At the end of 2012 I moved to a different learning centre in the school to be with the other three 1/2 classes. I was moving into a completely empty room which meant a lot of work!! So I enlisted the help of 25 little wonders to help make the job a bit easier hehe. Let's be honest, they all love a little 'out of routine' distraction.
So my summer holidays were mainly spent at school, creating and putting up displays, organising supplies, and deciding on furniture placement. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this stuff! My OCD tendencies, which seem to exist solely in my work life, come in extremely handy during this time of the year when there is so much to do.
By the time the first day of term came around I was pretty happy with how my classroom looked. Needless to say I've made A LOT of changes from then until now, and am sure I will continue making changes until I'm 100% happy with my room.....which could be never!
I used paint buckets on the tables as stationary caddies. These only cost $2.80 each! The children put their writing pencil and red pencil in the paintbrush holes on the sides. Keeps them very organised. The table numbers on the caddies makes it easy to identify who's is who if we have been working on the floor.
The Birthday Bees are a new addition this year. They are from Pink Cat Studio on TPT, Melissa Rodger has so many fantastic displays and resources! My teacher chair is from Ikea and the little computer table is a kitchen trolly from a discount store. The behaviour chart you can see on the right is from DK Coleman's Owl and Polka Dot Classroom Theme Pack which I looove.
This is my favourite area of my classroom; the reading corner. I used bookshelves on their sides to make the bench seat and covered some foam in fabric for the long cushions. The shelf houses the children IPICK book which they keep in little calico bags. This photo was taken last year and since then I have added colourful cushions to the bench seat (which you can see in the first photo).
I hope you've enjoyed a little look into my classroom!