Classroom Spaces 2012-2013

As you can see from my last posts with classroom pictures, I’ve decided to move some spaces around in my classroom this year.  I’ve also been unloading 13 years worth of stuff to some new teachers in our building and getting some of it ready for a yard sale.

This is a look at my new library area.  I hadn’t yet put everything out:

Here is what it looked like after I worked on it more today.

Here is a closer look.  I got the shelf at Target for $51.99–they will probably go on sale soon for Back-to-College.  They were about 1 1/2 months ago for $39.99, so if you like it, be watching!

Here is a new shelf that will hold some games and indoor recess items.  It now has two boxes of LEGOS on the bottom two shelves.

These black art files were on clearance at Hobby Lobby for about $7 each.  I used them to put all my posters in instead of using this brown drawer cart which took up lots of room and was a great place to stack things (junk). 🙂

This is my leveled reader shelf/baggie book shelf.  Each Monday the children select four books to take home and practice and then return them on Friday morning to the right color dot box.  The bottom three rows of shelves had lots of the readers that came with our past two reading series–I gave them away to our new K teacher and just kept the ones I like the best and that I’ve had for years.

The bottom three shelves now hold school supplies, opening up more space in one of my cabinets for other things. 🙂

Here is the small group area/Writer’s Work Station area that used to be my Library Work Station.

This is a closer look at the newer shelves that are next to my bench.  The blue chair is the author’s chair. 🙂

Science work station

I put out my three tables and chairs that I got last year from IKEA.  I’m not sure what I will use the one that is up closest in this picture, but I’m thinking a work station…

Another look at my library work station

My 6 tables…each day when I go in, my goal is to clean off the tables before I leave. 🙂

The messy area under the loft near my desk.

I’ll have some more pictures tomorrow. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on July 19, 2012, in 2012-2013 Classroom Pictures. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Where did you get the green, yellow, and blue baskets that are on the end of each table? Also what do you store in them? I love it!


  2. Your room looks fabulous!!!


  3. Just wondering if you have received the sight word activities from me yet! Looking good in your classroom!


  4. Hi there – your blog is amazing! I teach K too, and have been wondering how those IKEA TABLES AND chairs hold up to growing Kinders. What has been your experience? Can they fit comfortably throughout the year? Thanks!


    • Hi Sandy,
      They made it through one entire school year so far and held up REALLY well. About once a month I need to re-tighten the bolts on the chairs, but other than that the kids fit great in them. They are really a great size for them. Our IKEA had them for $19.99 each, so they are a great deal! 🙂
      Kristen 🙂


  5. How do you store your children’s supplies? Do you have a 4 part box on each table for pencils, crayons, scissors, markers, etc.? Do you keep the things separately? Or do you only get things out when they need those supplies? What do you keep on each child’s desk?
    Thinking of new ways for this year and trying to get some ideas. Two year ago I had the 4 part boxes with a handle and each table had a different color. They had a hard time sharing the big though. Last year I made everything separate but it took up soo much space on each desk.


    • Hi Kristin,
      We have community supplies in my classroom. I have those bucket tubs that have three dividers in them. We use one for scissors, one for pencils, and one for glue sticks and erasers. We have a separate basket for crayons. We store them on top of the wire shelves that sit at the end of each of my tables. It works well and we just get out what we need. Most of the time, the bucket sits on the shelf and the kids just get pencils, scissors, and glue out as they need them. The crayons are put into the middle of the table as we need them. When we need all the table top space, everything else is cleared out of the way.
      When I go in next week, I will try to take some pictures. 🙂

      Kristen 🙂


  6. Awesome! Thanks Kristin!


  7. What is your way of doing Take Home Readers – I saw where you said they take four home on Monday – do you have a letter that goes with them, what do they “travel” in?


    • Hi Diane,
      My students take them home in gallon size ziploc bags. I let the parents know on our Back to school night what the books will look like when they come home and send a reminder on our homework packet cover sheet as to what a parent could do with their child–basically answering comprehension questions (who, what, when, where, why, how).
      Kristen 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: