Saturday, August 27, 2011

2011-2012 Classroom Pics Take 1

I went to my classroom for the first time on August 6th to try and decide what I was going to do. (I moved into a new room due to space issues and I am now sharing with our school nurse. I love my new roomie!!) When I walked in this is what I saw. All I have to say is YIKES!!!!!! All of my stuff was moved from my old space to my new space during the summer.




After working for a few hours and moving bins, tables, shelves, etc “several” times I think I came up with a layout that would suit the needs of all my students.

Let the decorating begin….

Teacher Area (A work in progress)

The two taller (binder/book) shelves are from Target. The two smaller bookshelves behind desk are from Walmart. The baskets hanging behind the desk are Longaberger®. My “days of the week” (a.k.a Happy Days theme song) were cut out on my Cricut™

The jukebox was created by me using scrapbooking paper and trimmer border, plus a few hours of my time.

The clear paint can bins say “sweets and treats”

Sweets= Smarties And= Eraser Caps Treats=Candy Theme Pencils (target $$ spot)

I took this picture before I swapped out the rugrats clock (lol)



All cut out using my cricut


The Top 26 (a.k.a My Alphabet)

I created this using my Cricut


The Nifty Fifty

I love how this turned out!! I cut out the numbers using the cricut and the diamond shapes myself. The bins on the top shelf are from the dollar tree and the file folder bins on the 2nd and third shelf are from Big Lots. (Thanks Erica for letting me know Big Lots had great bins) The cans on the shelf say “green” highlighters and “pink” colored pencils. There are also two that hold my pencils “dull and sharp”


Malt Shop

The is a portable divider wall (yucky blue) but I spruced it up by adding paper and border. The magnetic tray (completely pinterest inspired) This will be my math area. I will use the magnetic board to display our math concept for the week as well as any daily prompts etc. The magnetic letters were purchased at TJ Maxx. My food items were created using my cricut. The roller girl is a clip art image that I drew and made using scrapbook paper. (I will add more detail pictures when finished of my areas-Still a work in progress)


Many people ask about funding- The items in my room were all purchased by me except for the following the tables, chairs, tan wooden shelves, metal storage cabinet, and file cabinet. I am always planning my “nest” theme a year or so ahead so when I see things when I am out and about I pick them up and add them to my “bin” at home. I have two bins started for next year and the year after. It definitely does not happen overnight.

As I stated above this has been a work in progress and I am still working. My mom who is my biggest supporter and usually my right hand gal has only been able to give me moral support as she is tending to an injury with her right arm. We are doing great but definitely moving at a slower pace this year...

I will add more photos as I get my items hung up and labeled. I was going to keep my chalkboard open but have decided to cover it with paper and make it a bulletin board. Still looking for ideas... It is so hard because I am a special education resource teacher servicing student in K and 1. Any thoughts from my blogger friends?


  1. I love your 50s theme!


  2. Your theme is adorable! Your rooms looks great!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  3. You have done an amazing job!!! I do the collecting too, you never know when you'll find the perfect thing!

  4. LOVE IT! I just finished my room and posted pics. It's my first time going all out with a theme, and I'm pretty happy with it. I think the Cricut might be calling my name. I think if I buy one, it's all over...
    Miss B, Busy Bee

  5. I have a cricut and haven't used it yet because I tried it 2 x and it didn't cut, am I doing something wrong? wrong paper? hellllllppppp please!! PS love your room.

  6. I love it! I have many of the same Big Lots and Dollar Tree bins. Funny... I think they look better in your room! :)

  7. OMG This is adorable! I totally love it!

  8. Love it! I love all the themes I've been seeing but I haven't see this one yet! Great ideas!
    Peace, Mel D
    Oh the Places We’ll Go

  9. Love it! Your theme is wonderful! And thanks for the heads up on Big Lots and bins. I'm heading there later today once they open.

  10. Oh my goodness, your room is adorable! I don't know why I didn't know this before--but I didnt know you were a SpEd teacher! Your kiddos are very lucky to have you as their teacher and to be in such a fabulous classroom!


  11. I have a unit on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook on Nifty Thrifty Fifty. It has all the words to post on a word wall and they are bright yellow with notes on them. I thought it might fit your theme, and it is on sale for 20% off. Visit my blog at



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