The new school year has officially begun and I have begun to get to know the new first graders I will be spending the year loving.
I have 15 students this year as opposed to the 7 I began the semester off with, so that’s kind of fun and exciting.
I spent a lot of time over the summer break brain storming ideas for the new school year–how to make my classroom more inviting and new fun ways to dive into the alphabet with my ESL students.
I took some pictures of my classroom, so you all can see the finished product.
I wanted to add color and fun things to look at, I also wanted to try and break the room into sections so that rotations can happen. I bought a big rug and smaller rugs for calendar and story time and added a few plants just to bring in the green.
I’m pretty pleased with the outcome and have now made promises to work with the other teachers to create their classrooms into a more exciting environment.
First, some before pictures. I didn’t actually take any ‘before pictures’, but I did take a ton of pictures of my students last year–so, see if you can look beyond the adorableness and get a feel for the previous classroom.
Now for the after pictures.
(I haven’t started taking pictures of this year’s bunch yet… you’ll have to wait for those.)
(As always–I want your feedback! Plus, if you have any ideas for rotations or centers to have the kids do, I’d love to hear them! Ideas, ideas, ideas… I don’t have enough of them…I want yours!)