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Friday, August 3, 2012

More Classroom Love!

Yesterday I went and helped a friend of mine set up her classroom (beach theme!) and I forgot to take pictures.=( I know... I know shame on me!

Now we will have to wait for Bethany to post them for me. It is her room after all. =) However, I have pictures of my son's third grade classroom to redeem myself!

Bethany and I have a running joke about how picky I am. I even suggested we iron the bulletin boards yesterday and was told ummm... no. We're not gonna even if it does have fabric fold lines. I love Bethany and her carefree attitude! I wish I could be like that but it will never happen.

She's right - I would be in the middle of a lesson and say "stop, stop, stop! I can't take it anymore!!" and then run over to iron the bulletin boards to get rid of the wrinkles or move something just a hair so it would be perfect.

Oh Beth--an--y!!
I found my twin!

Let me introduce you to my baby's teacher Beth!
SHE ironed her bulletin boards!
I am not so crazy afterall!

Or maybe I am and just not willing to admit it. 
Anyone else out there who irons the fabric for the bulletin boards?
I will just assume one of you confessed! =)

So pictures anyone? 

 In our school districts bulletin boards are arranged from the floor almost to the ceiling all along one wall. Teachers are expected to utilize this entire space. There are 5 different "panels" of bulletin board space that are connected.

I love how she used the fabric (and ironed it) to create the various boards. The ends are the same the centers are different. The borders are alternate from one board to the next.

Look up on top... see the alphabet? She used border to cover the original design to create a coordinating piece!

The other neat thing was how she used the designer cut outs for creating steps and posting strategies. Name tags are used for the word wall.

Every classroom has a shelf of built in cabinets and cubbies. This is the only place to store student belongings, there is no place to store backpacks. This drives me crazy. I wonder what she is gonna do with backpacks? I may have to email and ask.

Why does only one cubby have stuff in it? That is my son's cubby. I brought all of his supplies on met the teacher night. None of the teachers were prepared for that. Oopsie! But they let me put it in their desk or cubby for Monday. 

Instead of keeping books in the desk they are all kept on the back shelf in easy reach of the student. Between each one is a book and stuffed animals. These are part of the collections that you can purchase at Kohl's each quarter. She buys the complete set and then uses them to feature an author in her classroom. You can see a few others if you look closely at the upper shelves.

My third grader LOVED this. He wanted to stay just because of the books and cuddly friends. Note: his teacher used to be the school librarian so she has tons and tons of books. Another reason my son already adores her.

Oh! And she gave him a cookie last night and asked him about multiplication at meet the teacher night. He also got his first homework assignment and has been diligently working away. He loves that he got homework but he is disappointed that it is not math. Its an all about me poster.

Poor kid -- still math deprived. 

On the bright side, his brothers are JEALOUS about his homework. Yes, my two who HATE homework want to know why their teacher's didn't have cookies and homework. My oldest doesn't have meet the teacher night until Tuesday so there is one mystery solved but alas he is still jealous.

Great idea! She divided  a long bulletin board into two sections. The orange looking thing is a clear page protector.. All of the boards have them on there to hold objectives throughout the year.

The classroom economy. She took a piece of small poster board and again with the border created her own poster. She used the small bulletin board letters to match the set for the title and printed her own classroom money.

This is the schools mandated behavior management system. She used the designer cut outs to create the information to go with it. She simply used construction paper to coordinate the levels to the cards in the pockets.

Here it is again -- more creative ways to use the name tags, designer cut outs and posters. She bought the helpers, calendar, and welcome kit that also match the set but what to do if you can't find a poster set you love? 

Why create your own!! Her she took a number chart that had the right center colors but the wrong outside. She trimmed off the edges and glued it onto one of the mini charts. Wala! It instantly seamlessly flows into the design.

So you know I had to ask.... what did this cost and about how much time did it take? 4 nights of intense labor and about $400 at the teacher's store. I am thinking that she didn't do so badly at all.

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At August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Ms. D said...

Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

At August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM , Blogger lisa jones said...

This class looks amazing. I wish I had bulletin boards like that. I have ONE in my classroom...and it is OVER the computer table :( I wind up using my whiteboard and magnets to hold much of what needs to be posted

Tell your friend she did a great job on her classroom.

At August 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM , Blogger Corrina Allen said...

Great idea to use border on other items to keep your theme consistent. What a lovely classroom!!

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At August 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM , Blogger catherine said...

What a fabulous room. I confess I would be the one to iron the bulletin board fabric. :) No wrinkles are allowed on our boards. The one time I tried to use fabric, the owner ripped it right off the board (sigh...) so paper it is.

I am totally "borrowing" the idea of her 100 number chart. Brilliant!


At August 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM , Blogger Mrs. Lang said...

Love the photos - her room is lovely...
A number of us at my school like to paint our bulletin boards with regular interior acrylic paint. It covers the cork really well and NO wrinkles to worry about. Then all edges are covered with border so you don't have to paint meticulously to the metal edging. I've done 2 classrooms this way and they hold up really well, plus you can paint them any colour you want!!

At August 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM , Blogger Lisa R. said...

Everything looks great!! I must admit that I haven't thought about ironing bulletin boards before, but now that you mention it, that's not a bad idea!! :)
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At August 3, 2012 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Lindsay said...

I love the colors in your son's classroom! I used a lot of those colors myself this year! I must admit that I've never ironed a bulletin board...but, my mom came in to help me and she BEGGED me to iron mine. Ha! I probably should have listened. I just found your blog, by the way. Very cute!

At August 4, 2012 at 4:13 AM , Blogger Shannon said...

Her room looks amazing!!

You and my best friend would get along great-she would iron her bb fabric! :) I, on the other hand, would NEVER!

Thanks for sharing the pics!


At August 4, 2012 at 4:55 AM , Blogger teaching fashionista said...

Looks great!!! I bought the same designs, I'm so happy to see that they look amazing in the classroom. I was tossing around the idea of 1 red bboard too, it looks fab! I also have floor to ceiling boards..

At August 4, 2012 at 6:17 AM , Blogger Ms. O said...

They are beautiful. And ... I probably wouldn't actually iron but then I'd look at it and be annoyed by the wrinkles.

Of course, I do not have any walls in my "classroom" ... which is super annoying for noise when I'm trying to teach. But easier for bboards, no? Of course hanging stuff from the ceiling gets old. And hard.

Side note cause I got distracted. Is she back in the regular classroom and out of the library because she WANTED to be? Or is there no longer a certified school librarian in the library? Cause that would be sad. :[

And yes. I am a school librarian. Hence the off-topic distraction. ;]

At August 4, 2012 at 6:49 AM , Blogger Aimee said...

I am not sure I know what the designer cutouts are. Can you explain?

At August 4, 2012 at 8:23 AM , Blogger hmichaud said...

The room looks great, you can tell your son is going to enjoy learning there! I have to also confess to ironing fabric before putting it fact, I have a pile of sheets on my dining room table waiting to be ironed so I can put them up on my bulletin boards when I go in to work on my room! =)

At August 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Cara Whitehead said...

Such a well organized space! Thanks for sharing!

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At August 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Love her room!! And I LOVE that she has an entire wall of bulletin boards. Oh the things I could do with bulletin boards and not 2 walls of chalkboards.

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