A week before school started (!!yikes!!), my classroom received the royal treatment. Each morning, I feel as if I'm stepping into the pages of a storybook.This is our circle-time rug and reading corner. The painted trees will soon become 3-D, with leaves hanging from branches and bark popping out of the wall. Hmmm....wonder how I can keep little hands away from that? I'm not sure I'll be able to resist, either! Along the right side wall, I have two large bulletin boards, a reading/math shelf and a file cabinet. When the walls were painted, it was decided that nothing could be stapled or sticky-tac-ed to the walls; I am only allowed to display things on bulletin boards. It is an understatement to say that this has cramped my teaching style, but I am making the best of an, umhm, interesting situation. Thank God for the new Post-It Charts!
This is the other side of the room. The space is actually set up with a dividing wall, complete with two separate bathrooms---teeny, tiny, totally cute toilets---and sinks. Beyond the picture border, to the right, you would see the manipulative shelf and two more closets. I've spun my desk away from the wall since this was taken last week. Because it is metal, the letter tile magnets work perfectly along the front panel! I am hoping to score more shelving, so that our tools, etc., will not have to be left in the closet during the week. I've not been given clearance to place anything against the walls, but, HOW do you teach Kindergarten in a sterile environment? The room is sweet, but I miss being surrounded by letters, and pictures, and children's work. My brain is working overtime, trying to solve this dilemma!
(I have no idea why this last paragraph is underlined!)