Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Room Makeover

OK, I don't know if I should admit this to you, but until 2 years ago I had never had a room theme. My colors were what ever I found on sale. Well, I kind of accidentally happened into a room theme two years ago while I was shopping at Dollar Tree. I found a whole bunch of construction "stuff". Now, I'm not really that crazy about construction, but it just made sense. Our school is in the middle of a major overhaul.
This is the main building on the left. The little red building was the orginal schoolhose that they tore down.
This is another picture of the little red schoolhouse and next to it is the library that was also torn down.

 This is the old gym that they have gutted and are turning into classrooms. New construction will join the main building to the gym.

Well the first year not much happened except planning and talk, you how that goes. Last year my class watched them transplant trees, move in portable buildings, move heavy beams with a crane and the most exciting moment was watching them tear down 2 buildings. They loved watching the big ball knock a hole in the building. We also walked through the gym after they had gutted it and started to put walls in.
I shouldn't do this, but she'll never know. One day Delaney and I were the only ones at school with the principal. It had been raining a whole bunch. The principal took Delaney out to walk on some new concrete. I'm not sure what happened because I was on a Sonic run. When I came back, this is what I found.
I thought we were going to have to call 911, but fortunately she was able to get herself out after I moved that beam across the hole.

OK so I digressed, now we are starting the 3rd year, over the summer they have pulled all of the tile out of our building getting it ready for renovations. We will start the year in our building with concrete floors. Sometime in October, we are supposed to move to the new area so they can do the renovations in the old area. I will be going back to my room.
I see all of this cool stuff you guys are planning for your room, but it's hard for me to get motivated to do much when I know it will all be moving. Also, when it boils down to it, I really don't have the money to redo everything (I'm talking mainly baskets for the library). I am going to paint my bookshelves black this summer so they will kind of just go with anything.
I have picked up a few things that I think will go with the tile we are supposed to be getting, no primary colors here, it's supposed to be a very light gray with accent tiles of turquoise, purple, lime green and burnt orange. Kind of different huh?
How often do you redo your theme? Do you just have a color scheme or is it a theme?

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  1. Personally, themes sound expensive to me. I just go with colors and even then, I'm not 100% committed to it. (I'm not sure the kids really care too awfully much.) :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. I think you are right about the kids not caring. I would like to get my library baskets color coordinated by subject and my AR book baskets color coordinated by level, don't know if it will happen.

  2. Ohh my, I hope she wasn't hurt!

    I kinda have a theme. I rotate every couple years. It seems to be cheaper. Last year and this year, Jungle and the years prior to that was Teamwork (I used sports stuff)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  3. Hi! I redo my theme almost every year. I was going to stick with my ocean/beach theme this year. (Two years in a row.) A wonderful future student with special needs drew a pic of me as a pirate, so of course I added some pirates in to my theme!!
    Splish Splash Ms. Lander's class

  4. I love your blog- and name!! I don't have a theme for my room, but use the colors of blue and green throughout the decor! I've selected you for the award One Lovely blog. Come over to my blog to pick it up!

    Teaching Special Kids

  5. Love your blog name :) I use a theme with matching coordinated colors. I don't spend a lot on supplies because I make a lot of things and I always check the deals at the dollar store.

    :) Nancy

  6. Hi Kelly! The picture of your daughter made me laugh, although I am sure it was nerve-racking at the time! I like the idea of a construction theme because the boys would appreciate it. A lot of themes tend to be more geared towards girls. {Probably because most elementary school teachers are girls and we like girly things! :)} I change themes every 1 to 2 years. Although, I really love my new theme for next year, so maybe I will keep it a little longer this time. I am going with a garden theme, which I actually just blogged about. Stop by my blog and check it out!

    Delighted in Second
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