Friday, August 23, 2013

Camp Leader-In-Me Reveal

This post has taken a HUGE backseat due to the first two weeks of school madness.  Whirlwind!  Now with Back to School Night under my belt, I am ready to revisit the blogging world. Here are a few long overdue pictures of my camping themed classroom.

Picture #1:  My 7 Habits Posters & Schedule Area.

  • RED MAGNABORDER from the School Supply Store.  The one in the link has a pattern, but most teacher supply stores have it in red.
  • 7 Habits Posters.  I ordered these from Danderson Art on Etsy, and he created a custom order for me to match my color scheme.
  • My Schedule Cards.  I used magnetic tape on the back of these cards.  

Picture #2:  Word Woods.

  • Dragonfly Lights from Target.  I have a very large bulletin board across the back of my room and needed 3 strands of lights.  
  • I painted and laminated stumps from Scrappin Doodles Camping Trip for each letter of the alphabet which will make up my WORD WALL.  Can you see it?  Lol.  I will put it up Monday before school. 
  • Colored burlap instead of bulletin board paper in Lime Green.
  • Brown corrugated border from teacher supply.
Picture #3:  Clip Chart and Job Board.  Clothespins are still being dyed.

Picture #4: Lunch Count and WBT Rules.

Picture #5: Collage

I hope this gives you a general idea of my decor in my room. The flashlights were created by enlarging flashlight clipart from KPM Doodles on card stock, painting them with acrylics, and laminating them.  The MOOSE was from Scrappin Doodles.  I enlarged it at Kinkos, painted him with acrylics, and then laminated him.  Finally the hanging lanterns with the group numbers were also clip art from KPM Doodles.  I enlarged them, painted, and laminated them and hung them from the ceiling with fishing wire.

If you have any questions, please leave me a note in the comment section!  My eyes are getting very heavy right now. :)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Down To The Wire!

Good morning everyone!  Finally, finally, finally I have the keys to my classroom and am able to start my class makeover.  I THOUGHT I was going to be able to work in my room all week, but REALITY shoved EXPECTATION to the side and 1 1/2 days was all I squeezed in due to lack of a babysitter for my 3 sons.  Thank GOD next week my husband used some vacation time to watch my darlings so that I can WORK (which is actually a vacation for me).  

During the short time I was in my room, I basically stared at the mess, clutter, mismatched furniture, and clunky desks wondering how in the world I am going to make my room PINTEREST-WORTHY.  Has Pinterest changed your expectations for what looks good?  It has certainly changed mine. :)  Time is definitely NOT on my side, and I am afraid I am going to have to be somewhat REALISTIC (ugh) about my decor.  This is my first year back after being home for three years...

Thank God, my mother, who I refer to as The Cat in the Hat, is coming to help me on Monday.  She has a way of coming into a place, and in a very limited time, cleaning it all up and putting it back together like magic. Wham-bam-spit-spot-poof...and it is amazing!  

Without further ado, here are a few of my BEFORE pictures. Brace yourself.

These actually don't show a lot, but you get the idea.  The really tough part of coming into a room that isn't yours is getting rid of all the STUFF that is shoved in file cabinets (which I had hauled out of my room) and closets (which are minimal).  I have already hinted to my principal that IF they decide to make a change in desks, I prefer tables.  So let's see!

Next week I will be posting BEFORE and AFTER pictures of my CAMP LEADER-IN-ME classroom, so don't forget to stop back by!