Although school has already started and we've had almost a week of classes, I'm still working on my classroom. I needed to add curtains on the window and to dress up the cinder-block walls, which are painted a light off-white and look very big when empty.
Rich came by after school yesterday and helped me with a few things. I had already hung some posters and put up a bulletin board.
I found a pretty border for the bulletin board and let that set the color scheme: aqua blue, pink, orange, lime and red. Since our school colors are red and white, I decided to use red for the background. The large pieces of paper have my classroom rules on them and a few other procedures that the kids need to know. The smaller circles are hand-cut polka dots to coordinate with the polka dots on the border .
After I made the curtain for the window, I still had some of the fabric left and even had a coordinating stripe, so I made curtains to hang over the book shelves. This way the things I store won't show.
The book shelf on the far right wouldn't fit in it's space. So Rich somehow took off a brace and slid it into the area. Now the shelves are all the same depth.
I actually have a working blackboard, but I don't use it much because I couldn't find any chalk. I've since picked up some at the store.
And finally, a great friend, Janice, who also works at BHS and uses my classroom for one block, brought in the wires I needed to get the smart board working! Yay! Now we can both use the smart board, the small white board and the chalk board as we need.
I had scrubbed the desks, shelves and boards before school started, so now everything is in working order and looks good.
I guess you could say we're finally ready, although they've been coming for several days now! Sometimes that's how it works. Later, updates on the library, if I can remember to take some pics.