Hi. (and Happy New Year!) Remember me? I know, I’ve been seriously missing in action. This teaching gig is no joke! You know how they say, “be careful what you wish for?” Well, I wished to teach one of the lower elementary grades. I was hired in early August as a Kindergarten teacher at one of the local charter schools, but as much as I love it, and it is exactly what I wished for, it is quite challenging! I had to get used to being on my feet all day, and redirecting 5 and 6 year olds. Quite frequently. Sometimes I describe it as herding cats. But they are so fun, and it’s so satisfying to see them grasping different concepts, including learning to read. I’m also one of the sponsors of the Broadcasting Club, which is awesome. The fifth graders that participate in the club take turns recording the daily morning announcements, and we have really cool professional equipment with so many different features…we’re still learning how to use it all!
Since we’re on holiday break now, I can report that I’ve survived the first half of the year. It’s taken me time to get into the swing of things, but I love it!
And I love my classroom, so much! Before I even got hired, I decided my first classroom was going to be Disney themed. Thankfully, my co-teacher loved the idea and we have been able to incorporate many Disney touches to the room…it’s an assortment of Disney-fied awesomeness. I was fortunate enough to have been given quite a few things from other teachers for it, and with a little help from Pinterest and some creativity, it’s turned out, well, magical! See for yourself:
The first thing you’ll see as you are about to enter our classroom is the outdoor bulletin board. This is how it was decorated when school started. It has to be changed seasonally so it has already gone through two transformations since then.
Once you walk in, straight ahead is what I call the IncrediBoard, where children’s exceptional work is displayed. This is the main area where Language Arts or Writing work is put up.
These guys give the classroom a little “character” (see what I did there?). Nemo and Dory look out of their fishbowl from the top of the filing cabinet, and Mr. Potato Head helps with Classroom Management from his perch on the shelf at the front of the room. Both of these ideas I found on Pinterest, and I loved them so much I had to integrate them into the room.
Here is our ELA (English and Language Arts) Etch-a-Sketch, with our library area below. The Etch-a-Sketch was my co-teacher’s idea! You can’t tell from the picture, but we used caps from large jars of Nutella for the knobs. We use this board to put information for the Units as we cover them, including Phonics, sight words, and vocabulary words. Most units last three weeks so this board gets “written on” pretty often. (yeah, that’s me being witty again!) Also in this picture is another favorite Pinterest idea, our Book Buddy bin. Buddies include storybook favorites like Pete the Cat, Madeline, Horton the Elephant, a Llama Llama puppet and more. I’m grateful because I had quite a few friends donate to the Book Buddy bin, I really didn’t expect it to be overflowing with Buddies my first year!
These are the most used boards in our classroom. The kids use the alphabet and number charts all the time, and we use the Focus Board and Word Wall daily. The idea of having Mike on the Monster Math board struck me as I was walking around the craft store and saw one solitary big googly eye staring at me in one of the aisles. I knew I had to figure out a way to use it. Then I walked over to the clearance section and there was a piece of fabric just the right shade of green, and a monster was born! I keep forgetting to make his little horns though…
Here’s how I dressed up the outside bulletin board for Halloween. The famous line from Haunted Mansion, “There’s always room for one more” was perfect because we had three new students arrive in the month of October, so it was a bit of a joke. It’s very simple, but I love how the board came out. I may add a border around the text and picture next year.
And though this is not Disney, this is the latest design on the bulletin board. ELF is one of my favorite Holiday movies and just like the classroom theme, this had to be done once I had my own classroom. I received so many compliments about it, and I absolutely adore how it came out!
So that’s my little update for now. I’ve still got a few days of holiday break left, so you just might see another post or two before I got back to work next week. Happy 2019, everybody!