Black and White Polka Dot Classroom



Do all teachers love polka dots? 

If you said yes, you will love this black and white polka dot classroom with pops of primary colors! This room is also full of storage solutions and organization ideas that are easy to try!

If your closets look like this.... don't worry!
Mine look that way every. single. August.



I don't have a teacher desk so I keep all of my materials on the counter. It helps me find things quickly, and it freed up a lot of wasted floor space! 




I label everything! It helps to have labels with pictures so kids and substitutes can help put everything back!


Did you notice the shower caps on the top row of bins?! If a bin falls off, you don't have 300 markers rolling across the floor, and you can keep busy hands out of the bins!

I printed smaller labels for my closet bins to keep my math manipulatives, centers, and art supplies organized too!


Our reading board is updated weekly with new sight words and phonics skills! My sight words have little magnets on the back so I display them stove burner covers while they are being taught. 


Once we master them, we move them over to our magnetic word wall. My firsties can come up and remove words as needed during writing and then easily put them back. 



The word family posters are held with clothespins. When we are ready for a new family, these posters will move to a permanent display on our locker doors.



The polka dot alphabet posters  and smaller word wall cards tie everything together!



Rather than give each of my tables a number, I assign them each a vowel. I can call their table by long vowel sound or short vowel sound. 


I hang a vowel table sign above each table. One side shows the short vowel sound and the other side shows the long vowel sound.

Our classroom library is my favorite! 


I organize books by topic, author, genre and by reading level. The little shelf between the chairs holds books we have been reading together in the classroom or seasonal books.

I put library labels on the outside of every bins. All of the books inside the bins have matching stickers! This helps keep the library neat and organized!





Here's a peek at our math wall. We update our calendar and number of the day every morning. Our mathematical practices posters and number cards are always posted in our classroom too! 




We also keep our schedule cards posted on the board so everyone knows what to expect during the day.

Are you ready to add some polka dots to your classroom? I look forward to hearing how you updated or organized your classroom. If you have ideas or questions, please share them in the comments. 

If you want to save time, you can download most of my classroom resources now.

  





21 comments

  1. Oh friend. I seriously have a lump in my throat looking and reading through your post. You are SO ridiculously talented and I miss being across the hall from you SO so very much. Your room is absolutely gorgeous. Your firsties are SO lucky to have you. Love you, teamie!! <3

    Ashley
    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

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    1. Thank you so much friend! I am so glad that even across state boundaries we can continue to inspire each support each other. I am SO lucky to have YOU as a friend. I just wish I could see your classroom in person <3

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  2. Love it Emily!!! Your word family posters are adorable!!!

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    1. Thanks Maureen! I love sharing resources with you <3 I am so glad we get to share this crazy first grade experience :)

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  3. You are super organized! ! Looks like an amazing learning environment!
    Jessica
    Tales of a First Grade Teacher

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I really try to state organized. Sometimes it looks like a tornado went through the classroom before dismissal, but I am working on keeping the mess to a minimum :) We are really have a great time learning together this year in our space!

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  4. Can I come be in your class, pretty please?!?! It's beautiful!! I love it!

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    1. Thank you Lauren! Wouldn't it be great if we could take classroom tours? I would be the first to sign up!

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    1. Thanks Kara! I would love to see your room if I am ever at your building this year :)

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  6. I want to be in your class!!!! Naturally, I love all of the polka dots! And the beautiful teacher chair! I really love that! Thanks for sharing your beautiful classroom. Wishing you a wonderful year!

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    1. You're so sweet Amy! You know I love the polka dots too so I tried to use them without overhwelming everything. I painted my teacher chair before I started my first year. It's getting a little worn and it rocks a bit, but I just can't part with it! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great year!

      :) Emily

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  7. Oh my goodness your room is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love it all!! It's so bright, colorful, and inviting! That is such a great idea to use the rolling cart as student mailboxes!!! I love that! I also show my kindergarten students a picture of my kindergarten class. They love seeing me as a kindergartener!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful room!

    ~Heather :)
    Recipe for Teaching

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Heather! Kids do love those pictures of teachers when they are kids, don't they?! I also have a little class book with all of the pictures of my former classes. It's always a popular read!...I just started using the mailboxes this year because I have a big class and my previous mailboxes didn't have enough slots. So far, it's working out really well! Have a great year with your kinders!

      :) Emily

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  8. What a fabulous room! I love how colorful it is! How did you make the big class poster? That's awesome! Have a great year!
    Paige
    Our Elementary Lives

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    1. Thanks Paige! I designed the image using PowerPoint, and then I saved it as a jpeg. I uploaded the image to the website Vistaprint and ordered it as a banner. I waited until they were having a sale so I didn't have to pay full price, but it was definitely worth the money!
      :) Emily

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  9. Your room is amazing! I know you spend countless hours preparing for your littles and I know they must love it! They are so blessed! This is the time of year I start planning and getting ready for next year. Thanks for some great inspiration! I'll be checking out some of the products you talked about too! Hope the last of your school year is awesome! 😊

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  10. I love your room! So beautiful and organized. I also love the black wire book display in your book nook. where did you get it? I love the wooden displays but they're so expensive! :(

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  11. I love all the color!! Where did you get the little people, like holding the pencils and the ten frame?
    DIna

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  12. Your room is gorgeous!!! I just found this through a post on facebook. I was wondering if you have the rocket clip art that you have on your behavior board for sale? I am doing a space theme in my classroom and love the rocket and the other behavior items. Looked in your TPT store but couldn't find them. Thanks! Hope you have an awesome year!!!

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  13. Thanks Jenny! The rocket clip art is not posted in my store, but please email me at emily.burchfield@gmail.com and I can help you get the pieces you would like for your classroom. Have a great school year!

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