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 MAN....it 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!
|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! :-)