Friday, August 24, 2012

Classroom Tour Pictures Galore!

Oh. my. goodness. I never thought I would go this many days without blogging! For as much planning and work as I did before school started, I just don't know where it all went! I started school with my kiddos on Wednesday and I've been crazy busy for the past two-ish weeks setting up my room and curriculum. I have switched from first to third grade this year, so it was a brand new ball game for me, but I'm super excited! I absolutely loved first and miss my littlest ones, but I can already tell I have a fabulous group of third graders and I can't wait to start seeing light bulbs go off!

Lemme start with a quick photo walk around my classroom so you can check out our little home for the next 180ish days of school :)

Here's my little welcome sign outside my door :)

This year my "jungle" theme couldn't be contained and I had to branch out into the hallway... pun intended :)

That adorable "Welcome" sign was one of my exciting freebie finds on TpT! Here is is closer up peek:

The colors and zebra pattern fit PERFECT for my theme. You can snatch up this printable sign from Kindergarten Lifestyle for {FREE} here. I decided to glue my circles on paper cake doilies (which are my newest quick crafting obsession in my classroom!!) With a little hot glue and a ribbon down the back, you have an instant welcome sign that is just TOO CUTE! Thank you Kindergarten Lifestyle!!

Moving on to the rest of the room:

My desk and the front of the room:

My tree! It is over my library and group rug.

I am SO excited about my newly organized classroom library! I have a TON of books, just ask my mom- she helped me organize all of them! The bins and labels make me oh so excited!


There's the door to the hallway, my word wall to-be on the cabinets and all my kiddos' desks with my Meet the Teacher goodies :)

 Student computer table, my jumbo monkey, and the bulletin board has my whole group reading focus wall on the left, writing process in the middle and math on the right.

Here's another angle of the same corner. I was strugglin because I couldn't find a map or a good place in my room that had a large enough wall space for a map. I found this great map at Joann Fabrics! One yard of fabric is exactly one full map. I used a coupon and got it for 5 bucks! I love how colorful and bright it is!

Here are some close ups!

My teacher drawers for planning, my teacher bookshelf and my birthday balloons :)

I *LOVE* these framed rules- black frames are from the dollar store and I just printed off the rule sheets with clipart from my computer.

Super Star Work Wall with glitter clothes pins. Clothes pins have two flat thumb tacks glued to the back so they stick into the bulletin board. I LOVE that I won't have to put staples through students' papers every time I want to showcase them.

Our school requires that we post our quiet signal, behavior chart colors/descriptions, classroom incentives, prize cart prices, etc. so this wipe off board filled up with all that jazz.

My kiddos' materials. I always stock a classroom resource shelf for my students who don't bring in supplies. Gotta love Dollar Tree plastic bins and fun labels! I stuck all my labels on my bins this year with sticky velcro dots. This way I can easily switch them from bin to bin if I make any changes in my organization next year. 

My writing process wall. Dollar Tree pulled through for me again! I glued flat thumbtacks (5-6 on each) on dollar pizza pans and stuck them right onto the bulletin board. Also got these little banana papers from the Dollar Tree to write my kids names on them and stuck magnets on the back. I want the kids to be able to move themselves through the steps.

 A close-up on my library bins. Ahh!! I'm loving the zebra touch this year!

Cubby book bins for my kiddos with cute lil numbers hot glued on. I found the numbers as a freebie on TpT and I can't find them again to give you the link! If you search for "zebra" on TpT and sort price "low-high" you will find so many free adorable classroom labels and printables! If your theme is zebra...it's definitely a MUST to hit up TpT freebies!

My work bins. It was absolute fate that I found these 50 cent place mats at Walmart to put underneath them because they matched the tablecloth I had bought last fall! I cut the tablecloth down the middle and sewed the ends together so I could stick it to the underside of the table with sticky velcro dots (actually my mom took the reins on this project, too!) The table is open on both sides because the other side opens to the cubbies- so I wanted to hide ALL of my stuff with a wrap around curtain.

Close up on my math manipulatives- I will have a lot more, but I haven't gotten the complete set from my district yet- these are just my personal ones. I got those green mini bins on the right top shelf at the Dollar Tree. I thought it would be a good idea to have these so the kids could take a handful or two of counters back to their seat.

LOVE this rolling drawer stand from Michaels- it was 50% off, plus my teacher discount! I don't have it filled yet, but I want to use the top drawers for my word work groups- I have three different levels that I use in my classroom every week, so this will be a great way to organize. I also am going to use the bottom drawers for early finisher activities. 

Reading group bins: $1.50 caddies from Big Lots- jazzed up with some wide zebra ribbon woven through and a printed/laminated label on the front! Love!

