Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Classroom Decor!

Hi guys! I'm excited to be linking up with Mrs. D's Corner and Miss V's Busy Bees for the Back to School Weekly Linky (Classroom Decor)! Today I am going to share with you what the hallway entrance to my classroom looked like last year because I am workin' on my new one!  
I am a tad bit obsessed with Curious George, so I wanted to do a monkey themed entrance. Here's what it looked like:
What do you think? I loved it! I did want the big monkey to be hanging from a palm tree, but couldn't find one last year. Can you believe that those ADORABLE monkeys are paper plates from the Dollar Tree? I kid you not! No labor required, I just had to tape 'em to the wall! And those bows were super easy, too.  I just traced a basic bow pattern onto pink and blue card stock and wrote my students' names. 
At the end of the year, I gave my students' their bows, but left the rest of the wall up.  I am still not sure if I'm going to reuse it or do something different.  I did go shopping at Lakeshore yesterday and nailed down my theme {jungle = zebra/black with neon colors and monkey accents inside}, so I may re-use this display for one more year unless I can find a cuter jungle theme that I fall in love with. Have you stumbled upon a cute jungle themed door decor?  I'm open to any suggestions! 
Here are the borders I picked up.  I'm planning on using the bright blue with the zebra and the solid black with the pink polka dots/green polka dots.
And lookie here.. I found a palm tree this year! It was a little pricey, but I can't wait to use it! I don't know if I will use it with the monkeys outside of my room or on a bulletin board inside my room.
I also picked up this cute Classroom Rules sign.  I plan on laminating it so that I can reuse it from year to year.
The last thing I snagged was a timer to keep me on track during guided reading and those self adhesive name tag pockets that I blogged about {here}.
Want to know the best part? I had a coupon for a FREE teacher's plan book.  Now, many of you know that I am obsessed with my Erin Condren planner, so no, I will not be using this plan book for school.  However, I WILL be using it to keep track of all things blogging and TPT! Woohoo! Can't wait to get organized!
What are your plans for your back to school decorations?
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