Finally finished unpacking my word work center. I'll start with these pretty basic games and puzzles and then move to more challenging sight word, word family and sentence games as the year goes on.

Finally finished unpacking my word work center. I'll start with these pretty basic games and puzzles and then move to more challenging sight word, word family and sentence games as the year goes on.

Trash to treasure makeover - saved from the landfill. Refreshed with paint and stain. Easy DIY furniture makeover at refreshrestyle.com

Trash to treasure makeover - saved from the landfill. Refreshed with paint and stain. Easy DIY furniture makeover at refreshrestyle.com

Here is my mostly completed "desk" area. I don't use an actual desk, because it takes up space and this way I can have all of my materials handy while working with small groups. I still have quite a few things to put away…a teacher's job never ends! My classroom theme is giraffe and I've collected quite a few along the way.

Here is my mostly completed "desk" area. I don't use an actual desk, because it takes up space and this way I can have all of my materials handy while working with small groups. I still have quite a few things to put away…a teacher's job never ends! My classroom theme is giraffe and I've collected quite a few along the way.

This is the other side of the Math center which stores supplies that the students don't have on their tables, their journals for several subject areas, Legos and puzzles.

This is the other side of the Math center which stores supplies that the students don't have on their tables, their journals for several subject areas, Legos and puzzles.

SELF-PORTRAITS: Simply have your students draw a “selfie” each month throughout the school year. Don’t forget to get their autograph too! Add a cover to your year-long collection to create a keepsake parents will love.

SELF-PORTRAITS: Simply have your students draw a “selfie” each month throughout the school year. Don’t forget to get their autograph too! Add a cover to your year-long collection to create a keepsake parents will love.

As I started to unpack my closets I just began to out things where they go. These book boxes are from Teacher Heaven a few years ago and although they cost a pretty penny, they are super durable and worth it. I left the name tags from last year, but what's nice is that I just slap a new label on top and write my new kids' names!

As I started to unpack my closets I just began to out things where they go. These book boxes are from Teacher Heaven a few years ago and although they cost a pretty penny, they are super durable and worth it. I left the name tags from last year, but what's nice is that I just slap a new label on top and write my new kids' names!

This is the inside of the fridge and freezer in the pretend and learn center.

This is the inside of the fridge and freezer in the pretend and learn center.

I created these labels in PowerPoint and then printed two of each: one for each tub and the others for inside the cabinets. That way the kiddos will have no excuse when it's time to clean up.

I created these labels in PowerPoint and then printed two of each: one for each tub and the others for inside the cabinets. That way the kiddos will have no excuse when it's time to clean up.

This is part of my math center. Here is where I store the math tubs that hold our manipulatives. The bins and shelves are labeled so the kiddos know where to put things back. I also keep the play doh here and a few other centers as you'll see.

This is part of my math center. Here is where I store the math tubs that hold our manipulatives. The bins and shelves are labeled so the kiddos know where to put things back. I also keep the play doh here and a few other centers as you'll see.

You know how kids destroy puzzle boxes?!?! Well, now they don't! I moved the puzzles into shoe boxes from Target which are cute and cheap. Then I cut out the picture from the puzzle box and taped it to the top of the shoe box and voilà!

You know how kids destroy puzzle boxes?!?! Well, now they don't! I moved the puzzles into shoe boxes from Target which are cute and cheap. Then I cut out the picture from the puzzle box and taped it to the top of the shoe box and voilà!

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