August 13, 2012

But, Everything is Blank!

After almost 11 hours working in my room today, I still cannot say that I am done! But...I made a TON of progress!! Let's see...all I have left to do is label EVERYTHING, make objective signs, make my daily schedule cards, get all of my binders ready, work on take-home packs, get apps on my iPads... Is that it? Oh...nope! Also need that tiny little thing called LESSON PLANS!! I know I will get it all done. I always do! I just don't think there is a lot of sleep in my future the next two weeks!!

Anyway...I am really happy with how my room is coming together. I took some pics from each corner of my room to try and give you the overall feel. Now, keep in mind, this is still a work in progress!

I also took some closer pics of my displays. You will notice that they are all blank! There IS a reason for this! And, it's not that I am not finished yet! My displays are all done...well, at least until my kiddos show up! Every tiny little thing that goes on my walls is kid-generated in some form or fashion. If they don't have a hand in making it, I don't put it up! Why do I do this? Well, there are several reasons. First, they will be a lot more inclined to actually use the displays if it is their work! They are invested in it, they have ownership in it, and they actually like to refer to it because it is their own work. Store-bought posters or even cutesy teacher-made posters look great, but I want my walls to be used by my kiddos more that I want them to be cutesy! Second, their work is absolutely precious, and I actually like it better than store-bought or teacher-made stuff! Third, I don't want them to feel like it is MY classroom. I want them to feel like it is OUR classroom. It is just as much theirs as it is mine. If I have every inch of the room decorated before they ever hit the door, it is 100% mine, and that's not what I want it to be. Now that I've said all that, here they are!

This is my ABC line. Ideally, it would be in one straight line, but I just don't have the space to do that unless I put it all the way at the top of the wall. And, that is WAY too high for prekinders to be able to see. Here is a closer shot of it.
I use the same key words for each letter that we have on our ABC anchor chart. I have the letter and word on each sign, and my 4's will supply the illustrations for each letter over the first few weeks of school.

I know the words are really hard to see, but this will be my number line. There is a background paper for each number from 1-10. My 4's will be supplying the pictures for these as well. Once they are done, I will be adding the numerals and number words to each sign. Here is a closer pic of the words.

These will be my shapes posters. My 3's will be the illustrators for these! Once their part is done, I will be adding the shape words to each one.

And, finally, these will be my color posters. My 3's will be doing the work on these, too. I will add the color words once the artwork is done!

I can't wait to show you the finished products once school has started and we get them done! They always turn out super cute!


  1. Super idea of letting the kids take ownership of their learning....looking forward to seeing how it all comes together...

  2. Looks great! Thanks for sharing your room!

  3. Looking good! I'm off to work in my classroom for a little while, too!


  4. I am very jealous of how big your room is!!! There is so much space for all your centers. I dream of a room like that! Thanks for sharing your pictures. I like to see how other people are setting up there rooms. Especially preschool teachers!

  5. Thanks so much for all the kind words! I am almost done with my room! Hopefully in the next couple of days, I'll be able to share the final pics!!