Are you a brand new kindergarten teacher searching for where to start? Or a seasoned kindergarten teacher looking for some fresh ideas? You're in the right place! Start scrolling for ways to bring some MAGIC to your space!
So here we are. The land of imagination. My home away from home. Where I share experiences with the little people in my classroom family from year to year. In our room, we float on the clouds with rainbows, unicorns, and sunshine. It's where magic happens.
Take a peek at our classroom schedule! To the left, you see the center schedule. Way to the left, the colored stars represent the colors that are on classroom table caddies. Tables are considered the students' "homes" in our room. The colored stars on the right represent the colors that are also on classroom center materials. Note the three pictures at the top, the rainbow, pencil, and cupcake. Those pictures represent groups of center activities. In our classroom, the pencil represents literacy centers, the cupcake is for open-ended manipulative centers, and the rainbow is for letter "toys." We slowly introduce each group of centers throughout the year. By April, we pop all three options up to allow for the choice of anything that has the matching colored star for the day. The kids find this to be the GREATEST thing!
Check out these classroom mailboxes made out of pallet wood! We are so grateful to the man in our community who makes crates of all types for our teachers each year! These are just perfect for sorting mail. I put number stickers on the two sections of wood below each tray. Then I used Modge Podge on top of them, and they stick well! This makes passing out newsletters and other classroom mail quick and easy! The kids place completed work in them throughout the day; at the end of the day, they pack it all way in their take-home folders.
Letter Line for Kindergarten
You cannot possibly have a kindergarten classroom without a letter line. I love these posters because they're cute and colorful, but more importantly, because they help us connect to letters and sounds. Each day, we review the line like this: "Alligator, apple, (short) A and (long) A. Bear and bottle, B says b..." The kids use them constantly when stretching out words.
The posters can be found here! What I love about this set is that there are handwriting sheets and poems to go along with each poster. The kids are so excited to read the new poems to learn about their new Krazy for Kindyland friends from week to week! During literacy centers, they create crafts, hats, or draw pictures of things that start with our special letters!
Alphabet Poems, Handwriting & Letter Posters (Distance Learning, Back to School) for Preschool and Kindergarten Kids
Alphabet Activities with Crafts, Hats, and Drawing Prompts for Literacy Centers
Like the letter line, a number poster set is also a necessity in kindergarten. We refer to this area of our room as the "Number Corner," where we also have posters that include various representations of numbers.
Days of School Bulletin Board
Our Days of School bulletin board is another tool we can'd do without! I love these math posters and number pocket chart, all from Amazon! We use the pieces on this board daily. Read more about our Number of the Day Routine by clicking the button below!
Our school guidance counselor teaches the Project KIND program created by the Ohio State University. This little classroom map is a component of the program, and is a "key" piece in our classroom setup.
Book Storage for a Kindergarten Classroom Library
I love books. Like, a WHOLE lot! So, our classroom library setup has to be super simple. I picked up these tubs from Dollar General and popped colored stars on them. The tubs are arranged in order by themes from back to school to the end of the year. For example, the first tub includes books like Chrysanthemum and If You Take a Mouse to School. The orange tub has books about Fall, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving...you get the idea. The books in each tub have little colored dots up in the right corners of the front covers that matches the stars on the tubs. As we go through the year, a new tub comes off the shelf that goes with our current themes. I just set the tub on a table nearby. When students finish classroom tasks, they choose books from the current thematic book tub to "read" at their tables. It's constantly changing, and there are plenty of choices, so this is a very efficient way to keep it "new" for the kiddos.
Remember the center choices on the pocket chart I referred to earlier? The blue and black bins on the shelf hold the literacy center materials. There are a few different options for word building in each tub, such as CVC word cards and bricks, a Leapfrog CVC Game, a light bright for making letters, and so on. The small crates on the bottom shelf are the blue, green. and purple choices for the open-ended manipulative centers. Ideas for these tubs are links, shapes, Magnatiles, and shapes, to name a few. What I love about our centers is that the kids enjoy them so much that we complete center activities during inside recess, too, a key to survival on rainy days and the super cold Winter months!
Two more choices that included in our open-ended center choices include these two sections of maniulatives. One shelf includes shape blocks, hundred blocks, ten sticks, and one cubes, legos, and other puzzle construction pieces.
The other shelf includes pool noodles and toothpicks, blocks, peg boards, pipes, cars, and a car rug.
You may have noticed the house in our first picture. It is the highlight of our classroom, and I think imaginative play is so important for today's kids. The house option is included in our open-ended center choices.
Storing Manipulatives for Math Lessons
Are you seeing a trend? We have LOTS of maipulatives in kindergarten. Kids thrive on hands-on choices, so I like to keep them engaged by offering LOTS of options. In a kindergarten classroom, having materials organized is key to keeping things moving. I use pencil pouches to store math manipulatives. When I need them for a lesson, I grab a pouch and go!
We add mini erasers to A LOT of our math games! What I love is that I have collected so many erasers for new themes, so they're always something "new" to the kids, even if we play the same games! The mini erasers are collections from Target, Five Below, and Oriental Trading; the little crayon boxes are from Walmart.
These pencil boxes are referred to as "Math Boxes" in our classroom. These boxes hold tubs of items that include multiples of certain shapes and colors. They are ideal for sorting, patterning, and adding, which we do A LOT of in kindergarten, of course!
Fine Motor Boxes
This little rainbow storage unit is just SO cute! I had to have it when a friend found it at Target! These tubs hold items for practicing fine-motor skills, such as these little 3D shapes for stacking, 3-hole punchers, pushpins for poking through papers on carpet, etc.
More IDeas for Math Centers
Read more about math centers organization and games here!
Classroom Favorites for Center Time
A magnetic board is a super engaging and SIMPLE tool for kids to use over and over again during center time! They love building words here! Imagining with dinosaur, animal, and people magnets is a popular open-ended center time choice, too!
I don't think I could go without these thematic tubs from Lakeshore! They come boxed up and contain multiple materials for center time. They're easy to just rotate in and out of the center choice!
I feel the same way about these letter tubs from Lakeshore. As you can see, they are jam-packed with "stuff" for each letter.
More Literacy Center Ideas
Read more about kindergarten literacy centers here!
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