Wow! I am really pleased with how this room has come together this year. I have moved rooms each year so I was used to having multiple boxes to unpack, walls and bookshelves to fill, etc. It used to take me multliple, LONG days to get my room ready for students. It was often something I dreaded, instead of anticipated.
I’m happy to say that this year I got to stay in my same room from last year. Talk about making set-up much easier! Whew! I actually looked forward to setting up my room this year and couldn’t wait to get started. I gathered ideas from great books and websites to help come up with what would work best for my room and my students. I only had to make one trip to The Chalkboard (vs. multiple runs in the past) and $75 later (again, not bad!), the room is ready for students to arrive.
This year I wanted to make sure I created a place in my room for my Reading Corner (where all my students could sit on the floor) and my Writing Zone. This proved to be a bit of a challenge because last year I only had 20 students and plenty of extra space. This year I will have 29 wonderful kiddos…which means 9 more desks. Yikes! I had to get a little more creative in my groupings and arrangement, but I think it’ll work out. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this!