Classroom Tour {Part 1}

  1. Mrs. Graham says:

    Your room is neat, clean, UNCLUTTERED, and organized! I would definitely love to see more photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Barbara says:

    I love your room. It looks amazing! I'm intrigued by the black bulletin boards. I've thought of doing that but was worried it would look too dark. How do you find them? And do you mind explaining how you did your tables? Is there a trick to getting the contact paper and electricians tape looking neat? Sorry, this is a lot of questions. I better stop now πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!
    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful

  3. I want to see part 2! Your room is very cute and organized! I will be on the lookout for part 2!

  4. bnwalton says:

    I of course agree with everyone else…I'd love to see more pictures! Your room is so nice πŸ™‚

    Bonnie
    Living A Wonderful Life

  5. Kim says:

    Oh Kristen:
    Lovely, Lovely, LOVELY!
    I love it ALL!
    (Although I absolutely KNEW I would!)
    I even love the "blue tips" on the chairs.
    And the math baskets with matching labels.
    And the twinkly lights.
    And all the round labels.
    SIGH. Heavenly.
    Ummm. What are the black dice for?
    (Choosing centers perhaps?)

    I want to see Part 2.
    And Part 3.
    And Part 4.
    At least the items on the desk make me think you are a real person.
    Otherwise, I might think this classroom came from DreamLand…

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  6. Hadar says:

    We want more, we want more!!! {that's me petitioning outside in blogland} πŸ˜‰

    Your room looks fabulous!!!

    Hadar

  7. Ms.M says:

    OMG Kristen, I want you to come and do my room now. πŸ˜› It looks FANTASTIC! Love it. Obviously I too want to see more.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  8. Erika says:

    I did black fabric on my boards this year and love it. Your room is amazing. Where is all the clutter? I need you. And am anxiously awaiting part 2, etc.
    2B Honey Bunch

  9. Mrs. Saoud says:

    I have a place for everything too. I'm happy to see I'm not the only one. :0

    I hope you scheduled a little rest for you my friend.

    Cheryl

  10. Kristin says:

    LOVE to see the pictures!!!! Please share more. And I have clear, plastic tubs but I was having color basket envy so now maybe I can save some money and just work on ROUND labels. That would be so cool. Your room is very inviting. I'm ready to learn!! πŸ™‚
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  11. Tara says:

    Def. want to see more!!! You should do classrooms as a side business! Your classroom is amazing and organized and neat and tidy and organized and OHHHHHHHHH! LOVE IT!

    4th Grade Frolics

  12. Beth Ann says:

    Wow!!! I love your classroom. It makes me want to get into mine…..right after break! πŸ™‚
    What do you have next to the square schedule cards?
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    ❁Beth Ann❁
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  13. ahhh!!! stupid internet!! I had this big long comment typed out for you, and then it wouldn't post it and now it's lost!! grrrrrr……
    well, regardless – I love it!
    Jen Ross
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  14. Unknown says:

    Hi! I'm a new follower of your blog and I was so happy to see pictures of your classroom! I agree with everyone else, I can't wait to see more!

    I moved into my classroom with barely a week to actually move in, but the teacher moving out left A TON of things and I came in with A TON of things and I just had to throw everything the cabinets and start planning! I spent all fall not knowing what was in there; it drove me crazy!

    I just spent 4 days of break rearranging my room and cleaning out, streamlining, and organizing all my materials! I'm not done all the way, but I feel so much better!

    Wow, this comment just got really long, I guess what I'm trying to say is…..I love seeing other classrooms, so thanks for posting and I'm looking forward to more pictures! πŸ™‚

  15. Kristen says:

    Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments…it means so much to me!!

    Barbara, I will try to blog about the contact paper this week, since I am on vacation woohoo!!!! I was worried about the black being dark too, so that's why I went with bright colors and light-colored contact paper for the tables. It seems to balance out nicely. And I LOVE how the posters and signs pop on the black!

    Kim, the dice are for the math games…kind of a decor/function thing on the shelves πŸ™‚

    Erika! Thank you for noticing! The clutter-removal has taken two years and is still going on right now!! I hope to post more about that soon.

    Beth Ann, those are little dry erase squares…you can see more about them here: http://ladybugsteacherfiles.blogspot.com/2011/09/functional-decor-with-dry-erase-sheets.html

    No worries Jen, thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

    Unknown, thanks for the kind words and thanks for following the blog! It does feel great to clean it all out!

    Everyone else, thanks again for the lovely words! I am so glad we all know each other in bloggy land and I greatly value your opinions. Happy Holidays!!! πŸ™‚

  16. Mrs. Coe says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I have to say this… When I was on your blog and grabbed the card I was thinking about how much I loved Kindergarten but when I look at your stuff I swear it makes me want to teach older kids. I can honestly say that does not happen much. i love your stuff.

  17. Mrs. Coe says:

    Sorry I love your stuff!

  18. Mrs. Coe says:

    I swear I am not stalking… I am grabbing that for my science blog! Merry Christmas!

  19. I hope you have a great holiday too Kristin! πŸ™‚

  20. FABULOUS!!!! I LOVE how organized your classroom is!!! You are just so creative! Where did you get the baskets? I really like thm! πŸ™‚

  21. Kristen says:

    Thank you!! The baskets were from the Dollar Tree, many years back.
    Kristen πŸ™‚

  22. Andrea says:

    I would love to see part 2!!! I want my class to look that organized. Maybe this summer??? πŸ™‚ Thank you for the inspiration. I would like to hear more about the black scene paper you put up with starch!

