Friday, July 6, 2012

Classroom Setup!!

Today was the first day I was able to get back into my classroom to start setting it up for the new school year! It is hard to believe that we go back to school in one month!!! Ahhh!! So much to do!! When I got to school today this is what my classroom looked like...
After removing some of the items that didn't belong to me and arranging my furniture, it looks something like this...
Still VERY messy and A LOT to do, but at least I got the furniture where I want it!! This is always a BIG step!! :) After working on my room a while I went to the Parent Teacher Store, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and Target and got a few things! I got this awesome contact paper from Target and thanks to Pinterest, I made over my filing cabinet!!

Cutting the contact paper wasn't so was the putting it on that was tricky! But overall very easy and definitely worth it!!! At the Parent Teacher store I got some more of the star border I used last year and changed all of the border in my room so that they all match ( I will post a picture later when my room is complete) I also picked up this cute border on clearance for like $1.50!! I have these ugly white pipes in my room and have had them covered with paper but decided to change it up a little!!
I also got these really cute letters! I am working on fancying up my Vocabulary Wall (Wonder Words). I will post a picture of this as well when I get it all put up. I think I may have to create a freebie to go along with this :)
I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics to look for some fabric to use to cover some bookshelves and tables but didn't get anything. I want to go back with exact measurements so I don't waste any money! I did however see this cute map fabric that I got last year and never used! When I got back to my room I immediately got it out and hung it up and put a little border around it! How cute is this! I mean it was like $3.00 or something for this cute map! (You can see my star border on the chalkboard) :)
Finally, I headed to Target to get some painting supplies to paint a new bookshelf that was handed down to me from another teacher. (I LOVE free stuff!!!) I of course used Rust-Oleum paint!! (my dad works there) I have decided to paint my shelves black this year so that I can use color throughout my room and not have "too much" color...I have another one to paint when I go back up! I am excited about all of the extra shelf space I will have!! Plus they are kid sized which is awesome!! :)
Well, this is pretty much all I have done today!! I cannot wait to get back up there and work some more! I actually enjoy setting up my classroom!! How is your classroom coming along? Do you enjoy setting it up or would you rather not have to? I hope you are all doing awesome and enjoying your summer! It is going by fast!!
Oh yeah, one more thing! One year from today, I get to marry my best friend!! How cool is that?? Super excited :)


Jennifer Tilton said...

You are so lucky (I guess LOL) to be able to get into your room. It will look beautiful I am sure!

Lisa R. said...

Your filing cabinet looks great!! I should try something like that to spruce mine up!! :)
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Mrs. C said...

Greatest idea ever with that map. I love maps... I am your newest follower.

Maria said...

Yikes, it is crazy that you start school in a month! On the upside, your filing cabinet is adorable. Thanks for leaving your link as a comment on Facebook. I'm your newest follower!

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Ms. Mentzer's Kindergarten Class said...

Thanks to all of you!! Maria- I am happy to have you as a follower!! :)

Mrs. Davis said...

I'm your newest follower, and I was able to get in my room the same day! Isn't it exciting? We moved buildings, so I'm starting fresh this year!

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Heather at Teach It Today! said...

Great pics and ideas! I think you should link up with us and repost them. You will get more traffic and followers. Check out my post about the Classroom Theme Linky party!

Heather at TeachItToday!

Corinna said...

Can I tell you I am jealous you are able to get into your classroom and I love your filing cabinet! I really wanted to work on mine this summer, but can't get into my room:(I am going to do a before and after of mine, it is so hideous, you wouldn't believe it!!I love setting up my classroom, it's a nice peaceful time before school begins. Thank you so much for sharing your fun ideas and cute classroom:)

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Erica said...

Wow! You are a busy bee! I love the file cabinet. Classroom set up is one of my favorite parts of the school year. Enjoy your set up time. :)

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Sharon Dudley said...

Ms. Mentzer, congratulations! That's so beautiful that you can marry your best friend. Unfortunately, I cannot get back into my classroom until a week before school starts. I'm also moving back to kindergarten - yay! I could not be happier. Have you ever thought of hanging star sight words from your ceiling? I did them with sparkly glitter and we would aim flashlights at the sight words, and the kids just loved it! If you have a second, stop by my blog and pick up some freebies. I just posted some in the post "Common Core Freebies and Numbers to 20". Let me know what you think!

Thanks so much.

Your newest follower,
Sharon Dudley, NBCT

Camille said...

I love your file cabinet! You have inspired me!
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