Sunday, September 2, 2012

Classroom Tour

OK, a week into school, and I'm already exhausted beyond belief.  I got up with the baby at 5:00, but he took some milk and went back to sleep.  My hubs got up with him when he woke up and let me sleep till 10:30, God bless his soul.  Then, after doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen, I took a NAP during baby's naptime, too!  I'm not sure how long it's going to take me to recover from this week.

Monday and Friday were full days, but Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the K-2 kiddos went home at noon while we did one-on-one assessments all afternoon.  We had no planning time and no duty-free lunch.  Monday & Friday I worked almost 12 hours.  So yeah.  Exhausted.  Not to mention my's definitely going to be an interesting year.  I'll leave it at that.  :)

So anyway, I've been meaning to post a classroom tour all week, but you just wasn't gonna happen.  ;)

Here we go.

I've since added white strips under the A and E on my CAFE board.  :)
Do you see the adorable Math Alphabet?  I got it from someone's blog but can't remember whose!  If it's yours, please tell me so I can give credit!  Sorry!

Book Boxes.  Got these at Hobby Lobby for 1.99 each, but they didn't have enough, so I have 6 of the cheap cardboard ones on the bottom shelf.  :(

The buckets are numbered and are inside an old pocket cd holder.  This way, the kids can slide their notes behind each bucket for their classmates.

Daily 5 storage.  Need to make a couple more labels.  
The colored bins on top hold my weekly papers.

Made the black vinyl letters on my Cricut.  LOVE.

I intended this to say "Spotted: Super 2nd Graders," but I didn't have enough letters.  And those glitter letters were $7.99/pack, so I gave up.  LOL.  Oh well.  I am planning (in all my spare time) to cut out a big peace sign from my black and white polka dot wrapping paper so the bottom of the door doesn't look so empty.  :)

View from my door.

Front of room.  We do whole group lessons here.  
Read alouds are done by the rocking chair over by my CAFE board.

Behavior chart I made for my team this year.  Love the clip chart, and even our 1st and 3rd grade teams decided to use my chart this year!  They felt that their system of "strikes" wasn't working that well, so they decided to try something new!  I think it's nice for the kiddos to have continuity like that.

Part of my library.  Love the bright neon bins from Really Good Stuff.  
My school bought these for me last year, and they work great to hold picture books!

Another view of the library.  Love my new black baskets and my green polka dotted cushions!

New black bins to hold math manipulatives!  My labels were inspired by the AMAZING Kristin over at Ladybug Teacher Files.  I loved her "flipped" labels, but I wanted to include one of my colors.  She is AWESOME.

Close up of the labels.

Vocabulary pocket chart for when we start "Text Talk" and our Must do/May do board.  Started that last year (saw the idea on Pinterest, of course), and when a kiddo says "what should I do now?" I just point at the board.  LOVE.

To the left of my desk: printer, newborn pic of baby boy, and my cute new Pop Top jar.

LOVE THE POUFS.  It's like a party every day, LOL.

Pencil area.  I put the "Quietest Classroom Sharpener" on my wish list, so I'm hoping and praying one of my parents will get it for our room!!  :)

Spotlight on board.  This will change out with the specific skills we're working on in reading/grammar.

Storage and Turn in basket with the ever popular "highlight your name" poster.  I found this on Pinterest last year and have told everyone at my school about it.  It literally CHANGED MY LIFE last year.  If you have not implemented the "highlight your name" procedure, do it.  Do it NOW.  You will thank me, I swear.  :D

I read Work Hard, Be Nice this summer (about the guys who started KIPP schools).  Great book, very inspiring.  These are 2 of our class rules this year.  (Gotta re-route that pesky cord.)

Well, that's all for now!  Hope you enjoyed my tour!

I missed some of the linky parties, but I'm linking up with:


  1. SUPER cute room! I love the colors. Everything looks so organized and well put together. Good luck with the kiddos. I'm sure after a couple weeks, you'll have them in shape. :)


    1. Thanks, Antoinette! Yesterday was actually pretty good! Today was a challenge, but we all have those days. Just have to figure out what motivates each of my spirited friends, and I think things will begin to improve! :D

  2. I really like the containers you got for book boxes. Looks like you'll have lots of great things going on this year. Take care!
    First Grade Found Me

    1. Thank you, Chrissy! Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I look for more of them, but no luck so far. Last time they had purple and pink--not for me! :)

  3. I love all the polka dots. You seem very organized. Great color scheme choice.


    1. Girl, I am ALL OVER the polka dots this year, LOL. Today one of my kiddos had a black and white polka dotted stretchy book cover, and I almost stole it. It's bordering on obsession, I'd say. LOL.

  4. Love it! I particularly like your ceiling puffs. I tried, desperately, to make some today but couldn't make them look like nice spheres. I had to settle for poof flowers that I put on the bulletin boards :) Have a great year!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

    1. Thank you! I was planning to make them as well since I'd seen some tutorials, but then my cousin told me you could buy them at Party City! WAY EASIER, let me tell ya!

      Although I also love the poof flowers that lie flat on the wall, so yay for you! :)

  5. wow you're classroom is so colorful and inviting! Very awesome!

    MrsMc from Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

  6. Thanks so much! I need to post some updates! Hope you enjoyed your extra hour after falling back! :)

  7. Where did you buy or how did you make the awnings on your bulletin boards?? They look awesome!

    1. Thank you!

      Just posted instructions on my blog:

  8. Love your room! Just found it though Pinterest. I was curious how you make your awnings over your bulletin boards.

    Let me know if you get the chance! My email is below!
    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

  9. I know this post is from last year, but I just found it on Pinterest. I love your ideas!! Love the Cafe board and the highlighting the name idea! Thank you so much for sharing!! :)


    1. Thanks so much! The name highlighting business SAVED MY SANITY with no name papers. LOVE it dearly. :)

  10.  I was curious as to how you made your awnings over your bulletin boards. Can you please email me at Thank you for sharing.


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