Monday, August 20, 2012

Classroom Tour

I'm not going to lie... I have been the worst blogger ever lately!!  It's been a week since my last post!  I seem to always be in denial forget how crazy tiring the beginning of the school year is!  I must have been dreaming when I started my blog this summer thinking I would have the same blogging habits once school started.  BUT I think that once I get the first few weeks out of the way, I'll get back on track with my blogging.  I've been doing some great activities with my kids and I started Reader's and Writer's Workshop in my classroom so I have lots to share, I just need to organize it all!

Last week, I finally took some photos of my classroom as my camera was dying.  I wanted to get some better ones before I officially posted my classroom tour but oh well.  I figure I can just add some more as I go along.  So, I'm linking up with my friend Brigid from Brigid's Daily Lesson Log for her Classroom Tours Linky Party.

Classroom Helpers

My Writer's Workshop bulletin board, with Writer's Eye posters already up.  Under the bulletin board, I have a small table that holds my phone, Lesson Plan Binder, and other items that I use daily.  Next to the table is my materials organizer that holds all of the papers and things that I need each day of the week.

Star Student bulletin board.  I will be putting up the poster that students fill out, and then they bring photos to put on the photograph board.

Cute sign that my teammate from last year made me.

Behind the curtain is open shelving that stores extra school supplies from students and  anything else that I  need to hide!  I meant to take a picture, but I forgot!

Transportation Chart - we finally put up our clothespins, but they weren't up when I took the picture!

These are my students' mailboxes.  On top is our "turn in basket."

Next to the mailboxes, I have a bunch of shelving which is awesome, but it's  all out in the open.  This is also where students hang their backpacks.

Next to the backpack hooks is an extra table.  This year, we get a TA in our classrooms during our Reading block to help with Guided Reading and interventions.  So this is where my TA will work with my kiddos.

This is our gathering area.  I have a Smartboard on the wall.

My chair and easel.

This is the reading area in my classroom.

Book baskets!

My hubby painted that table! :)

Our Book Hospital!

A sign I have displayed in the reading area.

READ letters, this is not their permanent home - as you can see the D doesn't stand up straight!

These are student "browsing boxes."  They are empty right now because I haven't taught the students how to choose books yet and place them in their boxes.

Pillows and cushions for independent reading time!

Leveled books for independent reading time.

This thing stores a lot of different things - table tubs with folders/notebooks, community supplies like markers, crayons, glue, and scissors, and math manipulatives!

Math/calendar/schedule area.  Our lunch choice board is also on the left.

My "area."  I do not have a traditional teacher desk.  All my necessities are on the shelves behind the table.  This is also where I do my Guided Reading groups.

All my stuff!

View from my desk/table.

Beautiful flowers my hubby sent me on the first day of school!  Isn't he the best!!
So there it is!  I've survived my first five days of second grade!!  I can definitely tell that my kiddos are getting more comfortable with me and their new classroom, because they are testing the rules and procedures a little.  They are always pretty great the first few days because they are too shy and scared to open up!

Be sure to check out other classroom tours by visiting Brigid's blog!



  1. Such a CUTE room! There are so many things I love, I don't even know where to start! I think my favorite are all the little reading areas you have. The little wooden book displays are great as well. All of your mentor text can be right there for all to see.

    I also like how neatly all of your stuff is stored behind your nontraditional teacher desk. So cute and organized.

    Hope you have an amazing school year! :)

    1. Thanks so much Antoinette! I love having the wooden book shelves to display the books we are currently using!


  2. Your classroom looks GREAT this year! I love what you did with your reading area. Love the flowers that was too sweet! Thanks for linking up! I appreciate it!!

    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  3. Cyndi,
    I love your room! I think I may try the No Teacher Desk idea this year. We're at 32+ kids and I think I'll need that area for another table of kids. How are you liking the non-traditional teacher's stuff area? I need reassurance after having my own desk for forever!
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  4. I love your classroom! It is so cheerful. I also don't have a desk and I love it!

    Teaching Mrs.T

    1. Thank you! The desk was hard to get rid of when I moved to a new district last year, but I'm used to it now. And it works out great with the added space in my room!