Saturday, August 19, 2017

Classroom Reveal 2017-2018

I can't believe that AWESOME time of the year is here again- the anticipation, the excitement, and the FUN! Yes, it's back to school again, and I can't wait to reveal to you my newly decorated classroom!

This year, I teamed up with Oriental Trading to bring you some amazing decoration ideas for your classroom!  For additional information on any of the products or teaching resources, click to the images below! 

Let's get started and take a quick tour around my classroom!

Classroom Library: This is hands down my most favorite place in the classroom! I have always wanted to make my library feel cozy and homey for my students!  While the cubbies have been in this corner since last year, I struggled to find a background that could help me achieve the look that I had envisioned for my library.  Then TAH-DAH- the Fadeless Weathered Wooden Paper from OrientalTrading! Not only does it help the white cubbies stand out from the white walls, it is also perfect when paired with a black border and green and mint fans! I'm excited to hang my reading anchor charts here for my students to refer to throughout the year as they apply them while reading here in our classroom library!

Birthday Wall: Right next to our library are the tall, plain cabinets that had old tape and chipped paint on them.  Last year, I tried to cover them the best I could with posters.  But to achieve a cohesive look, I decided to use the Fadeless Weathered Wooden Paper again on the front doors and made it our Birthday Wall!  Paired with a bright, white border, the cabinets are now functional and pretty!

Student Work Display Board: I've always wanted to have a student work display board, so I decided that I would do so this year to help motivate my writers to do their very best!  Using wrapping paper from a local store along with a Oriental Trading's black border, green, mint, and pink fans, and streamers, this board is now functional and gives my classroom a much needed  splash of color!

Front Board: I needed a space to highlight the week's best work and to hang important notes and No Names!  This small board by my big whiteboard in front of the classroom was the best space for it!  I love how the Fishscale Rainbow Scallop border contrasts against the black background to help make this space possible for me!

Word Wall: This summer, I created my own jumbo letter signs for our Word Wall.  The signs are big enough to be seen even across the classroom, but small enough to all fit on our dry-erase board.  I can't wait to fill it up with sight words and have my students use them throughout the year!

Classroom Motto: Since our classroom is an interior room with no walls, I struggled to find a display that would fill up this HUGE space and is meaningful to our class.  I thought of making separate focus boards for each individual subject.  However, the drawers and floor cabinets underneath of this big board, makes it troublesome for me to hang any anchor charts or posters.  Therefore, this inspirational quote along with these easy-to-make flowers are perfect to brighten up our classroom!

Cubbies: One of the luxuries of our class is that we have our own cubbies! This space has been so important by helping my students keep up with their work. Lined with some bright colored cardstock and cubby tags, these cubbies make me so happy just looking at them! :)


Labels, Labels, and More Labels: A goal of mine this year was make labels for my classroom and help better organize supplies!  I am overjoyed that these labels are going to help my STEM design challenges, desk caddies, and book boxes so much more organized this year!!!!

Back to School Photo-Op & Student Gifts: To welcome my new students on Meet-the-Teacher Night, I set up an easy photo op in the back of my classroom!  I used my pocket chart holder to hang streamers and created these simple props.  I also made additional props for my son who is entering Kindergarten and my students' siblings who may be entering these grades as well. And of course, I sent each of my students home with a warm hug and a little present to let them know how excited I am to have as my students!

Thank you so much for touring our classroom!  I had a great time decorating our little space and making it organized and functional for my students!  The items below are products from Oriental Trading!  Click to the image for additional information.

Disclaimer: Products from Oriental Trading were sent for review.  All opinions are of my own.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A DIY Unicorn Birthday Party

Recently, we celebrated my daughter's second birthday, and of course, I HAD to throw her a Unicorn-themed birthday party!  What other way could we have celebrated how magical she is than to throw her a party that matches her personality?! :)

Well, since I am a Do-It-Yourself kind of gal, I was up to the task to do just that but also on a budget!

First, to decorate her high-chair, I simply cut pink streamers to size, folded them in half, cut slits to the make the tassels, and then twisted the halves on a long string of white yarn. Once all the tassels were made, I taped the entire string onto the tray.  I then added some pink, white, and aqua blue balloons and streamers onto the wall to give a little POP of color!

For her cake table, I decorated the background with matching yellow, pink, and aqua streamers in alternating heights.  The easiest way to hang streamers that I have found, is to tape them beforehand on a long piece of clear tape.  Once it's complete, hang the entire strand to its designated spot.  It's SUPER easy to put up and SUPER easy to take down! I also added a white and gold glitter banner to the background as an accent.  I also added to the cake table some unicorn paper straws, party hats, unicorn chocolate bark, cupcakes, small marshmallows drizzled in unicorn chocolate, balloons, and a simple cake.  The banner in the front of the table fit perfectly with our theme and made her day even more special!

To make the Unicorn Bark, I melted pink, blue, white, and purple chocolate together in a microwave on a tray low heat. I then mixed the colors together then sprinkled sprinkles on top, left it out to cool and harden, broke the large piece into chunks, and then TAH-DAH!

To make the unicorn marshmallows, I saved a small batch of unicorn chocolate and poured into a small Ziplock bag. I then cut a small hole in the corner with the bag tightly closed, then I carefully squeezed the chocolate over the small marshmallows and added sprinkles on the top.

These adorable party hats and paper straws from Target with some pink lemonade were easy and super fun touches!  And of course, rainbow cupcakes and cake to top it all off!

Well, our little unicorn had a blast and loved all her decorations! I think daddy was a little tired in the end (notice him lying in the background), but it was ALL worth it!!! 

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