Friday, August 17, 2012

Classroom Update

I just wanted to stop by to share a few more classroom pics as many of you requested. As you'll notice in the photos, the shelves and walls are pretty bare. Once the students arrive, we will start building the classroom together. As materials are discovered, they will make their way to the shelves. The students will understand why they're there and how they're used. Along the same lines, I don't cover the walls with teacher store posters, but rather display student created pieces or charts made with the students that are meaningful and resourceful. Once the students arrive next week the classroom will begin evolving into a much different space and I'll continue to share it with you. But for now, here's what's going on.

This counter space is dedicated to Writing Workshop folders and supplies.  Soon there will also be blank booklets, a stapler, extra paper and date stamps.

Here's another shot of our meeting area.  I added the wooden chest that holds a lamp and a basket for recently read books.  I also added an authentic calendar to keep track of important events.

This corner is the poetry station on the right with a basket to hold the students' poetry folders.  On the left is the interactive word wall and leaning bookshelf that will hold seasonal themed books.

Could my pictures be any more blurry???  Anyway, this shelf will hold extra supplies in the little cubbies and on top sits my mail basket, some hand sanitizer and the students' fancy lunch number bracelets.  The big basket in front will be the library book return.

I couldn't get a great picture of the discovery station because of the big window behind it, but that same window is what makes it the perfect spot for a discovery station!   I can't wait to fill this table with interesting items the students find in nature.

Here's a close up shot of the discovery station.  I love these two books-they're both alphabet books using natural items.  I'm pretty sure my mom recommended If Rocks Could Sing, so thanks, Mom!

Here's the dramatic play station.  For now it's a house area but it could totally evolve into a restaurant, a flower shop, a campground, who knows!

This is a snippet of a bulletin board near the art studio.  The students' self portraits will surround this Picasso quote very soon.  I'm also going to add some framed artwork that will hopefully inspire the students as they create their own pieces.

That's all for now.  I'll be sure to keep you posted on how the space works for the kids and how it changes with them.  Have a great weekend! Pin It

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful classroom! :) Best wishes as you start the school year.

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  2. The mood is set nicely, Now to add the children that make it come alive with learning. Enjoy the journey!!

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