While Tracy and I "sort of" tried this out a couple of years ago, this will be my first year back into the self-contained general education setting in many years. As I tried to envision our new classroom, one of the things that I knew I wanted was organization - not only of the learning spaces that we would share with the children, but organization of our materials and supplies, organization of the learning and planning. With that in mind, Tracy and I have embarked on this new adventure. Here are a few pictures of our learning space.
We have a well stocked leveled library. You can't see the bins of I-M books to the left. The green bins on the right are chapter books, newly added for our excited first grade readers. Luke already told me that he read 10 chapter books this summer so we want to have plenty of selection for him and several of our other readers! Many of the chapter books are from Tracy's personal collection. When she left corporate to become a teacher she spent much of her corporate money on equipping her classroom library. Lucky me! Lucky kids!
We also have a very healthy genre library (Thank you, Tracy!) We changed out the books from kindergarten adding many new non-fiction topics. We also added bins for each of the Science topics we will study this year.