See, I warned you. I just heard you gasp! I know, I know - you don't have to say it. But, as I said before, I am a compulsive piler. I tend to lay things down anywhere and not even think about it. But I am really going to try hard in 2013 to keep my classroom clean and organized. So, after working all day (nope, didn't even stop for lunch), here's what we have now:
Ahhhh - nice, huh? I also changed my word wall and some other things around. Here was my word wall before:
It was up under my board with the calendar above it. While I liked the idea of it being low enough for the kids to really get close, my teaching chair was always in front of it and I just didn't like the feel of it. Plus, the black made the front of the room rather dark. So, I moved the word wall to the wall above their cubbies:
This gave me more room to post the adorable spelling chunk cards I downloaded earlier in the year (I forget where I got them and I don't have them here to look at. If you know where I got them, let me know so I can give credit).
I also straightened up our indoor recess games (you can see them on the left side of the first picture):
And I added shelves of "I'm done" activities (one shelf for reading and one for math):
Finally, my new calendar board:
So much lighter and brighter for the new year. On the board now are Common Core "I Can" statements. I got them here. Below the board are where I am going to put their math station symbols so they know what math station they are going to. The blue chart on the easel is for reading stations.
I was also able to straighten up my little writing station (yes, it had been piled on too):
The green bucket on the left holds my story starters. These are pictures that I cut from magazines or colored from coloring books (am I the only one that finds coloring relaxing? I love to color.) that the kids can use to write a story about - like this:
At Halloween, I allowed the kids to pick a picture from a Halloween coloring book which they colored and wrote a story about. They just loved this, so I'm thinking that this might be a great activity for them.
So now, aren't you proud of me? My classroom is (almost) ready for the new year. I still have the counter by the office to clean off. Oh, and if I were you, I wouldn't venture into the closet...or into the office. Hey, a girl can only do so much in a day!