Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Classroom Cleanup

So - I decided to go into school today since our floors have been waxed and I got the A-OK to enter the building.  I walked into utter mess and wondered where in the world would I start?

Although, I was happy to see I'm still LOVIN' my new paint on the wall ~ including the stripe that I painted all the way around the room.  I love the color and it is so calming. (Hope it has the same effect on the kiddos.)  Anyway, I moved desks around, tried to organize and PURGE as much as I could and couldn't help but work on ONE bulletin board.  My theme is camping (and I'm adding owls this year) but I'm also in LOVE with polka dots - especially dots on chocolate.  I couldn't help using the big dots and border to create my reading strategies (word attack) board.  What do you think?

I also decided to splurge this year on a classroom rug.  (Mind you it is a factory second, but I still paid quite a bit of money for it - PLUS free shipping.)  It had arrived at school and I just couldn't wait to open it.  I am so in love with it... I FORGOT to take a picture but I'm going into school tomorrow and will take more pictures. Last year I put masking tape on my rug to make "spots" for my kiddos to sit... I bought a rug that has 30 squares (I have 24 first graders this year) so they will all have a square to sit in.  What I also adore is that is has the alphabet in the shape of animals on it - so I've already been thinking of ways to incorporate letters/sounds/relationships into our meeting times.  I have to giggle as I tell you this, but because it was such a major purchase and I love it so much, I had to try it out for myself.  N for Nicole and I sat in my square on the carpet.  Silly! I promise to take pictures tomorrow and I'd love to hear what you think about it. I also will post tomorrow about my new word wall letter headers and share those with you all. 


  1. Love your polka dot-reading strategies wall :)
    Dual Kinder Teacher

  2. I love the polka dots and am also doing a camping theme. Please share any camping ideas! Thanks

  3. I'm doing the dots on chocolate in my classroom this year too! Love those! I know what you mean about facing a mess when you go into your classroom. I'm doing a series on my blog called "Conquering the Classroom Clutter". Not that I'm an expert, but I'm asking others to help me clean and organize my room. Come on over and check it out!


  4. Lori - I bought the rug from Sensory Edge. They have free shipping and lots of factory seconds to choose from.

    Lisa - I didn't go into my classroom yesterday as planned - but I'm going today so I will post lots of stuff regarding my camping theme soon. I'v done this theme going on 3 years and still love it!

    Kristy - I will definitely check out your blog - I love to see how teachers organize. I always get great ideas.

  5. Looking good!!! I hope to be able to bribe my way into our building next week!
    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten


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