Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Made-It/Classroom Update Day 2 and Happily Teaching Instagram!

So....a very LONG day two of setting up my classroom is over!  I felt productive and like I got some stuff done today (and not just walking around talking to my coworkers...though that also took up a big part of my day)!

Here are some pictures of the progress I have made in my class and that fit perfectly into 4th Grade Frolics' Monday Made-It linky party!

My big book holder needed a total rehab, didn't it?!  So, I stole a bunch of blogger's ideas out there and ordered these awesome shelf liners off of Amazon.  The aqua and white chevron print is PERFECT for my color scheme.  Do you love it as much as I do?!  I took the big books out of the holder and pushed it up against the wall.  I plan on using it for my phone and parent communication binder so that all my materials are right there and ready for parent phone calls!  Because who doesn't love parent phone calls, am I right?

And...since I had to fine a place for all those big books after I emptied my big book holder, I got a cheap big tub and stacked them all in there.  This actually might turn out to be an easier solution, as my kids can just flip through them and see all the covers.  This picture also shows the backs of some of my shelves that I finished today!  My shelves face outward and hold some supplies and materials and I hated despised how the backs of the shelves looked in my library.  Well....nothing a little wrapping paper and borders can't fix!  Love it!

And here's another picture of how I used that amazing shelf liner in my classroom.  This bookshelf houses some of my leveled books.  It was an ugly brown and so I took the shelf liner and lined the backs of the shelves.  I think I just love the way it turned out!  Now I just need to make/find some new cute level labels!

I also put up my green and blue daily schedule cards and my lunch count board today!  I'm trying something new this year and am going to have the kids move their name magnet from the "What's For Lunch?" pan to their lunch selection for the day.  I like the way they turned out but I can't figure out what to put in that awkward white space above.  I already have my calendar up...any thoughts about what could be put up there?

And last but not least....drumroll...I finally created a Happily Teaching Instagram account!!!  I've had a personal Instagram account for a while but am now finally creating one for my classroom!  Come follow me at @happilyteaching...yay!

How is your classroom set-up coming along?  I can't wait to check out everyone else's classrooms and continue posting with mine!


  1. I love the chevron print! It looks amazing. Such a bright color.
    ~ Kelly

    1. Thanks, Kelly! I love bright colors and this chevron print goes unbelievably well with my classroom color scheme. Love it!

  2. I love your bookshelf makeovers! SO cute! I am your newest follower!

    Crazy Daze in First Grade

    1. Thanks, Jackie! Hopping over to your page now!!... :)

  3. so cute :) You can use that space to write the date and your name (I left my name up on the board all year bc the kids always ask how to spell it!). You could also put the character trait sign up there and the lunch calendar. I'm going to miss copying your cute ideas next year! lol :)


  4. I love the colors in your room!

    Where did you get the plaque with the Dr. Seuss quote? Really cute!


    1. Hey Jane! I wish I could give you a good answer because I love it too! Unfortunately, though, my parents brought it back from a vacation my first year teaching and gave it to me for my classroom!

      Thanks for checking out my pictures, though! I tend to get a little crazy about my color scheme so I'm glad someone else likes it, haha! :)