My jobs chart wasn't completely done yet at this point but it shows perfectly the two themes I have going in my room this year. Polka dots everywhere mixed with some monsters (I am going to use Kathleen Pedersen's Monster Manners system)
Here's a shot of most of my calendar wall...I'm super excited about how it turned out :)
I covered my chalkboard this year to get some extra space. Here's a shot of what has turned into my focus wall, writing center and word wall.
Finally, my palm tree is back in action! Last year my AP dropped off two giant carpet rolls in our pod and said "I'm sure you can come up with something for this" and boom...giant palm trees appeared in our rooms :) When I got back to my room in July I found the leaf part crumbled up on the floor and I was so shocked and sad. I'm pretty sure it got moved near the ceiling fan during classroom cleaning and there was a terrible accident haha. But it has been resurrected and looks even better this year (I never actually got the "bark" up on the trunk last year - that was one of the projects that fell to the wayside when I broke my ankle).
I'm really really excited about the year. I threw together a few coloring sheets for tomorrow that I am going to share as freebies. I can't remember where I read this idea, but someone wrote in a blog post about how they like to give the kids a picture to color of how they get home. I thought it was a great idea and I good way to keep them occupied as I am putting colored stickers and bus tags on everyone at the end of the day. You can download the sheets below :)
First Day Stuff