We're WILD about Kindergarten! (Classroom Reveal Part 2)

I'm back for part two of my kindergarten classroom reveal! [Click here to see part 1, if you missed it!] We have now finished the seventh week of school, and I'm feeling really good about my class, and what we're learning! This week we're studying magnets, and they got a kick out of how my earring was magnetic! LOL!

Today I am sharing about the back half of my classroom- where we have our whole-group lessons, story time, and morning meeting. I made the dry-erase sign above for my students to hold individually for first-day-of-school pictures. I also had lots of books about the first day of school/kindergarten out and ready to read!

We sit in a circle in this area (now on a rug), and I sit in the chair most of the time. It also becomes our Writer's Workshop sharing chair. The green board is also a faux bulletin board I created for Literacy. I now have two command hooks on the close side to keep anchor charts! I really love this area of my room.

Here's a closer view of the calendar area. It fits perfectly right under the window. The "Yesterday Was," "Today Is," and "Tomorrow Will Be" could use some revamping, but it works. I stuck a velcro dot on the wall under each title, and also on the back of each day of the week.

I keep extra calendar materials and attendance slips in the hanging organizer on the left. I've posted our school rule and standards up on the left too. I now have our school's monthly memory verse up on that wall, and my centers chart. Everything is always changing, but this was a good starting point!

This is my birthday area! I LOVE how it turned out. It is one of my favorite DIYs in my room. The letters (along with the others in my room), came from a pack at Lakeshore (I think it was Creative Teaching Press). They were a splurge, but totally worth it! I also got the cakes from Lakeshore. I used command hooks to hang up the blue shabby chic ribbon.

I wrote my students' names and birthdays on the cakes, and clothespinned them to the ribbon in order. I love how the cakes pop off the ribbon, yet tie in with the aqua blue!

Turning clockwise around the room, we have cushions (one for every student) that we use for reading and rest times, and my storage cabinet. I have two (dollar store) over the door hooks with binder rings on them to hold up my chart paper. The first day of school this was my anchor chart (I basically copied Kristen's from A Day in First Grade) showing how to be a good listener.

This is the opposite side of the room. We have two identical bookshelves. The nearest one is where I keep our reading books, as well as our workbooks for writing, reading, and math. We also have our Writer's Workshop journals on the first shelf. I love using the top shelf to display books for the week, and some sort of message to go along with our theme.

One of my DIYs I did is made little window embellishments for all four of my windows. I used kids "grass" skirts from the Dollar Tree, the green chevron ribbon, and fake greenery to create a fun, jungle-like decoration! I think they turned out really cute!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what my classroom looks like! As I mentioned before, it's ALWAYS changing, but that's a good thing!! It's my home-away-from-home here in Tanzania, and I love it! I'll be back next week sometime to share about our Egg Drop project, and more about how we explored force and motion!

Much Love, Allie

Welcome to the Kinder Jungle! [[Classroom Reveal part 1!!]]

Wow...it's been WAY too long!! My blog has gotten a bit neglected over the past two months as I traveled back to Tanzania and started my second year teaching at Hope International School! It has been so great to be back "home" here in Moshi, reconnecting with friends and getting to know new ones, and so much more! I truly feel like this is home, and I love it!

I am teaching Kindergarten this year- for the first time! I am really enjoying it- I have 12 students, from Tanzania, America, Korea, England, and India. They are sweethearts, and I am loving getting to know them and being their teacher! The majority of my class are English Language Learners, which proves challenging but very rewarding!

This is the door to my classroom. The school where I work is on a compound-type property. We have 3 buildings that all lead out onto a courtyard where we have lunch, play basketball, and have the playground area too. I'll have to do a "school tour" sometime soon! We have 86 students- ages 2-14 at Hope, with all sorts of cultures, backgrounds, and languages! I love being a part of this growing international community!

When you enter my classroom, this is what it looks like! I am blessed to have a spacious classroom this year, with lots of room to learn and grow! We have two main spaces- the work area which is in the foreground, and the meeting/teaching area behind the mushroom-cut-out. We do lots of centers and hands-on learning in our classroom!

This is facing the front of the room right next to the door. On the right, you'll see my teacher desk. I actually used a lightweight scarf as my tablecloth! I think it's perfect for my jungle-themed room! Then we have the chalkboard, and our word wall next to that. The kindergarten teacher a couple years ago brought over a TON of awesome resources, centers, and decor from America, and I am so blessed to have some extra resources! She had a jungle theme going on, so I decided to continue that, adding some pops of bright colors along the way.

Here's a closer look at the word wall, the door that connects to the hallway inside the building, and a faux bulletin board that I created as a focus wall! I'm putting up different anchor charts/student work/big ideas from our weekly-ish themes on this one. This week, we had Noah's Ark up on the wall!

Four students sit at each table. Each of my three tables has a color- blue, red, or green. Each table has a supply basket in their color, where I keep pencils, and any supplies needed for that day. They also each get their own box of crayons- keeping the colors the same at each table. These crayon boxes are 25 cent soap boxes I got at a Walmart-type store here in Moshi. They work perfectly!

This back wall houses their cubbies, where they store backpacks, water bottles, etc. I also have their work up on the wall, an extra table for centers or art, and a bookshelf for storage. Each student has a cup that they can use if they forget to bring their water bottle to school.

I put labels with the students' names and numbers on the cubbies. Now, I use the space on top of the cubbies to store center work for the day/week, and the cups get stacked up.

I love this area in my classroom- it houses "Roarin' Good Work"! I put 2 lines of masking tape on the wall, hot-glued clothespins to that, with the little monkeys on top. Now, we can easily switch out their work! Each student has a clothespin that has a cute little monkey (from Lakeshore) with their name on it!

Here's a look from the other side of my room. This setup makes centers really easy: we usually will have three centers at the tables, and one on the floor in the meeting area.Do you see the jungle-theme going on here?! ;)

Here is my Jungle Helpers area. I have decided to have three student-jobs that rotate weekly. I have a line leader, and two teacher's assistants- one boy and one girl. This makes it really easy to manage, and each job gets used each week.

At the beginning of each week, during our Morning Meeting on Monday, I pick the three helpers from our popsicle sticks, making sure that everyone gets a turn somewhat-regularly. Then, I write their names with an Expo marker on the animals. These animals, as well as the ones on our door, and ones used throughout the classroom, came in a pack from Lakeshore. I think they are SO cute!!

These guys also came from the pack mentioned above. They're my passes for if a student has to leave the classroom! They're hanging up right next to the door for easy access.

I think I'm going to wrap this blog post up here, and continue the Classroom Reveal in a couple days, showing you the back area of my classroom, where we have our meeting time and large-group teaching time. I'll also share more of the decor that I made! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my classroom! I am in love with it, and having so much fun teaching in Tanzania again this year!

Much Love, Allie