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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 🙂


Labeling!

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!

So today was the day I entered my class, my empty class in other words… I stared at it and started thinking of the right colors and the right arrangements and the seating ohh dear there’s just so much to do and soooo little time.

One year ago I posted about How to Feng Shui your Classroom and I was applying the same to my new classroom.

So first I had to think about the space because in feng shui it is very important to have spacious room so that the kids can move around easily.

No cluttering

The color red attracts the pupil’s attention, so i was thinking to put the red color over the whiteboard.

Bamboo plant will be placed on my desk after the decoration is over

Lighting is very important so shutters have to be always open to promote positive chi into the classroom.

I also decided to make it colorful so it can be more inviting to my students.

I have a balcony in my classroom just thought of showing it to you 🙂

Wish me luck on making my class inviting  🙂

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I personally prefer using whiteboards for many reasons but i will not mention them because I want to hear your opinion….

So what would you like to use in your classroom? Chalkboards or whiteboards please share your comments…

 

After 2 months of non-stop practice, my students were able to perform a successful event to their parents,,,the parents were amazed and I got amazing feedback. The classroom was colorful and the performance was amazing! They really made me proud.

They presented a performance for their moms, using the song “Mama I Love You” by spice girls. Some students were holding signs that said, Mom feeds me, or Mom helps me with homework, and in the background students were acting them. It is such an amazing song and the kids looked adorable.

After that, we performed  “GOTTA KEEP READING” I wrote about that in my previous post, All girls were holding books and dancing to the music!…

Here are some pictures of the decorations I did to the classroom

Every year our school celebrates International Day, and each class has to choose a country. I chose Brazil….why? Simply because I’m in love with their country’s nature, culture and their soccer team! I changed the whole classroom maybe I over did it but this is how I like things to be done! Perfect!…. I made the girls feel that they are in Brazil by decorating the class with a tropical rainforest ( Amazon Rainforest) created a soccer field, huge waterfall canvas ( Iguaçú falls) and the Carnival De brazil for the Samba dancers.

I divided the class in to three groups:

10 Samba dancers

6 cheerleaders

8 soccer players

Here is what my class looked like and it left a smile  on everyone’s face on everyone who visited us.

 BEM VINDO PARA AU BRAZIL!( Welcome to Brazil)

soccer players

Samba girls and cheerleaders during the dance

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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Last week we were reading a story called ” The Fox and the Stork”. It talks about how the fox and the stork invited each other for dinner and the dinner was soup. The stork used greens from her own garden to make her soup so I asked my students to make their own soup recipe, here is how it went….

They had to write down 5 items and draw a small picture of each next to the word.

And this is everyone’s work they loved this activity and they all wanted to try their own recipe at home 🙂