Classroom Decor Reveal! - Mrs. B's First Grade

Classroom Decor Reveal!

Phew! Friends, it's done! Getting a classroom together is no easy task. There are many things I kept the same in my room this year, and others I changed. I am happy with my organization and the way I have things stored, but I needed a switch up of decor. I kept basically the same color scheme (blacks and bright colors) but added in some more of my favorite - pink! I also wanted to simplify things a bit. I have thought a lot about studies behind setting up your classroom for success and I wanted to make sure I kept that in mind. I didn't want the room to be too over stimulating, and I wanted it to be flexible for my students to make it their space.

First up, two views of my room! My room is super small and space is at a minimum. When I moved to my school the room I previously had was at least four times as big. I think I have figured out how to make it work though. I have 19 students and want to have enough seating for even more than that. This year I am trying flexible seating. I have put my students names on chairs for now, and may even take those off. We are not quite ready to go all in yet, but we will get there soon!
Part of my flexible seating will include the pillows and yoga mats below. I also have my simple and easy to manage focus wall and my books that reflect what our current theme is.
Continuing on! The back wall with my large white board is an area where I display our schedule, quiet monitor clipboard, classroom helpers, class Bingo chart and an area for my students to write where they are. My students put their initials in these boxes when they go to the restroom or another classroom. My multi color organizer houses my word work materials and next to that is my iPad cart. I keep my paper choices here also and make sure to label them so they are easy to find. The boxes underneath will eventually house our math work stations. You can find my alphabet in my Teachers pay Teachers store here! I made it to be simple and fit our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.
Below is my desk and my VIP table. You can read more about that here and pick up a freebie for it here! New this year are black ottomans for my students to sit on while working there and some fun motivational art! 
On my back wall I have awesome cabinets. On those cabinets I have our word wall, math vocab, reading vocab, writing display (I change this all the time) and wonder bubbles! Pick up my word wall here and my wonder bubbles here!
The focus of my room is where my SMART board and large group carpet is. I found a kids size slipper chair at Target this summer on clearance and had to get it! When you are only 5'2 you fit easily in it...and it keeps you close to your kids. I love it! On my board I have my birthday banner where we will add our birthdays to easily keep track of. We also use it to write the months of the year. You can find that here! I also have my Marzano hand signal posters, Seven Habits posters and Mystery Number Skype posters. I linked each one of those to where you can find them! 
On the other side of my room I have bookshelves where I keep many of my things that my students get into every day. We have our mailboxes, book boxes, and what I call "blue" boxes. The blue boxes up top are where my students keep their supplies. This helps with our flexible seating without desks. All of the bins in the bookshelf are labeled so that things can be easily found and put away.
Last but not least, if you have stayed with me this far, is the outside of my room. You have probably seen my doorway and bulletin board posts on Instagram. I haven't posted about out "What I'm Reading" signs or my lockers. I made burlap pennants for my locker signs to match the burlap in my bulletin boards!
Thanks so much for going on my classroom "tour!" Please email me with any questions about anything you see!

7 comments

  1. Your room is so cute! I love all the bright colors! So jealous of all those cabinets and those lockers are to die for! The burlap tags are fantastic and the banners across the celling really bring it all together. It is all so organized, you did a super job! Have a fabulous year!

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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    1. Laura - you are so sweet! I know, I am SO lucky to have cabinets and it is so nice to have all of their things behind locker doors!! Organization is my goal, I am so glad you can see it! Thanks again!
      Sarah

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  2. Could you please tell me more about your flexible seating?? Thinking about trying it. Do they always get a choice? What if they are productive? Do they all have a seat where they could write like a clipboard or desk if needed? Did parents have any concerns? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for your comment! We haven't started all the way yet because we are still getting routines down. I plan to have flexible seating during independent and partner work times. Right now I let them go around the room to where they work best when they are working independently. It is going well. I have clipboards for them to use if they need it. The way I justify it is that I want them to be where they can do their best work and learning. I tell them that I will have to help make a seating choice for them if they can not make a good one. Hope this helps!

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  3. Oops! Meant what if they are NOT being productive.

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  4. Sarah, your room is looking so BRIGHT and CHEERY! Loving all the work you put in!! I especially like your book holders on the white board and that your white board is lined for letter formation. Did you do that yourself? Good job, friend!!
    Erin
    Very Perry Classroom

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    1. Erin! You are too sweet!! Thanks so much. I got the book holders from Lakeshore and they are awesome. I had to get a special board made to fit my SMART board, so I had them add the lines. It was done specially, but I don't know what they don't have them on more boards!!
      Sarah

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