9.13.2008

Mrs. Ashmore's 3rd Grade Class

You've been asking to see my classroom for awhile now...so mom, this is for you...(and for me a little bit because its fun to show it off!)
Welcome! (Keep in mind that I have a lot to hang and set up in my room yet. It's still a work in progress.) Thank you, I decorated the door myself. (Much of the decor compliments of Andrew's mom.)


This is the view as you come in the door. Orange is my least favorite color in the entire world. I guess you could say that I intensely despise the color. So when I first walked in and saw the wall of bright orange cabinets and orange chairs, I was less than pleased. Oh well. I'm dealing.

But if you ignore the orange-ness, it is really a cute little classroom. This is what the kids have named "The Pizza Table"...because it's round...like a pizza. We use it as one of our Centers stations. (Notice the giant letter and envelope on the bulletin board? We learned this week how to write a letter in the proper format. )

I'll take you in a circle through the entire classroom. Next, is our
mini computer lab, the class library, and the teacher's (that's me!) desk.
We bought that extremely ugly, extremely comfortable couch at the D.I. for 30 bucks. The kids love it in that library. Do you see the bookshelves in there? Andrew was kind enough to build those for me. Kid are much more likely to read my books if the covers are facing outward. In front of my desk are the student's cubbies.

The kids know that there is an imaginary line that separates their area from my area behind my desk. They are not to go back there unless invited. I was selfish and put my desk by the only window in the room. I love my desk area. Can you see my Associates and Bachelors diplomas? Do they not look so official? I still shake my head in disbelief sometimes that I am actually an adult with a college degree.

The view from my desk to the opposite side of the room...and more orange cabinets. If you look to the left of the whiteboards, we have what the kids have dubbed "The Kidney Shaped Table". If you haven't guessed, it is shaped like a kidney. This sits in front of our wall with the schedules and class rules. To the right of the whiteboard is our math meeting wall. Our vocabulary words wall is to the right of the ugly orange cabinet and above the coat/backpack hooks. (Do you like my cool director's chair at the front? We got it a yard sale for a few bucks. I love it.)

Just outside my room, to the left of the door, is our apple tree. "Mrs. Ashmore's Pick of the Crop." Teachers have to do cheesy, crafty crap like this to make a nice environment for the kids. Okay, okay...I'll admit it: I get a lot of pleasure in creating this cheesy, crafty crap. Its the art major in me leaking out. I made everything by hand except the apples I wrote the student's names on. And yes, I realize that yellow, green , and red apples do not all grow on the same trees. Oh well! I had to work with what I had!

So Mom...what do ya think?

11 comments:

Erin said...

Well I think it's wonderful! What a fun way to use your creativity. I'm sure your class loves you.

Chanelle and Aaron said...

It looks so cute! It makes me want to go back to third grade or become a teacher.

Don Jolley said...

When did my little girl with the big brown eyes grow up to be the TEACHER!? This dad is very proud.

Dad

kristofer and corrine said...

That is a VERY cute room! You have done well... you are so creative. :)

Lindsey Springfield said...

That's so cool that you are a teacher!

Jeff and Andrea Ashmore Family said...

Hope school is going well. I can't imagine how busy you must be...I can barely keep up with 2 kids! Mrs. Ashmore sounds so sophisticated....I don't think I've ever even been called that!

Travis and Brittany said...

I love the classroom! It still blows me away that you are a teacher?!?!? thats really cool though! Next time me and trav come down that way we need to hang out!! You two need to meet our little jacie may! She is getting so big so fast!

rho's blog said...

I guess, you don't like our big orange van then?! oh well, the cupboards you might be able to disguise....but the chairs...a leetle bit harder! I think it still looks cute though!...although I do like orange!...you know...that's why we have a big orange van!!!!!!!HA!

Andrew and Rachel said...

Yeah Rhonda,I almost vomited the first time I saw your van.

Just Kidding!! Your van is a VERY different orange from the wretched color on my cabinets.=)

Lisa said...

Rachel,

I love the classroom! You have done wonderful! It must be so much fun to be done and teaching. I love begin done with school...I really do feel grown up!

rho's blog said...

Dearest Rachel,
Ya know, the first person to throw up in our van was braxton...on it's maiden voyage no less...maybe he doesn't like orange either!!! You realize of course I've just redone my whole house in 70's orange!!! HA!!..no, just the guest room!!! love you!!!!

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