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These photos were taken before students arrived on the first day of school.

Blocks and Games

Blocks and Games

The game and block area is used during "choice time" - most often after children finish their lunches or during indoor recess. Here we have board and card games, puzzles, Legos, mulitlinks, polydrons, blocks, slates and chalk, and perler beads. Our pet toad and several fish also reside here.


Book Boxes

Book Boxes

Each child has his/her own book box. Inside you'll find their selections of "just right" books, a reading group book, a reader's response notebook, and a reading folder containing a reading log and assessment notebook.


Classroom Library

Classroom Library

Each child will find a book in our inviting Reading Corner. Posters of book covers decorate the walls. Children can curl up in our cozy wingback chair, sit on a beanbag pillow or a floor chair while they read a favorite book. Books are organized by type and topic (i.e chapter books, series, biography, poetry, folktales/legends, historical fiction, animals, authors, etc.). We also have a listening center, with individual tape and cd walkmans.


Desks

Desks

This is a view of the classroom from the front, near the door. Desks are arranged in cooperative learning groups of 5-6. Each shares a tub of school supplies (crayons, markers, scissors, glue).


Gathering Place

Gathering Place

We meet here each day for small and group lessons and the afternnon read aloud. Children can sit on the rug or a wooden bench (not pictured). We gather here for Morning Meeting and read the day's message together. We review the schedule, complete a math problem for how many days are left in the year, and use Roman Numerals to record the days of school (all on the chalkboard).


Job Chart

Job Chart

Each child has a weekly classroom job including: door holder, attendance, recycling, water bottles, milk helper, helping hand/pretzels, pets, librarian, moon calendar, sunrise/sunset, temperature, playground equipment, paper passer, days of school and day of the year.


Moon Calendar, etc.

Moon Calendar, etc.

The classroom jobs Sunrise/Sunset and Moon Calendar are recorded here. We keep track of the hours or daylight on a graph, post daily sunrise/sunset times, record today's phase of the moon and the Moon Watch (date of the full or new moon).