Sunday, July 28, 2013

Too much Chevron.... Really???

Ok... so I'm in LOVE with Chevron.  I began making all sorts of chevron items... I tend to gravitate toward chevron pillows, rugs, fabric, clothing. {I admit I may be addicted}  So when I began putting up things in my classroom I had to STOP and look at things again.  I decided my Chevron alphabet was just TOO much!  AND I didn't like all the owls along the bottom.  I mean ~ WHAT!  Too much chevron, too many owls??? I just didn't think it was possible.  So I kept some chevron, added some different patterns with the same colors and I liked it SO much better.  I also took off all the owls but kept them ONLY on the vowels.  I'm thinking what a cute way to distinguish the vowels... they can be our Owl Vowels.  Or maybe Vowel Owl Pals.  Hmmm. Don't know yet but here is what the new version looks like:

It makes me wonder if I feel this way - will others also?  Should I change all my items to this?  If you have an opinion, I'd love to hear it!

I have changed my color scheme this year to the blues, greens and browns because first grade is getting new desks and chairs.  I am super excited but I knew I had to change from my colorful scheme because of our new chairs.  They are really bright but very nice.  Here is a pic:

So I started incorporating this color and took out all the pink and purple.  I am surprised at how well the aqua blue, navy blue and royal blue go together.  Here is a picture of my word wall and the banner I created to go above it:  

Don't mind the mess on the shelves.  I'm still sorting and organizing so I have piles everywhere :)

I had already laminated and cut out my word wall headers so they are gonna have to stay the same this year.  There's only so much time before school starts. 
I also found a new rug for my reading area.  I have to say that I love the factory seconds from Sensory Edge.  I know they are a bit more expensive but I have always purchased a $20 rug from Wal-Mart in the past and at the end of the year have to throw it away.  They just don't hold up.  But I splurged a little this year and hopefully it will last forever ;)

I wanted to give my reading area a little something so I added poms in my colors but instead of spreading them out... I hung them in a group over this area.  I've seen so many pictures on Pinterest and loved this idea!  How do you think it looks?

Again, please mind the mess on the back shelf.  My room isn't finished yet. 

I love these fabric boxes (I get them at Target).  They hold all my seasonal books.  I am thrilled I found some in different blues and added another brown and it really brings the color scheme together. I had to get rid of my purple, pink and orange from last year. 

I also came up with an idea for a title above my Literacy board.  I think it turned out very cute although the picture is not great.  I used blue chevron border and then decided too much... so I decided to layer it with the brown border and I think it looks much better.  However ~ I ran out! :( So have to run out and get another package!

Here's another picture that might be better but has an awful glare (I should invest in a digital camera):

I love using the animal strategies for reading.  My kiddos just seem to make connections as we learn each one and I leave put them on a bulletin board by my guided reading group area.  Last year the borders were all bright colors so this year I had to change them up a bit.  I like how they turned out and am in love with the mini poms on the corners. :)

I also use small caddies for my tables that hold crayons, glue, and markers for students to share.  I always match my caddies to the table color.  I had a bright blue and green already, I found a royal blue one (at Dollar General) but no such luck finding a brown. :( But I was able to find a gray and decided to use it at my brown table.  Hopefully, this will work out ok.  The label matches the table color so it should be. 

I love grouping my students into tables or pods.  Last year I used the paper circle fan decorations for my table signs.  This year I decided to go with lanterns and hang my table sign from the lantern.  Here is a picture which also gives you an overall feel of my room.  I am making new curtains for my windows so they are not hung yet and still have lots more organizing to do.  Our desks haven't arrived yet so still using our old ones until they get here (hopefully before school starts).

I have lots more to do but I can see it coming together.  I could spend hours looking at pictures of other teachers classrooms.  I believe it is important to walk in and feel at home since we spend so much time there during the school year.  I see so many awesome pictures and get inspired each time I see such beautiful, homey classrooms! Hope you have a fabulous week!

P.S. If you didn't notice - I also got a BLOG DESIGN MAKEOVER!  I love this color scheme so much I decided to make over my blog with these colors too.  I have to say thank you to The Cutest Blog on the Block for making such a great design!  


  1. Your room looks adorable!! You've done a great job!

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  3. I think you room looks AMAZING. You have done a wonderful job of making it bright, cheerful and inviting. I especially love the pom-poms on your reading bulletin board-- great idea!! I can't wait to get into my classroom and start, especially watching all the others like yourself, but sadly I have to wait until Aug. 5!

  4. I love your new blog design. Your room looks great! I'm lovin' the brown and blues together. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Funky First Grade Fun

  5. Would not change a thing on the alphabet! What a great idea-owls/vowels! LOVE IT! The kids will really resonate with that! Everything looks fabulous! LOVE the color scheme!

  6. I love your new blog design and your classroom is so cute!! I love owls and I agree you can never have too much chevron!

  7. Your room looks fab and I love the rug!

  8. How do you attach your triangle banners together? Yarn? Ribbon? Something else? Thanks in advance!

    1. I was a little sneaky with this. The banner on the wall is hot glued but on each end I hole punched the corners and wove ribbon through it and let it dangle to make it look like it is threaded. I hope that makes sense. :)

  9. Your classroom looks great!! I love the color scheme!

  10. I'm your newest follower and L.O.V.E. your room. Where can I find the animal reading strategies? I'll be back soon.

  11. I love your room, I use the same color scheme as well. I bought your owl classroom set and am currently cutting it all out from laminating it. Thanks for sharing your adorable room!

  12. This will be my second year using a camping theme, so I will be stealing a few ideas from you as I continue to build CAMP CRONCE! Nice job on your room- - it looks great! :)

  13. Hi Nicole, I was about to purchase your Brown Owl chevron bunting banner and noticed it is different than the one you have on the bulletin board Reading is a hoot. Would you be willing to add those for purchase?


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