Classroom Tour: Part Four (The End)

Well, it only took four posts to show you my whole room.  I’ve had fun sharing it with you, and I hope you’ve had fun on the tour!  It would be really cool if I could have done a video blog, but I’m not technologically savvy enough for that.  Maybe next year.

Writing Center

This year I decided to make my writing center a little smaller since it’s a seldom used area, and greatly crosses over with the art center.  I like it much better than the way I had it last year, but I have one little guy who will spend all his free time in the writing center using the stamps.  The first two days of school I was so embarrassed when his mom picked him up.  He was covered in purple ink.  A 4 inch streak across his forehead, his hands entirely purple, his white t-shirt had multi-colored splotches of ink on it.  She didn’t say anything, so on the third day of school I apologized to her for sending her son home in such a state.  She said that was nothing compared to what he looks like at the END of the day.  That made me feel better, and realize I have a true-life Pig Pen of Charlie Brown fame in my class.

My Desk

In this pic you can see the birthday board on the wall, and my desk area.  This year I covered all my bulletin boards and the section of wall for birthdays, in felt.  I was hoping all that fabric would help absorb some of the massive echo that’s in the room.  The ceilings are SO high and even though there is special sound absorbing paint on the upper walls and ceiling it doesn’t help much when 14 little voices get going!  I had a super fun idea to cover the front of my desk with a grass table skirt from the party store.  I kept it up with some zebra patterned duct tape.  Very fun.  My desk is pretty awesome and has tons of storage space.

Shape Elephants

On the wall behind my desk I hung the shape elephants I made.  These were the first things I made over the summer for the room and I love how they turned out.

Calm Down Spot (time-out)

The last spot in our little tour is our “calm down spot” formerly know as “time out”.  It’s an area where the kids can go on their own if they need a break from the busyness of the classroom, or in some case will be sent should they have a prolonged meltdown that continues to interrupt the learning of the rest of the class.  It’s been a bit of a problem for some of my kids who go to before school care in the daycare of our school.  A few of them arrive at 6:15 in the morning and by the time they reach me at 8:15, they’re ready for a nap!  To be real, I am too!  This getting up at 5am stuff is literally for the birds.  Of which I am not one.  I had to assign a tape mark for morning meeting far from the calm down spot for one little girl because she would always try to lay down as soon as meeting started.

Well, that concludes the tour of my PreK room this year.  I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!  I wish you could all see it in person as it’s so much better that way.  You could always join us in the art center for lunch someday 😉

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