I am very well aware that this reveal is 2 months late! I really worked until the minute before school started setting up my classroom. I was even on facebook the week before school started offering to pay anyone $20 an hour to come and help me cut, laminate, and paint. I ended up getting my wonderful mom and sweet six year old nephew to help. A BIG THANK YOU TO THEM. I took photos of my finished first grade classroom with every intention of writing this post…then my day job got in the way. I do LOVE my day job as a first grade teacher, but it keeps me busy. After all, I am in charge of shaping the minds of little humans. Bottom line: my day job always comes first. Fast forward two months and I noticed these photos on my computer… I had forgotten all about them. So here’s to better late than, never!
There has been some backlash against “cute” classrooms via the blog world. I always work very hard and very long on getting my classroom to look just so, and I am PROUD of it. I say, if I have to spend most of my waking hours in a place, it is going to be a place that makes me happy to look at. A happy teacher = happy students. Guess what? My students love the classroom, too. I wouldn’t describe my classroom as just “cute,” I would describe it as visually appealing, print rich, and functional! I have everything labeled. I like to include a visual image along with the words, this helps my first graders who don’t know how to read yet. It all makes for a self-sufficient class of students. There is a place for everything and the students know where to find it or where to put it!
How did I create this visually appealing, print rich, functional, environment? I’ll tell you how, three weeks of elbow grease, hours on my computer, laminating sheets, a fabulous laser printer, a fabulous paper cutter, hot glue, bulletin board paper, borders, and a lot of black paint!
Did you notice all the black in my classroom? That was me painting everything! I have a matching issue. I like everything to match. Those ugly gray shelves (an office closing purchase my dad procured for me) turned into a stunning black bookshelf oasis.
Here are photos of the finished book shelves:
My mom helped me paint this old toy box. It was actually mine from when I was a child.
Then she helped me paint these sink cabinet doors. Those are her glasses in the photo.
Our closet doors have white boards instead of bulletin boards. So every year, I hot glue wrapping paper to it to create my bulletin boards. I purchased the wrapping paper from Marshall’s. I got the idea to use wrapping paper from Melanie of School Girl Style!
The hot glue comes off easily with a scraper. You want a smooth surface to work with.
Then I go and use hot glue again! I used double boarders for all of my bulletin boards this year. Another decorating tip, I learned from Melanie at School Girl Style. The tonal borders are by Frog Street Press and the black and white borders are from Michaels. The black and white borders can also be found online at MPM school supplies (I have a link to the right of this post).
The birthday board in this photo is from this packet:
The banners you see in my room are from this packet:
I use the bins above my closets to store my monthly themed read alouds, craft samples, centers, and extra copies.
My plan book is on a cookbook stand that I spray painted green.
This is my listening center area. The stools are from Target.
For more info on my bathroom pass system, read this post.
I LOVE my Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener!! It matches my decor and it sharpens anything.
I found black pocket charts from Scholastic!! I used ribbon to tie them to the ends of my pocket chart. I did this because 1. It looks pretty. and 2. The pocket chart was wider than my stand.
I hope you enjoyed these photos! Sorry for the delay! As always feel free to pin!