Friday, June 27, 2014

Five For Friday Back To School

Did I tell you I LOVE SUMMER? I love having the time to do projects and really.....anything I want to because I have TIME. :)  I've been busy working on a few things this summer and to share them I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching. I don't know that I'm necessarily sharing 5 things's all good right?

My new color scheme for the upcoming year is black, red, and white. I love those colors and was inspired by School Girl Style to go for it! She has an awesome theme pack you'd love! I live on Pinterest and found some great ideas there too... I found some awesome paper plates from the Dollar Tree that matched my colors....What will I do with those? I plan to create a "Welcome" sign to put outside my classroom. I haven't completed that project yet so stay tuned on that one.
You can tell the colors I used last year by the caddies. My lovely friend gave me these at the end of the year. (Thanks Marianne!) The only problem was that they didn't match. Nothing a little spray paint can't fix. Just make sure you get the kind that sprays on plastic. I didn't even think to wear gloves....I looked like I'd been working on a car by the end of it. However, did you know that fingernail polish remover works like a charm?
I've only completed one. I love the red ribbon on it!
I also found an idea from 2nd grade Shenanigans that I loved.... She typed up inspirational quotes and framed them to display. The frames I bought were only $1 from the Dollar Tree, and I typed up quotes that I loved, printed, framed them and voila!
 The first one is hers, and the one below is mine. I love how it turned out. I just need to find a place to put them in my classroom.  Later I'll post pics from my room.
Okay so I know I am known as the crazy teacher who goes up to school over the summer. It's okay. We all have one right? Actually, I start my Gifted Endorsement this summer so I have to get my room ready early or I'd go nuts! I'm in a new room this year and it has a HUGE wall that needed to be covered. It's actually one of those walls that collapses if you want to team with your neighboring teacher. Yes...I bought all of the black fabric. But the good news is that Hobby Lobby gives 40% off.  It took ALL DAY to cover that wall. My daughter helped me with the border thank goodness!
Yes...more bulletin board space and more fabric! I'm lucky enough to have 5 computers this year so I created an area for those that I think looks pretty darn cute. I hate to see computer cords so I cover my tables with fabric. I know that some schools are not allowed to do that because of fire code but for now our county lets us. I've done it for years, and I love that it hides the cords.
Want to see the cords before I did this? You'll have to sit down for this picture.
This next area isn't quite finished, but it's getting there. I usually put border around my white board. I'll do that and post later.
I love this part of my room! It's my little nook. Yes...more fabric... I like to store and hide things. The table will be used for my docucam and laptop once school starts. I think my Inspiration Wall will probably go here to jazz it up.
 Okay....Final random picture.... I decided that this summer I would do something to get healthy. Last year I was so drained and would literally come home, cook dinner, fall asleep, wake up, help with homework, and go back to sleep. It was sad! I had no energy. I'm almost 40 (shhhhh) so I guess I'm at the point where I need to put down the chips and exercise. So I joined Jazzercise and I love it. I'm already amazed at how much energy I have and how good I feel. My daughter joined with me and I love that we go together. It's bonding time too. :)
 Finally, my daughter decided that I would be her hair model for all the ideas she sees on Pinterest. It's the simple things in life that bonds a family. Not too bad of a job huh?

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I'll be posting more pictures of my classroom so make sure to pop in later. Plus... I am working on some QR code ideas too. I can't wait to share.


  1. I love your room…I am obsessed with black bulletin board paper. I might try painting my baskets after seeing yours!!!

    1. Thank you. :) Painting the baskets was a lot of fun...I learned that it takes a few coats, but it's easy.

  2. Wow what a stunning room! Im so inspired but a bit do you attach the fabric to the walls and then attach pictures to the fabric without it sagging and falling off?? Im sorry if this is a bit of a blonde question! I cant wait to try it, im just a bit stumped!

    1. The big wall is literally like a hard bulletin board, so I can staple the fabric to it and staple anything else to it too. I plan to use command strips to attach my pictures to the wall behind my desk. Those are the most awesome invention ever.

  3. I love your colors! The room is really coming along nicely. I bought all the black fabric Walmart had last week. I am still working on getting it hung up. Love the "hair bow" that your daughter did on you. One of my little cuties came to school last year with her hair like that. Thank goodness I have 3 I'd be a hot mess with that.

    Luv My Kinders

    1. Thank you. I think I bought all of the black fabric there was at Hobby Lobby....Ha! They looked at me like I was crazy. I think I might wear the hair bow idea on a fun themed type day at school just to be different. They kids will love it.

  4. Though it's my 19th year teaching, it's my second using black construction paper for focus walls, and plain black bordette trimmers on my hallway boards: black has that chalkboard feel to it, and makes student artwork POP all year long!

    :) Can't wait to see the rest of your room. Mine is coming along- I too, sneak in over the summer when the custodians give me the green light. Nothing like being in the classroom, listening to great music, and getting things accomplished with minimal interruptions!


    1. I agree.... I love black as a background! I get so much done when no one is up there. I'm a talker so once people start coming in I'm done! :)

  5. I love using black backgrounds too. Your accordion wall looks amazing. I can't believe how big your room is and all of that wall space. I never thought to use fabric around the computer desks...I may be borrowing that idea this year. I'd love to have someone practice new hair styles on me. I usually just tie my hair back in a messy bun. The "hair bow" is so cute.
    The Traveling Teacher

  6. I tried to paint my baskets/bins last year. It didn't work. The spray paint for plastic flat out didn't work. I took it back to Home Depot.

    I had the same ugly folding wall!! It looks sooo much better covered.


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