The wait is over! I gave my classroom a MAJOR makeover this year and have been dying to share photos with you.
Here is the view from the door to the classroom. I am in LOVE with the polka dot lanterns from Schoolgirl Style. It's no accident that the lanterns and supply boxes for each table coordinate.
Here are some additional views of my classroom. You'll notice lots of bright colors and polka dots (my two favorite things).
I used cardstock to create most of the bright materials on these bulletin boards, in the hopes that the cardstock will have better fade-resistance than the construction paper I have used in the past. These boards are all a work in progress – be sure to stop in again to see what these boards are all about!
The banner above my workspace is also from Schoolgirl Style and it is my absolute favorite detail in the classroom. I love how it is such a fun statement piece. It's also a great way to display my name as a reference for students when they write.
A glimpse at my personal workspace
Some homemade gifts, pictures of my parents' dog Hope (from her puppy days), inspirational words of encouragement, and picture of myself and my denim-loving students from last year, and a fun photo of some cute shoes!
Budget-Friendly Classroom Projects
I designed this classroom entirely on a single Catholic teacher's salary and pinched all my pennies to make it happen. If the thought of setting up a classroom sounds expensive, I promise you can make it work with your buget – it just takes a little creativity! Here are a few of the DIY projects I created in my classroom:
1 – DIY Book Cover Banner
2 – DIY Polka Dot Border (at the time, nobody made bulletin board borders with large dots so I made them myself. You can read about how I did it here or save yourself a lot of time and buy these adorable ones from Schoolgirl Style.This is an affiliate link, which means I earn a small commission if you make a purchase with my link)
3 – I get asked all the time about my alphabet board. You can read all about how I use it here and download a similar version for FREE!
4 – DIY Chevron book case
5 – Spray Painted File Cabinets (these have lasted several years and a move with very little chipping!)
6 – How to Fancy Up Your Sterilite Bins (for many years, this was my most-visited post on the blog)
As you can see, yellow is one of my favorite colors and is the key color in my classroom decor. What is the the predominant color of your classroom?