Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Preschool - Playroom - Classroom Tour

This post is long overdue, I realize. I’ve been saying that I would post a ‘tour’ of our school for awhile now … the problem is just that I’m always adding something or changing something or SOMETHING. I think I’ve just about finished all the little finishing touches … so … if you can stand to jump back to the age of 4 with me, I’ll take you on a little ‘tour’. ;)

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Our preschool room uses the front ‘two’ rooms of my home. It seems the safest and least awkward place to dedicate to a smattering of pint sized lovies. I’m not a huge fan of my 8 year old carpet; however, please feel free to praise me lavishly for being on year 5 of preschool with the same original carpet. Maybe next summer will be the summer we finally get around to putting in wood floors … maybe.

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See? There’s my front door, in all it’s glory. Yes, this means that this preschool room is the very first thing that people see when they walk into my home …. …. which is probably why I’ve been so obsessive with its evolution.

You can read the tutorial for those adorable 'Knock Off Pottery Barn Kid’s tables' here. The little yellow stools are from IKEA.

Classroom Preschool Homeschool Kindergarten IKEA Rug www.stylewithcents.blogspot.com

This poor bargain rug from IKEA is on its second year of torture and abuse from all these little ninjas and warriors. It gets trampled, rolled, folded, and chewed on daily. I seriously think it was $15 at IKEA … so … it’s been well worth the price. IDK, maybe it was $20.

Classroom Back To School Calendar www.stylewithcents.blogspot.com

Our class calendar is a new addition this year … holy cow … I love it! Superman framed a piece of sheet metal with some cheap baseboard, then spray painted the whole thing white … and KABOOM! A magnetic calendar was born!
Classroom PreK Kindergarten Calendar www.stylewithcents.blogspot.com

I bought the calendar itself at Mardel’s, then I laminated all of the components and hot glued a ceramic magnet on the back, like this:

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There’s plenty of room at the top of the frame for any extra monthly magnets, so that I can keep them handy. I store the rest of my calendar supplies in a pencil box in the cabinet.

My most favorite things in our classroom are the fun gifts that kids have given to me over the years, for our classroom. * HINT: If you’re ever uncertain on the perfect teacher gift … just give her (him) something to display in the classroom. They are my favorite gifts!
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This sweet subway art sign was gifted to us from a little boy last year … and I could not agree more with its sweet message. I love every single one of those little squirts.
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The very first year that I taught preschool, sweet Emilee’s Momma gave me that ‘World’s Best Teacher’ sign. Made me feel like a million bucks. And the following year, Little Corbin’s Mom gave me the subway art that hangs below it. I love them both so much. I truly LOVE my job.
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It seems that every corner of this classroom is filled with sweet memories of years passed. I feel so blessed every single day.

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After a couple years of teacher preschool by myself, I was able to hire a teacher to come teach with me everyday. Ms. Andrea has been a major blessing in my life. This summer, she found this ‘You Get What You Get And You Don’t Throw A Fit’ sign and brought it by for the classroom. We must say that phrase at least a half dozen times every day.
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‘If it worked for me, it’ll work for them’ … every morning, we place our hands on our hearts and pledge our allegiance to that flag. It’s a simpey $1 American Flag that comes on a wood dowel … you know … the one you wave at the local parade every year? Yep. That el-cheapo one. Superman framed it out with some baseboard and we slapped a piece of glass in it. You can hardly tell that it cost all of $4, total. ;)
And … because I work with a slew of little circus animals each day, we needed some sort of behavior ‘chart’ to help them to be aware of their behavior at all times.

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Behold: our behavior ‘chart’ …

Classroom Magnetic Behavior Graph www.stylewithcents.blogspot.com

It’s just a piece of sheet metal, covered in vinyl, and framed with baseboard. Superman is a genius … have I said that before?

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Each kiddo has their own magnet … the goal is to stay on green, obviously … but every now and then someone needs a visual reminder to bring their listening ears to class. ;)

Another new(er) addition is our decorative alphabet and hanging pompoms.

Classroom Vinyl Alphabet Tissue Pom Poms www.stylewithcents.blogspot.com

A friend of mine does vinyl lettering and made the vinyl alphabet for me … I made the pompoms, with the help of a Pinterest tutorial. Holy cow, they’re soooo easy.

