Thursday, July 9, 2015

Classroom revamp...a work in progress

I have been thinking for sometime that my classroom is "too busy."  I loved the bright colors and such, they made me happy, but also wanted my room to be more functional and fell more in-sync or put together.

I named my table groups Red, Green, and Blue last year because I had gotten some cute caddies from the Dollar Tree in those colors.  I really liked the three of them together, and didn't want a themed room, so decided to just go with that color pallet.  Throw in some black/white accents, maybe a little bit of light yellow, and we're set.  Here are some of the the baskets and such I got from Dollar Tree:
 


Earlier this summer I went to Ikea and went a little cray-cray shopping!  I received some extra money for doing a professional portfolio/reflection, so of course I spent it on classroom stuff. Here are a few of the things I got, although I haven't even started to put them together.





New desk chair and small group table chair...I hate the one provided by my school and these are actually super comfy!


























Cart for small group table storage....I haven't decided which one I like better...
 

Cute little storage baskets!

Easel Whiteboard/Chalkboard....I think I am putting this by my small group station.

Small group chairs/work around the room stools.  I already had 3 of these, so I purchased 2 more!


Clothes rack....saw this on another blog to use as a anchor chart stand!  I am not sure if I am going to do this or put hooks and a curtain rod on an unused board, but I nabbed it while I was there!
 
Trofast storage system...I already had these green bins.  I bought a couple more and am going to have the tall shelf hold bins labeled Monday-Friday and "Additional" or "Extras"  and then use the other 6 spots for my bins for math/language centers.  I figure if I put a few baskets on top I can <hopefully> keep materials organized!

 

How fun are these large decorations?!  I think the green one I am going to label "What you need" with a place for Math, Social Studies/Science and Reading/Language on it.  We switch for classes, so this will be helpful for students to look at.












I also went to Jo-Anne Fabrics yesterday and spent way too much money on fabric for the walls.  I probably should have waited until I got a good deal, hoarded coupons, etc., but I wanted to get to work.  I did get the largest fabric (black, which I haven't put up yet!) for 40% off and used my teacher discount of 15%, so it wasn't too bad....

I have also hated my desk for the 3 years I have been at my school.  It looks like junk--yellowing metal.  So, I decided to paint it!  I am going to go back in tomorrow with a roller and small brush to finish up, but I am loving the way it looks!  I went to Michael's and got black chalkboard paint.  I have some chalkboard markers so I plan on writing my name and some info on the desk.  I could've painted it straight black, but I liked the idea of being able to write on it!  I painted secretly in my room with a fan on full blast---I didn't tell the custodians what I was doing (or my principal) for fear of getting a "no."  Plus, I didn't want them to have me drag that lug of a desk outside---it is HEAVY!  It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission, right?!

I spent about 3 1/2 hours in my room today doing various tasks.  I am a little ADHD when it comes to organizing/cleaning...I start a project and get distracted!  Forgive the mess in the photos, I will put up more when it is all done and organized!

Before

Before (Back wall will have black fabric-not done yet!)

Going to match the other wall with R/B/G AND a light grey chevron print/space for class information) 

Desk before

Desk in progress, one quick coat!

After, wall 1.  I need to add boarders and flatten the fabric, but LOVE the way it turned out so far!

And the entire time I was there my little guy spent time in a pup-tent I set up just for him watching videos...these pictures are yesterday, when I stopped by quickly to asses the space.  Today he was actually feeling ill and just laid there :o(.  Tomorrow's plan is to go in the morning to paint the desk with a roller and then spend the day having fun outside with my little man, as long a this bug passes!




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