One Wall At A Time ...

30 August 2011
Today I went back to my classroom for the first time this summer.  I leave it so long because my room is always the last classroom to get cleaned in the school ... and as it turns out, it still wasn't cleaned.  Only the floors had been done.  I had my youngest with me, so my time was limited.  (She had a great time gluing, yes gluing, scraps to my desk, though - guess what I'm scraping off tomorrow).  So, discouraged and distracted, I decided to tackle my smallest wall today.  It took me a while to dust and clean all my shelves, and replace books which for some reason were not in the same spots I left them ... and then I got to work.

This is the before picture ...

And this is after ...

I know - it doesn't look like a lot has changed ... but having one little wall done has made me feel much better (and I managed to clear out some of the clutter from my dining room).  I LOVE my new bulletin board colours - so happy I made the switch from orange.  I like my stools in front of my library, and the READ letters on top of my bookshelf.  I actually glue gunned the letters to the top so they won't get knocked off.  And I'm very excited about my new Character Rocks bulletin board.  I have a bucket of character rocks (click here to read a previous post about them), my basket of character ROCKS cards, and an empty bucket to be filled.  I wish the buckets were a little smaller, but that's all I could find at the Dollar Store at the time.  I am on the lookout for smaller ones, though.  I got the poster in the middle from TeachFactory - you can download her classroom posters from Flickr.  She has some AMAZING talent!  I ended up with too much blank space on my board after I had put everything up, so I glue gunned some of my character rocks to the board.  (In case you're wondering, I've decided that "glue gun" can be a verb - just like "google").

That's about it for today - on my way home I made a stop at the hardware store for some paint and more baskets.  Tomorrow I'm tackling my math cabinet and bulletin board.  Stay tuned ...


  1. I so want that chair in my room!!! Love your colors you have chosen. Can't wait to see the rest of your room!! I just finished day#14!


  2. Shannon, the chair is from IKEA - left over from my university days. I had no where to store it in my house anymore, so off to school it went. I actually have an extra bedside table beside it - it's a cute little reading corner.

  3. What a beautiful "blue" start! It looks great! I love the crates....are those cushions on top? What a great idea.....
    Have a great school year....

  4. It looks beautiful! Love the blues.
    I noticed your Canadian flag. I live in Victoria. Where do you teach?

    Grade ONEderful

  5. Looking fabulous!!! and dont worry... it'll get there :) Your kids are gonna love that chair and the stools!!!! I know I do!!! :)


  6. Your room looks so inviting:)

    Barbara: I love Victoria. I went to UVIC for my teaching degree and now live in Quesnel. I was just in Victoria for a week and I always hate to leave.

  7. Thanks!
    Barbara - I'm from Ontario.

  8. I love your reading area! Especially your READ sign and your crate chairs. You have inspired me to get crafty this weekend!

  9. I hear ya! My room isn't ready yet either! I, too, just posted about my frustrations - you should see my class pics!

    Ѽ Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

    P.S. LOVE the Canadian flag in the background :)

  10. What a great looking space! I love how organized and comfy everything looks. :)

  11. You and your kids are going to ROCK this room! Thanks for the inspiration; totally LOVE the Character Rocks board!

    Happy School year,

    The Corner On Character

  12. It looks great! Love the colours.

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  14. How did you make the crate stools? I have 5 million crates in my room (they make such good bookshelves) and I would love to make some!

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