Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Show Off Your Space: A Linky Party

I have been working hard on getting my classroom ready for school to start. Today was the first day. We had a half day today and I love my new class. They are so sweet and cute! Don't you just love starting all over at the beginning of the year! I love seeing everyone's hard work in their classrooms and get new ideas for mine so I thought I would throw a linky party to share classroom photos.

Here's some photos from my classroom.

This is the area outside the door. I usually put a class list, a newsletter, and a calendar on the small bulletin board. I just love my owl door hanger. I hung it out of reach so the kids can't mess it up.

Here's my clock with my important times clocks. I don't know why my clock is above the door. I can't see it from across the room. I may have to move it once my Activboard is in place.

 This is my reading/carpet area. I love my huge carpet I got from Donor's Choose. It's so big that all my kids can fit on it comfortably. I've never had that before. I'm in love with these owl bins. (Sorry for the blurry pictures. Both of my real cameras are broken so I'm using my cell phone. Anyone have suggestions on a good camera? I've always had a Canon but my newest one only worked for half a year.)
 This is my favorite area of my classroom. This is by the fire door and I love how the letters turned out.
 My carpet with the crates. I love my lanterns! They really add pizazz to the room. The black squares are poster board with duct tape around them. I'm going to have my kids do a painting to hang up there and include some class photos.
 Another view of my carpet area
 The empty space where my Activboard is supposed to be. :(
 My classroom entrance with my specials signs from the amazing Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files.

 Whooo's in our class? board. I loved the idea of creating a tree going off the board that I have seen on several blogs.
 My new goals board for the Common Core Standards. I think this is going to work great. I laminated some cardstock and hot glued it to the board. I added a Sticky clip to hold the standards in place. Easy to change and easy to see!
 Another view of the front of my room
 The back of my room. My old room had lockers back here but this room has lockers in the hallway. I bought some shelves to store my many books and games.
 My reading table. It's still a bit messy but I'm working on it. I still have lots of empty bulletin boards because I want my room not to feel like "my room" but "our classroom." I think it helps to create a sense of ownership to have students help you build the bulletin boards.
 My word wall and expectations  board. I love my word wall. The ribbons that divide the letters match the border perfectly. I'll take a zoomed in photo soon. 

Well, that's pretty much it. It should change quite a bit over the next few weeks. I would love to see your classroom. Please grab the linky party image above and link up to my party.

I'm also linking up to the Where I Teach linky party at Blog Hoppin.'


  1. I love your owls!! I need to get something made to put on my door with the student's names...maybe I'll make some owls! :)

    Spotted Around the School

  2. Love your important times clocks! I just got into my room, but I'll link up when I finish.

    Krazy About Kiddos

  3. Your room is adorable! I love it! You can tell it is a great learning space and I am sure the kids will love the owls. I need to remember to take my camera to school, so I can link up.

  4. Your room looks awesome!! I love your word wall and your cute READ letters!

  5. Your room looks picture perfect!! I LOVE it!! I'll be linking up in a few days once my classroom is done! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. I love the idea of the sticky clips! Why have I been using painter's tape? ;)

    I'm excited to have my classroom done soon...we'll see! I am just moving into a new room and am trying to get things put away.

  7. Love your owl baskets! Where can I find some for my classroom?

    1. They are from Target in the organization section with all the plastic tubs.

  8. Your room is ADORABLE! I will link up with final pictures soon! I also love your idea of putting your button in the corner. I have been writing my blog name but that would be so much faster!!

    Creekside Teacher Tales

  9. I love your room! I cannot wait to link up, but I won't even be able to get in my classroom until this coming Monday :(.

    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

  10. I love the owl theme! So cute! Thanks for hosting the link-up! :)
    Teaching With Style

  11. Your room looks great!
    Owls is my theme this year too! I got the same kit. Your tree looks so much better than the one in the kit!
    Awesome job!
    I will link up when I am all set up. You don't want to see photos now!
    I do LOVE my Canon Rebel XT. LoveLove!!!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  12. Your room looks great! Once I can get into my room the end of August, I will join your Linky.:)

  13. Your room looks great! I just linked up.

  14. I love your room. Your goals board is awesome!!!

  15. Your room looks great!!! I'd love to join this linky but I've only been in my room one day so far lol!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  16. Your room looks great! I can't wait to link up my room! We have open house tonight!!

    Teaching Fourth

  17. Where did you get the owl door hanger? Cute room...i am on my 3rd year of an owl classroom...love owls!

    1. Hi! It's from All Unique Things on Etsy. Here's the link:


  18. LOVE all your owls! Best of luck for a great year!

  19. I have a Nikon CoolPix L120. It is bigger than your average digital camera but not so loaded down with crazy options that its hard to use. I've always been a Nikon girl!

    ❤ Karen
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

  20. Where did you get the owl door hanger? I am doing an owl theme this year and LOVE it!

  21. Love your room!! Thanks for the linky!

  22. Your room looks great! Thanks for sharing and hosting...such a good idea!

    Craft of Teaching

  23. Your room is delightful . . . I LOVE that clock area. What a great display for the kiddos! Thanks for hosting this fun linky!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  24. I'm inclined to believe you have a thing for owls. :) Your room is super cute! I'm going to include a link to my facebook pics... I just finished some owl purses today. Maybe you'd be interested or need a cool owl bag to carry your stuff to school? Feel free to check them out. :)


  25. Love your goals board. You're room looks great!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  26. I loved seeing your room Courtney!! Those read letters look awesome! I love the sweet owls. Thanks for the lovely words--I'm going to be linking up soon :) :) :)

  27. Looks fantastic Courtney! Your lil owl tree is fabulous! Your lil kiddos will just love their new room!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  28. Thanks for hosting this Linky~~

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  29. Thanks for the link-up!! Your room looks stunning. :)


  30. I love your important time clocks - and well - your whole room! Thank you for the link-up!

  31. I just linked up with my ready or not, here they come post and my classroom reveal! I love your blog and can't wait to follow along! Your classroom looks amazing! I really like your owls and the tree! How wonderful that you were able to get a rug through Donors Choose! It makes for a much cozier gathering space!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  32. I almost went with an owl theme myself, yours is super cute!
    First Grade Dual

  33. I love your owl theme and the tree is just adorable!! SO welcoming!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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