Here We Go {Again}!!!

Tomorrow’s the day.  The first day of school.  The first day of Kindergarten for my 18 little babies.  I’m bound and determined to make it a memorable one…and you can guarantee it’ll be full of FUN! 

I’m putting my boys to bed tonight and waking them up tomorrow as a preschooler and a kindergartener.  Sniff, sniff.  I’m pretty sure there will be A LOT of tears in the morning…and they’ll ALL be from me!!!! 


In the meantime, I’m linking up with Deedee and sharing my first day visual plans with y’all.  I’d share them all, but I’m experiencing a little technical difficulty on my end and I’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of the week’s plans.  The first two days are VERY different from the rest of the year, so they get their own little template. I have a lot planned and I’m hoping to get to most of it, but y’all know how the first day goes, so we’ll see! 



As you can see, I’ll be doing A LOT with establishing rules and procedures.  If I get to NOTHING else, I’m okay with that.  Rules and procedures are the absolute most important…especially at the beginning of the year.  If you start strong and make your expectations clear…and practice, practice, practice…the rest of the year will go *smoothly*.  And most importantly, your kids will be able to learn!!!  And I’m really working on building relationships these first few weeks, too!  We ALL know how important that is!!!


And here’s where it all goes down.  A little classroom tour.  I didn’t change too much this year.  I did rearrange the furniture and I like it SO much more.  My room isn’t huge by any stretch of the means, so defining lots of work spaces was really important. When I first set up my room last year, I couldn’t have anticipated how it would work.  I mean, I had a good idea, but it wasn’t until I “lived it” that I got a feel for it.  And I needed it to change!  Now I’m LOVING it and I think it’s a lot better for the kids.

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I kept my pocket chart on these two little hooks last year, but this year I’m saving this space for reading anchor charts.  I’m keeping them on little binder rings and then hanging them from the hooks.  Then the kids will be able to have easy access to the anchor charts all year long :)

The little reading posters are a freebie from A Year of Many Firsts.


I used this as my calendar/whole group area last year, but this year it’ll be used for student work and focus materials this year.  WAY better. 


This is my little community supply/dessert tub shelf that divides my teacher table from the student desks.  I still need to add labels to my dessert tubs.

I got all of my little chalkboard labels from my Chalk One Up for Being Organized packet.

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I changed up my teacher table this year, too.  It’s still in the same space, but I moved around the wall displays.  Now I’ve got the word wall to the left of the table and my little sound posters {no longer available} to the right.  Inside the sound frame are my little vowel glue bottles {from Lindsey at The Teacher Wife} and I’ll be adding hooks there as well to hang my reading strategies, guiding questions, etc.  I keep all of my guided reading books and other guided reading materials in the bins and shelves behind my desk.


I moved my calendar/whole group meeting area up to the front of the classroom this year.  I really wanted to make better use of the white board and it’s the perfect space for my calendar.  I just couldn’t “see” that last year! Plus, I wanted a space I could display my number line that was closer to the ground so that the kids could actually use it this year.  They did fine with it up above my bulletin board last year, but I really want them to interact with it more this year and down low just makes more sense!


Here’s a closer look at my calendar components and number of the day board.  I used washi tape to divide my spaces :)  I use the number board to go along with Kathleen Pedersen’s Calendar Notebook…AMAZING!

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I made all of my calendar chalkboard printables and you can download them for free HERE!

I adhered magnetic tape to the back of my unifix cubes and I’m using those for my base 10 blocks this year.  I got these cute little chevron pails from Michael’s {99 cents a piece!!!!} to hold all of my calendar pieces & expo markers.

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When the kids are sitting on the carpet, here’s what they’ll see. 


Here’s my new writing center.  And I LOVE it.  It’s bigger and more purposeful.  The writing center display materials are from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  Perfect for this station!  I’m using the pocket chart to display our writing center topic cards {from the fabulous Deedee Wills}.  classroom18a

I have a little *tiny* kitchen area in the room for Friday centers and indoor recess.  I’m saving all the wall space above it for anchor charts, student work, and focus materials/objectives.

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Right behind the writing area is the math center{ish}.  I wanted to devote a much bigger space for math this year…especially with the math focus wall.  The focus wall looks a bit empty, but in no time at all it’ll be full of fabulous info!  I’ll be adding my Number Posters as the numbers are introduced as well as anchor charts and other math related items. 

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This is my math tub/math manipulative/math dessert shelf.  MUCH easier to access than last year’s set up!


I have another little writing area to the left of the math wall.  Still finishing that up.


