Each year once May comes around and things start winding down, the same thought crosses my mind. I am not going to completely re-do my classroom over the summer. This year I uttered the same phrase over and over again to myself and others; however, like every year before something has caught my eyes and I start to think that I just have to have that in my classroom.
I've never had a true theme in my classroom just bits and pieces of my favorite things-bright colors, zebra strips, polka dots, etc. It worked and I loved it; however, after five years it has gotten a bit stale and not quite as exciting as it used to be. Thanks to Pinterest and other websites, my current obsession is everything bright chevron!
I went last week in search of everything chevron I could find and everything I need to get ready to start a new school year. I made my list and double checked it because I do not want to be waiting in long lines at the last minute like I usually am because I forget some things that I need. I'm not sure about where you live, but in Baton Rouge the only place that had chevron fabric was Hobby Lobby. I was shocked that they still had exactly what I needed in stock.
|LOVE LOVE LOVE!|
I then stocked up on school supplies like border, letters, and my desk calendar from School Aids.
|I love the fact that I can get this calendar for only $4 and it comes with coupons!|
|I may have gone a little overboard...|
Now that I had done the shopping, it was time to get into my classroom and become completely overwhelmed. It's at this point that I normally start questioning why I decided to change things again and create more work for me when I should be at home enjoying summer.
|The entry way to my classroom. My office is through the door on the left.|
|Now that's a shiny floor and LOTS to put back in order.|
I then started working on other things while I wait to switch out my desks for tables. I wanted to get the most time consuming things out of the way first. My bulletin boards are always the most time consuming so I got to work.
|I love the way the blue chevron stands out on the purple walls!|
|I used a lime green border with the blue chevron. I also split the bulletin board into two since this is the only once that I have in my classroom.|
|I love this, but I need to figure out what to put in the blank space at the top. Any suggestions?|
|I used bright blue border on the window into my office and put up white sheet curtains so that I can still see out of the window. I am going to be using this as my vision board and a way to display my Student Out Winners.|
Another of the big projects I am working on is my Wall of Fame, where I display student work. I designed a chevron banner and got it printed at Vistaprint using one of my many Groupon deals. Under the banner, I am making wall hangers using glittery chevron ribbon and glitter clothes pins.
This was all I had time to do on Day 1, which I also spent cleaning out clutter, organizing my desk, and doing a few other odds and ends. Look for another edition of Getting My Classroom In Order sometime next week. Here are just a few more pictures of the progress to leave you with!
|I love this sign too much to get rid of it!|
|I wonder how long it actually stays this organized...check out my post cards and stamps from Vistaprint!|