Sunday, September 11, 2011

My preschool classroom

I sit here, knowing that I SHOULD blog, but I don't know what to blog about. Well, that's not true. There are many things that I want to write about, but because of the nature of this public forum and the fact that anyone can read this stops me. I am having a personal moral dilemna right now. I am, for the first time in a VERY long time, alienated from members of my family. It bothers me, but because of the details around it there is no easy solution for this, and I fear that this is something that can never be resolved. Sitting in church this morning, the priest talked about forgiveness, and the importance of letting anger and hurt go and to forgive those who have wronged you and asking for forgivess of those you have wronged. It really got me thinking about my current situation. But again, I'm not one to air my "dirty laundry" on the blog, this is not why I started it in the first place. At times I am soo tempted to start another "anonymous" blog, so I can really write what I want without fear of making a very bad situation worse.

With that being said, I promised you a post about my classroom. I have changed my classroom this year, with the emphasis of making it as homey and comfortable as possible. Take a look.

The desk that Rob built for me with plugs. Initially it was for computers but since I am teaching 3 year olds I switched them out for light brights and puzzles.

Our quiet reading / circle time / fine motor skills area. Yes, that is a FULL size couch. This is a work in progress. The bare walls behind the couch will be filled with framed pictures of the kids. I have a whole basket of frames that I have been collecting that I will be filling as the year goes.
Our latest addition, thanks to the school division. A light table!
Our loft. The bottom is a walk in area that I have set up with cars / blocks/ ramps and the upstairs is a mini living room with books. On top of the little shelf are puppets. I put the shelf on an angle hoping they would use it for a puppet stage and they do!!


Shanlee said...

Awesome! I was looking at your pics before I got to the description and I was all like "Are those 2 light brites??" I loved light brites as a kid.

Hugs on the other front. Family dynamics are the most complicated thing out there.

Anonymous said...

The second picture with the couch: L.O.V.E. it!!!!! You're awesome!

-- Gil.

Anonymous said...

you should start another blog- open it just to your closet friends, and there say what you really want. If you blog more easily than journal- I journal- but I bet you would benefit from writing in the safe enviroment of your closest friends. I hope you will still blog here, as I won't make the cut to a more personal blog, and I am not hurt by that, but still want to know how your life is going.
Good luck whatever you choose to do- just my 2 cents

truemoi said...

Wonderful classroom, you did such a great job, Tina!

I totally understand your "temptation" of starting an anonymous blog, I did just that, as you know. It is definitely something to think about if you feel that you can't be 100% yourself on your blog...

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah.... you should go with the idea of anonymous blog/journal (LiveJournal). Everybody has one. or two. :)

-- Gil.

tez said...

Beautiful classroom!

Good luck with your family situation - sometimes the veil of anonymity is the safest and most comforting thing in the world.

I too think about starting another, anonymous blog since (I'm a teacher too) I know a lot of my students and their families actually read my blog. I say go for it and don't look back!