Monday, June 24, 2013

On the Hunt: Classroom Theme!

Is it just me, or is it fun to have an idea in your head and go "on the hunt" for items to match your theme? Whether it's a theme, favorite author, or whatever - I love searching through stores like Goodwill, Michael's, Walmart, etc. to find that "certain something."

I'm now currently working on ideas inspired by others and their themes/ideas for the classroom.  You can look at my Pinterest pages on Back to School, Classroom Themes, and Classroom Ideas for more!

Here's a peek at my "finds" this past week:
Walmart 
dry erase dots from A.C. Moore:  I plan to put my objectives on it (I won't have to take up precious board space and I think it'll really add to the room!)
 This was a GREAT find from Walmart:  red plastic toy chest $4!  I plan on putting my "treasures" of books in there for our monthly book exchange!
 Goodwill:  TON of books plus cute pillow to use in the room (obviously a teacher had retired and donated her books...my daughter even claimed a few before I use them in my classroom!).
 Big Lots:  $5 in stationery section
 Staples:  Those wonderful peacock folders were 50 cents each; other folders (grabbed for my older son) 99 cents each.  Staples is also having a great deal for $10 you get a 15% card on your whole purchase 1x/day until almost the end of September!
 Local teacher store, which unfortunately is closing in October. :(
 Another Goodwill day - see the Star Wars and monster trucks???  Anytime I find those I grab them for my boys!
Another GREAT find:  Michael's....the lamp was less than $12 and the clipboard was less than $3 on sale!  Also safari ribbon, clothespins, safari stickers, and glue dots.
 
Future purchase:  Saw this on my way out of Office Depot - plan to use my Staples card on it! :)  Soooo cute!

Sneak Peek of some of the items I'm working on:
Safari-themed rules

 Homework Punch Card (students turn in homework each week of the nine weeks, they get a trip to the prize box)
Voice-Control poster
 
So, that's what I have so far...hopefully be able to put it in a bundle for the items more "original"...the ones where I am basically borrowing the idea and making it 2nd grade friendly, I'll post as a freebie :)

2 comments:

Amy Marshall said...

Great finds!! I love the safari theme you have coming together! Can't wait to see how it all comes out!

Amy
The Resource(ful) Room

Sara Soucy said...

Wow! You were busy! All your stuff looks great!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

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