Classroom Decor

Learning by the Sea: Classroom Reveal 2016-2017

I absolutely love the beach! I love laying on a beach chair and soaking up the sun with a great book. It is one of my favorite places, so I thought I would bring the beach to my classroom. Thanks to Schoolgirl Style’s By The Sea theme, my students and I are learning in a little piece of paradise!

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I love the colors in my room! I wanted to use calm colors, blue and green, and then throw in some orange here and there. The lights have a glare in this picture because I’ve covered them with florescent light filters. I purchased them on Amazon. They really calm down the harshness of the florescent lights. I purchased the blue ones and they are perfect for my sea themed room.

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This year I decided to push my tables to the walls and have my main meeting area in the middle of the room. The spots on the floor are from Sit Spots. Sit Spots are velcro and come in many different colors and shapes. I purchased the whales for my main meeting area and shapes for my math area.

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This is my word wall. I used blue fabric to cover the board and orange ribbon to section off each letter. I really love how big it is because my kids can see it from anywhere in the room. The Adirondack chair is from At Home! I purchased it a few years ago. I use it when we are meeting whole-group and my students can sit in it during independent work times. The shelves at the end of the tables are student cubbies. Each student has two tubs. One is their book box and the other is for journals and folders. The tubs are ice buckets from Walmart! They are much cheaper than plastic magazine files. I had to go to a few Walmarts to get a class set but it was well worth it!

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This bulletin board displays my helpers, students’ birthdays and our class expectations. I used grass skirts to make it look like a beach hut. My wonderful mom sewed the green curtains that are attached to the built-in bookshelf with velcro. The curtains cover my books and resources. The little green stool in the picture is my chill spot. I use Responsive Classroom for classroom management. The chill spot is a place in the room where a student can go to cool off or refocus. Stay tuned for a post about Responsive Classroom coming soon!

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This white board displays our Number Corner. My district has been using Number Corner for a few years now. The top of the board is covered with scrapbook paper that looks like sand! I purchased it from Hobby Lobby. Check it out in this picture:

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The bulletin board pictured above is right by the door. I found wooden letters at Hobby Lobby and painted them with glitter paint. The fish and the banner are from School Girl Style.

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This is my lunch count graph. I used a magnetic board from IKEA, ruler scotch table, and dry erase contact paper to make it. My students grab their magnet off of the window and place it on their lunch choice each day.

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I can’t wait to use this board to feature student writing. I found the paper and pencil banner at Target, along with the pencil clips that are clipped to the paper. Eventually, the clips will be used to display student work. The lamp in the corner is from IKEA.

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I put my student computers on coffee tables from IKEA. The colorful chairs are from IKEA as well! My students really love them. The headphones are stored in the blue tub.

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These bookshelves contain morning tubs, word study materials, and various supplies for each table. I hung a net on the wall to display student work with colorful clothespins.

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The shelves covered with blue curtains contain our classroom library! Students shop for books in the mornings and they are covered the rest of the day. The shelf on the end is for materials for math workshop. The shelf is on casters so that it can be rolled to the center of the room during math workshop. Here is another picture of it.

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I’m so excited about my sea themed classroom! I wanted to create a fun and welcoming environment for my kindergartners. You probably noticed the various flexible seating options around the room. I am implementing flexible seating this year! Check out my next post to see all of the seating options in my classroom.

-Leslie

 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15-13

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