UPDATE: I have joined up with other music bloggers at Mrs. Miracle's Music Room to share our classroom setups. Click the image below to check out some other awesome rooms!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. It is a special calling to work with middle school/junior high kids. And I don't have it. After two (long, stressful, anxiety-inducing) years teaching grades 5-8 music and choir, I am finally back in my element--Elementary, baby! These are my people. We love the babies. Hugs, notes, pictures, cute bulletin boards, and even shoe-tying and nose-wiping. Okay, maybe not that last one. But I am SO HAPPY to be back with the littles! I am giddy with excitement, and I've spent the last two weeks organizing and decorating my new classroom. It is an old building--my husband had elementary music in the SAME ROOM many moons ago--but I've taken the blue doors and electric yellow trim and turned it into my happy home away from home. Here it is!
All my storage is in wooden cabinets. The doors are not very attractive, but I'm gradually adding to them.
Pocket chart ready for rhythm/melody cards, a spot for objectives (a.k.a. "What are we doing today?"), white board/projector screen, Who's Next Board.
I think I'm going to like the cabinets and shelf here. I keep all of my manipulatives, books, and toys/props readily available here. And the clouds. They are my new favorite thing. I found them on Pinterest and downloaded them from this music teacher blog, Rhythm and Glues.
My teacher's corner. Love. Complete with my very own teacher toolbox.
It's hard to see, but I used colored velcro to mark sit spots on the floor. I found colored velcro in 36'' pieces at Hobby Lobby this year for just $1.49!
This is a shortcut version of my guided listening word wall, first introduced HERE. Hopefully one day I can upgrade to the original version, but this works for now.
Just a closeup of the cuteness inspired by Rhythm and Glues.
All ready to post objectives for the first week!
That's it! My new happy music home. I am looking forward to a great year of singing, playing, dancing, and loving on my kiddos. I hope your year is off to a great start as well. Remember to take care of yourself, eat well, drink lots of water, and take your vitamins. When I feel good, I am a better teacher/wife/mom/friend/person. So go to bed early, and get ready to change the world, one song at a time.