Monday, July 23, 2012

Classroom Overhaul Day 1

This is what I have been waiting my whole life for.....setting up my OWN classroom!

As I walked into the school the lights were off (creepy), the floors were freshly waxed, and the carpets had just been shampooed. It was amazing!

I'd like to share with you the process of setting up my room. So here it goes...

The theme for my room is going to be polka dots with a little bit of owl decor. I am going to focus on three different colors. Mainly everything will be bright blue and bright green with a little bit of bright purple.

This is what the room looked like when I first walked in. Everything in the room was piled on the tile. The stuff under the garbage bags is everything that I used last year.

The cart is filled with just the beginning of what I have to bring in from home. Today I brought my plastic drawers, my art bin, organizers, and bulletin board supplies (my favorite)!

My lovely Mr. helped me set up the tables. I'm the only one in first and second grade that has tables. At first, I wasn't to thrilled but I got use to the idea and now I'm loving them! There are so many possibilities with tables.

I also put up the velcro Word Wall which is amazing! Everyone in our school has one! I'm just a little bummed it doesn't match my color scheme. I'm super picky about the way things look.

By the windows you will see my teacher/reading group corner. I plan on putting my CAFE menu up on the whiteboard, so that it is ready to use during strategy and guided reading groups.

In the 6 hours that I was in the room, I also started my Calendar and Daily 5 bulletin board. Eeeek (no pun intended) I'm so excited.

The blue side is for Calendar and the purple side is for Daily 5.

I'm going back Tuesday and Wednesday to set up some more. 

Tomorrow, I plan on working on my Whooo's Helping, CAFE, Daily 5, and the Writing Board.

 I can't believe I start summer school in two weeks and then school in three(?) weeks. This summer went way too fast!

Leave me a comment if you have any suggestions or if there is something that you can't live without in your classroom that I might need. I'd love to hear what everyone else is working on!

Surprise!!! To celebrate my excitement for beginning the process of setting up my room everything in my TpT store is Buy 1, Get 1 Free (Monday - Wednesday only)! Just purchase an item and email me with an item of equal or lesser value that you would like for free and I will email a copy to you. Happy Shopping!

Yours in Teaching,


  1. It looks like you are off to a great start! I look forward to seeing more pictures of your classroom as it gets set up!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. How exciting for you, and such a lot of work to be done when setting up! Did you use fabric to make up the Calendar and Daily 5 boards??? These colours look brilliant together...

    ✿ Judy
    teaching with J

  3. Kells! I'm *so* super excited for you! Your room is looking great, and I know the finished product will be AMAZING!! I'm sure I will be down frequently to get ideas ;)

  4. Judith, the blue side is fabric and the purple side is paper.