Here is a look at my new "beach" themed classroom.
This is a picture of my home living area. I painted the play house and added a bamboo roof to make it look more like a beach house. I added a "Surf's Up" sign to the front that I found at the Dollar Tree. It is hard to tell from this pic, but the house is a light blue and the accents are all hot pink.
Next, is my toy bins. After my children outgrew all their Fisher Price Little People, I just couldn't bear to give them up. We had just about every set with all the accessories still. So, I brought them to my classroom. My students absolutely love exploring and playing with these! Everyday we have a new Little People Village set up around this rug with great story telling taking place. And the best part is I get to see my own children's toys being put to good use.
I consider myself one of those lucky teachers who have a husband who can build just about anything. I just love this shelf that my husband built to house my math manipulatives. Yes, those are plastic $1 shoe boxes on a very basic wooden shelf. Easy to build and cheap! I like that!
This picture shows my Leveled Readers and Buddy Reading Books. My Leveled Readers are organized by DRA levels. Since I taught both Kindergarten and First Grade last year, I needed books from level 1 to level 28. That is why there are so many baskets. My buddy reading books are on the top of the shelf. I like to display the book with the stuffed animal. I noticed that many libraries in our area would do this type of displaying of books to entice children to read, so I thought I would try it in my classroom. I love to see my students snuggling the stuffed animal as they read the book.
Okay, it's getting late and I'm getting tired, so I will share one more pic for this post.
Here is my calendar wall. I love all the math concepts that I can teach during calendar time. It is hard to see from the picture, but I include place value, number sense, time, and money during this time of day.
Thanks for looking at pictures of my classroom. I hope I was able to share something new that you might use in your classroom this year. Sweet dreams!