Thursday, August 16, 2012

Goin' on a 1st Grade Adventure {Classroom Pics}

Today was our 1st day of school & I was definitely ready for a few minutes on the couch when I got home! Wow-what an adventure it was! I was surrounded by 18 lil sweeties that were super excited to be BIG 1st graders! And let me say, they were WONDERFUL! Don't ya just love seeing those new school shoes & spark of excitement in the kiddos eyes?!?
I did manage to snap a few pictures right before our Open House....Oh, everything looked so nice & neat {I know, I know....that won't last too long once my new firsties start that "learning adventure"!) So here are a few pics of my classroom...

Our theme this year is "Safari" and... I just LOVE LOVE "Pete the Cat" so....Wah-Lah! my hall bulletin board is a safari-version of Pete. {Did you notice his hightop zebra-print Converse sneekers? Pete is definitely ROCKIN' in his new school shoes!}

This is the view from my door.
My room has lots of zebra print & this year I have added some bright polka dots to the mix {blue, green & pink} & I also wanted to redo all of my bulletin boards so that they all coordinated. {The people at the teacher store looked at me crazy when I bought 5 packages of the same polka dot border!}
This is the front of my classroom. I really love how my new Bright Dots ABC posters & banner turned out. The pennant banner hanging above my alphabet says "1st Grade Rocks!"
This is our calendar/group meeting area and...
...this is my small group area. I'm really excited about my new crate seats! They fit perfectly around my reading table. I had a rectangle table here last year, but it always seemed to crowd the space. I really like the cozy feel of the smaller table!
That is my desk hiding behind the bookshelf. {It will be hiding under a pile of papers in about a week!} I don't think I sat down there even once today!!! Whew-those first few days are literally an adventure!
And the area that I have been working on for quite a while-my reading nook! I was inspired by my super-bloggin' bud Katie {aka-Queen of the First Grade Jungle} I just loved her puff balls & made mine from some tulle that I found on sale at Hobby Lobby. {I will post more details of my reading center/classroom library in a few days.}

I know this pic looks kinda plain, but it won't be for long. The black background on my word wall will be soon filled with bright green word cards. I also hot glued clothes pins to a ribbon & then hung it across the wall {with Command Hooks} to hold my word family posters.

This is the kiddos mailboxes & also where they make their lunch choice each morning.

And that's the quick tour of my lil classroom!


  1. Your room looks fabulous!! I absolutely ADORE your safari Pete. He is fantastic!

    Happy back to school!

    First Grade Garden

  2. Your room is "omgosh adorable"!!! I love love LOVE that nook! the fence? to die for! so can I hire you? :p I really like that display for the word families...I think I will use that!

    ~ Mizz J
    Apple Blossoms

  3. Oh, I looooovvvveeee your room! I will spend lots of time looking at your pictures. How did you get a polka dot "teacher chair"?

  4. Your room looks AWESOME!!!! I have to did you make your balls out of tulle? I just did mine out of tissue paper. I have a ton of tulle. Too cute, girl!

  5. What a darling room! I bet your kiddos loved it. I think my favorite part is your "front door awning." Thanks for sharing!!!!

  6. Your room looks wonderful! I love your Safari Pete :) He is amazing!
    Learning Adventures with Mrs. Gerlach

  7. Sooooo cute! My favorite part is the safari Pete the Cat. What child would not be so excited to come into your class to learn every day?

  8. Your room looks fabulous! I loved everything about it and want to know if I can be in your class! Your Pete the cat turned out awesome ~ what a great thing to see when you enter your room! Every part of your room looks great! I would love a copy of your Daily 5 posters in your reading center. I bought those graphics from Nikki but I am new to daily 5 and I don't know exactly what to put on them:) I love your blog!
    Natalies Nook

  9. Too dang cute! I love the Writer's Eye board!

  10. Suck a cute classroom. I really love those polka dot curtains!
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  11. So cute! Love all of the colors!
    Bring on the kiddies!

    A Pirates Life for Us

  12. Safari Pete Rocks!! The room looks fantastic!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  13. Love your room, especially the Writer's Eye bulletin board!


    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  14. Love your classroom! Where did you purchase your letters that are on your hall bulletin board? Love them!!!

  15. Where did you get those adorable zebra converse!? Love!

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