I have been busy.
I am very excited about teaching/having a classroom, but there is so much work. I know I’ll get it all done, but it’s daunting.
The teacher whose classroom I inherited retired and left everything behind. I kept some things, but she was there for a long time and had a lot of stuff, so cleaning everything out of the cabinets and file cabinets took about two full days. I really wanted a fresh start, and I wanted to start my own organizational system.
It’s funny, my house and car are disaster zones, but when it comes to work, I’m a huge perfectionist. I want everything just so, and I’m incredibly organized. And I wanted everything in my classroom to match. I tried that in my own house, but, well…it didn’t quite work out.
Here are some before and after pictures. I didn’t realize how bad they look until I got them on the computer, but so it is. It’s not work, so I’m not worried! 😀
I used clothespins and twine to hang the welcome bunting and washi tape to make the calendar. That took a while.
I think storage bins are quite expensive for what they are, but I really wanted everything to match. I saw the striped and gray baskets at Target, and they were perfect, so I spent the money. Once again, wouldn’t do that for myself unless I got a great deal!
I put the classroom decor set that I used and some extra stuff in a bundle on TPT. It took forever. Story of my life!
This is $5 on TPT and has a ton of stuff!
$1.50 on TPT
As the title says, there are 10 papers in this pack. They are colored newspapers with a wrinkled paper texture and grungy overlay. I love the grunge look, and although it’ not necessarily popular on TPT, I enjoy making it, and my grungy watercolor papers are doing well. At least the free ones are. 😉 I get it, I’m a broke teacher (teacher in two weeks, anyway), too!
$2 on TPT
I made these journal prompt cards and a little journal jar to go with them. Looking at the journal jar reminded me that I never finished the quarter page labels to go with my decor set. There are plenty of other labels, but ugh. I made 12 out of 22, so keep scrolling, and you’ll find a link to Dropbox. Blog freebie! Woo-hoo!
Free on Drobbox
It’s a PowerPoint document, so you can edit them in PowerPoint (surprise!), Google Slides, or OpenOffice Impress.
Now that that’s out of the way, more TPT stuff.
$1 on TPT
This is part of the decor bundle, but it’s also available as an individual product. It’s also a clearer image of what’s in the bundle!
Finally, we have the bright watercolor/spray paint papers. They’re $2 on TPT.
I have such a long list of things to do tomorrow- lots of stuff to cut out, lesson plan templates to make, individual work folders, and differentiated journal writing papers to go with the journal jar tags. That is taking a while (there will be over 120 pages), and I have to keep reminding myself that they aren’t going to get through 40 journal prompts in the first week of school! Or any time soon. There are about a million other things, but I won’t bore anyone (not that anyone is reading this, so my future self- I still feel weird writing to myself, but I do like looking back) by going on any more.
Have a fantastic weekend!