Sunday, August 14, 2011

Classroom Pics and My Birthday

It's my birthday!  I worked hard to get all ready for our first day back TOMORROW (YIKES) so I didn't have to go to school today. My family is making me a special breakfast as we speak.

Room Pics!
In California, our classrooms open to an outside hallway. Growing up in the Midwest I thought that was weird at first but now I love it!

Star of the Week board I posted about previously
Love my fabric bulletin boards with Eric Carle trim.
Can you say boy heavy?  I have a feeling this year is going to be a doozy.
CAFE & Daily 5 board
Calendar wall
Whole brain teaching rules at the top
Click HERE to get a copy of these rules.

Small group table & my desk to save space!
Group listening (I also have individual cd players) and writing supplies.

Writing & Word Work

Pet corn snakes. The kids take them out to recess!
Math Tubs (still need to finish laminating some new ones)
Last year's class was GREAT about this. Instead of tattling they would say, "May I talk to Megan? We had a problem at recess."

Okay...I'm off to spend some time with my family. I will be making Magic Playdough later so I'll be back to post about that!



  1. Your room looks great! I use the Whole Brain teaching philosophy in my classroom. Where did you get your cute behavior posters? LOVE them!


  2. Oh yes! Where did you get your posters for Whole Brain? I found some but they are not very primary. I would love to put them up in my room! Thank you!!!!!

  3. I would also like to know where you got the Whole Brain Teaching Posters. :) They look more kid friendly than the ones I have up.


  4. Happy Birthday!! Your room looks WONDERFUL:) Good luck tomorrow, you will be great.

  5. wow, love all your organization you have in your room. Be firm in the beginning and those 8 behaviors will get in check. All my best for the new year!

  6. WOW, 3 requests in a row for the Whole Brain teaching posters! I made them when I moved to 1st so they would be a little cuter. I editing the post to include a download for you. You'll notice I still call it Power Teaching. :-)

  7. What a nice space! Excellent learning environment!

    Victoria :)

  8. Your room looks great! Love all your counter space. Have a happy birthday and a great first day tomorrow!
    Kindergarten Creativity

  9. Happy birthday! My class is the opposite of yours - I am very girl heavy!! Hopefully that will mean a nice year... I'll find out on Tuesday! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  10. Your room looks great! Happy Birthday! :) Hope you have a great first week of school!

  11. Happy Birthday! Your room looks great and ready for learning!
    Enjoy your last day of break!

  12. Jenn,

    You made me laugh with the hallway comment. I grew up and started teaching in FL. So we always has outside hallways. I now live in the Midwest and only have inside hallways and I had to have an adjustment period too. :) So it works both ways I guess. :)

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  13. Happy Birthday!

    And Magic Play dough is great! I used it with my prek class 2 years ago on the first day of school. They loved it!!!!!

  14. Happy Birthday, Jenn!! Your classroom looks AMAZING! It is such a fabulous size and I love all the work you have put into it, what a lucky class!! I LOVE your library corner...WOW and your ladybug sign is just the cutest:) Happy week to you.
    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

  15. Happy birthday! Your room looks awesome! Hope you have an amazing start to your year. I had 8 behaviors last year... good luck! :)
    Counting with Coffee

  16. Happy birthday, Jen! I hope you had a great day!
    Your room looks great! Beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful year!!


  17. Happy Birthday Jenn! Your room looks great. I plan on using whole brain teaching this year too. Any tips for a first time user?
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

  18. Happy Birthday yesterday!! Your room looks fantastic!!

    Miss J @ smilescrayonsandendlessstories

  19. Happy birthday yesterday! Your room looks great! What do you have in each of your math bins to start off the year?

  20. loving your classroom :) thanks for posting pictures!

  21. Your room looks awesome!
    Happy Belated birthday fellow Leo! Mine was the 15th!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  22. Where did you get your schedule signs? They are so cute!!

  23. I wish I had as many book shelves as you!!

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  25. I agree with Kawaii. The schedule signs are adorable. Perfect for those visual kiddos. Inspiring room! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Kawaii,
    The signs are from DJ Inkers.