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Close-up Classroom Snapshots (part #1)…

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I don’t know about you but I love it when other bloggers post photos from their classroom.  Initially, my goal was to do one blog post of photos from my classroom and as I started taking pictures, I quickly realized that this is going to take more than just one blog post.  So, this post is part #1 in a 3-part series that I like to call Close-up Classroom Snapshots!  Enjoy!
This is part of my reading area…one of my favorite areas in my classroom.  I need to add to my chapter book collection but it works for now.  As you can see, I LOVE primary colors! 
 Tubs, tubs, and more tubs!  Tubs, containers, boxes, crates, whatever you call them, they are a life saver in keeping me organized!  If you walk into my classroom you will see them everywhere and of course they will have a cute label on them!  I use these tubs for keeping my activities, worksheets, centers, and lessons organized.  There is a tub for math, reading, spelling, writing, and “to do” projects!
 It is a huge summer goal of mine to minimize the amount of files that I save!  In the meantime, I use two (yes, two!) large file cabinets to store my files.  There isn’t one inch of space to spare in those drawers.  Anyways, I put word magnets on the front of the drawers for my students to use to build sentences. They love it!
 I don’t know about you but a teacher can never have enough storage!  In an effort to gain more storage and not to have to store so much in my husband’s garage, I have had to get creative with my space!  This is why I made these crate seats!  They were super easy to make and if you search for them on Pinterest you will find several step-by-step tutorials that can help you make some for your own classroom!

 This is my reading focus wall/brag tag hangers.  I love my focus wall and I love it even more when my kiddos reference the wall!  Each week we have new reading focus skills that we learn in the areas of phonics, grammar, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary.  Along with those areas, I post our story for the week and spelling words.  It has been a nice tool for referencing as the week goes along.  It also helps to keep me focused on the skills that I need my students to master by the end of the week.  My brag tags are an essential component to my behavior management system!  You can read more about these HERE!  If you want to purchase them, they are posted in my TpT STORE!
This is my teacher’s chair.  I painted it last summer and love how it turned out.  Next summer I am hoping to add more color to it but for now it is perfect!  Stay tuned for part #2 in my Close-up Classroom Snapshots series where you will find pictures of my guided reading area, writing area, and desk arrangement!  Feel free to leave me some love and comment below…I love to read your thoughts!!!


    • Angie Olson

      Thanks Maria! I am hoping to get more creative with it this summer by adding some more colors and designs! I appreciate you stopping by!

  1. Jennifer Reynolds

    Love your brag tags! Am stopping by your store this evening to check them out! Also love your primary color scheme! My room is bright too! I bought the fabric for my crate seats awhile ago, but need to find time to make them! Thanks for sharing!

    • Angie Olson

      Thanks Jennifer! I'd love to see a picture of your crate seats once you finish them. I have 6 of them and I bet it took a total of an hour to make all 6! I know you have a FB page, as I am a follower of yours but do you have a blog yet? I'd love to check it out if you do!

  2. Mrs. Palmer

    Love it so far!! Your paper lanterns are adorable and I love the brag tags!!

    • Angie Olson

      Thanks Katie! I appreciate your sweet words! I look forward to sharing our blogging journey together and even better that we both teach 2nd grade so we can share ideas too!

  3. Laura Scheunemann

    With all your fabulous focus board postings… no wonder you need those filing cabinets! 🙂 Love the bright primary colors and am jealous that you are allowed to hang those cute paper balls. Do you remember where the R E A D posters came from? Those just MAKE the corner. Thanks for sharing.

    • Angie Olson

      Thanks for stopping by Laura! I think that I got the READ posters from the catalog Really Good Stuff. You could probably go online and order them too. I appreciate your thoughtful and kind comments!

  4. KeepCalmAnd LoveFirstGrade

    I just love looking at other people's classrooms too! I've been trying to do a Closer Look Into My Classroom Monday where I show each part of my classroom closer and more descriptive. I guess great minds think alike!
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

    • Angie Olson

      Ha! Yeah, great minds think alike is right! I will have to stop over to your blog and take a look at your classroom pictures! Those are some of my favorite blog posts by others!!

  5. Elyse Rycroft

    Love your focus wall Angie! I think that's where I'm heading next year…going to take down calendar and do a math/LA focus wall!
    Elyse 🙂
    Proud to be Primary

    • Angie Olson

      I have yet to make a math focus wall but that will definitely be on my "to do list" for next year! I do have a calendar bulletin board but, to be honest, we don't use it very much. I'm always making changes to my room…Ha! Ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Jamie knefely

    Your room looks great. I love your crate seats! Thanks for sharing.


  7. Holly

    I'm a little late here – just found you…how is BEYOND me! {just started following you on Instagram as well!} I love all the color in your room {girl after my own heart} but something else I noticed that I love is that you still hand write different things around your room {like the labels on your tubs}. Teachers, today, do so much on the computer…and I miss seeing various things around the room HANDWRITTEN…makes it more personal and I love it!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade


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