A couple of years ago, I hit a roadblock in my teaching journey. Little did I know that what transpired was not only going to put a spring back into my step, but it was going to transform my classroom and my whole professional career! It all started when I had a classroom of spunky, rowdy kids. (I know some of you are thinking aren't all 4 year olds rowdy and spunky?) This group challenged me on all levels and kept me on my knees and in prayer the whole year. The funny thing is, I love the kids who have spunk the most....so who knows maybe this was all in the plan. At the end of the year I was questioning whether to sign my contract again...then something amazing happened. I discovered blogging! I went on an adventure and decided to change the theme in my room. Well I spent 100s of hours (you bloggers know I am not exaggerating) searching and coming up with ideas, elements and the perfect theme for my room. In the course of this searching I found this amazing group of teachers who helped me and shed light on my situation even though they did not know it because I was a blog stalker at that time and no one knew I even existed. As I read their struggles and journeys I began to change my perspective and see my teaching in a new light! I am so grateful for all I learned and suffice it to say I am a changed teacher and woman! I want to give a shout out to a few of those amazing women: Christina Bainbridge, Miss Kindergarten, Vanessa Levine at Pre-kpages, and Annie Moffat. Thank you for this new journey...and now I am in the blogging world and loving it, loving my job and I say: Bring on the next challenge!! Here is my transformed room:
|My calendar and job board|
|My beginning of the year bulletin board. I add really cute huge letters|
and coconuts! We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 123
and we create a Glyph with our names! Coming in the fall....
|This is my reading center! I have 2 body pillow out of zebra print, vines |
hanging from the ceiling with velcro hanging animals that I picked up
at oriental trading.
|This is where I have my centers posted. I use monkeys with each kids|
name to rotate around centers. Fridays they get to pick their own centers.
|This is near the entrance of my classroom! I love this jeep!|
|Here is a close up of my jobs. I change jobs weekly. Jobs include:|
teachers helper, prayer leader, calendar, door holder, flag holder,
line leader, and each of my tables have a table helper.