Can you BELIEVE it is already time to start getting ready for back to school? I am spending these next few weeks collecting great ideas for when I get back into my classroom so I can hit the ground running when I return. Classroom decor and organization is my favorite part of the back to school process.
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EVERYONE wants to know if I will be keeping my current classroom design (created in partnership with Melanie from Schoolgirl Style) or doing something totally new and different this year. I love my classroom SO much, that I have decided to keep it as-is for another year.
If you know me at all, you know that I won’t be able to resist the urge to make a few classroom improvements.
In fact, I have already made my annual trip to Big Lots to stock up on magazine boxes. They are perfect for storing oversize picture books in my classroom library and I never seem to have enough of these wonderful boxes.
Back to School Pinterest Board
Setting Up My Alphabet Word Wall for Back to School
I have also begun to prep the supplies for my Alphabet Word Wall. I use the wall to simultaneously remind students of letter sounds AND provide an anchor for all the sight words we learn throughout the year.
This is how my classroom Alphabet Word Wall looks during the first week of school.
This is how the word wall looks in late spring.
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Classroom Alphabet Collage
I have also begun to prepare the alphabet portion of my word wall. We do Letter of the Week in my kindergarten classroom. Each Monday, I inform my parents of the current letter and one of my students’ weekly homework assignments is to find a picture in a magazine or newspaper that begins with that letter. As pictures trickle in throughout the week, we glue them onto a big cutout of that letter.
Classroom Calendar Setup
The calendar area in my kindergarten classroom is one of the most important spaces of the room. I meet with my students daily in this area to discuss reading strategies, math concepts, and build community (all in addition to discussing traditional calendar topics).
My students love it when I let them lead the class in calendar updates.
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