Making some progress!

After 2 months of the school being closed, I FINALLY got into my classroom this week.  It was hard for me to stay away, but I must say that I am thankful for the time off.  I still have 2 weeks before the teachers go back on August 17th, PTL!!!  So, I will work here and there (pretty much when I feel like it!) until then :).  

After seeing so many blogs where teachers are having to start from scratch, I am overjoyed that I was able to keep my classroom together over the summer.  I didn't take any of my bulletin boards down, but all of my furniture was moved.  So, I'm only changing up a few things from the years past.  Here's a little peek at what I've accomplished so far...

I have always wanted a tree in my classroom, but never wanted to spend the time to make one.  When I saw Cara's tree on her recent post I knew that this year was the year to make one!  Today, I buckled down, and gave this little wall a makeover.  First, I covered the walls in blue butcher paper.  Then, I crinkled up a bunch of brown butcher paper, and just started stapling from the bottom-up.  I stapled branches where needed until I was happy with how it looked.  Next, I cut leaves (different shades, different sizes) out of construction paper, drew the veins, and stapled those in random positions.  Then, I added the accents that you see around the tree :)
 Around the tree, I stapled these loving little chevron sayings from Hope!
 Make sure to check out those signs and so much more {HERE}
My next goal was to tackle my cabinets.  Last year, after I saw The Teacher Wife's post, I knew that I HAD to put my classroom promise on my cabinets.  During the first week of school, we will discuss and chart our classroom promise.  Then, I'll fill in the blanks that you see below.  My students will each make their face that I will tape all around the promise!  The signs are part of my Classroom Promise Pack.  The little kids shown below are not.  
Moving on... I knew I HAD to change the space above the lockers.  I did have red material on one side and blue on the other.  And, I was using it for a student work display, but I never wanted to climb up there to staple work!  So, this area needed a facelift.  I'm still not 100% satisfied with it, but that's probably because it's not finished yet!  I'm still thinking of what I should put on the actual boards that I framed out.  I might use it for charts that we make... not sure quite yet!  The star paper is actually wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby, and the lanterns came from there as well!

And, that's what I was able to accomplish this week!  I plan on taking a few days off before I head back up there.  My brain is already fried from the little time that I've spent working, ha!

Before you go, please head over to my teamie's new bilingual blog and TpT store!  She makes the CUTEST crafts with our classes, and I know you'll love them!  She's already put up a really cute freebie at her store!  Make sure to follow her :)

Hope your classroom is coming along well, and it's not stressing you out *too* much!  Happy decorating, friends :)


30 comments:

Katie King said...

Looks amazing Amy! I have purple lanterns in my room this year! Don't you just LOVE Hobby Lobby??

Katie

The ASB said...

Love that tree! I did one like that with butcher paper and tissue paper for the leaves :)

Courtney said...

I love your tree Amy! It looks great.

Swimming into Second

Patty Rutenbar said...

Your room is looking very ready! I'm anxious to get into my room soon!
Our school made a "Wishing Tree" one year to collect wishes for the world. After a while with your tree you could do the same if you'd like. Here is the link to show you our tree: http://www.sturgisps.org/domain/602

Patty
Second In Line

Tickled Pink said...

Everything looks great! I especially love your lanterns and reading tree!

Leann said...

Living in the Caribbean and having NO teacher or craft stores means everything in my classroom is homemade...luckily (or not) my classroom is only 15'X19' so its small...ups and downs! I cannot WAIT to be back in America and have stores with lots of resources and a BIG, spacious classroom!

Yours looks amazing!

Amy said...

Your room is so cute! And I'm super jealous you got to keep everything up. We had to take down every.single.thing.

Amy
Krazy About Kiddos

Reagan Tunstall said...

What a happy classroom! I just love your style!

Patti Wilson said...

A-MA-ZING!!! Awesome job creating your tree! Your kiddos will love it!

Patti
One Class, One Sound

Mrs D said...

Just gotta day, I LOVE your tree!

Mrs.D Reading with Mrs. D

Keisha Scott said...

Looks great!

Amanda said...

Your tree is fabulous! I love the posters behind them. I think my favorite is "I'm in the business of being awesome!" That's awesome!

Amanda
The Teaching Thief

Lisa R. said...

I LOVE the tree with the quotes around it!!! Your room looks fab!! I also love the classroom promise idea. :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Mrs. P said...

I LOVE your tree! I considering making one as well for my classroom library and making the leaves different books that we had read together as a class.. But, with this being my very first year.. making a tree has not been at the top of my ever-growing to-do list! Yours looks great!!

Ashley
That's So Second Grade

Look Who's Teaching said...

I love your tree! I have one in my classroom and has inspired me to have a tree/apple theme in my classroom :) Come check out my new blog.

Jessie
Look Who's Teaching

Elisabeth said...

It looks so amazing girl! I LOVE it!!! :)

Elisabeth
www.missdelk.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

I LOVE the tree with the quotes on it!! Such a fun and happy room!

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Mrs. Brown said...

Those encouraging statements are wonderful for your students! Love them!!
Erin
http://adventuresinthirdgrade-brown.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Tilton said...

Your room is just beautiful!
Jennifer
kindertrips

Miss Nelson said...

AMAZING! I love your tree and all of the different colors. You should come link up and possible win customized name art for each of your new students.
http://www.missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2012/07/classroom-day-2-linky-and-giveaway.html

Kelly Teaching Fourth said...

Your room is too cute! I'd love for you to take a peek at mine! I've posted pictures of my bright classroom on my new blog.
Teaching Fourth

Mrs. Lundquist said...

So cute! I love your tree!

Katie Knight said...

Hi Girl I noticed you were using clothes pins on your laundry line. You might be happier switching to the tiny alligator clips sold at staples. They work about 1000+1 better than clothes pins. I hope you have a super happy school year.

Jenn Long said...

Oh my goodness! Your room looks great! I love your tree!

A Pirates Life for Us

Jenny Lee said...

love your tree and quotes!!! jlylee@yahoo.com

Tracy said...

I love your room! Beautiful... Curious to know what do you use the pockets for that are on your lockers?

katiemg said...

Rom looks good! I like the reading tree! Good luck starting school!

Kmgoldner@goldbc90.verizon.net

Stephanie said...

Where can I find a copy of those quotes?

Stephanie said...

Never mind, I finally saw the link, duh! Just bought them.

Shelly Houseman said...

The room looks fantastic! Great job :)
-Shelly
thelandofglitter.blogspot.com