On the opposite side of the writing desk is my little classroom library.  I don’t get the luxury of having a HUGE space I can fill with beautiful carpets, bean bags, and other fabulous things, but this works just perfect in our small little space.  My husband proposed to me when I was sitting on this bench in my Kindergarten classroom 11 years ago, so I can’t get rid of it!

I adhered cork rolls to the wall and then put the butcher paper on top and bordered it with burlap.  I love the coziness.  And I’m SO excited that it’ll be easier to hang student work this year!!!!  Woot!!


I placed my bookshelf on top of these little seats because it’s too small of a space for my kids to sit.  Plus, it gives me room for more storage {underneath}.  On top of my bookshelf, I keep my student’s writing portfolios.  These will go home with them at the end of the year as parting gifts, so they need to be kept up and out of reach!  I tried to utilize my space as best I could, so I hung my file separator on the side of my bookshelf so I could have quick, easy access to important papers…nurse slips, lunch count, etc.

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Here’s my little desk/student computer area.  We only have one student computer in the classroom, but it actually works out quite well.  I keep my monthly station activity drawers here and well, it’s nothing really fancy!  I don’t ever sit down when the kids are in the room, so I’m not in this space very much at all…if ever!  It’s functional and it works and that’s all that matters!

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I made these little cork boards this summer {thank you, Michael’s!} and am using them to keep myself and my thoughts organized…that’s the plan, anyway ;)


Instead of having the kids keep all of their supplies in their pencil boxes like they did last year, I moved to table caddies {inspired by my lovely friend, Erica Bohrer}.  I got them at Mardel….LOVE that place.  Their pencil boxes will hold all their “special” supplies and anything I want them to keep safe :)

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Here’s my little media table.  This is right next to our whole group meeting/calendar area.  It holds my projector, laptop, and document camera and it needed to be in a space close to the white board for projection purposes :)  I had to cover it with fabric because there’s some scary cord action goin’ on underneath!!!! 

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Last but not least, our dear class mascot.  I’ll let the kids name him tomorrow. 


Hope you enjoyed the tour!  Stay tuned for more visual plans!!!  I’m bound and determined to figure out this technical glitch!

And for those of y’all starting tomorrow, have a HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY first day!!!!!!  Let’s DO this!!!!


  1. Looks amazing!!!! LOVE your blog!!

  2. Love all the bright colors and the way everything is laid out!!

  3. Love how organized you are!! Such cute colors too!

  4. Your room is super cute, thanks for sharing!! P.S. I was just curious about your calendar math area...I was wondering what your reason was for ordering your place value section as ones/tens/hundreds rather than hundreds/tens/ones?

  5. A beautiful classroom as usually! I love your writing and library area! It is colorful and fun without being busy. Just done perfectly for your Kinder babies! Enjoy your sons milestone day tomorrow!!!! Rambling About Reading

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Cara!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    And...hugs for tomorrow morning for your little BIG guys...

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  7. Love, Love, Love your classroom!! Thank you for sharing every inch and corner. It looks fabulous! Super organized too! Good've totally got this! And...for your little guys too! :)

  8. Your room looks amazing and ready to go! Have a great first day back and make sure you wear waterproof mascara tomorrow ;)

    I don't think I've told you how much I LOVE the new blog design! FAB!

    Flying High in First Grade

  9. Bright and beautiful!! Heres to an amazing school year! And big hugs to you and you momma bear heart tomorrow!!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  10. HI Cara! I love your calendar. I've been thinking of a way to incorporate cubes and using magnetic tape is such a brilliant idea! Now, what are you planning on doing with all the tens that will be created throughout the year? Where will you put them/how will you display them?

  11. Amazing!!! Curious what your hallway chant is???

  12. Love Love Love your room! Everything is so beautiful and coordinated. Have a great first day tomorrow! :)

  13. Love it all! Hope you have a wonderful first week.

  14. All the best for a terrific first week. Your room looks great.
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  15. Wow! Soooooo beautiful! Have a fantastic first week of school! Thank you for the calendar freebie!

  16. Your room looks amazing!!!! You gave me some incredible ideas and thank you for the great freebie! I am sure the students love their mascot; what a great idea instead of a class pet.

  17. Amazing classroom! This is beautiful. You're such a nice and caring teacher. I'm sure that it took a lot of effort to make your room like this. Thanks for sharing these nice pics!

    Grade any free-response assessment online in minutes!

