I have been working on a carnival theme (or should I say pop corn as the way it worked out) inspired by Melanie from Schoolgirl Style. So, I painted and Modge-Podged some wooden bins for a workstation table. I am thinking I will put vocab cards or math facts in them. I haven't gotten that far into my thought process yet. As you can see the one on the left is made from the Dots on Turquoise collection from Creative Teaching Press and the one on the right is made from gift wrap from Party City.
My next project was to actually hang some of the things that I've been working on rather than sitting in a massive pile on a table. So, I finally put up my clock labels and alphabet circles.
I hung up the alphabet circles without a butcher paper backing because we are going to be having our Smart Boards and Projectors mounted on the white board soon. Technically, we weren't supposed to hang them at all, but I asked if I could take mine down after our open house before school starts. On a side note, last year was the first year that we were allowed to have butcher paper covering our boards. Unfortunately, we still can't hang things from the ceiling, have fabric in our room of any sort (unless it is marked flame retardant), lamps and so forth. The red stripes in this picture is made of gift wrap (thanks to Melanie again for that idea...although I can't display it on a window as she suggested) I figured I try it on a bulletin board.
This is the wall on the outside of my classroom. The poster on top was given to me by a friend who found it at one of her amazing Dollar Store trips! Each student has a large sheet of yellow paper with their name attached. I will be attaching student work with a paper clip to the yellow paper.