my little space. Someday I am going to paint the filing cabinet but for now I used contact paper to cover the side most often seen. It's another great space saving place to hang things we need often.
We do a basic calendar routine every morning. We count the days of school and use place value blocks to make the number,we also make tally marks for the number of days. We sing the days of the week and months of the year. We talk about the weather and our class jobs are displayed here. The tally mark chart and weather charts are from Maria at KinderCraze. The month and day charts are free HERE!
I really love my job chart this year. I used these library pockets from creative teaching press and made job signs for the front. I just hot glued these pockets to the wall. We took pictures on the first day and I cut them out, put them on a popsicle stick and we use them to show who has each job.
This is the front of the room where most of our learning happens. The number posters and alpahbet line are both in my store. I have used the precursive font because that is what is required at our school. I have also added them in a primary font for those of you who don't use precursive.
Michaels to each piece. I love how it brightened up our entryway!
So there's my room for this year. We are now 22 days in and I am loving every minute of it. We just started reading groups and stations so I hope to be back soon sharing some fun ideas we are using with you! Thanks for reading, happy teaching!