Not really "part" of the classroom, but this is my office supply drawer that I am loving because it is finally organized!!! I have back stock of all these supplies in the cabinet underneath, but these are quick and easy to reach from my desk. I feel like a lil Staples :)

My classroom wouldn't be nearly as organized and decorated if it wasn't for my crafty mom! I asked her to make these "hide away" curtains for my built in bookshelves. The bookshelves are great, but they are so deep, so they aren't quite functional for the kiddos to use because things get pushed so far back. I used a suspension rod just inside the front of the bookcase to hang it. Voila! 
 

That was a load of pictures, so if you are still with me after all that, THANK YOU! I hope you might see some things that might work in your own classroom. We will see how many changes I make now that the kids are back and the room is pack to the brim. So far the set up is working well for the small space we have. Does any teacher actually thing their room is BIG ENOUGH? I don't think so :)

I will post tomorrow some quick pictures of my Meet the Teacher activities and favors. Thanks for not forgetting about me after this long break from blogging! Okay it was about two weeks, but it felt like forever!!

I have so much stuff in the works, I can't wait to share it with you. I *hopefully* will be having another big Followers giveaway soon for 600! Stay tuned. Hope everyone is having a fantastic start to the year!




61 comments:

  1. Wow!! Your room looks absolutely amazing!!! I love the cookie sheet idea for the writing process. Your students will love it. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Thanks!! I'm hoping it motivates them to be able to move their name through the process :)

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  2. Your classroom is adorable, Krista! LOVE it!!

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  4. Our daughter had you last year.... We still talk about how wonderful you were, and that was your first year of teaching!!! Your students are so lucky to have a teacher that is so truly excited about being in the classroom and helping to make learning fun and interactive. You are the best!!

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    1. Ah your comment made my day! I couldn't have asked for a better class of kiddos and parents for my first year- it was hard to let you all move on to second grade! I can't tell you how much your comment means to me :)

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  5. Your classroom is fantastically organized and so very cute! Thanks for the great ideas! I will be working on the clothespin display board soon. I hear so much now about the great finds at Big Lots, so I am going to make a trip out there! Thanks for sharing!

    Jeannine

    Creative Lesson Cafe

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  6. Hi there from sunny New Zealand.
    May I ask what font you used for your Dr Seuss/Clifford etc Baskets??
    I think your class room is AWESOME!!, I am going to attempt my version yours this year. SOOOO excited!
    Right well have a fantastic year from Amy (Wellington, New Zealand)

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  7. Your classroom is absolutely adorable!!! I seriously love everything about it!!!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  8. Just found the link to this post on Pinterest...beautiful! The colors are perfect together and everything is exceptionally organized! Have you changed much of your room flow as the year has progressed?
    ReadWriteSing

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  9. Already getting ideas for next year!! Love this! :) Thank you so much for sharing! Just curious...how does it look now in Feb?

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  10. Your room looks amazing, what brilliant ideas. Thanks so much for sharin this.

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  11. such an awesome job and what shines through is your love for teaching. i can tell you love managing a classroom.

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  12. I love your classroom. What are the flower balls you have hanging from the ceiling??? Did you make those or buy them. They are HAUTE...These will make a great addition to my classroom theme.

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    1. Such cute classroom organization ideas! Saw a pin for the tulle puff balls and directions are also on delicateconstruction.com

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    2. Such cute classroom organization ideas! Saw a pin for the tulle puff balls and directions are also on delicateconstruction.com

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  13. Krista your room is just as cute as your clip art!! I love all of it - especially the curtains!!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  14. I teach 8 th grade US history, I forgot that the fun room has a profound impact on the kids. i love the fabric map! Thanks for the ideas!

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  15. Love everything! Thanks for the organizational tips!

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  16. Thank you for sharing your wonderful classroom with us! I was able to get a lot of great ideas!

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  17. Um... can I have your classroom please? LOVE THIS!

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  18. How did you make the wonderful balls hanging from the ceiling? I would love to do that. I am hanging umbrellas from my ceiling in the fall and would love to add the balls.

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  19. Where did you get your book baskets?

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  20. Where did you get your book baskets?

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  21. Love you ideas. I am stealing some of them. Thank you!

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  22. Thank you! Can you come to my classroom next?!?! ;) Do you have a list or a picture of all your different library tubs? I need help making the different bin categories and like your organization. :) You can e-mail me at chris27tie@gmail.com if you get a chance. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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  23. Your room is the most amazing room I have seen! I love it.

    I love the curtain idea to hide clutter.

    Thanks for sharing your amazing room! I'm your newest follower.
    Heidi
    Secondgradealicious!

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  24. I love your organized classroom! You are very lucky to have a "crafty" mom.

