Today’s post will double as a “Thriller Thursday Theme” and my classroom reveal! And what is my classroom theme this year? Western! This is the second year in a row that I’ve done the western thing. Before that I didn’t have a theme-theme, I just used a color scheme. But when I moved from 4th grade to 2nd grade in a new school I decided to go all out. And that’s exactly what I did. Maybe a little too far actually! I chose western because as a child I loved horses (I still love them, just not obsessed like I was at 8), I also like patriotic colors, and I already had a few things that could work. Then when I announced my theme, western related items came out of the woodworks. My mother-in-law scavenged around in her parents barn for goodies, my mother went antiquing for more goodies, and of course I might have bought a few things too! So here it is! My western room:
The Back Wall
I made the bandana bunting by cutting bandanas in half and hot glueing the top edge to laundry rope.
Here are a few facts about my classroom library and listening center:
- The blue bins I got a Fred’s on sale! I bought them a couple of years ago and they are holding up great.
- The turning rack I bought at a Borders that was going out of business.
- The headphones are hanging on a planter box. I also put the current book they are listening to in the box along with the ipod or cassette player.
The Side Wall
The cabinets are bare now, but they will be covered with anchor charts before too long! I hang them using the clothes pins at the top.
The Other Side Wall
This is my accelerated reading board and writing board. For the ”Riding Across the AR Trail” board, I put numbers at the bottom for our monthly goal. Then the covered wagons move west toward their goal. How’s that for a little westward expansion lesson embedded in my incentive board? Currently on my writing board is a paper entitled, “Introducing Your Teacher” from my 2011-2012 class.
Hands down, my most favorite thing in my classroom is my super improvers board. It is new to the room, as this will be my first year implementing Whole Brain Teaching (super excited about that one). A (very) close second are the denim and bandana curtains I sewed this summer with my new sewing machine I got for my birthday! I also really like the “Howdy Partner” pillow in the rocking chair that I got at a thrift store. And of course I love my rocking chair that it sits in, that came from my dear sister-in-law (who also teaches 2nd) for christmas a few years ago. Basically, I just love my room! I guess that’s a good thing since I
live work here!
I love how the white cards are sticking out from the cowboy hats. They remind me of little bandanas! That wasn’t planned, just a bonus! The cowboy hats (eventually, I’ll put the students’ names on them) are glued onto clothes pins. That way I can change the color cards easily. And to hold the stickers for the SIW, I used a pocket from an old pair of my husband’s jeans.
The Front Wall
Yes, that is horse wallpaper border around my desk/guided reading area. I first thought it was a bit over-the-top, but now I kind of like it. It makes it feel homey! Also you probably can’t see it too well, but I made the calendar month label. Here’s a close-up of the labels. They are available in red here at my TPT store for FREE!
That’s it! That’s my western classroom! This time last year I didn’t even have a job yet, and now I have my room essentially done! It feels good.
Now for the promised linky party:
Our First Ever Linky Party!
Classroom Theme Linky Party
Here are the rules:
- Please post your classroom theme, old or new. It doesn’t have to be a theme-theme, it can be a color scheme too.
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- Please put our button on your blog post (or at least leave a link).
- When you link up, in the “name” field put the name of your theme (ex: western). That way people will be able to browse through the themes. It would also be a great idea to use a picture of your room for the thumbnail!
- Be sure to check out the other links and leave a comment for them too!
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Thanks and enjoy!