Kindergarten Classroom Tour! Looking for ideas to organize your classroom at the beginning of the year? Need lesson plans to start the year off? This post will give you some easy ideas and tips!
My students had desks, although they rarely sat at them. I liked that they had a spot to keep their resources and materials. However, when it comes to work, students can be found in every nook and cranny of my classroom.
Because sometimes the scissors need a time out.
When I was told that each classroom should have a focus wall, I had to force myself not to roll my eyes. My inner voice was saying, “I don’t need a wall to help me focus… good GRIEF!” Guess what? This was the best thing EVER! It really helped me zero in of the big idea for the week. DAGNABBIT! Ha! No, seriously… figure out a place to create a focus wall if you don’t have one already.
This was our focus wall for the 2nd week of school.
We also have our self-portraits. These make a great end of the year gift too!
Math Station Tubs
This is what my math station bins looked like. If you want to know my math station routine, read HERE.
Math Tool Kits
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During our first full week of school, we really got rolling with stations. The first week is filled with things that are beyond our control, like bus orientation and safety, cafeteria routines and finger scanning… So week two of school is when things get hopping!
In this photo, we are practicing our pocket chart stations (predictable sentences).
We practiced our Writing Work Station.
We even practiced our Listening Station while turning the pages to the beep. If you want to have your students behave in a certain way, it is important to model it. Some students have never listened to a recorded story. My little sweet pea loved modeling this.
At the beginning of the year, we also practice our classroom management routines (AKA: teacher sanity savers).
Here are my plans for the first full week of school! Click on the image to download the file.