Here is a little tour of a first grade classroom I visited in Switzerland. There were so many great ideas. Outside the classroom this sun greeted students with their names.
This is the helper “chart” if you will. I love this idea!
The Magical Alphabet chart! I have made my own version of this. Each letter has doors that were opened to reveal the letter.
Here is a detail of those delightful “letter” windows! I love how the children helped to create it.
Swiss first grade classroom – so well designed.
- Peek back at the wonderful sink in the right hand corner.
- Notice how the chalkboard is on a sliding track – it moves to reveal whiteboards and bulletin boards.
- Also – check out the little zippered bags on the desk behind the girls. These are school supply pouches that are masterfully crafted. I wanted one but quickly found out in American $ it would cost nearly $75. I regret not buying one!
Detail of the number line. I love this and made my own. Take a look at how they used natural occurring number images like spider for 8, bowling pins for 9 and so forth! Do you see the grid on the chalkboard? Oh how I love these details!
This is the left side of the classroom – huge open light windows looking out to a lush wooded area!
This art mural by the students was on the right side wall. Look at the wonderful birds they created.
Here is a close up of those adorable birds. Do you see the great patterns the children painted? I wonder if they made painted papers first and then constructed their birds. . . .