  18. Your room looks amazing! I would love to find out how you did that scrunched pink border?!

  19. Your room looks amazing! What is the poem you read on the first day? I love all of your ideas. Thanks for making my first year (last year) so much easier!

  20. Seriously obsessed with your classroom! You know how to make everything over the top cute! Be expecting a 19th kinder student because I am coming to join your class pronto! Hope your first day went so well and your boys had so much fun!


  21. yay you!!! looks awesome and I love your enthusiasm :)
    thanks for sharing!!!

  22. Your room looks amazing! I did not know that Adam proposed to you in your classroom. That is so sweet!!! Thanks for the shout out, your caddies look great.

  23. Hi Cara- where did you get your class mascot? thanks

  24. Your room looks great!!! I hope you had a great first day. :) Thanks for sharing your plans too. Can I email you with some questions? Our district is going to a day K next year. So exciting!

  25. Thanks for the freebie. Your room looks amazing! Keep it up!

    Ms. Chae Charges In

  26. Your room looks incredible!! You made great use of the space! And I love the colors :) :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  27. Thanks for posting your plans! Haha...I am in the middle of that "Oh no, I think I forgot how to teach" phase and these were so helpful!!! I'm so excited you are teaching K this year! Looking forward to all your great ideas!

  28. Love your room! It looks adorable!! Clearly since it is organized and cute you will have an awesome year- that's my theory!
    A Burst of First

  29. Thank you so much for the amazing calendar freebie! While I have a set of calendar materials, it's always nice to change things up visually! Have a great year with your new crew! :)

  30. Love your classroom set up! Could you post the template you use for your lesson plans? I would love to have it!

  31. Hi there. Great ideas! Was wondering what clips u used for the calendar numbers. Thanks. :-)

  32. Your room turned out great!

    Down the Learning Road

  33. I love the details in this space and would like to invite you to share this post on Four Little Thiiiings here:

  34. Your room looks amazing! I love the table caddies and other unique features of your room. It looks like you put a lot of work into it and looks so inviting to kids! How did the table caddies work out??

  35. LOVE your room! How did you like using the table caddies instead of pencil boxes? Love it or hate it? I'd love a review. I can't decide what to do next year! I'm thinking table caddies for glue sticks and scissors and pencil boxes for their crayons, colored pencils and pencils. Hmmm decisions, decisions.


  36. Hi Cara
    I just came across your super fun blog! I'm always so fascinated to look at all the creative classrooms out there, and yours is just lovely. Love all your great resources and ideas. Consider me your newest follower!

    Happy Sunday
    -Rosy A Joyful Kind of Life

  37. Where is your calendar with the colored circles from?

  38. WHOAH! Your classroom pictures have inspired me as a first year teacher! LOVE


  39. In your plans, you have a Pete the Cat school tour. Where did you get this, is it available somewhere? Id love to check it out so please let me know!! Thanks!!

  40. What is around you class work bulletin? The pink stuff?!?! :)

  41. LOVE your calendar board...especially your number of the day activities! Using that this year :) Thanks!

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  43. Hi, I love your calendar! I was wondering where you got your chart that says "We have been in school...." to track the number of school days?

  44. I am amazed by the size of your room and the wall space and bulletin boards and how you utilize all of it. I am returning to kindergarten after years in title I, and my room is very tiny with no storage and very little wall space. No space for centers either. Bummer! I love your calendar, so bright and colorful!

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  46. I love your calendar! Did you make the black background with the bright circles? Please tell me how you made it or where you got it from so I can do the same thing! :)

    1. Hi! I am also wondering the same thing as Keli . . . I REEEAAAALLY want to use your idea for the calendar. . .but could you tell me where you bought the blank black calendar for the background? I feel like it is my duty. . .as a stylish third grade teacher. . .to duplicate this calendar and not use a kitschy one sold at the education stores haha :)

    2. I asked her the same question on TPT and she said she got it at Mardel's. I looked online and found it :).

    3. I asked her the same question on TPT and she said she got it at Mardels. I looked online and found it :).

    4. What did you use exactly to hank the number on the calendar?

  47. I love this calendar! I have been looking for something like this! Where did you get if?

  48. I love your classroom!! I was wondering if you could share your frog table numbers.

    Thank you!

  49. Where do you find those little clips that keep the numbers on the calendar?

  50. Can you explain the things you do with All About the Number for your calendar time?

  51. I enjoy your creative classroom. I would like to follow your idea for my class.

  52. I absolutely love how you utilized the space in your classroom. I also have a small classroom and would love to have a panoramic picture of your whole room. Is that possible? Thank you!