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Last week I decorated my classroom but I am definitely not done yet! There’s still a lot missing I am just showing you the progress. I will be discussing the main points in decorating a classroom in my upcoming posts… In the meanwhile I have a few things I would like to share with you now…

Colors are very important in a class make sure it’s colorful and clear!

The desks were separate but frankly I like to have my students sit in groups at least in the beginning of the year. I don’t want them to be separated. Don’t forget to put name tags on the desks. It’s a great feeling to know that you own something 🙂


Label everything in your class from door to light switch to cubbies, bulletin board, chair, desk etc….

Kids need to see words everywhere they go so they can be better spellers and readers.

If you look at the top of the whiteboard you would see a red line. I put the red color because as I said in my previous posts about feng shui the color red attracts the students attention. The whiteboard is the most place you would want them to look.

This bulletin board is mainly for circle time in the morning where we sit on the carpet in a big circle. There we will be doing our breathing exercises, calendar, weather, seasons,  birthdays, class rules, classroom helpers etc… We can also discuss the class schedule and what to expect that day!


Well well well…if it isn’t the same  sentence that teachers hear all day!!

Miss, may I go to the bathroom?

I can’t wait I really need to go!!

Or you see a student jumping up and down indirectly telling you that he/she needs to use the toilet.

And the question is….should we believe them or not?

For younger kids, it is very important to know if a student has medical problems and they need visit the bathroom frequently, if not….there are many ways to approach this issue without letting your students interrupt the lesson.

I use  a bathroom log: I use a sign in/sign out method. The kids show me a sign language sign to ask to go to the bathroom (that way they don’t verbally interrupt as I teach, others are working, etc.), and I nod my head if it is an alright time for them to go. They then sign out in a small book and sign back in when they come back.

They have to read the analog clock to write down the time they leave and the time they come back – this gives them time telling practice. It also helps to know who was in the bathroom at what time if there was an “incident,” which seem to happen in school bathrooms!

Click here to get the Bathroom Log Worksheet.

I have heard many stories of teachers not letting students go to the bathroom and that’s where the problems occur! I once was informed of a parent who got really mad a teacher concerning this issue, because if the student holds it too long then they will have medical problems like kidney stones for example.

Stephanie Brown says:  I never let a student go to the restroom when they ask. I find many students set up appointments with other students in other classes. “Meet me by the restroom at 10 a.m.” I delay them at least 5-10 minutes. I’ll say, “Finish this assignment and then ask me.” I find that the ones who really have to go will remember to re-ask, and the ones who just want out will forget all about it. Plus delaying them causes them to miss the person they were supposed to meet. It’s a good test to determine who really needs to go and who doesn’t.

So what about you? Do you have any bathroom Breaks rules? If not you should start one!

What is The Learning Carpet?

It is a permanently gridded, 100 square floor carpet (6’ square and bound on all sides), on which children from Kindergarten to Grade 6, are able to develop their understanding of mathematics and language through kinaesthetic learning.

  • A child’s number sense grows through the patterns observed by the numerical squares
  • Concepts are better understood when linked to actual physical movement, e.g. forward step is addition, backwards is subtraction, right step adds 10, left step subtracts 10

Many concepts, from one-to-one correspondence, to place value, to addition and subtraction with regrouping, to multiplication and division facts, can all be experienced through the constancy of the numerical squares and the walking and placing of the number cards (red side/black side)

Other Uses for The Learning Carpet

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I put each student in order and they all have numbers. The student of the week gets to be line leader, but otherwise they are in number line order. Sometimes I will call all odd numbers to line up, then all even numbers.

 I teach it to them at the beginning of the year when we are learning procedures and that is ALWAYS the way they are to line up. They know when to line up when I put the “Please Line Up Quietly” sign!

If you have any other ideas I would love to hear them 🙂

Brain waves, alpha music and productive calmness!!

This type of music, the alpha music, called Silence of Peace by John Levine would work great if you put as a background music in your classroom. It will calm your students down and helps them concentrate on the activity that they are doing.  Students enjoy using this music as a study aid, insisting that “Silence of Peace” quiets the mind and makes it easier to focus, absorb and retain information. So i took the CD and put it in my classroom while my students were working on an activity. I noticed a big change in the atmosphere. It was much calmer and the kids were able to focus more. This is the second time I post about this music because it works like magic and every teacher who is suffering from a hyperactive classroom would love this.


This is what the alpha music did to the students! They were working and concentraing on their work!


  What does Alpha music do:

•Reduces stress and anxiety
•Settles down hyperactive behaviour
•Feelings of panic or being overwhelmed subside
•Background for meditation, physical therapies or gentle exercise

“Silence of Peace” by John levine is the first in the “Silence” series of CDs, all of which demonstrate this philosophy. Children are often especially responsive to “Silence of Peace”. Children as young as 3 often go into a quiet, even entranced state when they listen to it and children of all ages find this music relaxes them and gives them easy access to their imagination.

here the students were sitting quietly in the story corner and i was very surprised because i didn't tell them to do so. It was the alpha music!



“My wish is for everyone to be more calm and healthy, with the help of the wonderful and natural remedy of alpha waves. It is my special wish that my music helps you too!” …..J.B. Levine

Over 250,000 people world-wide use John Levine’s alphamusic to help cope with the symptoms of anxiety.

If you wish to listen to free samples of this music or even order it please visit this website:

A funny short film about teachers and what they go through! Rarely you see this happen to teachers these days. That’s why we go to workshops now 🙂

During our morning routine, it’s a must that we do our stretching exercises. I explain to them that it helps them a lot to start a fresh morning with a relaxed mode. Then after we finish our exercises I tell them to smile 🙂 and be grateful for everything.


Here are some stretching exercises that i did with my students this morning….Have a look:





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