My new first and second graders do not start until after Labor Day. Here are some pictures of what I have managed to do in a matter of two days. WARNING! Scary classroom alert. Be prepared and forewarned. Here is my home away from home early this morning. Believe it or not, it's a huge improvement from yesterday.
Check out a finished section of four shelves. I use curtains with tension rods to cover up materials that we don't need everyday as well as materials that look a little on the messy side. Underneath I have cut up magazines, random supplies, newspapers, etc. See- through containers are the best; no labels needed here.
Here are my cabinets. I have more clear bins (to make the contents visible). I always suggest to utilize as much storage space as you can. Think of adding bins in those highest of places and be sure to invest in a nice and safe step stool.
Here is a close up of my math manipulatives in BINS. The labels are part of my All in One Mathematics Center that you can get by clicking HERE. I really like how all the same type of bins gives off a uniform look.
Here you see a tiny "glimpse" of my classroom library. I'm a book fanatic. I had help all day from a good friend getting this part of my classroom together. I will be making huge strides tomorrow in the AM.
Now I'm off to check out your wonderful classrooms. I can't wait to be inspired.