As I start in a new classroom, I try to think, “If I were to go somewhere to focus and learn, what type of an environment would I choose?” I know for me personally, I’d choose a coffee shop. It has a buzz of conversation and collaboration, but it is not overstimulating. There are different seating options and it usually has a calming demeanor to it. I want this for my students. My last classroom was a 5th grade classroom and definitely had that cafe feel. (You can read about that classroom transformation in my Cafe Style Classroom Transformation Blog Post ) This summer I switched schools and also switched grade levels. I am now teaching 1st grade. I wanted to be able to keep a lot of the wood and metal pieces that I had bought for my previous classroom but make it work for a younger grade. I decided to do a Woodland/Farmhouse style classroom.
In this blog post, I want to share before and after pictures. I will go more into details about the various aspects of the classroom in later posts. I will say that “where there is a will there is a way”. I did not spend as much money on this classroom as it seems, because, like my last classroom, it is full of DIY projects, Craigslist finds, and clearance items. I do have more details on my Facebook Page if you are wondering where I found the items in my classroom and the prices.
Here are some Before and After pictures of my classroom so far. Keep in mind that when I inherited the classroom, the classrooms were still all being switched around and there were both 5th grade and 1st grade furniture and supplies in my new classroom.
Here are a few more Woodland Classroom Pictures, and yes those wood cut outs are pillows and the shiplap at the front of the room is a rug! Aren’t they perfect?! Amazon Prime for the win!
You can also find more pictures and details of this transformation on my Instagram Page
This is beautiful! We are stuck with our royal blue walls! Can I ask how you did the wood wall and what you used? Also, how did you get ok from principal? #jealous
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