September 12, 2011

A Polka Dot and Owl Day

I am finally done!  It has been a whirl wind two and a half weeks but my classroom is done and now inhabited by preschoolers.  It was a ton and a half of hard work but I enjoyed every minute of it {aside from the having to leave my baby girl and getting super sick part}!

When I started with my blank slate classroom I was not sure what I wanted to make it.  I knew that I wanted it to be something that would be fun for the kiddos but also something that I would enjoy coming to each day.  I think I achieved my goal! 

I love polka dots so I wanted to somehow incorporate polka dots into my room.  At first I started with the idea of "camp polka dot"  but it proved to be too much work for the short amount of time I had in which to get my classroom ready.  Sooooooo I decided to simply go with polka dots.  However, owls somehow flew onto the scene and I am so glad they did!  My classroom newsletter (which I wish I could show you!) incorporates the polka dots and owls perfectly as do other elements in my room.  I believe they go together kinda like peanut butter and jelly!

Soooo without further babbling from me... I hope you have a "hoot" looking at the pictures of my classroom!

The kiddos will each color an owl to add to the tree... so excited to have them all up there!

I got this chair for $2.99 at Hope's Outlet.  I painted it and then added a new seat that I covered.  I love my new chair!

Polka Dot Spots.  I made these for the kiddos to sit on at circle time.  I put them out before the kiddos get there and then when we are done with circle time they put them away.

Classroom libarary

.79 cent picture frames that I spray painted!  I love how they look on my bulletin board!

Curtains made out of twin sheets.

Polka Dots the kiddos use to sign in when they get to school.  I can't believe I forgot a picture of my mailboxes and sign in area... they are so darn cute!  I will have to add a pic later! :-)

Paint chip calendar

My aqua ruffle lamp!  I love re-making things I get for super duper cheap!  It was $2.99 at Hope's Outlet...

How I organize my lesson papers for each day of the week.  This way I can easily pre-plan!

My desk area

This will be used as my portfolio holder later in the school year.

Coral and Lime Fabric - twin sheets from Wal-mart
Ruffle lamp - made my me
Polka dot border - made using a circle die cut and scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby
Aqua and Lime crates - Target
Aqua caddies - Dollar Tree
Audrey Hepburn quote - made by me
Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Polka dot pillow - Made by me using fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics
Pink Adirondack chairs - Meijer
Paint chip calendar - made my me
Picture frames - Hope's outlet
Lime and white polka dot boxes - Dollar Tree


August 25, 2011

Oh so many things to share

Though I haven't posted anything I have promised I would on here rest assured that I have projects up the wazoo to share with you.  I have just been so darn busy I haven't had a chance to write about them even though I want to desperately! 

Also, I may be changing the look around here a little bit... so hold on to your seats and keep your hands inside the car at all times because the ride could get a little bit bumpy.  Well, not really... but it was fun to say!


August 15, 2011

My Blank Slate Classroom

Well, the title says it all.  This school year I have to move into a new classroom.  As it stands right now, it is no where NEAR ready for me to move all my stuff in and get to work.  Buuuut it is a complete blank slate and a wonderful opportunity to make my classroom truly mine. 

My last classroom I inherited from a teacher who was there one and a half years.  She had inherited the room from a teacher who was there... well, forever! When I came in I instantly changed many things and added my own touch to the room in order to make it my own.  BUT, this year I have a chance to really truly make the classroom my own.  I am super excited but a little overwhelmed by this prospect. 

For now, here are some pictures of my new classroom in all its still full of storage stuff, blank slate glory! Enjoy!

Yes, that cuteness is the Little Ladybug! :-)

So there it is... any ideas???? Any good storage ideas for the games, puzzles, and math Manipulatives we do not use on a daily basis?  The cupboards will be filled with all my art supplies! :-)

And I will leave you with a little bit of cuteness... just because I love the cuteness so!

She really wanted her daddy's cookie... LOL!

P.S.... I promise pictures of my craft room will be coming soon... just have to get past the craft fair on Saturday and I will get them up!