Friday, August 3, 2012

Classroom Set-up.... Slowly but Surely...

My room is definitely a work still in progress, but I can finally say I am getting there.

It took an entire day for my dad and I to move my room from one school to another. When my dad made my loft I told him he would never have to move it... he just moved it for the third time.

I have tried to use everything I learned from Debbie Diller's Spaces and Places workshop.
-I used the same color of fabric and border for all of my boards.
-I placed my word wall beside my meeting area.
-I did not put multiple alphabet or number sets up (one is enough). My pirate number set came from Made For 1st Grade. I also have a pirate set of rules and writing posters that go with the numbers.
-I threw away stuff that I have not used in awhile and got rid of any furniture that was not functional or worth the space it took up.
-I sorted and organized all of my things and put like stuff together and I labeled everything.

Here is what it looks like now. I still need to create my CAFE board and Daily Five chart, label all of my book boxes (using Reagan's awesome Classroom Library unit), finish my traffic light, label my kid's cubbies, paint my loft and a couple of shelves, and cover the rest of my bulletin boards.








35 comments:

Sweet Counter Class Resources said...

Your classroom looks stonking. The only thing missing are the wee lasses and lads bringing life to the room. I hope you post a picture of the kiddies soon.

Jennifer Tilton said...

So cute.Love your center signs and the pirate ship tube-you are very creative! Good job!
Jennifer
kindertrips

We Teach Like A Rockstar said...

Even though it is a lot of work...I am sure you were having fun setting up a classroom again. Especially for kindergarten! Enjoy your year!!!

Mrs. Ann Greene said...

OMG, your reading tub is probably the cutest thing I have every seen!

Your room is adorable! I would love to learn there!

have a great school year!

Ann

Melanie - From the Pond said...

Teacher Dads need a huge shout out! Where would we be without them? Love your room!

Mrs. Wathen said...

Your room looks fantatic:) I love your book bins! I bought Reagan's book bin labels tooand can't wait to get them on.

Tammy
The Resourceful Apple

Jenn Long said...

Good Lord! I am in love with your Pirate themed color words, the loft, the tub/pirate ship....so fun!!!
http://pirateslifeforus.blogspot.com

Reagan Tunstall said...

Wow! You have been BUSY! Your room looks fabulous! I LOVE your meeting area and the special touches like the pirate ship and loft make it SO appealing! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for the library shout out! I hope it goes quickly for you. Mine is not quite done!!

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Your room looks great! That ship/tub is fantastic!!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Jonelle Bell said...

Loving that you are back in a classroom!!
Jonelle

Ms. Cummings said...

Wow! You've really been busy! Your room is super cute. Mine, unfortunately, closely resembles your 1st picture. Moving was sprung on me at the last minute. I'm envious but happy for you.
Great work!
Rachele
marshallkindergarten.blogspot.com

madefor1stgrade said...

Wow, you got a lot together in one day!! LOVE the ship!! TOO cute! Your room looks really great. We start Tuesday with Open House and Kelly and I are feeling the crunch! Thanks for the shout out on the pirate stuff! Have a wonderful school year!! Diane and Kelly

Miss Nelson said...

You've been very busy. I LOVE it. You should come link up to my before and after pictures linky. It's also a giveaway.
http://www.missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2012/07/dollar-days-day-3.html

Freckleteacher said...

Your room is looking so great! The word wall area is so well done and of course I love the loft and pirate ship! You and your dad must have been exhausted! So much done in a day! Thanks for the inspiration as I have a long way to go!

2nd Grade Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

WOW!!! IMPRESSIVE!!! Two thumbs up! I like the skirt around your table; very homey and inviting! SMILES

kdb1983 said...

I love your pirate reading tub! So cute!
Kate
http://funinecse.blogspot.com/

beachliesl said...

Wow!! It looks FAN-tastic!! I love how your tub turned out--you did an amazing job on it. Your kids are going to be so excited when they see it--who wouldn't want to spend their days in that classroom :).

Sadly, it makes me a little panicky--my 'task list' is not as bad as it was at this time last year---but that's because only 2/3 of my 'stuff' is in boxes (as opposed to ALL my stuff in boxes).

I keep telling myself that its okay--that it will get there, and that I have more time than a lot of other folks--we can never go back until aftr ho

annie [pretty♥please] said...

that is AMAZING!

Lee Ann said...

Looks good! I really like the tub as a pirate ship!! Just curious, how do you move a loft like that?

Kimberly Santana said...

WOW! I love the loft- what a great idea!!!

Kimberly
The Learning Tree

Dana Baker said...

Your room looks awesome!! I love blue and green together - my two favorite colors! :)

Elisabeth said...

It looks amazing! I love it!! :)

First Grade Fun said...

Soooooo cute April as always. Love the pirate stuff. What did you use to frame your word wall sections? Also, What is the trunk of your tree made from? Excellent job my friend!!!

Trish said...

Lovely and HUGE classroom space! I LOVE your pirate boat made from the tub! So cool! I also love the loft that your dad built! I have wanted one like that for a while now, but it would never fir in my small classroom.
Good job!

Deedee Wills said...

I just love your classroom! I want one of those lofts!!!


Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Carmela B said...

I'm in AWE of you (as usual)! You got so much done in a DAY! I'm so loving your loft and pirate ship. You're using my favorite colors too!

Carmela

Wintaka said...

Oh how I would love a reading loft. Would you share where you got yours? The reading tub is also exceptionally cute!
THYordan@aol.com

Sarah Cooley said...

AMAZING room! Love your word wall and little pirate ship!!! Those kids are going to go crazy with excitement!!! Awesome job!!! :)

gumbiecat said...

Wow...you have just the most beautiful, big, calming room. (I've got 25 kinders stuffed into a small, small, room...really small).

Love your color scheme!

Mrs. Clancy said...

April Your room looks great! I am jealous that your done. I hope you had an enjoyable summer. I look forward to reading about the Daily 5 in your class this year! Melissa

Hollie Fumero said...

I love your color theme! Your room looks so neat and organized and I like how you store materials in your room!


Kindness Counts in Kindergarten

Christina Lynn said...

Amazing classroom! Where did you get your colored shelves under the word wall? And your alphabet letters on it?

April Larremore said...

A friend of mine had her husband make the shelves for me :) They were so cheap and they have been the best addition to my classroom.

The letters on the word wall are pre-packed bulletin board letters from Mardel the teacher store. They come in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

Beth said...

Soooo cool!! Love the loft, wow.
This will be my second year of pirate theme- can you please tell me WHERE you got that adorable pirate ship?! Is it a bathtub? Cardboard around a bathtub? Thank you so much. And thank you for being an awesome teacher!

Beth C.

April Larremore said...

Beth- My friend gave me an old tub and another friend I have painted like a ship for me.