Thursday, May 24, 2012

Home away from home!

Hi everyone, Liv here!

Well, with only 5 ½ more days of school, I decided to start cleaning, organizing, and getting ready for next year. It is amazing how quickly clutter can take over a classroom, but is a good feeling to finally go through piles and get rid of stuff.
Last year the process of end of the year cleaning took so long. This year that time has been cut in half! That is due to the fact that at the beginning of the year I assigned each child a specific job. They went through “training” to learn how to do it correctly and they have been responsible for it all year. When they do their job, they earn classroom money, which they can use to buy special things (i.e. computer time, bringing a stuffed animal, moving their desk near a friend, etc). It has been so wonderful because that is 18 less things I have to remember to do each day, which lets me spend my “breaks”straightening the classroom. Plus let’s not forget that the kids are learning money skills and responsibility at the same time! It’s win-win!

I know I love seeing pictures of other classrooms. It is fun to see how each teacher designs their space. So I thought that since the kids and I just finished our end of the year cleaning, it would be the perfect time to share our room with you!

My classroom!

main instruction area and focus wall

small group area

cubbies and wall of fame

]My 44 book box labels are available in my store for $5 (including stickers for books)
the kid's book boxes and leveled readers

math stations and listening station
Focus wall and storage (blue tubs are for reading and art materials, green are for math and science)

There you have it, a quick view of my home-away-from-home! :-)


  1. Liv,

    It looks so ORGANIZED and inviting. I would love to hear more about the jobs you give the children. And, are those towels and beanie babies in their book boxes? I'd love to hear about those, too.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  2. I love it all....especially the size! =)

    I would love to hear about the stuffed animals too!

    What are some of your favorite classroom jobs?

    I think the 2 favorite jobs in Our School Family are the Cheerleader and the Kindness Recorder. I have shared about those some on my blog and will share more this summer. =)

    Heather's Heart

  3. Looooooove your classroom! It's so inviting and organized :)


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog is Having a Giveaway!
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  4. Hi Liv! welcome to the bolg world! I'm also a new blogger. I found your blog on the TPT forums and am your newest follower! You rclassroom is wonderful and what a cute name for your blog! I look forward to following and reading your future posts. Best of luck to you!

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  7. Love the classroom pics and the set-up of your classroom! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love how you have your student desks arranged! I have pods of 4 with an extra desk in the middle for supplies, but I really like how you have 8 together. Cute blog! I hope you'll stop by my blog sometime!
    :) Dana
    Fun in 1st Grade

  9. You classroom is beautiful...and SO organized!

  10. WOW! I love your room. So organized and I love the coffee table at the listening center. I have been thinking of revamping my listening center and I love that idea.

    I have a question, what is up on your "Math Stars" boards? Is that student work or graphs?

    Your newest follower,

  11. Your classroom is VERY neat and organized! *LOVE* Your blog is absolutely adorable two favorite colors in the whole wide world are pink and green! What do you use the little Cat in the Hat bags for? Thanks for linking up!

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  12. Thanks, Tanya! The kids use their cat in the hat bags when they bring home a book from the classroom library. It keeps them from being shoved in a backpack and damaged. :-)

  13. Wow, I love your room! So organized and peaceful looking! I'm your newest follower. ;)

    The First Grade Scoop

  14. Cubbies and Wall of Fame are absolutely fabulous. :-) Those Seuss bags are just adorable!!

    I am your newest follower! I love the blog.

    Jessica @

  15. I want to be this organized this year. I love, love, love classroom pictures. Thanks for sharing. I am now following you.

    005 Watkins' Way