Classroom Reveal and a FREEBIE


WHOOO! The BIG classroom reveal!  I made some new additions to my rainbow classroom this year and kept all my fun makeover items from last year too!  When I was taking the pictures for this post I thought of a few more things I want to update. It is always a work in progress!  I am always adding new activities, taking out the old, putting up new student work, taking down the old, and organizing.  


 This is a look from my circle area.  I have a long room with a L shaped space on the left.  Behind the windows are my office and the child development observation window.  I am a lab classroom in a high school.


Above my cubbies are two big bulletin boards.  I added the square scrapbook paper to it so I can easily put up and take down students' work.  I'm going to add clothespins to each square to make the changing of boards even easier! These little people are from my All About Me pack.
 On top of the cubbies are the students' portfolios in binders and the portfolio crate.  You can read all about how I do portfolios and assessments with my preschoolers HERE.  Go check out Portfolios and Assessments made Easy in my TPT store HERE.


 I made new colored stars for each student this year to use for the Question of the Day.  The stars are attached with Velcro and have a magnet on the back.  When students come in each morning, they pull their star off and go answer the question of the day.  It makes remembering the morning routine super easy.  They put their lunch in the fridge and answer the question all in the same place! 

And I finally have the editable rainbow name plates in my store. Just click HERE.




GAME CHANGER! Seriously, Question of the Day is AMAZING! It gets students learning the minute they walk in the door. It's the perfect way to start the day. You can read more about how I do question of the day HERE and check out my Question of the Day packs in my store HERE.

Don't you love how fun the super stars look!  Oh and our mascot is a super star.  Stars are everywhere in our classroom!  


 My circle area received some fun updates and changes!  I moved my gross motor shelf which was where the green bulletin board is  It was a distraction for some kids last year who sat next to it. 

I LOVE my grid for students to sit in.  I used duck tape.  Warning...it does leave a nasty mark when you take it off!  Have you ever noticed that is is super hard for kids to make a real circle when you need them too for an activity or class meeting?  I have a solution to the problem...make a rainbow tape square around the edge of the grid.  You can simply say, "everyone stand on the rainbow" and they move there!  It's amazing!



Linear Calendar...AMAZING! It will change the calendar time into a time where students are engaged and talking about math! I LOVE calendar time.

Check out how and WHY I do a linear calendar HERE.


 I needed a place for lesson plans and teacher supplies.  I placed a back create under my easel!  In it are our lesson plan boxes!  It is right there in case I need to refer to it.


 My teacher supplies are on top of the crate and in my bright yellow bucket! Close to me so I can grab them when I need them but hidden from my students.


Our class rules were updated with a new clip art and a new font!  Find out how I teach our classroom rules HERE and check Class Rules out in my store HERE.


GAME CHANGER! For behavior, I use a red and green choice board. It works wonders! Simple and visual for my young learners. It is hands down the best thing I have ever made and implemented in the classroom. Behaviors decreased which meant I had more time to teach and play with my students! It is the number one seller in my store and has been for a few years now. There teacher from preschool all the way to  second grade teachers who use it and LOVE it!

You can read all about it HERE and check out Green & Red Choices HERE in my store.


One of my favorite summer projects is my new visual schedule!  It looks like a long day because it is.  My full day classroom is open from 7am - 6pm.  I put the morning on the left and the afternoon on the right to help break up the day into manageable pieces for my students. It visually shows what we are doing right now, what is next, and what is over. Little learners NEED visual schedules. 


Each piece is attached with Velcro.  After each part of the day is finished, it is removed and placed in the basket.  You can get my EDITABLE Visual Schedule in my store HERE.


Look at my new (another summer project) job chart!  It is bright and colorful just like my classroom.  My old one was a little wore out.  Just a note, if you make a clip chart put the students names on BOTH sides of the clothespins.  I learned this the first time I changed the jobs.  I had a few kids with their names upside down.


 You can get my EDITABLE Job Chart it my store HERE.


We use clipboards a ton in my room.  It is just something about giving a preschooler a clipboard makes them powerful! You can get my EDITABLE Full Page Classroom Labels HERE.


