Happy Wednesday, friends! Today was Day 3 of training and PDs, and the children arrive next Wednesday - eeekk.I thought I would share some snapshots of how the room is looking. I'll be back sometime next weeks to share the final product! :)
Two weeks ago, my books bins arrived from Really Good Stuff (I was able to use a coupon, so they were a steal!), and I love them!
Using craft Glue Dots I attached simple number labels that I made. Under each number I did include the number written in Spanish. My school has no language program (say what?!), so I'm trying to be very intentional about integrating at least little bits of Spanish into our day.
Inside each book cover I placed these color-code labels (A-P). Thank goodness for Mama Bears who help you clean out book bins and level books! Each label has the guided reading level, the grade level, and the Lexile Level. With my kids I will use guided reading level, but our STAR and progress monitoring tests use Lexile and ZPD levels...so we (the 1st grade team) wanted to use all three.
Seeing my classroom for the first time, I was shocked and SO excited to see a classroom rug was provided! Plus, it's a large rug with individual rectangles for every student. It's perfect for in class read-alouds and mini-lessons in front of the Smart Board! I also wanted a little carpet for the library area, but wanted it to match everything in the room. So, I opted for exercise mats, and I LOVE them. They are super easy to clean (just wipe them or take them up and hose them off), they can be arranged in any pattern I want. They are offered in all kinds of colors, and they were much more affordable than a carpet! #score
this tragic fall), and I cannot wait to receive my class list. My kids' names will be the first words on our word wall. :) You can check out how the word wall went up here.
Kagan cooperative learning will be a huge part of of our classroom, so I am prepping our cooperative learning desk labels. These labels are an easy reminder for students of their number, letter, and table!
Work on Writing posters by Kristen Smith at A Day in First Grade. I printed them two-to-a-page, and they are perfect reminders!
Well, friends, that's it for now! I'm hoping to finish up by Friday afternoon, so I can take Saturday as an 'off day' before Open House on Sunday. I cannot wait to meet my sweet first graders; they are going to be wonderful! :)