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 am going to add clothespins to each square to make the changing of boards even easier!
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.
Don't you love how fun the super stars look! Oh and our mascot is a super star. Stars are everywhere in our classroom! 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.
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!
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!
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.
For behavior, I use a red and green choice board. It works wonders! Simple and visual for my young learners. 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.
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 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.
We use clipboards a ton in my room. It is just something about giving a preschooler a clip board 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 reduce distractions. I have all my charts in a basket, magnet pizza pans (Dollar Tree), and dry erase boards here too.
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.
Books and supplies to be construction workers! The empty paint cans and aprons are from Lows and Home Depot.
My library center!
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.
My discovery center which 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!
My pretend center aka dramatic play. I always start with house and then pretend changes into something new every month or so. You can read all about all our fun pretend themes HERE. Last year we changed pretend into a grocery store, bakery, pet store, ice skating rink, farm, birthday party, 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.
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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You can check out what my classroom look liked last year HERE.
I linked up with Schroeder Schanigans in Second for their #togetherwearebetter 2015 Classroom Reveal and the ladies over at Blog Hoppin'. Be sure to check out more amazing classrooms for more classroom inspiration.