I have been back in my second grade classroom for two weeks now and I have let you in on a few of the things I have been up to, like making these cool crate seats for the classroom. But, I thought you might like to see the final photos of the finished classroom. These photos were taken one morning during the first week so you’ll see some of the work hanging around the room.
One of the things the students are always excited to see is the couch. It is really an old love seat that my grandmother had in her office that she didn’t need anymore. My crafty mother was able to recover it with some denim that my grandfather had gotten YEARS ago from the mill where he worked (reusing old resources! yay!). The denim is great for this couch since it has been battered for many years in my classroom by LOTS of children. It has held up well. We added some cute throw pillows to it to match the lime green and aqua color scheme, and viola! The couch still fits with the new decor.
Speaking of color scheme and my crafty mother… as you can see in the photos Angie (the teacher I job share with) and I went with lime green, aqua, orange, and cherry red. These colors are calming and fun and I love how they make the room feel. My mom helped up to make a curtain with some of the same fabric we bought for the crate seats. I also ordered paper lanterns and tissue balls to hang from the ceiling. We used ribbon to hang the lanterns. There are 8 orange ones, 4 green polka dot ones, and 5 aqua ones we used to hang table numbers from.
The blue rug in the reading center is one of my favorite elements. It is nubby and soft and actually, it is two rugs from Target safety pinned together! I also found lots of blue and green baskets and buckets at the Dollar Tree that we used to put books in. I divided them by genre and used this template to print the names of the genres on post it notes to make labels for the buckets/bins. We covered the post-it notes with contact paper so they would stay.
Angie also found caddies at the Dollar Tree for the tables. These hold the student’s supplies: crayons, pencils, glue, and scissors. I printed faux chalk board table number tags here. Then, I hole punched the table number tags and hung them with rings and tied ribbon around them to make them cute.
We bought a couple of crates to house the students on going projects. I also bought these orange boxes from Oriental Trading and adhered these “sharpened,” and “unsharpened” faux chalkboard tags to them. I also bought these cute lamps from Dollar General. They were originally white with white lamp shades (boring). So, my husband helped me spray paint them (there are 3) along with a floor lamp I bought at Walmart this pretty aqua color to match the rest of the decor. Then, I hot glued the green polka dot ribbon around the bottom of the lamp shades.
We also covered a couple bulletin boards with fabric and matching border. We ran boarder around the white board too. And Angie made a super cute way to display our math and reading tasks. She put the levels inside cute picture frames (exceeds 3, meets 2, and working towards 1) and hung them from ribbon. I sprayed some clothes pins with some of the aqua spray paint and hot glued them to the board too so that the students could hang their work in the appropriate places.
I think the room turned out really cute and the kids seem to love it too. It helps to have a space you feel cozy in – especially since we’ll be spending a lot of time here!