Classroom Set Up

Summer Reading All School Bulletin Board

Summer Reading All School Bulletin Board

For all my teacher friends out there, this turned out to be an awesome all school bulletin board.  We asked all the students to bring in one of their favorite books for our Havurot group on Friday.  Basically, our whole school separates into small groups of 6 or 7 once a month for the whole year to(…)

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Recycled Cardboard Mini Books

Recycled Cardboard Mini Books

My 2nd graders recently finished the book Frindle, by Andrew Clements.  They absolutely loved it.  We have been learning about summaries, so Frindle created the perfect opportunity to practice this newly acquired skill.  First I cut up some left over cardboard boxes in different sizes and folded them into books.  Then we (the teachers) glued(…)

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A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

There are many ways to motivate kids to do great things.  This is one way I’ve used year after year.  I find that it really works and sends a great message to the class that kindness matters.  I just cut out a bunch of leaves and every time I see the class, an individual or(…)

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All Aboard – Pirate Ship Bulletin Board

All Aboard – Pirate Ship Bulletin Board

Last year we kicked off the year with a pirate theme in kindergarten.  It worked so well, we did it again this year.  Here are our brand spankin’ new bulletin boards outside the K classrooms.  All of the rooms got revamped over the summer, so we have new bulletins outside and inside.  No more butcher(…)

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Kindergarten Classroom Set-Up Complete. PHEW.

Kindergarten Classroom Set-Up Complete.  PHEW.

Man, setting up a classroom is no joke.  Brigitte and I spent HOURS getting the room ready for this Tuesday’s Open House.  We are officially complete.  YES.  The furniture is moved.  The cubbies are labeled.  The bulletins are covered.  Now it’s plan mode.  I’ve been reading a bunch of Kindergarten and early education blogs for(…)

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Repurposing in the Classroom-Kindergarten Style

Repurposing in the Classroom-Kindergarten Style

Check out these great ways to repurpose in the classroom.  Almost everything in these photos was created by reusing materials and making them better or at least different.  I am psyched to see how these special touches inspire my kindergartners to do their own repurposing and reusing. Clockwise from top left: 1. An empty milk(…)

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Why I’ve Been MIA-Kindergarten Classroom Set-up

Woah, it’s been a loooong week setting up my classroom for back to school next week.  Long but really fun and exciting.  It’s definitely not done yet, but much progress has been made.  Here are some homemade highlights: International Silks and Woolens was nice enough to donate some fabric to our classroom so I made(…)

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