This is the gross motor (and extra stuff) shelf I moved to the back of my circle (away from students) to reduce distractions.  I have all my charts in a basket, magnet pizza pans (Dollar Tree), and dry erase boards here too. This shelf makes everything easy to grab when I need it.

CENTERS!  I have 5 centers in my classroom: library, pretend, discovery, art, and blocks. Check out my series about How to Set Up Your Classroom Centers HERE with tons of fabulous freebies to help you set up your centers too!


 Read more about my blocks center HERE.  I am very excited about my new I Can Build posters.  You can get them HERE (they now include real photographs too)!



Books and supplies to be construction workers!  The empty paint cans and aprons are from Lows and Home Depot.



My library center which has reading, writing, and fine motor activities.


This We Are Writers banner is a new addition to my library center.  I placed a black ribbon under it to clip students' writing so it can be displayed in the classroom for all to see.


 My students LOVE retelling books using story sequence cards.  I was so excited to find out that they make black pocket charts now!  Now students will have a place to retell books all year long!  We did Brown Bear Brown Bear this week during our All About Me unit.



Go grab the FREE Family Word Cards HERE (with matching family writing paper and write the room pages)!




 My discovery center is all about math and science. 


I had to add a colorful Science banner to my science table.  It also points out to families where we are doing our science explorations!

Read all about the science center HERE and grab the Parts of a Scientist Chart and Discovery Pages!


Read all about my Math Center HERE and grab the FREE path games you see on the shelf (in color and black and white).



My pretend center aka dramatic play.  I always start with house and then pretend changes into something new every month or so. Read all about the dramatic play center HERE.

Some of my favorite things we have changed pretend into are a grocery store, vet, bakery, campsite, pumpkin patch, pizza restaurant, pet store, ice skating rink, farm, zoo, auto shop, and aquarium



Don't you always want to know what's inside the fridge?  We have empty bottles (colored with paint to match what it is), plastic food, eggs and cupcakes made with model magic, and paper waffles pancakes inside box!  Look at all the environmental print students are exposed to when you use real containers!


 My art center. Read about me art center HERE and grab the FREE art easel routine chart!


My easel!  It is covered in a black table cloth and the covered in plastic from the fabric store.  The border is taped on to help my short students put on and take off their art work independently.  


This is my new bulletin board outside my classroom and I just had to make another banner for it too.  I am going to put up picture of students "learning in action".  I want families to see that we are learning through play and play is POWERFUL!

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Back to school freebie?  Yes please!  Have a great back to school and if you area already back to school PIN IT to use next year! Click HERE to grab it now!



You can check out what my classroom look liked last year HERE.


13 comments

  1. Your room looks adorable!! :) Have a great start to the year!

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  2. Your room is great! I like how it is bright and colorful, but not distracting. Also, love how big it is. Can you tell me where you got the simple path game board on your math shelf? I would love something similar for my prekinders. Thanks!

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    1. I made it using this clip art. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Game-Boards-Galore-Creative-Clips-Digital-Clipart-427641
      Thanks so much for all the sweet words.

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  3. Your room looks phenomenal! I want to come play there, so I can only imagine how much your students enjoy it - thank you for sharing!

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  4. OMG, your room is fabulous! I would love for my son to be in that kid of preschool classroom. I love the bright colors and all of the little things that help them make good choices throughout the day. Have a great year!
    Paige
    Our Elementary Lives

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  5. with this environment the children will encourage to learn :)


    Playgroup Singapore

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  6. Jackie -
    I love your Parts of a Scientist bulletin board. Science is my goal this year and I would love to have this up for my kiddos. Can you share where I can get it.....

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  7. Where did you get those colored tin buckets? Classroom is super cute!

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    1. I collected them from the Dollar Tree and Target (Dollar Spot) over the past two years.

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  8. Your room is amazing. I was wondering where you got your retelling cards? They would be perfect for my classroom.

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    1. Thank you so much! I just copied the last two pages of the book in color to make the retelling cards and laminated them.

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  9. Why is the dollhouse in the library center? I have never seen it there. I have always seen it in the blocks. Just wondering! I think it is a genius idea.

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  10. Because of all the language students are using as they play with their friends at the library.

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