Sunday, July 14, 2013

Classroom Decor

I am changing grades this year and I am so excited.  Last year I was teaching 1st grade and had fun.  BUT, my real passions are with the bigger guys.  I just love the personalities of 9-12 year olds.  I know, some think I am crazy.  But others totally get what I am saying.

I found out the day after school let out that I am moving to fourth!  I was doing a happy dance the whole time I moved my things into my new room.  That was until I looked at my room.  OH-MY-Gracious!!!! This room was a computer lab and suddenly became a storing/staging room for the surrounding classes.  This is what I walked into...

I think the worst part was finding out none of the furniture was staying.  EEK!  So I decided to leave it for a couple weeks and let it get cleared out.

I went on my stay-cation here on island (see my Summer in Okinawa post) and came back 3 weeks later.  Nope, nothing changed.  Grrr! So I decided it was time to take action.  I slowly began moving the furniture to the assigned rooms and asked the custodian super nicely to locate some tables and a teachers desk.  By the end of the week, I had 5 tables and a teachers desk.  Nice!

This past week I have been hitting up the 100 Yen stores (our version of a dollar tree) and the Daiso stores (a store like Big Lots).  There is so many cool things here.  The Japanese are HUGE on storage so its easy to find just the right containers.  I am really going to link up on an organization linky party as soon as I figure out how to do that sort of thing.

So now I am prepared.  My room is a blank slate and my car is piled high with coordinating containers, decorations and paint.  I have a to do list and a dear friend eager to help.  By Friday I should have a great room to show off.  Woohoo!

Now I need to remember to take pictures.

Ok, I am off to go order borders and material for seat sacks, and then read tech tips to start joining these linky parties. 

 Its going to be a great week.  Hope yours is just as fabulous!



  1. So I just caught up on your blog and I can't believe your classroom hasn't been touched, well I guess I can because our school is just like that. If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself...right? lol The pictures are absolutely amazing! Does is tickle when the fish eat the dead skin on your feet? Do they do a pedicure after and pain your toes? Is it expensive in Japan compared to the US? About removing the ad in the top left, there has to be some HTML left from when you copied and pasted it in. Go back and look where you pasted stuff from TCBOTB. The only way I can figure it out is by looking at the code. There is a code to get your top header as long as your blog and shaped into a rectangle too, if you are interested! Great job so far! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary

    1. So, the fish...they tickle sooo bad and I am not even ticklish. It takes my kids 3-4 minutes of dipping and redipping their feet before they can stand it. It is a cool sensation and your feet are softer afterward.
      Expensive...depends on what you are shopping for. Teacher supplies and organization things...I can get for $1 where it was probably $4-$12 in the states. thats awesome! BUT food is not cheap! Fresh fruits and vegetables are insane. Canteloupe is like $15 for a small one. Potatoes are $1 each. Apples cost $4.50+ a pound. Fish and rice are pretty cheap though. :)

  2. It's like we're opposites--I taught 4th grade the last 4 years and am now teaching a 2-3 class this year. I miss 4th grade already--have fun!

    Anyway, I nominated you for the Liebster award! Click on the link below to check it out and see how to claim it! Also, don't forget to pick out an item from my store that you'd like to have. Tons of items for 4th grade! ;)

    The 4th Grade Journey

    Go to my blog:

    1. Goodness! This is amazing!!!! I have only had a blog for a few days. This is awfully sweet but I feel like I may be taking away from those who have had a blog for awhile and actually know what they are doing. I am just so humbled and honored by your nomination. You are too sweet! Thank you!!!!!

  3. Love this! Thanks for sharing. I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Make sure you check out my post to see what to do next!

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