7/28/12

My Little Jungle of a Classroom!

I'm sorry I've been MIA all week...I've had a lot to do! Monday was the first day I was able to go in and really get down to business setting up my classroom. I was so excited because my classroom has a GREEN accent wall! Can you believe my luck? :) My aunt took some before pictures, so here they are!




I moved the right cabinet to beside my teacher desk!

The previous teacher left quite a bit of stuff for me, and I wanted to change up the layout of the room to make it my own. So...my cousin and I attacked. We moved furniture, hung posters, sorted books, put things in cabinets, went through curriculum...EVERYTHING! It was fun because we put some music on and talked a ton. She was so helpful and I'm blessed to have had her help! I still have some work to do on the room before the kiddos arrive, but I think I'm pretty much set to go.

I hope that you like the pictures. Let me know if you have any fun ideas that I should add in!

Little library area! I store other things on that shelf as well. Should I cover it somehow?

Hallway window to my classroom! (Ignore the mess on the inside!)
Word wall! I have no bulletin boards so I made due.
We added the missing letters, don't worry :)
Job rotations! I will put craft sticks in these pockets and move them.
Made my cubbies into a little entrance hall.

All that's missing now is a teaching chair and little sweethearts!

Calendar and Skippyjon Jones! Oh, and Blue. That's my shelf's name.
I promise I'm not crazy.
What's a jungle without a palm tree? The coconuts will have
student names labelled on them!
Guided reading table. The blue cabinet has curriculum in it!

My desk! I had no desk drawers, so I put sterilite drawers and fabric drawers under!

Have you tried Veggie Sticks? LOVE them! And I couldn't live without my label machine!


Hallway poster set of praying kids! I thought they were precious!
I left some space for classroom rules, but I haven't even put them together yet...I seem to be procrastinating on creating my classroom rules and procedures. How do you post your rules? I was thinking of doing the Whole Brain Teaching rules because they seem really good, but I don't like the two that say that they need to constantly raise their hand for permission to do things.

Other things I need to are set up workstations a bit better, organize my picture books, organize cabinets, and hang up some paper lanterns! I'd really like to get some fake plants to spread around the classroom. I think it would make the room look more like a "jungle."

Hopefully this post wasn't too picture heavy for you! I thought you all would appreciate these pictures the most! :) Feel free to pin these photos to your heart's content!


What are your classroom rules?


28 comments:

  1. Your room looks great!! Good luck- you seem very organized! :)
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  2. Wow, girl! You've been busy! Looks great! I'm itching to ask when we'll be able to get our keys, but will wait until its August first, lol! Best of luck to you! I love the color in your room! At our school we have standard rules that fit an acronym for our school's name, handed down to us....

    Tanya
    A+ Firsties

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  3. Most of the teachers I worked with allow the students to help create the rules for the classroom; This helps them have ownership.They would usually write the created rules on a colorful chart, using we will/we can language and then have the children sign their names around the edge. It serves as a type of contract. The students enjoyed creating the rules and really worked to help their classmates remember them.

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  4. Also wanted to say, I love the colors of your room. I also think it is so cute that you guys have windown into your hallway.
    You have 12 students in your classroom? (yes, I counted your coconuts, I am weird)

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  5. Your room is delightful. Don't worry, I think most teachers are a little crazy. We have to think like children in order to survive around them every day. Imagination keeps us young. :o) I've been watching whole brain thinking videos and I am planning to do a variation of the five rules. If you haven't watched any of them yet, I'd highly recommend them.

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    1. I agree! I saw a quote that said, "The Creative Adult Is The Child Who Survived." Ursula Legun

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  6. Your room looks great! I agree with above posters that you can develop them together, and then post on fun poster board.

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  7. I love your job pockets. I was wondering where you got them at?

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  8. I love your room and especially that green wall. What a great color! I am planning to use WBT this year in my classroom, but was also not fond of some of the rules and the way they were worded. I think coming up with your own to use would work great...I think I may do the same!!

    Debbie :-)
    K is for Kinderrific

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  9. Your room looks super cute! Love the green wall! Have a great school year!

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  10. Looks great! I like the kids' tables! The curve seems like it would be much more comfortable.

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  11. Your room looks great and sooo big!!!! Love the accent wall!! Perfect for your theme!

    Kim

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  12. I have loved reading about your journey so far! Just a question.. How do have you gotten people to follow your blog? I'm just starting out and would love some ideas! Thanks

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  13. Wow your room is so BIG! I love the green accent wall and your jungle theme is adorable :)

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  14. Your classroom is adorable, and I love the way you decorated it! You're so lucky to have an accent wall that matches your colors so well! Can't wait to see more pictures from throughout the year!

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  15. Love the look of your room. I love the view into your room, so tropical and inviting! Yay for Made It Monday's linkup party.
    Your newest follower,
    :) Antonia @ forkin4th

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  16. You're room is ADORABLE! Congrats on your first year!
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  18. I'm so excited for you - it looks great!!! The kids are going to love it!

    KathisMath

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  19. Your classroom is adorable Sarah! I'm jealous of how big it is! You're off to such a great start for a wonderful first year!

    Maria
    Kinder-Craze

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  20. Hi! I just found your blog from Pinterest. Your room is so cute! I just got into my room today for only 3 hours. I'm looking forward to getting it ready! Come visit my blog any time!

    ~ Lisa
    Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

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  21. Your room looks awesome. I am doing a jungle theme too and have been looking forever for the SHORT "jungle grass" raffia that you have by your window. Where did you find this??? All I am finding is real long grass skirts that I need to cut.
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  22. I love all the pictures!! I must say, I am jealous of 2 things.. your green accent wal (how perfect!) and that you've been setting up your classroom (I love setting up my classroom & I'm impatiently waiting to be allowed in mine!). Your class is super colorful & I'm sure the kiddies are going to love it!

    Ashley
    The Resource Room Teacher

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  23. I love your room! Thanks for sharing your hard work!


    Oh, How Pintearesting!

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