Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ready or Not!! Pictures!!!!

Oh my I get to meet my new little friends tomorrow!  I am super excited, as when I met them at home visits and screenings they all seemed really sweet and they were all so cute!  As you recall from my last post, my room was still a disaster zone, but now it's in much better shape.  I can't say it's completely all the way finished and everything is as I planned, but it's close, and I will finish everything up this week after school.  Most everything is ready, it's mostly just some organizing of my files and teacher materials that is left.  I am planning to have my lovely husband come and hang a shelf for me to stash my ever growing collection of books.  My room is super small and has basically no storage-just one really small closet that is packed to the max with stuff!  Being a preschool teacher, I have a TON of "stuff"- manipulatives, art materials, sensory stuff-just lots and lots of "stuff" and with such a small space it's challenging to find a place for it all!  I also am trying to find a better way to organize and store all of my small group stuff.  The best I can come up with is putting things into zip loc bags, labeling, and storing in plastic tubs/containers.  If any of you have a better system PLEASE let me know!  Anyways, here are some updated pictures of my room taken on Friday.  Ignore all the junk on the tables and other randomness, as that was all put away before I left so everything is nice and picked up and ready for my kids! Not sure how easy it will be to post after I have the kids, as everything is so busy, especially with all the after school activities my OWN kids are involved in, but I will try to post as often as I can, and of course I will continue to blog stock all of you guys!

This is my clanedar wall and the yellow board to the left is our classroom helpers.  I just rotate the stars everyday.  Since I have such a small class I am able to give everyone a job everyday.  One of the jobs is actually "vacation" so that person doesn't do anything, but they are still on the job chart.  I will add a few more things to our calendar routine as the year goes on.  I will add numbers 1-10 and we will count backwards with the rocket pointer  and blast off.  I will also add 10-100 and skip count.

This is to the left of the Calendar wall.  Our little ancient computer(-right behind the computer is the block center, which faces our large group/calendar area).  The crayon pocket chart is used for my small groups.  The rest of this wall is basically my behavior managment and solution wall.  We use PBIS and the little snail " Pedro" is our mascot for PBIS.  During the first week we will talk about ways to be Safe, Responsible, and Respectful, and I will add their sentences to the board.  Also we use "Super Friends", so the rainbow strip under the Pedro board is where they place their Super Friend each day if they ear one.  We give them a super friend when we see them being nice, helping others ect... and then we have a Super Friend Party at the end of each month if we reach our monthely goal.

This is looking towards the door.  The cubbies in the back houses some of our art supplies.There is my loittle closet, and on the other side of the door is our sensory table.

This is our writing center.  Lots of writing materials.  On the shelf behind the writing center is our Math center.  Lots of puzzles, gears, stringing beads, counters ect..  I guess I didn't get a picture of it, but the shelf is full of fun stuff!

This is looking at the writing center from the Large group area.  Also you can see some of the Library/Listening Center.  The pocket charts on the wall hold the kids names right now.  I usually leave the names in one and put words that goe with our theme or lesson in the other so they can use them in the writing center.  You can also see our Super Star board.  The roap hanging is where I hand student work to dry and also display.  I have another one of these on the other side of the room.

This is the Library/listening center and two bulletin boards where I display student work..  Also you can kind of see the science center.

This is the Science Center.  I start out with discovery bottles, microscope and scale and change it out with our themes and seasons.

This is a view towards my desk.  Notice my new pocket chart stand that my dad made me!!  LOVE IT!!!  behind the pocket chart stand is our House Keeping/Dramatic Play center.  It is really small and I only allow three kids to play at once.  I really wish it was larger, but with the size of my room that's how it has to be. :(  The pocket chart stand does not belong there-that's just where it was when I took the picure.  It does at the front of the room.

Again another picture of my fabulous pocket chart stand.  The poem in the pocket chart is one that I found on Pinterest. So stinkin cute!

Here is my desk/teacher area.  As I said, it's not totally finished-notice the piles of stuff.  I have even more books that I need to find a home so I am going to have my husband come and hang up a shelf on one of the walls by me desk.  Also my file cabinet is a disaster, so hope to get that better organized soon also.

Can you see my desk? lol it's piled up in this picture, but I did manage to clean it all off before I left on Friday.  The beach ball is for Beach Balll Buddies.  The kids LOVED this last year so I decided to do it again.  I taped on pictures of all the kids, as well as myself, my associate, and other important people at school.  We will sit in a circle, find someone on the ball, say their name and roll the ball to them.  We repeat over and over and soon everyone knows everyones name!  They asked to play it all year, even tho they knew each other after the first week!