Friday, August 16, 2013

Classroom Photos 2013

Monday is my first day back to school. Here are some photos of my new classroom. I moved to another wing and into a smaller room. But, I love it just the same!

This is the view from the front door. 
1. These are my students' mailboxes. I have already changed the labels on them. I tried something new this year and did not like it. Now, I have the same yellow labels I had last year. What you see here are removable labels and they didn't float my boat! There is an empty mailbox next to each labeled box because every child will have two slots. The labeled one is for work to take home and the empty one is for them to store their books for read to self. See the happy person in the window? That's my sister! We teach right next to each other and share an office! Double Trouble! LOL! I know she'll be reading this post. Robin, here's to a great year!

2. I labeled the caddy, "Ms. Rosenberg's Stuff," just so I can say, "Don't touch my stuff!" In a funny way, of course!

This is my writing/grammar station. You can find the visuals here...

Our first grammar skill is nouns and I am ready! I'll be using my Fun With Parts of Speech to cover nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Once we move on past nouns, the green pocket chart will be adjectives, the red one will be nouns, and the yellow one will be verbs. That way, they can take a card from each chart and make sentences. Ex: The pretty teacher sat down.

The Work on Writing Activities includes activities from the following...

Each folder is labeled with an activity. I have must do bins and at Work on Writing, they will complete a must do and then, if there is still time, they can choose something from any folder in the bin.

I also have a Writer's Notebook Station, where the children can write whatever they want in their notebook. The Topics to Write About and Transition Words Display will really come in handy!

1. This is my character education display. The citizenship poster should be hanging in the empty spot but I misplaced it and had to print and laminate it again. Oops!

2. This is my literacy work station board. I will be having 8 stations during my reading block/literacy work stations.

Meet With the Teacher
Word Work
Work on Writing
Writer's Notebook
Read to Self

I'll do a separate blog post about how I'll be running my reading block.

This is my library. 

1. These reading strategy posters are free on my facebook page.

2. This is my new reading rug. I love it! Here's some good news! In just a few days, I'll be giving away a classroom rug of your choice! Woo-Hoo!
1. This is my new clip chart. You can get it for free on my facebook.

2. Here are my Word Work and Phonics Stations. Not much there now. It's a work in progress. 

3. The top row of this unit will hold my kindergartners' notebooks and work folders. The bottom row will hold my first graders' stuff.

4. This is my Important Words to Know display. If the children need to spell a color or day of the week or month of the year correctly, they can borrow the card.
1. This is my focus wall. Once I start Journeys, I'll hang up the skills for the week. If you use Journeys and you want all the focus wall cards, you can find them here for kindergarten and here for first grade.

2. I LOVE these magnetic pouches from Learning Resources. More good news! I'll be giving away a set of 4 pouches very soon!

And, there you have it! My classroom isn't 100% done yet, but, it's good enough for me to start school on Monday. My room is always a work in progress!

I hope, after reading this post, you don't feel like this...
This is Max. He hasn't been feeling well but he is on the mend. Thank goodness!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Hey Lori! Your room looks fantastic! Here's to a great year! :)

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  2. Love it Lori, you are so amazingly organized, I hope to be at that point in about a week. Hope Max is feeling better soon.

  3. Have a great year. I am halfway through kindergarten in Australia but its wonderful to grab ideas for 2014 set up. Your room looks wonderful, organised and inspiring. Thanks for sharing posters I am going to grab these. Can't believe you teach alongside your sister. What are the chances!!! You will have to post about your mischief lol.
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  4. you're classroom looks great! i downloaded your clip chart a couple of weeks ago and have it laminated and ready to go--im so excited to use it this year..i think the pictures of the children and their emotions are great!

    thanks for all you do! have a great year!

  5. I haven't seen ya around as much and now I see why! Looks fantastic!!

  6. Lori!!! Your classroom looks fabulous!! I hope you have a great day on Monday! I can't wait to hear about it!!

    A Day in First Grade

  7. Looks amazing!! I can't wait to hear about your reading block! :)

  8. I love how bright and sunny your room is! Great job! You'll love coming in every morning :)

  9. Lori you classroom looks AMAZING!!!! So bright and colorful....I just LOVE it!! Your kids are so lucky to have you! I love your little Max...hope he feels better.

  10. Thanks for your awesome freebies! Your room is fabulous! I am new to kinder this year but taught first for several years. I will be visiting again.....looks like I will find some excellent ideas and resources here...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Keep Calm and Imagine

  11. How great that you get to teach right next door to your sister! That must make teaching even that much more fun for you.
    Love the post.
    A Differentiated Kindergarten


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