Thursday, January 12, 2012

Back to School: The Middle, Part 1

OH. MY. WORD. Was it SCORCHING when went I to school to start setting up the other day. Needless to say, I didn't get too much done. I went in for about 4 hours and then just had to leave. I was an exhausted, hot mess! 

Here's the progress I've made so far: 
 This is the view from the doorway showing the width of the classroom. I've started redoing my library so all the books are on the desks. I was thinking of having my meeting area where that blue covered chair is right near the doorway (you can see the side of my easel on the right of the pic). I don't really like it there but in Summer we really need the breeze that comes in the door because it gets HOT. I'm talking, we're sitting and reading a book and we're sweating. So, even though I don't like it there, it might have to be there for the first term at least.

 This is the view from the doorway looking towards the front of the room. I've got 25 kids so far on my list, and I usually end up getting one or two more on the first day. I don't want the desks like this, but I just had to unstack them. I just couldn't DO anything until they were (even though it would have been easier to move things around with them stacked... I'm just weird like that).

 This is showing the side of the room with the doorway. I 've still got random stuff in the bookshelves. I haven't gotten as far as organising all my stuff - just trying to find a place  for the furniture. 

This is from the bookshelves in the previous photo looking at the other side of the room.

So, not much progress made. I do not like how the desks are arranged but I just couldn't 'see' the classroom with them stacked in the middle. They will need to be rearranged. The hexagonal table in the last photo is my guided reading table. That area is not anywhere near ready - just trying to find out where I want it. 

I'm starting to feel a *bit* more motivated to get organised. I don't want to start making/buying things to pretty up the room until I know where everything is going. 


  1. I can feel your 'heat'. Yesterday was my planned day to attack my new room, and the temps hit 35 by mid morning. So, my plans changed to head back home for a swim. Like you all the room is on the lino, but the carpet had been cleaned (yeah). A theme would be great for a change and I often wonder about tying it to SOSE/Science for the term. Don't think the new Aussie curriculum is very theme friendly, though.
    Good luck for next Wednesday...

  2. You were a brave lady for going in yesterday!! Unfortunately we are unable to access our rooms at the moment :( I can't get in until Monday which means I will only have two days before PFD. arghhh! Your room already looks great.... Can't wait to see the finished product. I purchased an editable party set in ladybugs from etsy which I will use to label and decorate the room. I'm madly printing and laminating at the moment!! It sort of matches the science for Prep which included living things. Mealworms in the classroom - yuck! Hope I have a brave Preppy to tend to them. :) Let's wish for cooler weather and no humidity!!! Heading off to Officeworks now - yah!!

  3. I just found you blog. I'm your newest follower. As I freeze my butt of next to my fireplace lol. Your room looks big and bright I love it :)

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