The writing center has a pull out table that will help with crowding and space. My mom is the genius who thought of this one. I was caught off guard that I had to have both of these extra tables in the room. Now I am so glad I had that problem! As a child you would not have been able to get me out of this area of the classroom!
I used Cupcake's Writing Center for my bulletin board.
This adorable and free pencil came from Cara and Lindsey. You can check it out here.Next, I have my sink area which also houses my science safety goggles.
This little area is near the doorway of the classroom. It will hold the student book boxes for our literacy block as well as our extra classroom supplies. I would love suggestions for what to put in this cork board frame! So far I am thinking of hanging my diploma and certifications. Thoughts? I would love the area to be useful for the kids, but it isn't very large. I don't like messy bulletin boards so I don't want to have a hodge podge of things here. I want whatever it is to stay there for the year.
Moving down the wall, you will find the word wall. It now has a few kinder words up for my firsties to use the first week of school, and then at the end of the word wall is my new math wall!
Our math wall is a new focus for us this year. We are not focusing on calendar activities here, but more of our math vocab and important concepts.
If you click the picture below, you can get the first three weeks of my math unit for free. It has 4 essential questions, 4 big ideas, many concept posters, and 15 math words and their definitions. I have the entire first semester finished and in my TpT shop!
This is my math center area right here next to my math wall. It has our math tubs and all the manipulatives below them! I am excited about this area because I have been using up an entire cupboard housing all these materials, and now I don't have to do that!
Here's a peek into the first week of math tubs. These will be the tubs that my students do while they learn the procedures for math centers for the year. It's mostly free exploration, but as we discuss how to use the materials, they are praised and encouraged for their math talk and their thinking. We reflect out to the group about how we were able to use the manipulatives to think mathematically. It challenges students to push beyond the urge to just play.
Tub 1 Pattern blocks and sticker pattern cards
Students make the connection to add dinos to the wagon and then take some away. It is adding and subtraction in play form.
Tub 3 Snap Cubes
Another little organization tip, is to organize your math and literacy centers by skill or month, and then lay them sideways in your file drawers. I do not have many paper files anymore since most of my lessons are housed on my computer. Since we have two tall towers of file drawers, I decided to make use of them this way. The drawers are so long that you can even set special supplies or manipulatives in the back!
Well I am anxious to finish up the rest of the room, but I am trying to take it slowly and get myself organized! More to come for sure! Talk to you soon!