All I need now are my students! My room is ready except for a few labeling issues.
Yesterday when I left my classroom I had a mess of boxes all over the place from things that I started collecting since I left my classroom last year. Today I emptied those boxes and put those things away. I organized my small group shelf. It makes me smile now and I put my books on the book shelf. I don't have them in the baskets they belong in. Yet. I may just do that a little at a time throughout the year. It was very HOT in there today and I think I am going to get a fan to take in. Tomorrow I will go back in a put the things up on my wall. Then all I have left to do is work on my stations and centers.
I went back to school today. Since the furniture was the big thing from yesterday, it doesn't look like I did much today but actually, there was a lot of organizing that got done. I had to clean up things that were left on counter tops and the top of the cubbie hooks. I brought in a bunch of boxes from my car. Tomorrow I will go back again and unpack those boxes. It's coming along!
Today a friend and I went to my classroom to start putting things in place. I walked in the door and was totally overwhelmed! Things were all over the place! I think some of the things belong to the teacher who used my room. I was a little disheartened to find that my bear light-the one on this page was broken. It will not plug in anymore. I can put batteries in it so I hope it still lights. I was also missing the bear that dressed in different monthly sweaters. I did find my keys to my cabinet so that is a positive. I decided not to fret too much over the missing bear and the broken light. After all, in the light of eternity, they are mere things. In the grand scheme, once I get into the room with my own students, more things will get broken or misplaced. It's all good. Anyway the video below shows you what the room looks like after one day of working on it. And like Scarlett said, "Tomorrow is another day!"
The last time I posted anything was right before the 2020-2021 school year last year. I was so excited to be going into a classroom as a Kindergarten teacher. Then Covid messed everything up! I was planning with my team two days before school started and in the middle of my planning I got a phone call from our Human Resources Director who shared that I would be moved to a remote position as a first grade teacher. I was devastated! I think I cried for the entire first month of school. This school year, 2021-2022, I am once again planning to head back to my classroom. I will be a first grade teacher. Since we are going to be a little closer to the old normal, I am busy trying to make centers and other learning materials. I have purchased shelves, books, and other "stuff!" My dining room looks like an Amazon warehouse! I would love to get into my classroom and start setting up. My principal said I could but I am working a summer program called Power Scholars until July 16th. Then on July 18th, my husband and I are headed out for vacation. I will still have two weeks after vacation before the rest of the teachers get back to get a jump start on things. I am sticking to my teddy bear theme so I am hoping all my bulletin boards are still up. I will admit to being a little nervous; my room needed to be used last year by another teacher and I didn't get a chance to put things away. I am hoping things were not lost! Pray for me!
With the help of a very sweet Teacher Assistant, I finished putting my room together. There are some final tweaks to be made but those cannot be done until I get my class roster. I love my little slice of Heaven on Earth!
For this week I have returned to my classroom and am still plugging along. It is my goal to make this a welcoming and nurturing place even though we have to be as sterile as possible. On Monday we return to work to prepare for whatever is coming. I don't know how much I will be able to get done between meetings so I am thankful for the time I have had to work ahead. Here is what has been accomplished.
We put the contact paper on it and put up the border. Yesterday I returned to school and strung up the welcome letters, put on the bear and in the far corner is a poster with ways to say "hello" social distance style. I love this board!
Mail box pocket chart hang right outside of the bathroom door alongside the coat rack. It's hard to tell from this picture but there is a little bear peeking out from inside that envelope. Can you tell that I love bears? When I was planning my classroom theme this year I wanted it to be gender neutral. I didn't want to go with a dino theme or superhero theme. Every child loves teddy bears! At least I hope they do!
When I was an ITRT I stumbled across mini posters like this from several teachers on TPT. I wanted each of my STEAM labs and/or computer labs to have a set that matched the room theme so I made my own. I loved these little posters so I made a teddy bear set for my classroom.
and I am so glad that Teddy has found a place in my classroom. I wonder if the cassette player still works?
There is still a great deal to do. I will go in early and stay late if needed. I want this room to be right! I do apologize for the pictures. I left my camera in the car and had to use an old child camera that I had purchased for the STEAM lab. They are not the best of images but at least you can get an idea. When I have it all together I will post another video.
Today I went in to school with the intention of moving my stuff from the STEAM lab to my classroom. I only got two loads done. I spent a great deal of time in conversation with an old friend and colleague that use to teach right beside me at Madison Heights. Now we are right beside each other at Amherst Elementary.
Before I got to school I did go by Walmart and picked up a floor lamp that I will use on over cast days when there is little sun and when I got home I ordered two smart bulbs which are supposed to be here by Saturday. I am so enjoying putting my room together. I want it to be perfect for the children! I also picked up an inexpensive coffee pot for myself cause I want it to be perfect for me too! It uses K-cup pods. YAY!! However, I could use loose ground coffee as well. I am thinking about taking my coffee that SaraBeth gave me for Christmas and using that up first. I just hate to have the mess so I am not sure. I will have to ponder it over.
After I left school I swung by Givens and picked up some school supplies. I am so thrilled with my purchases! I found a flip chart with ABC poems that can be sung to familiar tunes. I also got a sight word pocket chart, some bear paws to label my coat rack, and some borders.
All of my bulletin boards are a pretty sand colored background and they are all in very good shape. I don't think I will put paper on them. I just bought yellow border to go on all of them.
Yesterday the custodian who takes care of my side of the school asked me if I wanted this chair. She said that three had been donated to the kindergarten classrooms. Of course I want it! I think the chair itself is beautiful but I am not a fan of that Barbie doll pink color. I brought it home with me and I will have Mark paint it. I really want it to be a nice hunter green or perhaps black or brown.
Tonight there is a school board meeting. I am praying so hard that they do not close school; but, I know that there are colleagues who are praying that they do. Tomorrow I am planning to have lunch with some VEA friends so I will not get a chance to get back into my room until Monday.
I spent all day today cleaning out cabinets and scrubbing. My room is clean and organized now! It smells so good!!