  23. MG says:

    As an upcoming teacher, I really enjoy searching blogs for ideas on setting up and decorating my classroom. I love that your room is clean, organized, uncluttered, and NOT busy with every print imaginable. It looks awesome! Thanks for showing me it CAN be done. πŸ™‚

  24. Crystal says:

    Just found your blog today and already I love all the greats ideas you have here. I teach kindergarten, but so much of your ideas would work well with my kids too! Thank you!

  25. Kim says:

    Okay, Kristen…
    I'm sorry to add a Christmas wish comment on a (fabulous) post about colored bins and round labels and using starch on walls–ESPECIALLY after I left a mini-novelette up above… and it feels like putting a magenta bin in a row of hot pink ones… pretty… but on the wrong shelf…
    BUT (where was I going with this? Oh yes…)
    I just REALLY wanted to thank you for the VERY-sweet-make-me-cry comment today. It all started with YOUR kindness and that cute little switcheroo graphic. (Shhhh. Don't tell. I looked at it about 50 times on lots of different sites before I realized there are not two but THREE different pictures flashing before my very eyes. If that is the newest version of the IQ test, I am NOT meeting the standards for visual discrimination.)

    So… ANOTHER lengthy circuitous post meant to say MERRY CHRISTMAS, Kristen. I am so glad you are my BloggyFriend!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  26. Barbara says:

    Hi again, Kristen! Thanks for answering my questions above πŸ™‚ I hope you had the best ever Christmas day!
    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful

  27. Heather says:

    Hi! Do you have those basket labels available? I am working on a new math center, and many of those labels would work nicely!

  28. Mrs. Cupcake says:

    I second what Heather said… do you have the basket labels for the centers?? Love!

    I am so in love with your classroom. I am organized, but not as organized as I would like to be!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  29. Kristen says:

    Thank you so, so much everyone! I really appreciate your words–you have all made my day!!

    Kim, you are too funny! I like the magenta bin analogy, lol!

    Heather and Mrs. Cupcake (love that name!) I can't share/sell those exact ones due to terms of use, but I have similar ones on my TN shop: http://teachersnotebook.com/shop/LadybugTeacher

    Thanks again for the sweet words!

  30. Sophia says:

    More pictures! Your room is such an inspiration to me, I could spend (many more!) hours and hours on your blogs and getting inspired. Keep them coming!

  31. correa says:

    I love your classroom! The labels and very nice printed words for the bulletin boards really make a difference. What font or program do you use to make the labels and bulletin board words.

  32. It's MARCH! Where is part 2? I have been anxiously, eagerly, patiently waiting and can't wait any more. I love your room!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  33. Ana says:

    I love your room. Want to se more! πŸ˜›

  34. wyo99 says:

    Loved the pictures of your room, I loved the idea of using ribbon as a border, would have never crossed my mind!

  35. vazenchick says:

    I LOVE the round labels. Do you have a template of them that you could share??

  36. Muggy PIerfelice says:

    I have been busy making my "Craft" board but am doing an "I CAN!" board….same idea/different letters. I downloaded your wonderful big round letters from your CRAFT board and VOICES board but I still need an N and an exclamation point. How do I do this???? Thanks tons. I love your site!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Is there a benefit to using black fabric verses black bulletin board paper? I have decided to try the black…… Should I go fabric? So many decisions. Is it hard to get the fabric the correct size? I looked on ur blog for more pictures. Have u ever posted more ? I am going with the black and turquoise. U clinched my decision!

    • Kristen says:

      Hi! The black fabric is great if you'd like to stay with it for awhile. I was able to just leave the fabric up over the summer for this coming school year. I also like that you can take it down and clean it, then reuse it again. I really love the black so much I'm going to stick with it for a long time, so it was a good investment.

      I measure the boards before ordering the fabric. I cut it into smaller pieces (not perfect-sized or anything, just manageable pieces) and applied them with liquid starch.

      I just started posting some updated pictures for this year, more to come: https://ladybugsteacherfiles.com/2012/07/some-classroom-color-scheme-photos.html

      I did a different border this year, but kept the black of course. Thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

  38. Anonymous says:

    I love your classroom color and design scheme. I am transitioning to black and white this year after about seven years of bright colors. Where did you get those awesome circles with both the printed and cursive letters (above your smartboard)? Did you make those?

    Chrissy

  39. Marie Toulet says:

    I'm a french teacher and you can't imagine how your photos bring me inspiration for my own classroom! Wonderful!

  40. Adorable….I love the black bulletin boards.

  41. gdawg90 says:

    Wow! I love the organization, colors, and ideas included in your classroom photos. After reading through the comments from others, some of my questions were answered. I am curious to how you utilized the clear plastic drawer containers located to the left of the white board you created from shower board. I too have used shower board years ago to create individual white boards for my students. It is inexpensive and you can get enough for one entire classroom out of one large piece with careful measuring. I have many centers that are stored in gallon size Ziploc bags, but I love the ideas of the smaller baskets. The one large crate I am using is overflowing and the untidy mess drives me crazy. With furlough days and limited pre/post planning in our school system, teaches do not have the time to spend in their classrooms the way we did years ago and I feel overwhelmed with the build-up of clutter. After you admitted it took you more than two years, it gave me some hope. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more photos and suggestions. The labels I have seen have given me a new jolt for beginning the organization I want to begin. Once I begin cleaning out, I will be referring back to this blog often. Thank you again! πŸ™‚

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