Thursday, August 27, 2015

What a Difference a Coat of Paint Makes!

The summer is winding down and I am trying to wrap up all the items on my summer "to-do" list.

I have never been one to do a theme for my classroom. Although this year is no different I am sticking to a basic color scheme as I make some much needed updates to my classroom.

Some of my furniture was looking a bit shabby. So I decided to do some painting. It's hard to see from the picture but this bench was bright red with lots of black scuff marks on it.

After a few coats of paint it looks like new.

These stools are perfect for extra seating. They slide right under the table when not in use so they take up no space at all. But they definitely needed an update. 

I spray painted the legs black and painted the seats a light aqua.

My desk is an old, ugly, metal desk that weighs a ton. It needed an update as well. (And I forgot to take a "before" pic so this is a "during" pic.)

After some contact paper and these great banners by Kayse Morris my desk looks brand new. Did I mention you could download Kayse's banners for free? Check them out here!

I also covered my crate seats with some new bright blue material. 

It's amazing at what a little paint, contact paper, and material does to spruce up the classroom.

Have you made any updates in your classroom this year? I would love to hear about them.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Pick 3 - August Pinterest Linky

I am once again joining PAWSitively Teaching  and Inspired Owl's Corner for their Pick 3 Linky. I truly love this linky. I always come away with so many wonderful ideas for my classroom. Here are my three picks for this month.
Last year I made water bottle labels for my students. I had a personalized water bottle on everyones desk on the first day of school. I like to change it up each year. I would hate to be considered predictable. These would be great to make and give out at dismiss on the first day.
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I love taking pictures of my students on the first day of school. It always amazes me how much they grow up during our year together. I love passing the pictures out on the last day of school. It's a great keepsake. My teammate found this idea last year and made a similar frame. She was generous enough to share it with me. The pictures were adorable!

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 I am going to have my students complete this in the first page of their math notebook. The next day they can pair up and share their data. Such I fun way to start the year in math.
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If you would like to see more pins like these, check out my Back to School Pinterest board here.

Be sure to check out the other blogs and see their 3 August ideas to inspire.

Do you have 3 pins you would like to share? Then link up below. I would love to see your ideas.

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