I remember I read advice somewhere that if you are planning on changing up your room arrangement you should test it out with your current class so you have a good idea of whether or not you like the flow, etc. I have been busy working on my room now so that I have less to do in August when I go back into the classroom. First, I wanted a different theme. I have enjoyed the colors that I worked with this year, but since I am switching to second grade I thought I wanted a little something different. So, I kept the same paper on the walls but I got some new borders to put up. How lucky am I that I don't have to take anything down for the summer?!
I love these borders from Carson Dellosa. They are so cute and cheerful. I picked them first but didn't want to go overboard on the owl theme. So, I picked some more neutral borders in coordinating colors.
These are super cute from Creative Teaching Press and they look adorable. I wanted a little something extra though to tie in the owls and forest theme I had in mind originally. I had a burst of inspiration when I was cleaning out my closet and found some old discovery trimmers from TREND that were the perfect fit.
So now I have all the trim switched out and I am loving how they look together. I left school in a hurry on Friday and so I didn't snap any pictures to show you. I will post an update next week with the pictures.
I also took down all of my anchor charts and moved my word wall. This year was my first year with a word wall and I actually used it and the kids actually used it! The only problem was that it was up so high that I couldn't reach it without standing on a ladder. I moved it so that I will have more access to it next year. I am still trying to think of something so that the kiddos can use it more- I am thinking a glossary in a journal? I would love to have the word wall somewhere that they can actually touch and manipulate the words but I just can't imagine a spot in my current space.
Well, I will update with pictures of the new trim and the new desk arrangement I am trying out. I also moved my listening center and I am still thinking of a new arrangement for my library. So much to do! I spent Friday sorting through my files and scanning in some things, recycling others, and keeping very few! PHEW! Enjoy your weekend, I still have 8 more days of school!