It's day 5 of school and we are just starting to find a happy rhythm in first grade. The first few weeks consist of procedure practice, read aloud, character education, and repeat! I am longing for our consistent routine, but my teacher heart knows this time is oh, so valuable. I tend to read Responsive Classroom's book The First Six Weeks every year around this time. It reminds me of the importance of establishing and practicing procedures in a systematic way. If you're struggling with where to start with your little ones, I highly recommend this book! (click the image for Amazon affiliate link)
After many long days, trips to Target, and more Amazon orders than I'd like to admit, my classroom is finally ready! I enjoy creating a space for my little learners that is purposeful in design. Don't get me wrong - I love to browse social media for inspiration and ideas, but I only include elements in my classroom that resonate with my educational philosophy. I include white space, natural elements, and a monochromatic color scheme. Here is a peak into my first grade classroom!