WOW! What a crazy week. I went back to work on Tuesday, and sat through hours of meetings until I finally got to get into my classroom. Yay!! Open House was last night, and school starts Monday. It's amazing how every year, I forget just how exhausting it is to set up for the beginning of school. Of course, this level of tiredness will be overshadowed by just how much MORE tired I will be next week. Is it just me, or do you all just come home WORN OUT the first week of school??!
Anyway, Open House went great.So far,I have 18 little firsties ready to learn, and I got to meet all but 2 of them. They were so sweet . . . wide eyed, shy, full of hugs, and absolutely precious. I also got to see most of my old students when they stopped by to tell me about their summers and how excited they are about 2nd grade. Every year, I'm wistful at Open House because I miss my Last Year kids so much, but then I have to remind myself, I felt the same way the year before & will love the new kids just as much :)
So, in preparing for Open House, I took a bunch of pictures of my classroom. I've had several people ask about it, so I'm thinking, it probably looks as nice as it's going to, so here goes. Pardon the long post - I went a little camera crazy! :)
UPDATE (8/21)- I've linked up with another blog for a Classroom Photo Party. Head over there & link up, too !!
UPDATE -I've joined up with Brigid at Brigid's Daily Lesson Log for a classroom picture blog hop. The linky is at the bottom. Join up !!
Behind my desk. I really do have way too much stuff ! I want to cover or paint my file cabinet, but that's another project on the To Do List . . . which just keeps getting longer !
Back wall ~ Centers board, Calendar & Writing Center ~ pretty explanatory :)
Side wall. This was (is) my favorite thing about my school - the built in cubbies. Every child gets their own & it has plenty of room for bookbags, jackets, lunchbox, etc..
The tubs on top house my materials for each month of the year.
To the left is my behavior chart. You can see the plate rules I made this summer :)
Froggies & Rules. I will post more about this later, but basically the kids have to move "freckles" for poor behavior choices.
View from back of room. The snake hanging from the top was a gift but my kids love him. They think he watches them work !
Student mailboxes & the striped table is from my first year teaching. My dad and I made this together & I just love it. It doesn't really "go" with everything, but I'll keep it forever !
Front Standards Board & my crate seats I made ! :) Pretty obvious I need to make 2 more !
Behind my door...Helper Chart & centers.
Recess "Catch Up". Students have to sign the clipboard & put their unfinished work in the bin. They then have to attend Study Hall ( a school-wide procedure) during Recess to work on it.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!!
Lastly, I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the Currently Link. I've been seeing this & super excited to link up !
As always, THANKS for stopping by & for being patient with my super long post !! Have a wonderful weekend ! :)
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