Monday, July 18, 2011

Sharing Ideas!

What have I been up to?  umm...working in my classroom...what else? lol
As I worked, I pondered what eazy peazy things around my room could I share to help with your coming school year decorating.  Here are some ideas!

First up, modge podge is my very good friend.  And although I love my desk (it is awesome)...I wanted to add something new:
I added paper to the case you didn't notice.... here is a pic of before:

Even if you don't have a desk which has the cutouts...I can still see where something like this would be a way to add some flair. 

Next up...curtain rods...cheaper, the better.  The kids you can hot glue to the wall.  It is an inexpensive way to use fabric scraps to decorate over a door

or over a chart

here's a close up of the kind I am talking about:

And another use...if you have an old, worn perhaps a bathroom that no one is allowed to use, oh wait, that's me...anyway, if you wanted to hide it in such a way that it is cute, but not use paper...
here's what I cam up with.  Curtain rod at the bottom and the top, so that it doesn't move or get pulled...
(ignore the over-full trashcan)
And just one bucket list board- that isn't original...but the burlap on the board is kinda fun, right?  You'll see a small wipe off board on the side...that's what I use a lot in my room for management.  The kids and I get points for good/poor behavior.  If they end the day (most always they do, even if it is close) with the most points, they get a large pompom in the bucket.  At the end of the week, if they have a over a certain number, or whatever I ask of them...they get something like extra free time...

The other (last) thing I have been working on is my homage to Deanna Jump...her pirate ship (click to see hers- it is FABuloUS!).  One of those projects that seemed like a Gilligan a three hour tour....but then it all went terribly wrong- however, I finished it (for now)..I still need to add the skull to the top and am thinking of adding something to the sail...maybe a red "w"??  Here it is:

Mine is kinda sad compared to the one in my mind (and Deanna's)... but maybe when I get the other stuff on there?  Anyway, on one side I am thinking of doing an attendance thing for the kids to use and then on the other maybe a yes/no morning routine question thing.  (as you can see, I am really on top of my  Do you have any ideas you'd like to share...please do!!


  1. OH MY GOSH!! How stinkin cute is your classroom?!!! Would you just please come do mine?!! Adorable! Thanks for sharing!! Love your desk...mine is just the plain old metal one:(

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Darling classroom! Even your trash can is cute!
    I was thinking you could also use the attendance board for lunch count/choices (if you have that). Or, put the star student of the week's picture or class picture on the sail?
    You did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your desk!!!! Mine is just a wooden thing . . . and I actually use the back of it for a pocket chart that the kids use during centers for poetry but I have to say that I want to cover it like yours!!!!! I'm thinking now of where I could put that pocket chart . . . Also, I have 4 huge windows in my classroom and after we went back to a traditional schedule, I was FINALLY able to put up curtains (we used to move classrooms every 3 months - don't even get me started)! Now that room 29 is MINE, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea of the curtain over the door!!!! That's adorable!

    Thanks for the inspiration! And your pirate ship is cute! You're being too hard on yourself!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  4. Oh man! I love your curtains, and use of fabric. The fire codes around here are so strict. We can't have ANYTHING on our classroom door. Nothing on any windows! Your room looks warm and inviting, not sterile and institutional. Love it!
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  5. Love it!! I too am obsessed with Mod Podge!

    Miss Kindergarten

  6. Oh my word, I love those ladybug clipboards. I will have to copy those. Hope you don't mind.

    BTW, your pirate ship looks great.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  7. I love the character you added. That desk is great.

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  8. How FABULOUS and cute is this? Love it!!

  9. I L-O-V-E your desk! I'm so jealous. You have the super cute classroom I've always wanted! :)

    Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens

  10. love your classroom! Curtains and desk papers are so cute! It makes me wish we didn't have to track in and out of our classroom!

    Frolicking Through First

  11. I love your polka dots! Super cute classroom :)
    Dual Kinder Teacher

  12. Too cute! Love your desk and curtains.

  13. Your classroom is too cute! I think I need your help with mine. When will you be in the Vegas area? Anyways just popping in because I love your blog. Come check mine out and tell me what you think.


    Teaming Up To Teach

  14. I love your desk! Mine is owned by the district and I'm not supposed to personalize it at all. Sad :(