I am SO excited to share with you my classroom for this wonderful, fantastic, awesome new school year! I love the girls at Blog Hoppin' and am so excited to link up with them for Teacher Week!
I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my classroom to look like. I knew I wanted to use maps, quotes, and bright, happy colors. I looked ALL over Pinterst and took inspiration from Maria of Kinder-Craze, Rachelle Smith from What The Teacher Wants, Cara from The First Grade Parade, Kristen from Ladybug Teacher Files, Creative Teaching Press' new catalog, as well lots of ideas from Monday Made It's and a variety of craft blogs!
I am blessed this school year as I am looping up to 5th grade with my same kiddos. SO I had a very different kind of summer. I was not thinking and planning about those crucial beginning of the school activities, as I already know my kids and my kids know me. I was able to spend time really mapping out my classroom and spray painting EVERYTHING in site! I think my principal thought I was CRAZY.
This is my also my 17th year in teaching....ahhhhhhhh! I think this is my favorite classroom ever. It really came together for me and my kiddos. We all love it so much! Our first day of school was simply fantastic! The kids were SO excited about our room. It was truly a magicial day for me! I LOVE looping! I love a bright, happy classroom! I love my kiddos!
As you enter my room my hope is that you see lots of colors! I also hope it is a calm space for kiddos! I want my kids to feel at home while in our 5Z classroom!
Right as you enter you will find our Organization Station! I used a shelf I already had (yeah!) to create this one stop station. I found the lime green and blue buckets at the dollar spot at Target! The black buckets are dish plans from Dollar Tree! I used the chevron name tags from Creative Teaching and subject labels from Ladybug Teacher Files to help keep us organized! I LOVE my lamp! I spray painted an ugly lamp and found the shade at Dollar General for .25 CENTS! I also love my tissue paper flower pot!
I really love how these flowers came out! A friend made them out of plastic tablecloths! I also love the yellow filing cabinet that everything is sitting on (I spray painted it!)!
I love our small group table (it is new this year!) and how everything came together in the back of the room! I made the curtains! Spray painted the lamp and the lampshade. The Daily Five posters are from Rachelle Smith, What the Teacher Wants! The amazing border is all from Creative Teaching Press!
We are using Ron Clark's "The Essential 55" in our classroom this year. We are focusing on 10 Essentials, a la Hope King! One of my favorite blog posts I have ever read!
I am excited to check out everyone's rooms today over at Blog Hoppin!
Happy Back to School friends!