I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week '13- NOW TEACH! Organizing for Instruction.
I have only been in my room a few days setting up, so today I actually looked at some things and took some pictures of some of the ways I organize for teaching. I don't even have my tables or chairs in the room yet. They are used for a camp in the summer, so hopefully they come back soon. ;) I actually don't mind because my room seems SO BIG without tables and chairs- so... it's not all bad.
I put my magnetic letters up on my board ready to use!
Here is another word wall. I put the children's names on this board after we take them off our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree. (What other profession would EVER know what in the world that sentence meant?!)
These are some charts I have ready to go (not up until we learn about them-). They are always really handy and used a lot for writer's workshop.
I do not have ANY storage to speak of- and we are not allowed to have any fabric for curtains or coverings in our classrooms- so that makes for unsightly clutter that makes me sad. The kids are awesome about not touching certain areas, because it is all right out there- not hidden- and oh so tempting, I would think. This is the front of my room. (Pretend those cords aren't there- also not pretty. ) I change the book bin topics every so often, and have beanbag chairs for the children to read.
These bees CRACKED me up. I loved their enthusiasm.
This poster is ready to go- again, not hanging up- just ready for after we read about filling buckets.
I usually have a couple different name charts that I keep up for the children to use to link letters and sounds.
My meatball spacers, spacemen, and pointer eyes are all set to use. I never put anything out until we talk about it and learn how it is used.
I have all my reading strategy reading buddies ready to go. I feel like they can't breathe in these bags... :( Seriously. I have 5 of each- so enough for each group during our center time. I get out one type of reading buddy to use as we learn about that one. The others wait their turns in their bags. :(
The bins on top are sight word games and rug activities for whole group.
Look how much it looks like our rug!
Star Spangled Banner Freebie at the Crafty Classroom blog! It is wonderful. I didn't use it last year because I just found it, but I laminated the pages and made a couple classroom books. The illustrations are wonderful. We learn all the vocabulary for the song- and these pictures are great. I also printed out the pages so the children can make mini books.
I actually had to look up what a rampart was when I first taught the song. Really. I did.
This is a great Pledge of Allegiance book. This year I am teaching it in sign language. I can't wait. The videos I am going to use are on my Back to School Prezi if you want to use them (on the flag).
One is normal speed and the other is slow motion.
I keep the math/science journals under a desk in the front of the room. We use these on the rug or at seats- with a math question of the day or a science experiment. I keep pencils right by the journals. I have 24 pencils in about 4 or 5 places in the room- so I can just always have them ready to use when I need them and we don't have to waste time getting pencils. Did I ever mention I love sharp pencils? Just checking... And I don't even have one of those famous quiet sharpeners everyone talks about! Go figure.
I love using my Brown Bear, Brown Bear big book, and then coloring a different color page each day for the first couple weeks of school when we have our color days as review.
If you are still here- thank you for making it through this post! I got carried away with the pictures. Hopefully tomorrow I can do some nametags on my tables and cubby names- and hopefully all of my chairs will come back, too.
Have a great day! :)