Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Classroom Setup (Some pics) AND a Sale!

So, today is day number 2 of setup in my classroom.  Yesterday I was wishing I had started last week.  Today when I left I was STILL wishing I had started last week!  I did get a lot done, but since I'm pretty sure I have adult ADD, I would start working on one thing and then become suddenly distracted by 8 other things, and then an hour later, realize I never did finish the first task!  YIKES! 

Here are a few pictures of some things I got done today.  Notice those two yellow covered boards? One is for my lunch

count, the other is part of my calendar.  Well, today I covered them both with yellow contact paper.  
The boards are super old, magnetic chalkboards.  For the past 8 years I've been trying to figure out how to cover them and still be able to use magnets on them.  The past several years I have tried to cover the boards with bulletin board paper using every adhesive known to man.  NONE of which worked.  The last two years I invested in a lot of heavy duty magnets to hold the bulletin board paper and bulletin board trimmers on--not a friendly task!  Which leads me to today's task, covering them with yellow contact paper.  I'm not totally in love with the look, since it's virtually impossible to get the contact paper to match up beautifully when you have to use three strips of it to cover the whole height of the board, but I'm learning to accept little things like that.  (Sort of!)  

Today I also got my classroom library bins straightened out and organized on my classroom library shelf.  I still have books to add to my white wire rack display, and a few books to be added to some bins too, but that task is mostly done.  

I got my listening center set up.  

I got my Leap Desk and writing station set up.  AND, I hooked up all four of my student computers.  The computers are really a hodge podge of mix and match computer parts, but for the most part they work for Xtra Math, RAZ-Kids, and PBS Kids.

 I also got my BIG hallway bulletin board started. I'm using my "We're Rockin' in our School Shoes" set.  
I printed it larger using my printer settings set to POSTER and it works great for my big bulletin board.  If you print it as it is, without changing the print settings, it works great for your classroom door.  I haven't added the sneakers with the kid's names on them yet since our class list usually changes several times before it's mostly the actual list of kids that will mostly show up.  ☺   

I still have a giant mess to contend with tomorrow!

As I was cutting out my Petes last night, my cat, Finnegan,
who is OBSESSED with lamination, started snagging pieces and carrying them around with him.  I began picking up pieces to throw away, and Finnegan began to hoard the pieces! Crazy cat!  Guess he's rockin' in his school shoes too!

Tomorrow is the BIG BOOST BACK TO SCHOOL SALE on TpT.  I've marked my entire store at 20% off for tomorrow only.  Make sure you also add the promo code: BOOST for extra savings.  

Happy Shopping!  I know my wishlist is LOADED! ☺