Thursday, July 12, 2012

Classroom Makeover...

Well kind of...maybe I should say classroom update!?!? I needed to re-arrange to create some wall space in order to implement Cafe this year and let the owls join in the fun, and I'm all glitter and giggles with the results! The owl tree turned out just fab! I was also in need of a new guided reading table so Misty and I headed to Ikea.  My previous table just took up too much room.  I'm not sure how much I'll like the new table, but it looks sooo much better.  Check out some of my new glitter...

Daily 5 and Cafe Owl Tree!!!
(For a vertical version of this bulletin board, check out 3rd Grade's a Hoot)

Cafe Menu
Cafe Menu: 3rd Grade's a Hoot - Free
Cafe Letters: Frog Street Press' Bright Sassy Dot - $9.99
Owl Clip Art: JW Illustrations
Tissue Poms: I made those!

Daily 5 Board
Literacy Signs: 3rd Grade's a Hoot - $5
Daily 5 Letters: Frog Street Press' Bright Sassy Dot - $9.99
Owl Clip Art: JW Illustrations
Tissue Poms: I made those!

Listening Station & Word Family Board
White Tables (2) : Ikea - $8
Green Stools (2): Ikea - $8
Dr. Seuss Word Family Board: See my blog post!

Guided Reading Area
White/Pink Table: Ikea - $35ish
Pink Swivel Chair: Ikea - $25ish
(I'm still working on the student chairs for my guided table...looking for something just right!)

A little glitter behind my table...
Keep Calm Printable: 3rd Grade's a Hoot - FREE!
Pink Frame: Hobby Lobby - $19.99
Lamp: Made with supplies from Hobby Lobby - About $20

Classroom Library
(I changed this up a bit from my previous pics and I haven't filled the bins with books yet...)
Paintings: This is my number 1 follower question...I painted these canvas prints myself! Just took a canvas, acrylic paint, and some patience!
Couch Pillows: Made using fabric from Hobby Lobby and old decorative pillows
Shelves (2): Target - $45
Plastic Bins: Dollar Tree - $1

Word Wall
I finally changed out my alphabet and I LOVE the results!
Alphabet: Tricia Lyday - $3.50
Bright Book Bins (under word wall): Really Good Stuff - $35.99 (set)

Table Numbers
Tissue Poms: Party City - $6.99
Pink Ribbon: Hobby Lobby - $3
Owl Decor: 3rd Grade's a Hoot - $10

Behavior Chart
Owl Behavior Chart: 3rd Grade's a Hoot Blog - Free

This room has me all smiles and sunshine.
In other news...I know that several of you have contacted me looking for my Birdies and Buntings & Camping Cuties Daily 5 sets.  I'm currently working on updating them to meet "guidelines".  I will have them re-posted soon. I hope everyone is having a restful summer!! Up next for me grade level shirts and a little Florida sunshine! Giggles!!!!


  1. love your room. It's gorgeous. I'm totally inspired to make some of my own canvas prints. For my bachelorette party we painted our own pictures and I have some canvases left. This would be the perfect thing to do. Thanks for inspiration.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  2. I. LOVE. YOUR. ROOM. It's so inviting and man I want to be in your class! Thanks for Sharing!
    Oceans of First Grade Fun

  3. Your room is AMAZING!! I love, love, love how you did your tree! Everything is just perfect from pictures to pom poms! What a fun place to learn. And fancy words...too cute!

  4. I just found your blog and I am so happy I did! I was planning on doing a forest-y theme with lots of owls (our school mascot) and your pictures just gave me SO much inspiration!! Wahoo! Thanks :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  5. I love your room. You did a beautiful job! I STILL can't get into mine. It's driving me nuts!

  6. This is the cutest room I have ever seen! I am so inspired! :)

  7. You did an amazing job decorating your room. The colors that you chose look fantastic together. Great job!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. Love the Fancy Words. Where did you get the boa to go around the black paper?

  9. Love love love it! I've been trying to think of a behavior chart. I'm guessing that they all start on ready to learn and can move up or down? You're so creative! I'm jealous!

  10. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Did I tell you that I love your owl theme! LOVE IT!!! It is our classroom theme too!! LOVE it!

  11. I'm so jealous! We have to keep our rooms uniform and can't add our own furniture. I want a bright a colorful room like this! You're so lucky!

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  12. LOVE the colors you have, love the stools, love the tree! Everything looks great. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  13. I am in love with your room! Super cute!!! I can't wait to go inside my room next month! Lucky you!

  14. I am in owl heaven!! Your room is awesome!!!

    First Grade Magic

  15. OMG! Am I too old to use that??! It's all I can say! Last summer my friends and I painted on ceiling tiles, now I need to do more! Mine are both Oz! Loving the trees you girls pulled off!

  16. Your room is just too stinking cute! I love it.

    Grade School Giggles

  17. I am totally in love with your room! We have the same color scheme. I love how you used the feather boa for a border. I may have to steal that idea. TFS

  18. Oh my goodness!!!! Where do I begin....well, first of all I would love to have your room, I would love to be a student in your room, I LOVE your room! So cute! The tree is amazing!!! Everything is!!! You look I can't even get in my room:( Love everything!!!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  19. I absolutely love your room!!! I've been stuck all summer long trying to decide on a new twist on my owl theme and I finally found it!!! I think I'll be attempting a tree!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!! =)

  20. Love your room! So warm and inviting. Just makes me want to go in, grab a book, sit down and immerse myself in whatever you are teaching. I'm sure your students will feel the same way! Great job!!

