I am joining Teach Talk Inspire and My Day in K for another Tell All Tuesday. This week it's about your dream classroom. Of course I turn to the place where my life is most organized, my Pinterest board. I just assume that everyone else has the same problem as I do... and that's that we all have our classroom, home and everything else in our lives magically organized through their Pinterest with a long list of admiration and wishes.
Duh... I am totally turning to my Classroom Decor & Organization Pinterest board for this one. Don't we all? I know I am not alone on this one. ;)
I will start off with the fact that I am sharing BOTH of my classrooms this year with another teacher Yeah, you heard me right. I have 2 classrooms. How does that work you ask? Well since here in Alberta, Canada or where I teach anyways kindergarten does not come to school every day all day like they do in the States. My kinders will come Monday, Wednesday & every other Friday. I taught this schedule last year. So that means that on Tuesdays, Thursday, & every other Friday that my class is not there that another teacher will be teaching kindergarten to a different set of kinders. Got it? Therefore I do not get 100% say on how I would love love love to decorate the classroom (insert sad face). Last year I had to do this for the 1st time and it was a real struggle for me. I like to be in control and do things my way. Now for my 2nd classroom situation... On the Tuesdays & Thursdays that I am off from teaching kindergarten I will be teaching grade 2. The other teacher who taught grade 2 full time last year wanted to work part time so that she could spend more time with her youngest son before he starts elementary school so I am basically coming into her classroom to teach Tuesdays & Thursdays. There ya go... now you know why I have 2 classrooms. In all honesty, while I LOVE to be in control & decorate my classroom with everything super matchy matchy and organized since I have my daughter that is not my biggest concern this year. I just want to survive my 1st year of juggling the whole mommy/teacher thing. I am letting the other teachers take the decorating reigns for the most part.
So if I could have total control of my classroom this year and I didn't have to share this is a taste of what it (or they) would look like.
I have done the jungle theme and ocean theme. This year I would love to go all out with a garden/bug theme. I am going to use a garden/bug theme with things like the students' name plates, name tags, cubby labels, etc. I would <3 to have a reading area set up with a green carpet & white fence. I know I have a photo some where on my Pinterest of Deanna Jump's old classroom set up with a white fence but I can't find it.
I also think it would be fun to have a tree painted on the wall with 3D branches and leaves. Unfortunately we are not allowed to paint the walls at the school I am at now.
I like how open this classroom is. It reminds me of my room. Oh and that it has tables. I love using tables.
I have been wanting this IKEA bookshelf to turn into a reading bench for 2 years now. I love the modern feel of this classroom and this amazing rug.
I just love everything about this classroom. The amazing rug, bright colors, how open and clean this room looks are all things that I have to have in a classroom.
That's just a glimpse of my dream classroom. Of course there are like 100 more photos on my Pinterest that inspire me to be the almighty teacher/classroom decorator. I can't wait to see what other ideas I can get from your dreamy classroom.
Oh, I almost forgot... I made these Bug'n Out Name Plates for my class that I figured I would share with you in case you could use them too.