Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Classroom Makeover

Hello there strangers!! Just thought I'd write a quick update for the first time in two months... no big deal. I have survived my first four weeks as a kindergarten teacher and MAN oh MAN am I exhausted when Friday rolls around. It's going to be an adventurous year with plenty of ups and downs but I can tell it's going to be a good one. I know this is what I'm supposed to be doing right now and even though some days are going to be tough, I'm going to keep a positive outlook and be the best teacher to these 21 little kiddos that I can be!

Because of that, my blogging may continue to suffer. I worked 8 to 12 hours a day on school stuff from the time I found out that I got the job back in June until the day school started. Talk about burnout. I'm trying to get to a point where I can have SOMEWHAT of a life, but I also realize that the first year of teaching is going to be extremely time-consuming.

Most of the hours that I put in this summer revolved around coming up with the most fun, creative environment that I could think of for these sweet little 5 year olds. I showed you the lovely empty room that I had to work with in my last post. I'm not much of a theme person because I get bored of things easily so I decided to just stick with a bright colors meet owls meet rainbows meet other fun outdoorsy things type of vibe. 99% of classrooms that I've seen over the years have been decorated with primary colors so I decided to try something a little different!

Here are the "afters":
...Just ignore the awful light blue 50's tiling. Unfortunately I couldn't give the hallway a makeover.
I had a TON of leftover border so I dreamed up this idea in the middle of the night one night. It sounded like it would be so simple. Four hours into the project and not even done with one side of the door, I was really hating my brilliant idea. I powered through though and really like how it turned out!
 Magnetic "Word Wall".
 The mat was the first purchase that I made and was the inspiration for the rest of the room.
 I made the pennant banners out of scrapbook paper and modge-podge.
 I found this random archway at the furniture distribution center, covered it in hula skirts, and made it part of the reading corner. The kids absolutely love it!
I had some leftover party poms so I decided to only open them halfway so I could attach them to the wall and create flowers.
 I bought an enormous package of lime green tissue paper and decided to make a tree out of it! This project only took about 30 minutes but really makes a statement in the room!
I created this behavior chart with InDesign and uploaded it to Vistaprint (I stole the idea from here). I absolutely love how it turned out!

...And that's about it! Hopefully this will be a place where valuable learning can happen each and every day. And HOPEFULLY I won't grow to hate bright colors before May. :)