Saturday, August 13, 2016

Classroom Reveal 2016

Wow! I can't believe I am already back in school. What an amazing, but fast, summer it has been?!  Now that the 2016-2017 school year is upon us, I have some exciting news to share.  This school year, I am teaching at a new school, in a completely new city!  Even though it was bittersweet, I left my job at four elementary schools, and I have accepted a job for ONE elementary school.  Yes, I have ONE room to get ready this year.  I get to drive to the same place EVERY day, and I get to see my same students EVERY week! I couldn't be more excited. And another great thing about my new job?!  I am just teaching kindergarten through 2nd grade. Ekk! I am silently squealing inside!

With a new school, comes a new classroom! I was so excited and eager to get started on making my classroom home! My new room features storage, storage, and more storage.  It makes this teacher heart so happy.  My abundance of storage features wall to wall cabinets and a large storage closet for program props and supplies.  

As I greeted my new students into my classroom this week, a kindergartener said, "This place is magical!"  I have to agree.  Welcome to my magical music room! 







As I entered my new music room for the first time, I was greeted with the 10' 9'' X 13' 1" Noteworthy Rug.  I had requested it after I was hired, and I was thoroughly shocked when I saw that package in my room!  Ekk! It is such a life saver for kindergarten classroom management.  Also, since I am in a Primary School and the students are small enough to fit on the rug, I decided to get rid of all my chairs so I had space for movement.  All of my students can nicely fit on the rug in their very own square! 






Over the summer, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo.  I used it to cut out the words, "Sing, Say, Dance, Play." I also cut out the same phrase in white vinyl and stuck it over my door!  




In the front of my room, I used my crate seats for storing masks, movement props, scarves, and puppets.  With these items in the front of the room, I can conveniently find them, and they just add come cuteness!  They also serve as seating.  My class rules are posted above the crates.  They are posted at the perfect level for my primary kiddos to easily see. 




With having 24 classes of primary grades, I wanted to create a system that was quick and easy for students lining up.  After searching Pinterest, I decided to add these numbers to my tiled section of my floor.  I made the numbers, printed them, laminated them, and then I used contact paper to stick to the floor.  There is the perfect amount of space between each student to stand without touching each other.  Now that we are entering the second week of school, my students already have their number memorized.  I can just say go to your number, and they know exactly where to go! 




This year I decided to slightly change my classroom management system. This year I added letters on my board that spell "Music."  Each time a rule is broken, I take a letter away.  If a class has all of their letters on the board by the end of class, I move their class clothespin up two keys on the Piano Rewards board.  If one letter is taken away, they get to move up one piano key.  If more than two letters are taken away, they do not get to move.  Once their class clothespin is on the Piano Rewards board, they compete against the other classes to reach the end of the piano first.  If they are first, their class gets a prize!

Below is a picture of the Piano Rewards board.  I used command hooks to attach the cute buckets on to the bulletin board. 




The "I Can" bulletin, posted above, features three laminated sheets.  I use a dry erase marker and write each "I Can" statement on them for the week. 



Here is my Word Wall bulletin.  I color coordinated each card for a specific grade level.  My favorite part of this bulletin is the organization of the word wall cards. 



I hole punched each card and attached them in alphabetical order with a binder clip.  I then used a command hook to attach them to the side of the board. 


One of my favorite classroom features are my life-size Melonheadz Music Kids! I discovered this amazing website called "Block Posters."  It takes any image and tiles it into regular sheets of paper.  Then you print, cut, and tape together. It is so easy, and it is FREE! Check out a full tutorial here

My Grungy Edition Alphabet Banner is hung above the kids.  We are also required to have two phrases posted in our room: "Do the right thing," and "Treat people right."  Those two quotes are on each side of the kids. 



On my board, I posted my new Curvy Solfege Signs.  I attached each one with binder rings and added a ribbon on top.  I just LOVE how they turned out! 


This year I created a pencil station for my primary kiddos.  There are five quick reminders posted above the Sharp and Dull buckets! 


This year I also labeled EVERYTHING! And when I say EVERYTHING, I really mean it.  Every drawer, every basket....I forgot to take picture of the inside of my cabinets, but I am telling you, everything is labeled! 


Here are my color-coordinated art caddies.  Since they are so cute, I have left them on top of my counter.  Even the scissors match the caddies! 


Last year, I had my Boomwhackers attached to the wall with velcro.  Since my walls were freshly painted at my new school, I didn't feel comfortable sticking up 10 feet of velcro.  This year I decided to use these labeled buckets that I found at Dollar Tree.  I wish they were going low to high, but I have to have the biggest Boomwhacker set up in the corner for stability. 

I hope you enjoyed my classroom tour. I have already had a fantastic start to the year in my new school, and I hope you do too! Thank you for visiting my magical place!







20 comments:

  1. Love your new room! Hope you have a great year at your new school!

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    1. Thank you Lindsay :) It has been a great start so far.

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  2. Your room looks BEAUTIFUL! And oh my goodness, I am SO excited about the block poster! I am printing off a huge monster right now for my monster-themed classroom. :) THANKS!

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    1. Yay! I am working on a blog post about it now :)

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  3. I love your room, and the links you gave to enable me to make some of your ideas happen in my room this year!

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    1. Awesome! So glad I could help. Hope you have a great year.

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  4. Congratulations on a super room. I hope you have a great year!! Can you tell me where you got the locomotor/nonlocomotor cards?

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  6. So many great ideas! I am a traveling music teacher so I do not have the advantage of a dedicated classroom. However, I really love the thought and effort that you put into your room. I can certainly understand how much fun it must be to be a kid in your classroom.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful classroom! Can you elaborate a bit on your piano rewards system? I'd like to try it out this year, but I teach at a large school, so I'm trying to wrap my head around the logistics. Do you have an individual keyboard for each class or each grade?

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