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  25. I love your super organized classroom. You are very lucky to have a crafty mom. :)

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  26. LOVE your classroom. I am trying to work on my color scheme and layout for next school year and found so many cute ideas on your blog. I teach 5th grade, but see many of your ideas working in my room. Now I just have to resist going out to my classroom until July. I promised myself at least one FULL month of summer vacation. Lol

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  27. Beautiful pictures! I have a question: I'm curious where you found a suspension rod small enough to fit your shelving???

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    1. Thanks! I got my suspension rods at walmart, they had a bunch of different sizes :)

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  28. Your room is amazing --- I am going to be doing a zebra theme this year and I loved the blue and green together --- you have inspired what my classroom will look like next year. The labels you had on your teacher drawers for planning --- did you make them or download them from somewhere?

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    1. Thanks! You can find the labels in this new blog post for my current classroom reveal: http://thecreativechalkboard.blogspot.com/2013/08/classroom-reveal-2013.html

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  29. I also would love to know where you were able to find the days of the week labels. MY classroom is also blue and green! :)

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    1. I just wrote a new blog post for my current classroom reveal: http://thecreativechalkboard.blogspot.com/2013/08/classroom-reveal-2013.html The days of the week labels are included for free!

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  30. are all of your labels from a free TPT search? I LOVE your supply labels and days of the week labels. Super cute room btw!

    Stacy
    http://2ndgradeparadise.blogspot.com/

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  31. Where do i find the blue and green days of the week? They are adorable!

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    1. Hi Vanice! Just wrote a new blog post about my classroom this year and included the blue and green labels. Check it out here: http://thecreativechalkboard.blogspot.com/2013/08/classroom-reveal-2013.html

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  32. Hi! This is my first year as a preschool teacher! My theme this year is Jungle! I LOVE your room. How did you make the hanging green and blue tissue balls? And where did you get that tree above your reading area? Love that as well! Thanks!

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  33. Love your classroom! I have a lot of your clip art too and love that as well. Great blog! Thanks for sharing your cool ideas and fun stuff!

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  34. I love your classroom! I was wondering where you got your bins for all your supplies? I would like to do something like that this year.

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    1. Thanks Jill! I get almost all of my bins at the Dollar Tree! They are cheap and hold up well! I've had those same ones for two years now!

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  35. How did you make your canopy above your door?

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    1. Hi Marie! They are just cut out of felt and tucked into the ceiling tiles :)

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  36. Love your classroom setup! Where did you get the shelves that fit on the countertop?

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    1. Thanks Alissa! They are from walmart- cheap and easy to put together too!

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  37. I love the idea of using Velcro for labels! My mom was also very instrumental in making my classroom cute! She was always willing to make whatever I needed! In fact, she made hideaway curtains just like yours for me! She passed away in March, very unexpectedly, so this will be my first year starting a new school year without her. The first year I taught, we taught at the same school so that was REALLY neat!

    I also liked the picture of your desk drawer. Mine looks just like that! I even have the same little white containers! When I need to replenish my supplies, I always joke that I'm going to the office supply store at my house!

    Our room has a lot of similarities...I have the same blue/green circle tablecloths....I bought them last year to go with my ocean theme. I also have the standard white drawers...both the little and big ones! It always makes me smile when I see the same things I have in my classroom in other people's classrooms!! :D

    Your room looks great! Thanks for sharing your pictures! I hope you have a great school year!

    Kristine White
    http://tearlessteaching.blogspot.com/

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  38. Your room looks really great! I wish I was that far along with mine. Great ideas - thanks for sharing.

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  39. Your room is my inspiration this year! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful & creative ideas!!

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  40. Those little zebra labels are from Jess at Tales of a Teachrista (http://teacheristatales.blogspot.com/) and the link is http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Zebra-Number-Circles-Freebie-256469

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  41. I really love your room, and as a soon to be first year teacher (about a year and a half/ or two from now) I really love seeing all of the tips and tricks to a well organized classroom. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your awesome days of the week/ stamp pad etc labels?

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    1. Hi Mallory! I just wrote a Classroom Reveal post for my classroom this year, this post is from last year's room. I included a link to a google doc file with the labels you are talking about :) Enjoy!

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  43. Your room is awesome! Could you tell me where you got your small teacher bookshelf - the one with the birthday balloons, binders, etc.? I've been looking everywhere for a shelf that size! Thanks!

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  44. What do you use the comp notebooks for in your reading groups?

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  45. Your classroom is one of the BEST I have ever seen in my teaching career! Not only is it "welcoming" and "tastefully" done, but it isn't over-the-top to where it is OVERWHELMING and the organization is unreal! I pinned so many pictures into my "private" teaching file because I am inspired all over. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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