First up, my new Ikea Expedit drawer unit and my super awesome cushion my mom made for the top! Around January, I decided I wanted one of these units for my classroom, so I've had all these materials sitting in our spare bedroom in boxes and bags since January. I put the Expedit unit together a couple weeks ago and my mom has almost finished the cushion cover.
I got a big foam pad at Joann's as well as the fabric - which matches all the fabric in my room - curtains, bucket seat covers, chair pockets - it all is in the same fabric "family". The only thing left to do to finish is get some velcro to add to the straps so they can attach and hold the cushion on top of the unit. Can't wait to see it put together in my classroom at the end of next week!
I'll share a picture once my classroom is all put together. I have green and white bins to go on the tracks - but they are at school already.
Don't mind all my school stuff sitting in it and all around it! You know we all have an area where we keep all our goodies we brought home or bought during the summer!
Next up, personalizing my carpool board. Since we are a charter school, and have no buses, all kids, K-12, go home through carpool. Now, we do have 2 carpool lanes - one is just for high school students (and their siblings) and the other one is for elementary and/or middle school students. Anyways, all of our elementary students go to the gym and sit in nice, neat (ha - yeah, right!) rows and wait for their number to come up on the whiteboard at the front of the gym. Carpool runs like a well-oiled machine, even despite all our construction right in the middle of campus, we still keep it rolling day in and day out.
So, every teacher has some sort of carpool board. Our grade level chooses to have all 2nd grade students on our sheets that we have on the front. The sheets are laminated and kiddos or parent volunteers mark the names/numbers off on the board as a kiddo leaves using a Expo marker. Every year my board ends up all dinged up, so I end up getting a new board each summer.
A little vinyl - and voila! I have a new personalized carpool board - should it ever get left on the floor of the gym at the end of carpool - the finder will know who to return it to!
Last up, last week I shared with you my kiddo's work folders that I put together. This week, I got the labels added so that they will know where to put their papers. Organized teacher means that I have to train my kiddos to be organized too!