9.07.2014

2014 Classroom Reveal!

School is definitely back in session my friends! I have been back for 3 weeks, but it feels like much longer - and I mean that in a totally, ridiculously positive way. My kiddos are well trained and we already have a daily groove. I cannot wait to share what we have been up to with you because these little learners ROCK!


For now, I am super thrilled to share my bright, bold, and super organized new classroom! I am completely loving it too. It took countless hours and lots of hard work, but I am very happy with the end result. It makes me happy to be there each day and most importantly - the kids love it! There is a place for everything and that certainly helps the little ones to become part of the daily routines.

Enough with the jibber-jabber already! Here's the big reveal :)

Let's begin with the BEFORE pictures, and let me tell you people - they are nooooot pretty.




This is how everything was when I returned. A large pile of my junk HA!


And this horrible sight was my storage closet - YIKES!! That tiny room was completely packed as well. I certainly had my work cut out for me.


HERE IT IS NOW - WOO HOO!!
Here's the overall room from a few different angles.

The view from my small group table:



My super cute teacher desk! I made the little hanging sign in powerpoint and hung it with some orange ribbon! I'm super happy with how it came out! I rarely use this desk honestly. It is basically "volunteer headquarters." I moved my computer to my small group table and it is much more useful there, as I do many interactive things with the littles during centers (songs, videos, slideshows, games, etc.) I have more room by my small group table too :)


This is MY headquarters!

I am obsessed with drawers - like a little toooo obsessed perhaps. But they are just so useful and keep my scattered mess organized. I sort everything by day/item. I love my new labels that I made this year much more than those I had last year.


Here is my revamped teacher toolbox! I love having pictures on each of the drawers, it's much quicker that way!

This is one of my favorite places in the room, just because it always puts a smile on my face! This is where I keep all of the special things that my tiny tots give/make for me and all of the things that are most special to me.


Of course my Golden Apple resides here :)

This mug is my favorite!! It pays homage to two of the best movies/shows ever - Orange is the New Black and Mean Girls. I got it on Etsy from The Little Vinylsaur.

I bought this mailbox on Amazon and the kids get a kick out of it. This is where they deliver little notes/artwork that they make for me. I check it each day and it always makes my heart warm.

 Sorry for the horrible glare on the picture below! This wall displays all of our vocabulary! The top half is our "Record Breaking Words"where our sight words go and the bottom half displays our math vocabulary posters! We have five classroom computers just below the wall as well.



This is my Reading Focus Wall. We use it every single day. It definitely keeps us on track and focused each day. You can purchase the entire set for:
 KINDERGARTEN {CLICK HERE} 
FIRST GRADE {CLICK HERE}
SECOND GRADE {CLICK HERE}

Here is our math focus wall! You can purchase the math focus wall for the grade levels below:
 KINDERGARTEN MATH WAL {CLICK HERE}
FIRST GRADE MATH WALL {CLICK HERE}
SECOND GRADE MATH WALL {CLICK HERE}
THIRD GRADE MATH WALL {CLICK HERE}

This is one of my favorite changes this year - our calendar!! Last year I had SOOO much on that wall and it was way too much. This year I went with a much more minimal and practical approach. I only post things that we use every day.

I used magnet hooks from staples to hang each number in the code date. I keep all of the numbers on the rings and just switch them out each day/month.



 The weekdays are super easy too. I have velcro dots on the back of each and we just rotate them each day.

Isn't this sign the best?! We remind ourselves to be awesome every day :)


This is our morning check-in area.


The kids move their guitar pick onto the guitar each day. They follow the visual directions to begin their day.


This is where they store their binders each day. It is so easy for me to just stick papers and things in their drawer for them to take home!

This is our number line! It certainly helps the kids line up in a neat and tidy way. They like it too because they get to stand on the picture of their job at the front/back of the line!

This is one of our center stations. Each student is assigned a shape and color and know exactly which lapdesk is theirs.


I keep the visual directions here to remind students what to do on their center work.


Here are my lovelies hard at work:



I just LOVE our new classroom library! It is so cozy and sweet and I love the bright colors!

