Sunday, August 25, 2013

Classroom Reveal & A Freebie

I'm exhausted. And school hasn't even started yet, well for the kids any way. They come tomorrow. But I'm tired! LOL Getting a room ready, back to school meetings, Open House, paperwork, paperwork, etc. is exhausting. But most of the time, it's fun! :)

I'll see how I feel tomorrow after my first set of babies show up. We stagger our K students the first 4 days. Then on the fifth day, we get all of our kids. (Then we are out for labor day so it all starts again after that! Crazy).

How do you guys get your K students? Do you all start the first day or do you get a few each day like me? Curious to see what everyone does.

On to my classroom reveal. I had these pictures ready to go last week but kind of slacked off on blogging. Here ya go.

 This is the board I put up for open house. Here's the idea source from Pinterest of course.
It's the first thing you see when coming down the K hallway.
Here's the wall by my door. I decided not to do some elaborate board (there's no bulletin board in the hallways---we just staple to this wall). The owls are from my Owl Open House Pack

 This is the view from the door. I had it all ready for Open House. It looks a lot bigger this year b/c my dad came out and did some rearranging for me. There was only one red cabinet in the back (the student's closet) but he moved another back there as well as the file cabinet. The third red cabinet is hidden by the back door near the other teacher's classroom. 
The whiteboard on the cart is where my carpet/meeting area is. The cart is located beside a whiteboard that will hold my Mimio. 

 Moved all of the math tubs under the clock. This is to the left when you walk in the front door of the room.
 This is the back bulletin board. Don't have anything up yet, but it'll be my data board. We are required to post up data through out the year to show student's growth, etc. so I plan on putting all of that here. 

 This is the back of the room. The colorful drawers are in front of the teacher's desk. I got rid of one of our desks a couple of years ago, but left this one for my TA. She mainly uses it for when she's doing their binders that go home and other paperwork. 
But it's nice b/c you can't really see it b/c of the carts.

 This is the student's work board. Once I get all of the student's names (they are coming and going right now) then I will make name tags/pictures for each clip and house their work there. The shelves underneath are puzzles and games and extra books. I keep table cloths on them b/c I can't stand to look and just see a random shelf of stuff. Although neat, it bothers me.

 This is where two of the red cabinets were to begin with. But I moved the kidney table and my randomness to this corner. LOVE IT!! It makes the room soooo much bigger now b/c the cabinets are moved to the back. The yellow shelf once held book baskets for the reading station but when I started moving stuff I decided to use it to house my notebooks, etc. The polka dotted table cloth hides extra math stuff that doesn't fit into the tubs.
 This wall is to the right of the front door. It now has my reading station on it. The green paper is covering tons of big books. I'll take that off in a week or so. Those are some numbers I created to add some color to that wall. 
You can grab them here

 This is my new favorite part of my room. My dad added a tile board to my wall and it just makes it POP with color. That wall is blah and now it's not!! This is my word wall. I need to fix the ribbon up top on my banner (it says Word Wall) but haven't yet. The pocket charts underneath will hold the cards for the writing station and the bins to the left will house all of the writing station stuff. 

 Just another view! Look at all of my floor space!!

 View from the back door and to the left. 
One supply closet and the kids closet.
 View from the back door looking straight. 

Computer area.

 To help keep my aid and I organized, I jumped on the sterlite drawer bandwagon and made this. 

 Graphics from 3rd Grade Gridiron, JW Illustrations, and Learning With Mrs. Leeby

I wanted to have something that said Home, so that she would know what needed to be sent home instead of me piling up stuff on the desk and her trying to figure it out.

Here's a freebie for you. It's in google docs, just download it and it'll open in PPT. It is editable so you can add your own words. I also included a polka dot set as well. Click on the picture to grab your freebie. Leave some love if you grabbed it!


  1. Your room looks great Nicki! Thanks for the adorable freebie!!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  2. Love your room! Last week was my first week with students. We had 1/2 come on Monday, 1/2 on Tuesday, all on Wednesday for a 1/2 day, and then all came on THurs./Fri. for all day. Hope you have a great week!!!

    1. Love the idea for 1/2 days!!! Good way to ease them in!

  3. I'm SOOOOO jealous of all your floor space. Our rooms are so tiny! Your room looks great. Good Luck next week!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    1. Honestly, each year I seem to have more floor space. I'm learning to give up stuff to make it more roomy!

  4. We started last week. We meet with all parents prior to kids starting (that was Wednesday). 20 minute conference per family...went from 8:00-3:30 then again from 5-7. Hearing and vision screening done while we are meeting with parents. All kids came on Thursday.

    A Very Curious Class

  5. We've always had all the kids come back at the same time. So do you have review the procedures and everything over again every day? Your room looks really great! Everything is organized and you look ready to start! :)


    1. Yes, every day for the first 4 days I'm doing the same thing. (Can be rather boring!!!) But it helps ease the kiddos in.

  6. Your room looks great, Nicki!! I love those tables/desks..and your room is so open. Love, love. I hope you have an awesome first day! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  7. Your room looks great!! I hope your first week goes well! :)

    ✿ Regina
    Keepin It Krazy

  8. Loving your room! So happy that you are so prepared! We get our kiddos on Wednesday!