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Christian, Mom, Wife, Sister, Teacher, Artist, Goofball:) All of these describe me, just a fun-loving Christian girl, loving my life as a mom, wife, and teacher! Hope you love it a little too when you visit:)
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Classroom - Hollywood/Zebra Chic!

Welcome to my classroom, this post has been a long time coming!

This is what my front door looks like, it says "A Red Carpet Welcome" (thanks to a sign from the internet, can NEVER remember where I get things, let me know if you know, and thanks to whoever it was that gave the free printable) and the kiddos names are on the little cameras!

Here's what it looks like as you enter in, I have two long hallways leading up to my room, this is where the kiddos hang their backpacks and reading bags, over each hook is a ticket with their name:)

This is a view of my room as a whole.  This is what you see after you come in and pass through the hallway, it opens up and is quite large - our students have outgrown our school so I was fortunate enough to get what was formerly called the "community room" - much larger than the regular classrooms and lots of windows - I LOVE MY ROOM!!!!

When you enter in the first thing you will see is our Star of the Week poster - this is where the Star of the Week gets to hang the poster they create to tell all about themselves - they also get a Star Student banner to hang on the back of their chair, a star on our "Hollywood Walk of Fame", and they get to take Sparkle Bunny home for the weekend!  More to come on Sparkle Bunny later...

Next up, is my class schedule chart!  I have all these cute little cards thanks to Cara Carroll at www.thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com!  Keeps us all on track:)

As you keep walking you will come upon my wall of madness:)  This is where we do calendar/circle time/ sight words of the week, etc. etc.  I was rocked in this rocking chair as a baby and now most of what I teach I teach from this chair!!!  You will see our calendar, months, days of the week, tooth chart, birthday chart, 100's chart, weather graphs, money poems, 100's straw holder, big book station, share Bear (we use on Monday mornings - we pass him around and share 1 thing from our weekend), CD player with lots of Dr. Jean and Steve and Greg CD's, and word wall!  This is where a lot of the actions happens in Room A101!

Here's a better pic of the Word Wall - someone else on the internet posted these free zebra letters - I love you whoever you are!!!  Think I found you on pinterest:)  The letters I use are the blingy ones where you just stick on a little jewel that comes with the letters - gotta have my bling:)

As you continue on your tour you come to my teacher table - this is where I do guided reading, assessments, etc.  Behind my table are my guided reading books by level, reading/word work games, two fave pics of my kiddos and my cute little crayon "D" that one of my besties, Angie, made me when I got my job - love it!

close up of the wall behind my teacher table - Also found these Daily 5 anchor chart posters on the internet - sorry I can't give credit where its due, if you come across this and you know, please leave a comment!

Next to my teacher table is our library area, here I also have my CAFE board so my kiddos can remember their strategies as they are reading to self!!!  They love to read here most of all and seem to always want to go here first during Read to Self!  Daily 5 rocks my world - do you guys do it too?

This next pic is probably one of my faves - I just love when things are neat and orderly:)  Here's my class computers and my cool LEARN sign that actually came with my room.  I made this banner for my daughters Candyland bday party a few years ago, and all I had to do was change out the letters to make it 1st grade-ish:)  I love the Daily 5 labels on my wall too - again - pinterest or internet - please let me know if you know who did these - I'd love to recognize them for their efforts!

And...then there's this...not even sure what to say about it, this is my domain - I had to have 2 desks because one just didn't cut it once you get the computer, etc. on there, ya know!  Can you tell I like zebra - ha ha!  LOVE my zebra chair - my sister gave it to me, and my zebra bulletin boards where I keep important papers such as lunch menu, phone list, team news, love my zebra lunch bag, and my zebra candy jar full of wintergreen mints - YUM!

Here's what's on my desk right now...my zebra box where I put the stack of papers for the day, kiddos also drop any notes from home, money, etc. that they need to give me;  my pink storage thingy - with my projector remote in the top, tiny class lists to attach to turned in papers to check off each kiddo to make sure they turned it in, band-aids, paperclips, etc;  my dried plantains snack, tickets for good behavior (we do a ticket exchange for prizes every Friday); my green tea:), tape, stapler, pens/pencils, etc.!

Oh, and them my computer desk, complete with a pic of the hubs and I, more kid pics, emergency cards, all those crazy binders for training, etc...and my handy dandy notebook for jotting down lists and lists of things to do!

If you continue around the room you would see here a wall of word work items and math manipulatives - these were a hot mess when I took these pics so I will post pics of them some other day when they are pretty and organized and I live in a perfect world...anyhoo...on to the next item...

Our school is a 7 Habits school - Oh how I love the 7 habits - here is my 7 habits wall with posters and discipline pockets.  Each kiddo has a pocket and starts out on green every day, if they have a little whoops, they pull their green card, and are on yellow (just a warning), if they get another whoops that same day they pull the yellow card and are on red (note in binder).  This is the system that works for me.  They record their "citizenship" in their daily planner so mom and dad can see how they did and mom and dad sign each day!

I skipped over my whiteboard and smartboard because they are just an eyesore right now, my smartboard is on wheels and I CANNOT WAIT until it gets permanently hung on my whiteboard:)  So, I skipped over it to our class rules and "What To Do When I'm Done" poster - oh my word...this little poster has saved my life!!!  I ordered it from Scholastic when they had their dollar days email online:)  LOVE IT!

And last but certainly not least, is our little jobs chart - these jobs also came from sweet Cara Carroll - adorable!  Each job is "Hollywood" themed and I keep the list of job descriptions by the chart in case anyone forgets:) 

That's it folks!  Hope you enjoyed the tour.  I know I'm always inspired by taking a peek into other classrooms!  Hope you were inspired too:)

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