  21. It's beautiful! I can't get in my room yet and we start school Aug. 1.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  22. I love your classroom! The tree is fantastic! I think I am going to attempt to make it. Can you tell me how you did it? Thanks!

  23. What lucky kiddos to learn in this room! Absolutely precious!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  24. I am doing an owl theme too, but yours is definitely my dream classroom! good work!
    I am your newest follower!
    Fancy Free in Fourth

  25. WOW, your room looks amazing!!! Such creative ideas! What did your room look like before?

    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

  26. What kind of paper did you use? I was thinking it was butcher paper but I can't find that color brown. I wonder if bulletin board paper would work.

  27. Just found your blog cruising owl decor on Pinterest. Neon polka dots and owls is the name of my game this year too! LOVE your room!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  28. I love love love owls! I was planning on decorating with an owl theme too and this gives me some great ideas!! I'm sure you've already received these awards, but just in case you havent, I'm passing along the Versatile blogger and One Lovely Blog awards to you! :) I'll be linking to your blog from mine!

  29. I just love your classroom and all the owls!! I'm doing an owl theme in my classroom this year, so I'm looking for lots of cute ideas! Of course, I already bought both of your owl themed writing sets and LOVE them! Can't wait to use them!!

  30. We are getting a new school next fall and I have been designing my classroom since last winter and I can't believe how similar our tastes are! I am doing polka dots and owls in turquoise, bright pink, lime green, orange and yellow! I am so excited to get in the room and start decorating. I love all your cute owl designs and found several great things to compliment my room from you TPT store. I am so excited!! Thanks for sharing!!!! =)

  31. Looove it!!! How did you make and attach the tree?

  32. Hi! I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger award! Head on over to my blog, Trendy Tech Tips, to accept it! :)

  33. Marisa,

    Your room is super cute! I love your painted canvases! I have been working on a couple to add to my room this year as well! They add a nice personal touch to the classroom!

    Lessons with Laughter

  34. Wow! Your room is amazing! Your students will be captivated for sure!
    Chris Kazanjian
    The Kinder"garden" Teacher

  35. Wow! I love your room. Because of you, I'm now leaning towards an OWL theme! Thanks for sharing. How did you make your Owls by your cafe board?

    I'm your newest follower!
    Mrs. Castro's Class

  36. I just LOVE owls. I redid my cafe or face posters this year too in owls and yours turned out ADORABLE! Love your colors.

    First Grade OWLS

  37. What a lovely classroom!!
    Way to go.
    I'm your newest follower.
    Papers, Pencils and Books, Oh My!

  38. I just have to say that I LOVE your site. I am a former 1st grade teacher and I just love your ideas. As I was searching the web...I found this cute pillow pattern. I think it would be super easy to just add some owls to a couple of your reading pillows...just an idea.

  39. all are the best bucket fillers!!

    The tree wasn't hard at all! Our lounge is stocked with bulletin board paper in several colors so I just grabbed the roll of brown and my stapler. I twisted the sections to the sizes that I needed and stapled any flat parts to the wall stapling in the shape that I wanted.

    For my fancy words board, I have collected pink boa from both Hobby Lobby and Michaels depending on which has a coupon or sale.

    If you're interested in the behvior chart, make sure that you follow the link to 3rd Grade's a Hoot she has linked a set of instructions for this particular chart. This will be my first year to use this system where students can move both up and down. Students begin the day on Ready To Learn.

    The owls on the tree are clipart that are enlarged, printed, laminated, and cut out to add to the branches.

    @Rachael - Very cute!! I love it. Thanks.

    Happy decorating everyone! So giggly to have you all here.

  40. Your blog is HEAVEN!!!! Your color scheme is exactly what I was thinking! A few questions. Did you print everything out on cardstock (owls, behavior chart, etc) or any special kind of paper. Just making sure so that I get the vibrant colors that you have. Also the owls from JW Illustrations, did you purchase the Hoot! Hoot!? Just want to make sure I purchase the right thing first!

    Thanks so much! Your room looks amazing and your first graders are going to LOVE IT!

  41. You have the most beautiful classroom I have ever seen! Absolutely gorgeous! I just found your blog and I'm your newest follower. I can't wait to read your future posts and the ideas that you share. Good luck this school year!

  42. I love,love,love your classroom library! I want to be a student in your classroom! Great Job!

  43. Hey! I plan on using the clip chart system this year as well. I printed the same one you did and am trying to figure out how to notify parents because the colors are the same. Have you figured anything out yet? Love your classroom;)

  44. Your room is so cute and fun! May I ask where you got the shelves under your word wall? I've been looking for some everywhere that will fit under my word wall! Thanks!

  45. Hey there...just couldn't leave your blog without stopping by and saying how much I'm in love with what I've seen of your room...its fabulous!

    Your newest follower,

  46. Would love to know where your little couch came from. It looks like it's child sized and exactly what I'm looking for for my preschool classroom (which, incidently, is owl themed!)


  47. Love your theme is owls and I just love looking at what others do with the theme.

    Check out my blog!

  48. I'm a brand new teacher and wanted to do an owl theme this year... my school uses the CAFE program, your blog was the first hit on google for "CAFE bulletin boards"... how PERFECT that you have an owl theme too! Your classroom looks fantastic! Hope mine will look half as good :)

  49. How did you hang the paper tree to your wall? I have an owl theme and would love to try the tree!