I got this AWESOME idea from one of my readers a few days ago…why not do a blog hop to show off your classroom? I probably spend more time here than I do awake at my house during the school year. I figured if I was going to be there all the time, why not make it fabulous??
Here’s what it looks like this year. You can see last year’s pictures here. It’s changed a little, but really still the same. You can see the before shots here – it’s like a completely different room!
(Sorry, these aren’t the best pictures in the world – all I had was my prime lens, so I couldn’t zoom in/out!)
The oh-so famous tiki hut. Noah helped me build it last summer. I ordered the bamboo from eBay, and we tied it together with twine (reinforced with hot glue). It’s bracketed to the wall with these u-shaped brackets from a home improvement store. And the roof is an umbrella cover, and we just glued the top corner to the corner of the wall! Don’t let the cuteness fool you – I probably fix that right wall at least twice a week (kids like to pull up on it when they’re getting off of bean bags). It’s worth it though…this is my favorite part of the room!
My small group table, cabinet (which I don’t use – it’s just there to separate and for the letter magnets on the other side), and other reading rug (that you can’t really see in this picture).
TV (which I have literally used once), calendar, Daily 5 center chart, and the word wall (newest addition – I finished it like 5 minutes before these were taken).
My Promethean Board – I seriously could not live without this thing. I use it at least twice/three times a day! (And not hating on you Smart Board people – I saw one this summer during IB training, and I’m a little jealous you get a real eraser and different “colored” pens!)
This is the same jobs board I had last year, and (with the exception of a few pointless jobs) I really like it! Each kid has a “job” each week (like paper passer, health assistant, folder friend, etc.) and they are rotated every Friday. Works WONDERFULLY!
My (very, very messy) cabinet/countertop area. The signs on the doors are for CAFE – has anybody used this? We’re integrating it this year, and I’m still trying to figure it out. Any suggestions would be awesome!
Other closets (same as last year).
My behavior management board. Our school (for the most part) is going with a new behavior management system this year – the kids start on a “3” each day, and can move up to as high as 5 or down to as low as 1 based on behavior. I just kind of integrated it with last year’s board!
My AWESOME, AWESOME (I really can’t say awesome enough) principal used a jungle theme when she taught, and had these incredible bookshelves that nobody was using. I have to give them back to her daughter next year, but I get to use them now! Aren’t they incredible? They’re animal print on the top. 🙂
This is also my meeting area – the rugs are from Wal-Mart (big one) and Kirkland’s (small one).
Ok, now let us see your awesome classroom! Put a link to your post in the linky below. Couple of suggestions…
1. When you link up, put your room theme/color scheme/etc. in the title. That way, others that need ideas can see what they need to!
2. Put a link back to this in your post. Teachers are famous for borrowing others ideas – I’m the most uncreative person on the planet, but my room is cute. Most everything in there is an idea from another teacher! And probably the biggest search term to get to my blog in the past few months has been “jungle theme classroom ideas.” It would be so helpful if other teachers could get ideas from this linky!
Alright, post away…I can’t wait to see your ideas!
(And I know that a few people don’t start school for a couple of weeks – so this linky will be open for two weeks! Don’t feel like you need to go take pictures just for this.)
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