Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Classroom Makeover: Day 5

The biggest accomplishment so far is the focus board. Which is good, because this is the biggest and most important board in my classroom. I'm happy with the way it turned out :)

The letters are from Hobby Lobby. Aren't they cute? Love them!

The decorative paper is from Office Max and then I used 12x12 scrapbook paper underneath each header

Isn't this paper pretty?? It reminds me so much of Blair Waldorf's dress seen here:
I have to find a way to incorporate it into my classroom. This is one of my favorite Blair Waldorf looks. :)
Found a place for our "finding a good book for you" chart. It looked a little plain just by itself, so I trimmed regular size border and used it to create a narrow border that works perfectly for this chart. 

Finally finished the title for the theme board. I originally wanted to call it "Unit Exploration", but after making each letter and attaching each letter to the plate, I found out that the title was waayyy too long and didn't fit. So I downsized to just "The Big Idea". This will be where we display anchor charts and writing activities about our reading themes
The last thing I accomplished today was bordering the marker board. This is a small task, but makes the board look so much better to me. 

I *hope* to get the word wall boxed off tomorrow, but I'm not making any promises. Be sure and check back in the next few days....I'm teaming up with Learning Resources for a big giveaway that you don't want to miss!!!!


  1. I really like "The Big Idea" board for anchor charts & classroom themes!!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. OH my goodness! I am IN LOVE with your classroom so far! I want that turquoise wall!!! Everything looks so bright and inviting. I'm feeling inspired. I love how you border everything. It really makes it pop. I'm going to have to take a trip to buy some borders now. :) I also love your big idea board. Using the paper plates is a super cute idea. I'd love to see a close up of those. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. I <3 Blair. She's my FAVORITE character on GG (my guilty pleasure)!
    Tell me more about your focus wall! Is this something that the district requires or just something that you use? I'm debating creating one...
    Teaching Happily Ever After

  4. This may be a silly question, but how do you put up the borders on the marker board? Do you use adhesive magnet, tape, masking tape? Your classroom is looking amazing! I love watermelon pink and light teal together! :)



  5. I love those Hobby Lobby letters and your big idea board. Looks amazing!

    Swimming into Second

  6. I am loving watching your room come together. I have to admit I'm a little jealous you can be in your classroom, but I feel lucky because I am not locked out ALL summer.

    I love the Focus Wall. Can you explain how you use it? Are the papers laminated and you write on them weekly? Thanks for sharing your room with us!

  7. I bordered my white board this year and it made a huge difference! Your room looks great! I love those Hobby Lobby letters too!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  8. I really love those letters. Did they have other colors? I'm going to have to go find out!
    Sample’s Superstars

  9. LOVE the colorful walls! So cheery.
    That grey and black polka dotted paper is super adorable. Can't wait to see how you use it.
    I LOVE that you called your primary focus area "The Big Idea".... super cute.
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  10. Your Blog is great I am a first year teacher & I am teaching 1st grade :) I could use some advice :)

  11. I love your blog! You have so many great ideas to share! Becca at Jumping Jax is giving my blog a makeover! I am going to be setting up a new classroom in the next few weeks! Excited for a fresh start.

    Stop by and visit my blog if you have a chance and check back soon to see the new blog design!

    First Grade Gallery~Lessons for Little Learners

  12. Love your Big Idea board with the paper plates! So cute! I shared it on my blog: http://teachingintheheartofflorida.blogspot.com/2015/01/teacher-hacks-from-pinterest-and-blogs.html#links