I Almost Made it!

At the end of the school year, I swore that I would avoid school during the ENTIRE month of July. Well, faced with a number of appointments next week, I decided it was time to go in and begin to plug away, bit by bit, at my classroom. I spent Monday and Tuesday in the classroom, planning a new set up for the classroom and unpacking a little here and a little there.

Here's what I started with on Monday: 

Look how clean and shiny those floors are! 


We have to pack everything up at the end of each school year, so even though I didn't move this year, I still have a ton of unpacking to do. I hate the idea of packing and unpacking every year, but it does force to me to clean things out, which I like. I found hand sanitizer under my sink yesterday that had expired in 2007, which means that it's been sitting in that classroom for many more years than I have been there since I only arrived last year. Adios expired hand sanitizer! 

I don't know why, but for me, the bulletin boards are always the first thing that I must do. I feel a terrible anxiety with unfinished bulletin boards. Needless to say, Monday's focus was unpacking, which meant that Tuesday's focus was, you guessed it, BULLETIN BOARDS!

After 8 years of teaching, I have an extensive list of bulletin board trim. This should stop me from purchasing new ones each year, but it doesn't! Since I'm doing an owl theme this year, I just HAD to have some owl border. Then I wanted new Dots on Turquoise Paisley Borders. Oh, and then I found this really cute border for my other board...

Five new bulletin board trims, plus the other 30+ sets that I already had, and I swear, the decision process was grueling! Since I don't like to have the same colors year after year, but wanted to stick to my theme in blues and greens, that meant buying new fadeless bulletin board paper. I don't change my paper during the year and fadeless paper seriously does not fade so I think it's worth the investment. In fact, when I went to take my awesome teal paper from last year down I realized that it still looked pretty awesome, so I just changed out the borders. I put five different borders up before I finally came to a decision. Boards decorated...check! Deciding what to put on them is a decision for another day...

Since I made a day of it, I also began to reorganize my classroom library, and as I was working on it and staring at the wall space above my ottomans, I had an epiphany! The open space would be PERFECT for my new owl posters. I can't begin to explain just how excited I was when this idea popped in to my head! I grabbed my command strips and got to work. I am thrilled with the results! See what you think:

 Whooooooo's ready to read? 

After a couple of days in the classroom, I feel a bit less anxious about the upcoming year. I have a LOOOONG way to go, but at least I left yesterday with a sense of accomplishment and a really cute reading area!




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  1. Best wishes to you as you embark upon another school year! I can totally relate to your "anxious feelings"... and I really like your reading area! I look forward to following your blog!
    ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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    1. Thanks Deb! We have a whole month before we begin, but I just had to get in there and get a feel for what I need to do. Now I can relax and enjoy a long weekend! I love popping in now and then to do a bit of this and that, then I don't feel totally overwhelmed during PD...oh wait, yes I do, but at least it's a little easier :-)

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  2. Ahh so shiny! I haven't been back in the classroom yet but we don't get the kiddos back until after labor day. I have plans to change the backgrounds of my bulletin boards to cute fabrics from JoAnn's fabric so hopefully that plan will pan out!

    -Caitlyn
    Fourth Grade Lemonade

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    1. Our students don't start until after labor day either. I just had to go in and get an idea of what needed to be done. Now I will pop in and out for the next couple of weeks before PD starts the third week in August. I'm actually really excited for the upcoming year but I still plan on some sunbathing by the pool before we're back full time :-)

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  3. Love the new blog design Rachel, I love the OWL read posters too! Very cute start to your classroom!

    Alison

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    1. Thanks Alison! You are an amazing inspiration to me. If not for your blog, I may have never started. Thanks for being amazing!

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