Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Classroom

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Open House this morning! It was great to see everyone's smiling faces and to feel the genuine excitement and anticipation in the air. I can tell this is going to be a great school year!

I took a few quick pictures before Open House this morning--I know not everyone was able to attend, so I wanted to provide a virtual tour for everyone. There are still a few spaces that I have not photographed but will document in more detail in the coming days as we explore those areas of the classroom.

I took photos of all who attended, but I will not put "people pictures" on the blog until more blog permission forms are returned to school. This form was included in the materials in the green home-school folder sent home at the ice cream social (or at the Open House today if you couldn't attend the ice cream social). Please send this form ASAP, as I would like to know if your child can be included in pictures on this blog. Thank you!

Tomorrow is the first day! WOW!!!!

This is the view of our room from the classroom doorway.
A fun entrance for Open House/the first day of school!
The start of our "Reading Cafe" (aka "The Downstairs Library"). This area houses MANY great books and the walls will help chart our learning in reading throughout the year!
The Writing Station BEFORE...it's always fun to see how this area evolves.  :-)
A multi-purpose shelf--block storage and  class mailboxes. This is where students will collect their green folders and notices at the end of the day.
The view of the classroom from the back of the room. We got NEW tables this year! Hooray!
The loft (AKA "The Upstairs Library" is very popular with students, but it won't be open right away. The area underneath is the area for "book shopping" during Reading Workshop. Everyone seems to love the lights under there. I'll take a better picture of that area soon!
Our meeting area with interactive whiteboard. This is where we'll have Morning Meeting and whole-group lessons. Coming soon--a big, colorful area rug! Yippee! 
Our calendar/math meeting area. 
Please stay tuned for more photos of our room--they get more exciting with students in the photos! So, please send in the blog permission slip as soon as possible! Thanks!
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