Monday, September 7, 2015

Not-So-Scary Shape Monsters!

This week we did a review of shapes. Most of my kinders knew OF the shapes, but didn't recall which shape was what. So we needed some practice.

I did a little Google magic and came across this fabulous post from House of Baby Piranha and LOVED it! So I spent the night cutting out a million lot of various shapes using my neon Astrobrights paper. (Have I mentioned how much I LOOOOOOVE Astrobrights paper?!?!?!) I wanted the colors to really stand out.

The next day, we reviewed shapes again. I spread out all of my cut-out paper shapes on a table and told the kids they could ask for whatever pieces they wanted... by shape name only. This was tricky for some but before long, they all caught on.

So a million lot of cut-out shapes and a few bottles of glue later... and we now have some gorgeous monsters hanging up in our hallway!

I happen to think our bulletin boards are ADORABLE and am SO happy with how our shape monsters turned out. And I think it made "shape review" extra fun for the kiddos, too! :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Classroom Reveal 2015

Eeek! Finally the blog post I've been waiting for... CLASSROOM REVEAL!!! I have to be honest... my classroom is not quite done yet. I have had to rearrange my room several times and am still not entirely sure I have it the way I want it. 

I don't have an actual theme, per-say, but since I am stuck in a box don't have any windows, I was going for as bright and cheerful as possible. Loved the idea of rainbow colors (plus PINK and AQUA, of course!) and a black background to make the colors pop. So that's what I tried to keep as my "theme". But alas, without further adieu, here's my room!

***Disclaimer - due to lack of windows and not-so-great camera phone, pictures do the room no justice. While viewing the pictures, please be sure to imagine BRIGHTER and HAPPIER colors than what you think you are seeing! Thank you.***

First, my hallway... the way it is TODAY, anyway! Thanks to my super fun "shape monsters" activity (more on that another time)...

Let's start with the back of my room. It's my FAVORITE part of the whole room!!! My "reading rainbow", "days in school" and "daily focus" wall...

Moving right along to my "morning meeting" area...

And the dramatic play/art area... we have a bunch of puzzles, blocks, art supplies and, of course, our PUPPET THEATER which we got from a DonorsChoose project!! Since we have a small room, everything is kinda jumbled together. But it's working ok for us so far!

A view from another angle...

These "family trees" are a HUGE favorite in our class. Anytime the kids finish something early, they love getting to sit in front of their tree and look at their family... or chat with a friend about their family. Super cute!

I also just put up this "Shoe Sheriff" area for my kiddos that learn how to tie their shoes! They will get a "Shoe Sheriff" badge displayed on the wall and a certificate to send home for their family to see. Still need to make all of the "badges" for displaying.

And now, "the rest"! ;-)

And here it is today, at the end of the day... chairs all stacked so the floors can be vacuumed!!

Thanks for taking a tour of my classroom with me. I can't wait until it's completely finished... then I'll be so, so, super duper happy! But really, for having no windows, no budget, and no real clue what I'm doing (LOL!), I am quite happy with how it is. I get lots of compliments on how "warm" and "inviting" it is... and the kids love it... and I love it... so I guess that's really all that matters!

This classroom reveal was brought to you by #2getherwearebetter. Thanks, Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners for hosting!!

Until next time...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

We Have FIVE Senses!

This week, we have been busy learning about our 5 senses. We practice them during our morning meeting and have been doing activities each day to reinforce what we've learned.

My favorite was the taste-testing. Each kiddo got to try something salty (pretzels), something sweet (marshmallows), something sour (lemon) and something spicy (hot tamales candy). Their reactions were priceless!

We also went outside to practice our sense of sight. We drew pictures of everything we could see from the playground. I didn't get any pictures of their artwork but it was super adorable. They actually drew lots of details.

I also didn't get pictures of the rest of our activities. Our touch experiment was super fun.I had 4 bags with objects in them, turned the lights off and each kiddo reached in. They tried to guess what each thing was and then drew a picture of it on their recording sheet.

For smell, we had to smell different "mystery bags" and guess what was inside. For hearing, I played a bunch of sound clips and they tried to guess what the sounds were. (It was a lot harder than they thought it was gonna be.)

This has seriously been one of my favorite weeks ever. Learning about our 5 senses has been a blast! :-)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ode To Bulletin Boards

Today I've linked up with Ashley at Schroeder Shenanigans in Second and Angie at Lucky Little Learners to talk about bulletin boards as part of their #2GetherWeAreBetter linky party. 

Ok, so if you've ever decorated a bulletin board in your life, then you know it takes a bit of work to make it look cute. Heck, they can be a giant pain in the bootay. But when they're done, the "oohs" and "aahs" make the hassle totally worth it. Well, in my opinion anyway! ;-)

These last 2 years I've had to share a classroom with our Reading Specialist so my creativity was pretty much limited to bulletin boards. I love colors and seasons and holidays and characters... so I tried to embrace all of that on my boards. The kids LOVED them. Other teachers were jealous. And though I stayed well past working hours to get them finished, they were a true labor of love.

Here are a few of my favorites (some of which used the whole hallway instead of just the bulletin board):

These are just some of the many boards of done, and the many boards to come. I hope you enjoy decorating your boards as much as I do. Here's my tip: have fun with it! Don't stress about being perfect. Chances are, the kids won't even notice if your border wasn't straight, your letters don't match the border, or your font isn't fancy. They are going to LOVE whatever you do. Anything is better than plain white walls and boring blue bulletin boards!

Would love to hear what your favorite thing is about bulletin boards. Let me know in a comment below. And thanks, again, for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the linky party... and don't forget to come back next month. The topic: CLASSROOM REVEALS!!!!