Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Whooo's Ready to See My Classroom?

I finally did it!  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen some of these pics, but if not, here is the Whooo's Wild About Second Grade Safari:
So, my new room's smaller, but I love it now that it's done!  This is the view from the doorway to the hall. We all were upgraded to Polyvision boards last year.  They make Promethean boards look like slate boards!  In this room, I have a TON more whiteboard left over, too.
Here's the view of my two little windows.  I LOVE them, and especially the fact that they could be open in August in South Carolina!!!  My friend Jennifer helped me hang the bunting, and thought of the flowers at each point.  She's so talented!

Pretty much my whole back wall here - you're just missing some file cabinets.  I'm in total love with the WALL SPACE I have in this room!

Our school theme is We're WILD About Learning, so I went with the safari take on that.  My "noodle" tree, inspired by Deanna Jump's has the whole umbrella under all those leaves.  I found the little shutter at Goodwill, added some silk leaves, and thought it helped the fact that my tree is planted in a cardboard box (a lot!).  I will be adding student photos to the circles you see.  They cover clothespins to hold student work on display.

Speaking of Goodwill, my find of the year is this formerly hideous grey/tan plastic mailbox/sorter thing.  It was ONE DOLLAR!  It's in four pieces, so I took it apart and spray painted each a different color.  Guess how many kids I have?  Yep, twelve.  Perfect!

Well, that looks a little messier than I'd like, but it's coming along.  This is my bookshelf behind the famous hide it all table.  I keep all my teaching materials there, for the most part, along with notebooks, teaching resources, etc.
Our cabinetry has built in display shelves, which I just love.  These are some little gifts from students over the years, along with my sub tub, and a family photo.
Even though that bulletin board is blank, this back area will become a working math station (in front of the cubbies) and writing station to the right.  Y'all remember my stools are floor wax buckets from the summer cleaning.  I just upholstered the tops!
The most compliments I've received have been about this library area.  I have to say I love it, too.  My Goodwill bookshelves turned out so cute with zebra wrapping paper hot glued on, then covered in contact paper, and my Dollar General $11 "love seat" is a hit with everyone.  I'll soon have computers where that printer is currently.
I had to show you that bulletin board covered with all the sweetness that came my way at the end of last year.  All those cards are from parents and kiddos, and I've kept them to remind me of those sweeties.

Well, there it is!  Today was the first day for students, and my class ROCKED!  They were excited to be back at school, paid really good attention, and they seem to all work well together so far, too.  It's gonna be a great year!

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