Sunday, September 1, 2013

My New Classroom!

Hello everyone! Yes, I'm still here. :) I know it has been a couple/few weeks since I posted, but I have been BUSY! You all can relate, I'm sure. I start school on Tuesday and last week was my teacher prep week filled with meetings, meetings, and more meetings. As some of you may know, I have a new position this year. I am beyond excited about it! I will be teaching reading for kinder-3rd grade. Dream. Come. True. It is the most ideal situation for me. I get to focus on my favorite subject and my passion: teaching kids to read. I get my own classroom. Yes, take a breath. It's true. A classroom!! I get to work part time so I can have a little more time with my little angel/terror/most hilarious child alive, Owen. (Shawn will be in pre-k full time). I am so lucky! I will definitely miss a lot about teaching first. But, for me and my family, this is perfect for right now. I will still be working closely with the first grade teacher at my school, so I will have plenty of first grade posts still. :) I also have a list of things that I started last year that I need to finish and post for you all. Hopefully having a little extra time will help with that. 

Anyway... moving right along. I moved into a new classroom this year. I'm *mostly* finished. There are still a few bits and pieces I want to add, but it is student-ready. 

Here is my guided reading are:

My alphabet is from my friend Gladys over at Teaching in High Heels. This set also has word wall cards that are adorable (I just already had another wonderful set printed and laminated from last year).
Those adorable sound cards are from Haley O'Connor. You can get them here.

My reading strategies that I updated for myself with brighter colors to match. 

I am loving my little quote posters that I made. I had that little space above this bulletin board. Wasn't sure what to put there, so I made these inspirational quotes.

Word Wall headers from Erica Bohrer. I also have the words to go with them but haven't put them up yet. This is a great set! You can get it here. 

Here's a close up of my quote posters:

Here's a view from a few steps back:

My first painting project with my READ sign. :) Paper, random materials, and my beloved binders.  

My very bare and lonely writing area. I will add some cute posters soon. It's on my list. :)

I big carpet area with books and a little white board for shared reading and shared writing. Also if we need to move a bit. :)

Here's another picture of the front of the room.

and from the door:

We have "student Learning Expectations" at my school. By graduation (in 8th grade), we want our students to have met these. I made visual posters this year for the first time. The expectation is that our students are familiar with these. Hopefully these visuals will help! I just love how they turned out!

That's my new room my friends. I will be back soon with a bunch of goodies that I've been working on. I'm finishing my math rubrics FINALLY! I'm also working on my reading teacher binder.  I'm so excited to take you on my new adventure as a reading teacher! 


  1. Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, I am SOOO happy for you! And maybe a wee bit jealous (for the position and the part-timeness)!!! You will LOVVVVE being part-time!!! I miss it like the Dickens!! Your classroom looks amAAAzing, girl!!!!
    Love you - Lisa

  2. Wow! Your classroom is gorgeous! You are so lucky to have an entire classroom for teaching reading! Around here they are usually the size of a broom closet!


  3. Love your room. Hope you have a great year. Love the layout and colors.!!!

  4. So bright and cheery! Can't get over how many desks are in your room!

    The Learning Tree

  5. Your room is bright and cheery I love it!!! Just a quick question I love the christian expectation posters I am wondering if you have them available. I teach 2nd grade in a catholic school and would love and appreicate the info on them. Thanks


    1. HI Cristal,

      I don't have them for sale but I'd be happy to share them with you. Send me your email please. :)

  6. So bright and colorful!! I would want to hang there! Have a great year, and can't wait to learn from you!

  7. Your classroom is adorable, Sarah!! Love the bright colors! And I'm with Lisa...I'm a bit jealous of your new position. ;) I hope your year is full of blessings. xoxoxo

  8. I love those reading strategy posters!!! Are they yours? Do you have a link?

    1. Thanks Julia! I'm happy to email them to you.

  9. Your room looks fantastic, Sarah! The white border really pops!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  10. Love your new room- beyond fab! xo

  11. Love your room! How fun to be teaching reading all day!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your classroom with us! I'm new to teaching first grade, so seeing what a first grade classroom *should* look like is helpful. :)

  14. That's an amazing room! Thanks for sharing.

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