I found these super cute little chairs at Target on sale! They recline and the kids have so much fun sitting in them. It's a hoot to see them all reclined out and reading :)

I made these fun quote signs and picked some of my favorite quotes to use. We read them together and review what each one means. The kids relate to them and I think it inspires us all! You can snag these cuties for FREE HERE!


Here are my student tables! These ADORABLE name tags fit perfectly with the rest of my decor! I bought them from the ever-fabulous Maria Manore! You can find them HERE!


These are our sparkle buckets! The students earn sparkles each day for making good choices and get to spend them at the Sparkle Store in our room!


I label each of their toolboxes to help them stay organized. The number is their class number, the shape corresponds to their center group, and the other labels show them how to keep their toolbox organized.


I have the kids keep their crayons in these little tupperwares. It makes my life SO much easier! They can take them out and tote them around if they need to. It also stops the shuffling noise when they dig around for crayons in their toolbox, which drove me craaaazy.


I bought these double chair pockets from ChairPockets on Etsy. They are extremely durable and high quality. They hold everything the littles need at their fingertips and more!


These are my fab pencil cups that I made this year! I got this idea from the super awesome Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits! Aren't they cute?!


Here are our classroom rules! We review them each day!


Our color word wall and my newly organized cabinets!


Here is our treasure box! I handmade this my very first year as a teacher and I still love it! I painted the front freehand and glued the little coins on the side! The kids get so excited to visit the treasure box!


AND THERE IT IS! I am so excited to share my special space with you and I hope you like it :)

Get ready to see my kiddos in action! I will be posting all about our beginning of the year fun soon!
Thanks for popping in! XO

22 comments:

  1. Can I come visit your classroom for a day!?! I just LOVE it and it looks very academically fun to be in!!!
    Thanks for sharing! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog

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    1. Thanks so much Amber :) You can come visit ANYTIME!! Hugs to you!

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  2. Where did you get your tool boxes? Are they divided into 4 or 6 sections?

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    1. Hello Patty!! I got them last year from Really Good Stuff and I LOVE them. They are super durable and the color selection rocks. They have 3 small sections in the front and 1 long section in the back. You can find them here: http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/four-compartment-caddies/p/160997V/

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  3. Your classroom is absolutely darling and so well organized! I love all the bright colors. What a wonderful place to learn! Your students are so fortunate to have you!!

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie :) You are such a sweetie!! I'm so glad you like it :)

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  4. You have created a spectacular classroom.....so engaging and creative! I can only imagine how excited your littles must be to come to school each day! Being a former teacher myself, seeing these pics sure makes me miss being in the classroom!! Thanks for sharing your craft with all of us :) Looking forward to future posts!

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    1. Thank you millions Mel :) I appreciate you taking the time to pop in and leave such thoughtful words!! SO happy you like the room!!

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  5. Is your number line for lining up in your TPT store?

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    1. Hello friend! Not currently, but if you think it is something you would be interested in, I would be more than happy to post it!!

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    2. OK so now it is :) I posted it today!! Here is the link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Floor-Line-Up-Posters-Student-Line-Up-Tool-1442988

      Thanks!!

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  6. Wow your room is beautiful and super organized! I love all your labels...so me.

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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    1. Hello sweet friend!!
      I am planning to compile and post my calendar set in my store in the next week or two! Thanks so much for your support :)

      XO Khrys

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  8. I am absolutely IN LOVE with your room. I was curious if you are selling anything you've pictured? For example, the guitar picks and the calendar?

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    1. Hello Brooke!!
      Thank you for your kindness and sweet words! I am planning to compile and post my calendar set in my store in the next week or two! Thanks so much for your support :)

      XO Khrys

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  9. Love your room! Where did you find those lap desks? What an awesome idea! I love you the supply caddies are labeled so they know where to put everything.

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    1. Hello Jenny!!
      Thank you so much! I bought the lap desks at A.C. Moore on sale! They also sell them at Walmart, Michaels and Target! Thank you again!! You're so sweet :) XO

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  11. Are you selling the teacher toolbox labels? I love them!

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    1. Hello Sonia!! Thanks so much :) Yes, they are for sale in my TPT store here:
      https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teacher-Toolbox-Labels-Neon-Bright-Editable-1167085

      Thank you!!!

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