Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back To School BASH

Back To School is right around the corner and what better way to begin the new school year than join other teachers in a Back to School Linky Series and Giveaway!
This is a month long Linky Series to help get you ready for Back To School!

Today we are taking a look at Classroom set up and creative ideas to get you ready for the first day of school!  Did I say first day of school!  Yikes!  It is actually my favorite time of the school year.  You can tell you are a teacher when you get excited about color scheme, borders, rugs, you name it.  For me, I always start thinking about my classroom decor and set up pretty much all summer long.   I visit all my favorite stores such as Target, The Dollar Store, BigLots, and Michaels.  Then I find the newest colors out there and I get started.  I LOVE bright colors and I found great things at BigLots so lets take a peek at my classroom decor this year!

This year I decided to go with BOLD, BRIGHT colors, CHEVRON, and a splash of black.  I covered all my bulletin boards with black paper and my borders are chevron overlapped with a solid bright color.

This is my classroom library.  I started with black bulletin board paper and then I layered BRIGHT CHEVRON with a solid BRIGHT!  I found this darling banner and added the letters from Michaels.  Check out my new BRIGHT book boxes!  I found these at BigLots.  

This is my Classroom Jobs board.  I bought these darling CHEVRON pockets at Michaels.  In each pocket is a CHEVRON card with a student's name on it.  Every week I rotate the cards on Monday.  I love the names of my jobs in my classroom.
President-Starts us in the Pledge of Allegiance
Pencil Pal-Sharpens Pencils
Clean Up Crew-Wipes the tables at the end of the day
Library-Straightens books
Vets-Takes care of our chickens and collects eggs
Weather Reporter-Checks weather
Line Leader
Caboose-End of the line
Lights Helper-Turns off lights 
Doors Keeper-Helps shut the door when we leave the classroom

This is my leveled library for Guided Reading.  Here students visit and select "Just Right" books for their book boxes.

My Word Work area has a Must Do basket that my kiddos complete first and then they explore Word Work games below such as magnetic letters, chalkboards, rhyming games.  I also keep their Word Word journals here.

New area to my class called Little Engineers!  Building supplies galore!  Blocks, Legos, marble run, Lincoln logs, every builders dream.  This is where a lot of my STEM activities are completed.

Math materials and manipulatives are in the same area as the engineer section.  Great for STEM!

Listening center is right near the sink area.  My kiddos grab a caddy and sit on the rug.  There are two books, headphones, and a soft pouch for an ITouch for them to listen to the story.  Easy peasy!

Probably hands down the FAVORITE area in my class the Writing center!  My goal is to get my kiddos writing.  Markers, smelly markers, colored pencils, hole punchers, tape, envelopes, you name it!

Cubbies when they enter the classroom.

This is the most important area to me.  My cozy teacher corner.  Make it special and work will feel special.  I love sitting at my cute little desk at the end of the day(kinder teachers never sit) and take a deep breath from a long day.  Surround yourself with comfort.  It really works!

I hope you enjoyed my classroom tour and I can't wait to hear all your fabulous ideas for Back To School!  Join our Linky Party and share your ideas!

Together with my CREATIVE Blogging teacher friends, we are hosting a GIVEAWAY to get you started for the beginning of new the school year!  

Don't forget to Link up and share your creative ideas!

                                                                 An InLinkz Link-up


  1. We LOVE your polka dot rug and Listening Station Sherry...SO FUN!!! Your room looks amazing and your Kinders are so lucky to have you! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Victoria & Tricia♥♥♥

  2. I absolutely love the black polka dots and bright colors! And your engineering center! Wow! Love it! Best of luck this new school year!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  3. ADORABLE!!!! I love your colors and patterns!! I can tell you love what you do! It almost makes me want to leave third grade for K - almost!! I just love this! Thanks for joining! Good luck in the new year!


  4. Sherry,
    I LOVE all of your bright colors and bunting! I use the same colors in my classroom and see so many other similarities in our organization style and set-up! You are right that a classroom should be FUN! Your new students are going to be so lucky to come learn, grow, and play in your beautiful classroom!
    The Owl Teach