I was up at school today for our first day of Jump Start. It's a three-hour block of intense small-group instruction for our littles who need an extra boost before the official start of school. While I was there, I snapped some pictures of my classroom! The bulk of the work is done, however, there is still lots of organizational tasks that still need to be done. It feels really good to have everything up and almost ready to go!
My academic vocabulary walls are situated on each side of my smartboard. These word walls are separate from my high-frequency word wall. I wanted them close to my whole group instruction area so they can be easily referenced during the lesson. The idea came from Kim Adsit. She has both a math and a literacy vocabulary packet in her store on TPT. If you are looking to enhance the way you teach academic vocabulary I encourage you to check them out. You can read about it in her post here.
Our district adopted Conscious Discipline as our primary behavior management tool several years ago. I love CD because it's all about developing and maintaining positive relationships with your students. I have not set up my Friends and Family Board or my Safe Place yet but I will share pictures of both when they are finished. I saw this adorable idea in a blog post Deanna Jump did on Pre-K and K Sharing.
On the left are "I Can Be a Good Listener" posters. These were made by Christie at First Grade Fever. They are super cute and FREE! Click here to check them out! On the right are my class rules posters adapted from Whole Brain Teaching. They are not quite finished. I'll be adding a "Class Rules" sign at the top but you get the idea. I did a previous post on whole brain teaching. You can read about it by clicking here.
here. They have included a parent explanation letter, clip art, and a weekly recording sheet for you! If you are doing a jungle theme this year then this chart is definitely worth a look!
Well that is most of my classroom. My reading area is still under construction while I wait for another shelf from Ikea. There are a few other spaces that need some last minute touches but the majority of the work is done!
I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks/days of summer break!