Well, summer vacation is at an end and I've been back to school for just a week. Many of my blogging friends have been in session for a while, but I've still yet to meet my new group of Kinders. I'll have 25 of them this year - down quite a bit from last year's overflowing class of 33. My prayers were answered and they added another teacher so there will be 4 sections of K this year. I'm almost ready to go - so brace yourself for some pictures.
First of all, my room is at the end of the hall. The main hall - the hall that everyone walks down and can see first. So the pressure is always on to have a cute bulletin board. I did the scrunchy butcher paper border and crafted a big monkey. I used some pre-made little monkeys a team mate had, and paired them with bananas that I had. It's kind of plain, but I like it.
|Close up of the monkey I crafted from construction paper.|
This is the coloring page I'll be using for the first day.
The Chester Puppet can be downloaded here. If the link stops working - please contact me!
|I pre-cut the head and tail of the Chester "puppet" so my kinders can focus on coloring. I'm not sure I want to do scissors on the first day.|
|Finished product. I'll help kids fill in the blanks.|
|This is a worksheet we'll complete - it's from the Big Book of Skill Builders. (I LOVE this resource)|
|Here is a second activity page we'll work on.|
I made this oversized (11X17) worksheet for my students to fill out and color. The scalloped box is from Michelle at the 3am Teacher.
|A book my friend gave me to read aloud.|
abc mats that I bought on Teacher's Notebook from 1plus1plus1equals1.
Deanna Jump with the torn paper hair, my teammates (team O.K) with the t-shirt template, and the common core standards for making me focus on beginning sounds the first day of school.
Now, on to the classroom tour that I'm excited to share. #1 because I toned things down a lot, and #2 because I'm excited to be done!
|View from my door (looking in to the left of my room)|
|View of the choice time board.|
|Cubbies and my new curtains (shower curtain that I hemmed).|
|View to the right from my door/My guided reading table|
|My book storage for guided reading (labels courtesy of Miss Kindergarten)|
|View from my door to the right (sink/counters/teacher desk).|
|Student mailboxes, supply storage, birthday wall|
|More table groups (blank board for Alphafriend cards).|
|Inside recess bins (not labeled yet), rack/tubs from IKEA.|
|Calendar for Bridges in Mathematics|
|More table groups|
|Classroom library/word wall|
|Teacher desk with a curtain I velcroed in place|
|View from the carpet area|
|View from the other angle. Notice the number spots for lining up on my floor.|
|I don't know what to put up on my boards yet.|
|Math work station choice board, dismissal clipboards, bus signs|
|Kelso Wheel - for problem solving behaviors|
|My new curtains - I sewed them and hung a rod. :-)|