Friday, September 2, 2016

My NEW Kindergarten Classroom Tour

The Old room

This was my classroom last year.  It was fine.  Old, but fine.  Old furniture, old carpet, old faded paint, old AC that didn't work half the time.  I think you get the point.  It was past time for a makeover.

So we have been dealing with a whole school renovation since then.  It wasn't fun, but it was worth it.  Check out my NEW ROOM!

Big, new, beautiful room!

New construction means new problems, but my only real problem is the large rug that has not been delivered yet.  I'll take new pictures when it comes!  BUT look at how bright and clean it is??  I love it.

Communication station, big book easel, and interactive white board!

Here is my entrance.  In that large white space should be a rug.  So it looks a bit cold and white.  But I love  how everything turned out.  I set up my communication station near the door, with my big book easel and calendar flanking the new interactive whiteboard.  It is mounted from above, so no more cords or weird shadows.  It even projects wirelessly!! Amazing.

The Blue table and my rainbow guided reading table!

We had a small snafu with furniture.  They ordered the wrong sized tables.  So instead of 4 tables that can seat up to 30 students we have 4 (or in my case - 3!) tables that seat 20.  So we had to get creative.  The Blue table is supposed to be a teacher work table.  But desperate times!

I love how my guided reading table has a rainbow of chairs, so cute!

Built in cubbies, no more coat closet!

I'm super happy with all of that storage.  Now I have a place to store all my literacy and math station supplies!! And the students have a great place to keep their things.  Win, Win!

Yellow, Green, and *new* Rainbow table

Here is the new rainbow table.  I wasn't anticipating 5 tables, and my table with blue trim (should be the blue table!) never arrived.  So another teacher work table has been turned into a student table.  I didn't have a 5th color, so this table is now a rainbow!  We are being flexible here, people!

Communication Station

I love this bookshelf.  I bought it at Ikea for $35 and the bins at Dollar General or Target.  I will have students drop off paperwork into the baskets and their snack in the bins above.  Notice the Rainbow Snack bin.  I need to add some washi tape to make that a legit rainbow :).

Reading Area

Here is my crowning glory.  So many people commented on it today at open house.  I bought the rug at Ikea. The bookshelf/bench can be found, HERE.  And then I had a genius idea - instead of a  cushion I could do chair pads to make seats!  That way each student knows where their space is.  Check out these cool Ikea chair pads, HERE.

Cars and Lego Rug

I have never had a dedicated shelf/space for cars/lego/etc.  Now I do!  I bought an inexpensive play rug at Ikea for $15.  Check it out HERE.

Guided Reading table all set up for Open House

This was a big hit today!  First I made and put out fridge magnets with my contact info on it.  I found them HERE from Teaching with Heart.  Then I found these adorable welcome tags, and the colors and theme fit so well!  They are found HERE from Primarily Speaking.  

The last item we call, "Can you give me a hand?" where we put labels of extra supplies on our table  for parents to pick up.  It saves me from having to purchase 1000000 things to start off the year.  

I hope you enjoyed my brief tour!  Once the rug comes in I'll take more pictures, but I am so happy with how it looks now!!


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