What Do Stations Look Like in my Room Right Now?

I have never started stations {centers} this early before.  It's only the 2nd week of school.  However, I felt the need to introduce stations early so I could get them used to it and so I could start beginning of the year assessments.  I also really felt that my students could possibly be capable of handling it.
Here is what stations look like in my room so far this year.
This is my station board.  Nothing real fancy, but it gets the job done.  I have 21 students and 7 stations right now. 
I keep my stations in these tubs.
Each group of 3 students takes their tub to a designated spot in the room.  Everything they need for the station is in the tub. 
 I do not make myself a station rotation.  This allows me to call over individuals or small groups.  It also allows my grouping to be very flexible.
Right now my students are doing these stations.

I wanted to create some simple stations that I felt my 1st graders could do at the beginning of the year.  So far, they are doing great!

  I have been pulling students over to my reading table to get an idea of their basic reading skills.  We have been doing this really fun activity from Lakeshore.  It's their phonemic awareness Plinko game.  Yes, think The Price is Right.  When Lakeshore contacted me about some of their products, I was so excited.  I love Lakeshore and this game is wonderful.  It will go into the station rotation next time since the students know how to play it now.  The students LOVE it!!  Lakeshore is actually having a sale right now that you have to check out.  {Free shipping when you spend $79 or more & 20% off hundreds of Lakeshore favorites -- Offer valid through 9/4/12 on www.lakeshorelearning.com }

You can check out my School is Cool Math and Literacy Stations by clicking below.



Our First Week Back

We headed back to school this week.  Needless to say, I was exhausted every single night, but overall, it was a good week.
My oldest also started Kindergarten :(  I'm not sure when she became old enough for school, but it happened when I blinked.
I went ahead and cut out the letters for Kindergarten when I made this 1st grade frame for my class.  I knew I wanted to have it ready for her first day :)
It is a whole new world having your child with you after school.  So far, she's been able to keep herself entertained (thank you PBS and construction paper), but I'm not sure it will last for another 176 days.
Anyways, speaking of the frames above, I took a picture of each of my students on the first day of school.  Then I came home and printed these pages on my color printer for each child.
They completed their page the next day.  They turned out really cute.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture of my bulletin board.  My favorite was "When I grow up, I want to be an ice cream maker."  Now, that's my kind of kid :)  You can click on the picture below to download a copy for yourself.  I have included a Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade version.

The first week is all about procedures, procedures, procedures.  We practice everything many times.  Throughout the first couple of days, I take pictures of the students doing these things correctly.  This gives them a visual to follow throughout the year.
Here are examples of my pictures. (Obviously, the ones in my room do not have the smiley faces covering my student's faces.)

You can click HERE to download a blank copy of the pages above, then you can insert your own classroom pictures.
Here are a couple other free downloads for you. 
I send this home during the first week of school so I can learn more about the students in my class.  Just click on the picture to download.  I have included a Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade version.
I printed off this "To Do" list and laminated it.  I just keep it on my desk with a dry erase marker.  I don't know how many post-it notes and random scraps of paper I went through last year writing to-do lists.  Click on the picture to download.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.  I know I have a full weekend of relaxing planned.


New Classroom Pictures and Pinterest Craft Night

As I said in my last post, I finished my classsroom.  Then on Sunday, I took it all down and moved to the classroom next door.  It took me 10 hours, but I got it done!!  Thankfully, I had help from my husband, parents, and two friends.  I would have never finished it without them.  Click HERE to see pictures of my classroom before I tore it all down and started over.
Here are some pictures of my new classroom.
My desk area

Calendar and Focus Wall (Notice my adorable alphabet from Katie at Queen of the First Grade Jungle. Love it!!)

Windows and a door to the outside

Small Group Area

Sink and Storage

Picture taken from the entryway

I have a nice long hallway to my classroom

Hall to my classroom
My clipboard tub, inspired by The Polka Dot Patch

Our Open House/Back to School Night is Monday so I have some things ready to go.
My classroom brochures and a bag of microwave popcorn.
 You can click HERE to download the Popcorn page above.
This is taped to a glowstick bracelet.
You can click HERE to download the Glowing Star above.

Tuesday night, a couple of teachers that I Crossfit with, got together and had a Pinterest inspired Craft Your Classroom Night.  It was a lot of fun.  Here is the frame that I made using my Cameo:
The students will hold this up so I can get pictures of each of them on the first day of school.
Here are the crafts that my friends created.

How cute are these owls!!!!!  Original idea found HERE.

She can use dry erase markers to write her lesson objective on these frames.  I searched and searched for the original spot for this idea because it is all over Pinterest, but could not find the original source.  If you know, please let me know and I will give credit.

I love these clipboards and they are on my list of things to make during our next craft night!!  This idea was found HERE

 So, now I plan on enjoying the last couple days of summer vacation!!  I cannot believe how fast the summer has gone :(  I sure will miss sleeping in a little bit and mornings at the park with my girls.

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