We had two days before the children arrived to set up our classrooms (Tuesday) and attend professional development planning workshops (Wednesday).
This year things were a tad more involved for me because after nine years I decided to change rooms. One accumulates quite a bit of stuff after nine years! It's one thing to have organized closets loaded with books and teaching materials but to have to move all of it and then see it cascading down the tables, chairs and any available surface in a new space is quite another.
Add that to upturned state the classrooms are in from summer cleaning and multiply it by the stuff already in the new classroom and you get this...
|The new room on Tuesday morning.|
At one point we became a little giddy and exhausted, dramatically moaning "I can't do anymore!" but we persevered. By the end of the day we were happy enough with our progress to drag our aching backs, sore knees and painful hips (who knew hips could even hurt? I never pay attention to my hips) out the door.
This is the fruit of our labors...
|This was our classroom on Wednesday afternoon.|
In my classrooms I always try to create little, quiet places for children to sit and enjoy the pleasures of reading.
This year we created this oasis (on left) by transforming a coat closet into a welcoming reading nook.
We hung curtains, added a couch, a large wicker basket with board books and comic books, a tall magazine rack with more favorite titles and hung a lighted star above the couch to set the right mood.
Today was the first day of school and this area is already a popular place for our kindergarten students in need of a safe, welcoming space to provide a warm hug.
We are off to a great start!