Thursday, July 16, 2015

Classroom Decorating Day 5

Hi friends! I had a workshop during the day today, so I made myself go to my classroom later this afternoon and work. I didn't get a whole lot done, but I did finish my vocabulary (word nerds) board and I got the paper up for the front two boards. I have GOT to make myself go and really work because I have a lot of junk to place and get rid of! Teachers go back around the first week of August, so time is running out! :)

Here's my slim amount of progress, but progress nonetheless! 
The vocabulary board is up! You can read about my thinking behind this board in my Word Nerds book study hereherehere and here. :)

I get a lot of questions about making bulletin board stay on the wall. There are no actual bulletin boards in my classroom except one that is at the end of my white board. I make all the other boards. I have two cider block walls and 2 sheetrock walls. To make the boards stay on the cider block walls, I first use Scotch brand clear packing tape to temporarily hold the paper in place so I can make sure I have them where I want them and that they are straight and even. Then, I use hot glue to secure them in place. I have had one board to fall down during the winter, but that's the ONLY problem I have had with getting boards to stay. Hot glue is great and it also easily peels off so you aren't damaging the wall. I've heard people say they have problems with this method, but it's the only thing that works for me! :)

Look at those sad, empty bookshelves. :( I can't wait to fill them up with good books! My favorite part of teaching :)

Don't mind that extremely crooked line on my 3 column vocabulary WILL be corrected! :)

This is the cloze activity that is part of the vocabulary introduction that I'm modeling after Word Nerds. 

Oh lordy the front of the classroom! That whale alphabet needs to go since navy and green aren't in my color scheme anymore. Anyways, this is what the boards looked like before...

And now. They still don't have border, which isn't all that bad actually. It's kinda blinding without anything on the boards, but that won't be an issue when I get charts displayed :) Hopefully not anyways! :)

Here's a tip for putting up titles or accents on boards that are on cider block walls. I always use desk tape to place them first and make sure whatever I'm displaying is where I want it. When it is placed where I want it and looks straight, I go back and secure with hot glue. The desk tape is easily removable and doesn't tear the bulletin board paper. :)

Don't forget about the Christmas in July sale happening in my TpT store! :)

Happy Wednesday, y'all! :)


  1. Love POLKA DOTS!!! Your room is coming along great! I go back first week of August too, YIKES!
    Moore to Learn

  2. Your room is looking good. I need to go back into my classroom too, but it is so hard knowing we will be back every day so soon! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  3. Love the font you used for your board headers. What is it called? We just got Reading Street at my school!