30 July, 2012

Habits, Job Chart, Bulletin Boards, and Curtains

I have been putting my classroom together like crazy! I want to finish it in the next week or two so that I can concentrate on lesson plans and the likes after that. (22 days until school starts!) I have a bunch of projects that are almost complete and some that I have completely put out of my mind because they are finished. Lots of cutting things out this week. I may have quite a few large stacks of paper, so I am starting to really go through the thousands of colorful pieces I have! How do you use the ugly pieces that come in paper packs?
Here is what I have been up to lately:

These are part of my table numbers. Half of them. I am more excited about these table numbers then anything else I am making.

I finally hung up my picture frames. Because I bought cheap dollar frames, they were sticking out from the wall at the bottom. I solved this problem by pinning down the bottom corners. You can't tell, can you?

They were waxing the floors at my elementary school last week so I could not get in. On Monday I was finally able to put up some of my bulletin boards! I put some gorgeous purple and blue for social studies and science (I need to change the color for my science bulletin board). Sadly, the colors are pretty dark and they are up against my darkest wall so they look really dark.

I put some lovely vintage looking fabric up on my largest carpet covered wall. I love the way that it looks.

And...a place for my students' work.

Don't you just love the fabric on the right? It's my very favorite.

Next, I made these cute little curtains. Why can't you ever take a good picture of a curtain when it's hung? I used some of my favorite designer fabric for these cuties.

Because my windows are surrounded by brick, I ended up hanging them up from the ceiling. (Do you see the twine my husband attached to the metal on the ceiling? He's a rock star.)

I made some awesome habits signs. Looks like and sounds like for different habits (instead of rules) my students get to do. My lovely students will be the ones to come up with what each habit looks like and sounds like when we do them. They will be laminated so that I can use them year after year.

Don't you love the gorgeous quilt my darling sister made for my wedding? She is a quilt making machine! I like having a different poster for each one because this way, I can hang them up in different parts of the room depending on where the most optimal viewpoint is.

Last but not least, I almost completed my job chart. I cut out seven different designs of green paper for pockets (21 jobs).

The name of each job will be put on the outside (e.g. pencil sharpener). A description of the job will go on an insert sitting inside the pocket so that the students never have to ask me when they can do their job or what exactly their job entails; they just read the details on the card. The students will rotate through with their names on sticks. I'm pretty excited about this.
Do you have class jobs? What are they?

Lots of cutting out, but I'm nearing the end of my crafting for my classroom!


  1. I love classroom jobs! It's one of my favorite things ever! I actually posted all my jobs and have a little freebie at my site that lists the name of my jobs and what each job entails. Feel free to check it out if you'd like :) I'm definitely jealous of all your bulletin board space!! WOW! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

    1. Thanks Amanda! I will definitely look at your jobs for ideas. Two of my walls are completely covered in carpet. I have so much space, I don't know what to do with it all.
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. I found you on Made it Monday linky! I love to connect with other inspiring teachers! I just bought fabric for the first time to use as bulletin boards. I am really excited, and then I read someone else's blog and they said patterned fabric was a bad idea... I bought patterned, you bough patterned... it can't be that bad of an idea if it looks that cute right?

    I am your newest follower! I am going to go back and read some of your older post!
    Check out my blog too!
    Fancy Free in Fourth

    1. I just think patterned fabric is cuter! I hope it isn't a problem. We can be each other's support group for patterned fabric if the idea goes south.
      I am definitely going to check out your blog.
      Thanks for your comment!

  3. Anonymous30 July, 2012

    I love this and I love you! Miss you tons Lois!

    1. Kelli! I miss you too. It seems like just yesterday we were sitting across from each other in Literacy and listening to books about a little girl named Kelli. You are the best.
      We definitely need an Alpine Cohort reunion soon...

  4. I love the idea of hanging your curtains from the ceiling!! That might be the fix I am looking for. I have been trying to use the clear hooks with the double sided non-damaging sticky stuff. They keep falling down though! I was so sad today when I came in and they were lying in a pitiful little pool of blue fabric on the floor. :(

    1. Thank you! I got the idea from another teacher in my school and thought the idea was genius . I just wish I could get them closer to the windows...