Sunday, June 30, 2013

Whooo's Ready for 3rd Grade?!!

I'm so excited to share more pictures of my new room! This is a picture of a segment of the front of my room, near my door. My bookshelf is magnetic, so I am able to utilize the sides of it as well. There are still some details that need to be added, but it's coming along!

Below is a feature bulletin board. We teach art every week, and I thought it would be nice to show off my students' work right where they and anybody else who visits our room can see it. I also plan to hang some artwork up from the ceiling, but this space will be nice and easy to update and change out quickly. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

We're OWL about Writing!

After spending some more time in my room, I just had to share my favorite new bulletin board! I'm all about owls this year (seriously-can they be any cuter?!!), so I thought up this clever little saying for it:) I found the editor's poster at the Supply Closet-watch out though! This baby is 5 1/2 feet long! I love it because my students and I will be able to see it from anywhere in the room. Sooo worth the ten bucks! I found the idea for displaying the various types of writing on pinterest (big surprise!).

More pictures of my classroom to come soon!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Colorful Bulletin Boards

So...I have been working on getting my classroom ready for the new school year. My room is huge, but the entire back and front walls are covered with floor to ceiling bulletin boards. Boo hoo, right? Well, my dilemma came from the bulletin boards being a dull red color. Absolutely nothing in my new colorful owl decor matched the red. I had some fabric already, but instead of paying an arm and a leg for more fabric, I came across some great sales for flat sheets. Yes, the majority of my bulletin board fabrics are actually sheets (SO much cheaper!!)!

Another problem I ran into were the large gaps that existed between each piece of fabric. I initially thought I would need to have at least 3 layers of trim borders around each fabric section. It wasn't until I was standing in the store holding a ton of trim that it hit me: " It seems so silly to spend this much money on trim when I could use that on other things I really do need for curriculum. Why not try something else?" A night or two later, the answer dawned on me: USE PLASTIC TABLECLOTHS! On my next trip to school I took one plastic tablecloth, cut it into 4 long pieces, and proceeded to staple away around each side of my fabric. I bunched and stapled for quite some time, but I'm loving the 3D effect and added color!