Saturday, August 25, 2012

Classroom tour...and more!

Wow what a week!!  I forgot how tiring that first week of school is!  I was in bed asleep at 9:50 on a FRIDAY night.  I guess i'm getting O L D! ;)  I am SUPER excited about my class this year... such sweeties!  The week went so well and I can't wait to share some of the great things that went on... but I wanted to first share my room.  So let's take a little tour...

 This is the window/door area just outside my classroom. My mom made the adorable curtain :)

 This is also just outside my classroom.  I have as many parent helpers as I can get and this is their area.  They work from the writing, reading, and math "club" baskets.

 The room as you enter from the door.

 The room from the opposite side. 

Another angle of the room.  
Here are some close-ups:
Love my new lanterns!

 My reading area from the door.

 Another view of my reading area (that couch was mine growing up :)

 My rules and clip chart (thanks to the fabulous Lori).  The small cards are a place that we keep track of our outstanding clipper-uppers! 

 Our book boxes.  Had to settle for plain ole' white this year.

 My wall of Daily 5 and CAFE.  Oh and more books :)

 Our writing table and the calendar area.

 The carpet area/smart board.

 My daily schedule, passes, choice board... oh and of course my "first thing I do" poster!

 The Math Workshop board... it's a work in progress.

 CAFE board!

 The back of the room... my guided reading area and the word wall.

This picture turned out terrible!  This is SOOO cute in person!  Each student decorated their face and they signed our Promise Poem.

 My desk and mess!  

 I love all the windows and counter space I have!

 I am in love with the numbers above the door... they are from my hero... Amy Lemons! :)

 Light bulbs, bucket filling, class cheers, and brain bubbles! (I'm the QUEEN of gimmicks!)

 Turn in and homework bins.  I love how the "stop" sign turned out!

 There's that FISH again! :)  This is our team building buckets and clip-up fish!  Oh and our brain break flowers.

 How I organize the materials for Daily 5 word work and math games for Math Workshop.

 Our listening center area.

Guiding reading materials, baskets, and files.

Phew!  Wow, I had no idea I took that many photos!  Well if you made it to the end ... thank you! :)  Oh and a special thanks to Monday Made it... without that I wouldn't have all my cool things this year! :)

I am getting C L O S E R to 400 followers (c'mon last 10 or so!!).  I'm planning a giveaway and would love for you to join me!  Please let me know if you want to help out!!  Thanks!!

Have a great rest of your weekend and an even better week!


  1. Everything looks so inviting :)

  2. Your room looks amazing. I am on a mission to find out as much as I can about book boxes. I am training teachers this year, so I am inquiring on as many blogs as possible. What do you include in yours?

    Thanks :)

    1. We have 5 "good fit" books and up to 3 "look books" as I call them... those are books that might be too hard to read but still fun to look at. We also have our whisper phones, check marks for checking for understanding (cafe), poetry folder, and our tune into interesting vocabulary sheet to write interesting words. I find that not much more will fit :) The kids go book shoping once a week for new books and they all have color stickers to look for that match thier good fit level.
      Hope this helps a bit!

    2. Thanks so much. Great info. I really appreciate it. :)

  3. hey tori! I love your room! I hope my classroom has big windows like yours someday! I'd love to contribute to your giveaway!

    The Gypsy Teacher

    1. Thanks for offering to help Allie!! I will contact you soon! :)
      Yes, the windows are really nice... I hope you do too!

  4. What a beautiful classroom! Congratulations on putting so much work into it and getting it organized! Having such a great view outside your window must make your room so bright and cheerful! (Along with all your great posters and displays!)

    I would love to be involved in your giveaway. I am happy to donate whatever you would like from my TpT store!


    1. Thanks for offering to donate Alison! I will contact you soon!! :)

  5. Love all the window lighting! So happy you found a place for the fish..I remember when you first shared him!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

    1. Hehehe.... I LOVE that fish! :) Thanks for following Stephanie!

  6. Your room looks amazing! Just beautiful! I'm so glad you used my clip chart! Thanks so much for the shout-out!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

    1. Your clip chart and your monthly calendars ROCK!!! I hope you don't mind but my teammates loved mine so much that they are now using them too!! Thank YOU for sharing your hard work... for free!!!!

  7. Your room is amazing! I'm super jealous of those awesome counters and windows. Looks great!
    Tanya ☺
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  8. Your room looks awesome! I'd love to hear more about how you use parent volunteers in your room - that is something that I am not very good at! I would also love to help you out with your giveaway!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

    1. I will definitely post about this soon Sara! I have a ton that I can share with you too!!

      Thanks for offering to help with my giveaway too!! I'll be contacting you about it soon...need to get those last followers to come my way! :)