Monday, July 1, 2013

Classroom Makeover: Week One

Can y'all believe it's already July???? Where in the world did June go and how can we get it back? I love my job, but I believe I would be perfectly fine with June lasting all year. :) I've decided to try and get my classroom done and put together as soon as I can, so I can enjoy summer before having to go back to school in August. This way, it won't stress me out and I know I won't run out of time, which is what happened last year. So for the past couple of days, I worked EXTREMELY hard and got most of the room done. All boards are up, except for one, but not finished. Furniture is placed and everything is ready to be decorated and "cozied up!" Here's what I've accomplished so far:



Filing Cabinet still needs to be covered...

These paintings are always in my classroom. The girl I painted at a painting party with some teacher friends, and the other two dot pictures are from two of my 1st grade class that we did during one of our weekly reading stories: "The Dot". See the green one? That was done by my first class, which is also the class I'm going to have this year as 5th graders.  :)

I decided my classroom needed some good 'ole anchor charts. All of these that I created were inspired by other's creations that I found on Pinterest. They can be found on my 'Anchor Charts' board here.


**This one is entirely mine...and it is also our first vocabulary skill. I'm SO excited to be teaching vocabulary! 



This is the vocabulary board. There is no title or heading yet, but it will display the vocabulary cards for each week's words. 



I've created these cards for the vocabulary words. I'll upload them soon. :)






This was a great find from Hobby Lobby and is perfect for holding our class magazines. It will look much better after I have the labels done. 
**Correction: This was a great TJ MAXX find! Sorry! All these stores are running together at this point :) I may or may not be on a first name basis with some of the store employees! HA!

The circle table needs to be raised. It was a good height for my first graders...not so much for 5th graders. :)




I LOVE the computer set up in this room. They always looked so messy in my old classroom, but the computer tables work fabulously here. 

See those extra computers? They will soon be set up neatly under the pink and green boards. Just as soon as I can find a table for them. 

This will be my small group meeting area, but it needs a lot of work. And some chairs. And a new, colorful desk chair. And some decorating. :) :)



That's all I've got so far. I am IN LOVE with all the storage space. I even have empty shelves at this point and I would have never thought that was possible. It is wonderful and it has made creating this classroom so much easier. :)
There's still so much to do, but I'm happy with the amount of work I've got finished so far. It's nice knowing everything's basically placed where it goes and it's not sitting in the middle of the floor, piled up on desks anymore. Baby steps.. :) Talk to y'all soon!

36 comments:

  1. Good for you! It's a nice head start! Did you use paper or fabric for the chevron BB? So cute! I also love the yellow paint. Did you do that, or did your school paint the room? So happy :)

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    1. The pink chevron is fabric from Hobby Lobby. I had the room painted. I had a yellow classroom two years and loved it so I decided to have another lemon room :)

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  2. Your room looks wonderful! I love your chevron boards and cute shelving! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Bforbes89@gmail.com

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  3. They let you back in the building. So jealous! We got about another three weeks before we can go back into the building which is way to close to preplanning anyway. Ugh! Your room looks awesome. I cant wait to get back and throw some color border on those white walls because they are not letting me paint. LOL

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  4. Beautiful! I know what you mean about wondering where June went. My district has a mandated shut down the last week of June and the first week of July, and of course , my room was just moved/ cleaned the Thursday before the shut down. I am itching to get in there and get started. I love the yellow paint color!

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  5. I need to start making some anchor charts for first grade. Do you have any of those in pics that I could see them? Thanks!! I used to teach 5th grade. That was a fun grade too!!!

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  6. Looks great..I'[m going to miss you being in first!!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  7. I think this looks wonderful! You have got it all together!
    Rambling About Reading

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  8. where oh where did you get your great green rug???

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    1. Lowes :) It's two rugs put together and it still isn't as big as I want. I have been EVERYWHERE in search of a rug and that's as close as I found to what I want. Thanks Becky!

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  9. This is the prettiest 5th grade classroom I have ever seen!
    Xoxo
    Alexa

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  10. You got a lot done! Love it! :) I like that your incoming class was your first graders! How neat ;)

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

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  11. Looks great! I'm thinking of starting setting up early this year too, so I'm not so stressed come August. I love those magazine holders! Do you happen to remember what they're called or what section of Hobby Lobby you got them in? I'd love to find some for my room! Thanks!

    mrsamynovellino@gmail.com

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    1. Hey Amy! I was mistaken..I found them at TJ Maxx :)

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  12. Looks great! What do you use as your bulletin board backgrounds? Is that fabric? Jealous of your extra shelf space :)
    Anita
    Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten

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    1. Hey Anita! Most are paper, but the three printed boards are made of fabric. :) Thanks!

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  13. I love the yellow walls!!
    Maybe because my rooms yellow too:)
    Your room looks wonderful and I can't wait to see it once it is all finished.

    Heather
    The Busy Busy Hive

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  14. Cute, cute, cute! Now all you need is your bloglovin button on this blog!
    Thanks,
    Nancy
    www.theapplebasketteacher.blogspot.com

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  15. I love the yellow walls! Looks very welcoming!!

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  16. Love the new set up but hate that your not in firat anymore! I follow you and can't wait to see what you do this year! Where did you get the book bin/magazine holdera that are the 3 diffeeent colors??? I love them and NEED them!

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    1. Hey Nikii. Thank you! I found them at Hobby Lobby three years ago! They've held up well :)

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  17. Girl, How lucky can you be with those buttery yellow walls! So sweet and cute!

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    1. I am in love with the paint color! It is SO MUCH easier to work with than last year's awful greenish/blue. I can imagine what I was thinking. I'm already loving this room ten times more than I ever did that room! :)

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  18. OMG ur amazing. I can not wait for the end result.
    Grace Binelo

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  19. Your room looks absolutely fantastic, Leslie! I just found out I'll be in fifth grade this fall, and cannot wait to see all of your great ideas. :)

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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  20. This is looking AMAZING! And it's only July. Your 5th graders will be so happy come August! :) Lattes and Laughter

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  21. Your room looks great so far. I hoping I can get into my room sometime this week.

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  22. Your room looks amazing as usual!! You make 5th grade look not-so-scary!!

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  23. Your room looks awesome! I really am going to miss checking out all your creative and inspiring ideas for First Grade! Lucky kids to have you twice! Looking forward to hearing about how your year goes. Thanks for great ideas!!

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  24. Your room is amazing! Where did you get the chevron pillow and the magazine holders by your vocabulary wall? LOVE!!!

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  25. Love your room. I wish we were allowed in the building. Last year we couldn't go in until the day we were supposed to be back. And then we had meetings part of those days. I had 2 days to get my room ready.

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  26. Wow it looks awesome!!! I love the colors in your room!!! Great job getting it done so early in the summer!

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  27. Hi,
    I love your work! Do you think you will finish units 2&5 from reading streets? My principal loved the activities...
    Kate

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  28. Do you know the brand and color name of your yellow paint? I love it! I a having a hard time deciding on which shade of yellow I want.

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  29. I love your room! I especially adore your anchor charts, which is why I have to ask... What kind of markers do you use on your chart paper? Everything I try that is vibrant bleeds through. :(

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