Sunday, August 23, 2015

Classroom Updates!

A couple of years ago, I changed my classroom theme to a fun mix of  primary colors, polka dots, and chevron. You can read more about it here. After all this time, I still love it! One of my favorite things about this color scheme/decor is that it's both boy and girl friendly! And, it goes with everything! 

I knew this year it was time to do a little updating here and there. I wanted to do this last year, but being super pregnant got the best of me;) One of the first changes I made was switching my bulletin board fabric in the back of my room from red to black. Best decision ever. The black makes everything I put on the board POP and anchors down all the bright primary colors. My board looks pretty blank right now, but as you know, it won't be long before it's covered in anchor charts. 
Carpets for Kids Rug: Click here for more info.
Really Good Stuff Desk Caddies: I think this product has been discontinued:( #boo

This is my updated writing station area! 
I bought A Cupcake for the Teacher's Writing Center Starter Kit to inspire and help my little writers! Love it! The paper banner was one of my many Target Dollar Spot finds from this summer! 
Above my writing board, I made a special place to display my students' work. I bought clipboards from Walmart, spray painted them black, labeled them with my students' names, and hot glued them to the wall. It's my favorite new addition this year! 
I've been dreaming of having a super cozy reading spot in my room for a long time. This summer I decided it was time to make it happen. I didn't have a lot of money to spend towards it, so I asked my Facebook friends and family if they had a black futon they wanted to sell or get rid of. I couldn't believe it when a friend gave me this one FOR FREE! YAY!!! 

Then, I found these amazing pillows on Etsy here!
 They were the cherry on top of my reading dream space! 
Best part is that they were made by a teacher, which makes this little splurge money well spent!

Above the futon is my big ol' Daily 5 board. When you're in love with the 5 as much as I am, you need a whole wall dedicated to it to display your rotation chart, posters, and I charts. I found and printed out the cutest Daily 5 posters from Fantabulous in First here!! 
 Here are two other views from the back of my classroom. 
Yes, those are plastic storage drawers on top of my filing cabinet! When you don't have a lot of storage, you make it work:) 
 My classroom is not perfect and probably never will be. To be quite honest with you, it hardly ever looks this clean and organized on a normal day (these pictures were taken the first week of school on a Sat.). BUT, what my classroom will always be is a special place for my students to fall in love with learning...and this gets really messy y'all! Whether you have a beautifully decorated room or not, let your focus ALWAYS be on your students and those messy, amazing moments where love and learning grow! That's what matters the most and what your students will remember! 

7 comments:

Kristi Smith said...

Hi Anna!

I was absolutely inspired by your classroom reveal last year <3. It still looks absolutely stunning!!! I have a couple of questions and a request =). First, where did you get the large tissue paper pom poms and the blue/red/yellow pocket charts? Also, I was wondering if it was possible to get an editable copy of your 3 labels for the Sterilite drawer, as I have been known to change it up!! I am more than willing to compensate you, of course. If so, my E-mail address is leafs girl@rogers.com. If not, no worries!! Let me know =). Thanks a bunch!

Becca Sadler said...

Fabulous fun-filled learning environment! Terrific job! For the students, everything is brand new, but it was wise for your own sake to have incorporated some new items! Good decisions! Thanks for sharing all your great finds!

Thomas Blake said...

I have remembered the first day in school of my son. He was looking so nervous when my wife was getting him ready for school but when we arrived the schools and entered in the class he was so happy to see the stuff because whole class was filled with different colors and many educational stuff were there. It was like room of fun.
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Kristi Smith said...
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Kristi Smith said...

OMGosh! I just realized that I can make the labels myself since I have your "Keep Calm and Chevron Pack" =/. I am still interested in finding out where you got your pom poms and blue/yellow/red pocket charts from =). Thanks again!

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