I had the realization as I walked through a craft store for the umpteenth time this summer that I was going a little crazy with my classroom planning this year. I was wondering at my excitement when I realized that it's been almost two full years since I had my "own" classroom.
This last season at our little preschool has been one of expansion; I had gone from teaching/directing a half-day program (working with one other teacher) to managing a full time program that had grown to three campuses and ten staff members! My focus had been on the larger picture and I had a HUGE learning curve with all the changes. This summer calmed down quite a bit. Our stretched boundaries settled into a smaller, more manageable space, and I have been able to settle into teaching 1/2 day once more - thus the excitement at preparing for my class this fall.
Our preschool is located in our church facility and is a shared-use space. This helps us to be very organized, clean, and creative with our classroom set-up (that is all positive spin ; ). Our Children's Ministry team does all the theme decoration so we work with what we have. My classroom is currently a little sparse so I decided to give it a little more oomph and go with the "Safari" theme that was already provided by our church. I added touches that could stay in place for the weekend and expanded some of my classroom items to include the theme.
|Below the curtains are white cabinets - I added some monkeys for fun : )|
|My walls grew vines for some monkeys to swing from (vines are made from crumpled brown paper - I used "sticky stuff" to attach them to the wall)|
|My student file box got a new sign|
|My cubbies got a new background (printed from publisher, covered in contact paper)|
|My carpet squares were "rebound" with animal print duct tape|
|Our room has wonderful ceiling to floor windows - the light is fabulous until nap time. I've been wanting to add curtains for several years to help darken the room in the afternoon. To make these curtains, I bought sheets at a discount store and added the cheetah print border to give them a little character. To attach them to the window I used Velcro - they can come down easily when needed for other church activities and I didn't have to spend time or money on installing curtain rods.|