Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Welcome to Fun With Firsties' Classroom!

Heya'll! So if you follow me on Instagram (@funwithfirsties) you may have seen this post announcing my upcoming classroom reveal:

Well, it's finally here!!! Of course my classroom is not complete (...but let's be serious, is it ever really complete??!?) but I wanted to share it with you nonetheless. So without further adieu, come on in and take a tour of my classroom!
*apologies in advance: I am horrible at remembering my camera so all of the following pictures were taken with my phone at 7:30 this morning. So the lighting is strange and the pics are somewhat blurry!*
Above is the view from my classroom door.

This is my little "where we are" information board located on the outside of my door:

To the left of the door is our drop-off station. This is where the kiddies put their take-home folders, drink/food tickets, and move their star over to sign in:

(you can download my FREE magnetic sign-in labels HERE!)

To your right when you walk in the door is our prayer centre (not pictured) and the "welcome" bulletin board, which is currently featuring our class jobs and birthdays. Beneath the bulletin board is my behaviour management system. I don't use a clip chart anymore and have switched to this ticket system which I am *in love* with. GOOD RIDDANCE, clip chart!!! (more on our ticket system in a future blog post!):
(If you would like my FREE class jobs labels click HERE!)

If a student earns 20 or more tickets in one week, they get to clip their name to the "Hall of Fame:"

Next to the welcome board is our word wall and the Word Work 2 centre:
(Download my FREE blank word wall labels HERE)

Separating Word Work 1 and Word Work 2 is my alphamagnet "Read It, Build It" activity. This filing cabinet was just a waste of space last year--I NEVER use it. So this year I had the great idea of turning the drawers to the wall, and using the remaining 3 sides as a magnetic activity board. MUCH better!

If you keep moving along this same wall, you will find our writing/reading focus wall. Right now it is just showing off (from left to right) our Visual Writing Rubric, Writing Rules Checklist, our in-progress classroom big book which will eventually be moved to our reading centre, and our current writing focus (recount writing). Below this whiteboard is Word Work 1.

Last but not least along this wall is our reading centre/classroom library. That big empty space on the bulletin board is being reserved for our class-made big books. Right now my library is seriously lacking some comfortable pillows/seating, but I have been too broke to buy/make pillows...One day!

You may have noticed the folders on the back of the blue bookshelf above. Those are fast finisher activities. I have not introduced this routine to my kiddies yet but I can't wait! Here's a closer look:
(Although they are not editable, HERE are my fast finisher folder labels--as seen above plus MORE!!--if you would like them!)

The back wall of our classroom is where we display all of our fabulous work. I hung up their family tree activities after I took this picture so you are getting the "blank canvas" look :P

In the centre of the counter (as seen above) is our pencil station. Here's a closer look at that:
(Grab some FREE pencil labels HERE!)

And beneath on the shelves are all of my math manipulatives and math tubs:
(Download my FREE math tub labels HERE!)

Moving to the other side of the classroom, you will find my guided reading corner:

Beside that is our "math" whiteboard and "math words" bulletin board. Beneath that is our listening centre, which also houses the laptop and Elmo for my SmartBoard:

Here's a bigger view of this side of the room taken from the reading centre:
(The coloured construction paper above the boards is my alphabet, waiting to be customized by my firsties! Download my FREE chalkboard alphabet labels HERE)

To the left of the SmartBoard (as seen above) is our "Morning Meeting" area. Here's a closer look at that:

...looking from the reading centre to the back of the classroom and out the door:

Behind my desk, at the back of the classroom, is our writing wall (currently featuring all of the students' writing from the beginning of our Recount focus until now) and writing centre:

Behind the chart stand, pocket chart, and "Morning Meeting" area, is our supplies station and all of my math tub activities for each month. Opposite this area is the sink: 
(Click HERE to visit the post where you can download my monthly chalkboard labels for FREE!)

Here is a view from my desk (such a beautiful sunny morning!):

Each of my tables has a coloured pompom and a chalkboard group number:
(Chalkboard labels are from my Chalkboards and Banners Decor Pack)

And that about sums up my classroom reveal. I hope you enjoyed the tour! I will be back at the end of the week to share our week's fall-themed activities.

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