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!
My favorite area of my classroom is always the library. I include a variety of book choices for my firsties: theme books on the display shelf, leveled books on the top counter, and "hook books" on the shelves. Choice is so important when fostering a love of reading in primary students!
You might notice more traditional tables in my classroom. While I love flexible seating, I have found many of my students need the structure that comes with having a place to call their own. A large majority of my students have experience trauma or come from unstable home lives. They need a safe place to start their day off in every day. However, I allow my students the freedom to work throughout the classroom using clipboards, laying on the carpet, standing at the counter, etc. This works great for my classroom!
I had this shelf in my classroom last year, but it was turned sideways in the library. I moved it out and found some Target baskets that fit perfectly. I am loving this new area in my classroom! The top shelf is storing our morning boxes, while the bottom shelf has frequently used math manipulatives.
I have one super long bulletin board in my classroom. My Smartboard covers about a third of it. I don't mind at all, because I'm not much of a bulletin board girl. I use half to display student work and put anchor charts and Accountable Talk on the other half.
I thought I would end with a before and after picture. Teachers put so much time and effort into our classrooms! I wish you all the best with this upcoming school year. Love those children and make a difference!