Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to School

Well, we have been back for over a week. I'm starting to get back into the swing of things. I've been so busy that I haven't posted pictures of my classroom. So, here they are  :) You'll see lots of "Pinteresty" things such as the poofs, cans for sharp (#) and flat pencils, the bubblegum machine full of pencil top erasers which I have to add my students think is SUPER cool.  :D

These are the cabinets on the east side of my room.  You'll notice a sink which is great for cleaning recorders.  There's also a closet on the far end that you can't see in the picture.  On the middle of the shelf is my stick storage. 

My awesome stick storage.  I use one of those long wood candle holders that you can pick up at a craft store. It's perfect for mallets and sticks. :)

Here are my Recorder Dudes.  Norm Sands came up with them.  You can get a template and many great ideas in the Recorder Classroom curriculum.  I have one for every note, but I'm only displaying these three for a few weeks.  While my 4th graders review from last year and my third graders begin their recorder studies. 
 My SMARTboard area.  Here are my computer key chairs.  I found them on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $20 each.  Thank you PTO!  Did I mention we have the BEST PTO ever?  They have been so much help as I establish the music program.  This is only the third year that our school has been open.  You may notice that my carpet is in squares.  They come up! Great for stains and such.  Though in all honesty I haven't had to replace any.  Yet. :)

Here is my area other side of the SMARTboard.  The shelf behind the drums has become my workstation.  I keep my Ipad, Ipod, Bose, cd player, extra pencils, sharpies, goodies and story books for those times when I have an extra few minutes.  Basically, anything that I may need at a moments notice. Next to that I have my rhythm instrument area.  We are a new school, so I'm still working up to Remo Tubanos and Orff instruments.  We do have 19 glockenspiels that I recieved through Donors Choose.  If you haven't been to that website check it out.  Also, Adopt A Classroom.  :)

Here is my library.  My dad make these bifold shutter doors for my sister's law office and when she moved she didn't know what to do with them.  I of course grabbed them I needed something to break up that ugly yellow and blue stripe that goes around my ENTIRE classroom.  YUCK!    Initially, I wasn't sure what to do with them.  Then I came up with the idea to us them as a book display.  Since this picture was taken I attached the braces.  There are eight which makes it very safe for my students. 

I hope that you have enjoyed a look into my classroom.  I also have built in 3 step risers.  I'll try to get a picture of those as well as my desk area which is next to my library.


  1. How do I get to the recorder classroom curriculum to get a template for the recorders? They are adorable!!

  2. Sorry, I haven't been on here in a while and didn't get your notification. I got Recorder Classroom years ago from Music K-8 it is an amazing Recorder program. Great music and ideas! I hope that helps!

  3. love the fingering "bulletin board". Thought you might also enjoy this B,A,G echo activity -

  4. Where do I find the recorder curriculum section? I love the fingering bulletin board and would love to have the template.

  5. I would love to use the photo of your classroom library in my blog, - I will give you credit of course!