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I actually made the pompoms over Spring Break and surprised the little lovies when they came back from the break.

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Needless to say, they LOVED them! I just raided Superman’s fishing tackle for some fishing line and strung them up using eyelet screws in the ceiling. I know, I even surprised myself with that crafty plan.

And, while my main goal is to make this room feel like home … even if it’s my ‘office’ … I also strive to be very functional. Every inch of that entertainment center is filled with preschool necessities. After 4+ years, you figure out a few tricks …

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Sorry … that picture looks a little blurry … even more sorry … I’m too lazy to take another one. ;) I’m a major fan of these $.99 plastic shoe boxes. I must own 100 of them. Not joking.

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These pencil boxes are also the perfect size for a lot of supplies … and … about 2 weeks after school starts, those babies go on sale for $.10/each. KABAM!

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Supplies that no preschool teacher should ever be without or run out of … cannot tell you how many times I have reached for cotton balls for a certain craft and come up empty. It’s the WORST!!! You can’t make rain clouds without cotton balls, people!

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I’m telling you … every. single. inch. of these cabinets is filled with preschool nonsense.
I know you’ve seen these rain gutter bookshelves a hundred times on here … but now you can see them in ‘context’. ;)

Classroom Raingutter Bookshelves www.stylewithcents.blogspot.com

And, typically, all of those books are upside down, backwards, sideways, disheveled, and totally unkempt … but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Books are a ginormous part of our lives between the hours of 9am and 12pm, Monday – Friday.

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No classroom could be complete without a short people mirror, framed out with … you guessed it … baseboard. ;) Ms. Andrea and I love watching the vain little circus animals amuse themselves with their silly faces. (ps- I totally left those finger prints on the mirror for you on purpose … wanted to give you the full effect ;)

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And …. at the end of the day … it’s still my two favorite kiddos' playroom. Our favorite time is when we can let the swings down and play to our heart’s content … after school hours.

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If you’re interested in hanging some swings in your home … you can read that tutorial here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Entertainment Make-OVER

First of all, y’all try not to fall over dead because I updated this blog … I don’t carry liability insurance on the blog … only on the water slides.

So if there is anything that y’all should know about us by now, it’s that we are very practical people. Six years ago, back when eBay was hot (remember the days?), I won this TV on an auction for a total of $350. Um. 6 years ago, that was a pretty SWEET deal for a 50” flat screen television.

Our only problem? We had NO WHERE to put it because it was too big for our entertainment center. We shopped Craigslist and a few furniture places but couldn’t find anything we liked for a good price. So, we settled for a cheap TV stand from IKEA, knowing that we would eventually find something we loved and replace it later. Fast forward 6 years …

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Yeah. We were sort of slow to make any changes during the whole ‘starting our family’ stage of life. However, several months ago, a friend of mine texted me a picture of this dresser she had that she wanted to get rid of. For FREE. I thought she was crazy, so I traded her a painting for the score.
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I wasn’t a big fan of the cream color (or the wicker around the center cabinet door – what the aitch?) and it came with these weird feet that raised the bottom up off the ground about 4 inches (Superman had already taken those off by the time I took this picture), but Superman said he could fix all of those things, so I was totally in. And that’s where this project begins. :D

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Dude started by bringing the dresser out to the grass, and putting it on some 2x4’s. Then, he spray painted it. I know y’all were hoping to hear that it was a lot more difficult than that, but … nope … sorry … this one was easy.
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The only hard part was hauling the heavy monster out of the garage, twice, so that he could put two coats on the thing. The first coat didn’t go on very evenly … you’ll definitely want to use two coats if you find your own treasure to re-paint.

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Remember the ugly wicker thing on the middle cabinet? Superman just used his saw, cut it out, then replaced it with a piece of very thick glass, which he picked up at Habitat for Humanity. LOVE that place.

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For the hardware, he wanted to go non glossy … and actually ended up spraying the hardware pieces with some of the High Heat Rustoleum that he used on the outdoor smoker. Nope. Not kidding.

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I didn’t think I was going to be a fan of the hardware, but I actually love it. I seriously could not be happier with the finished product!

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Superman totally nailed what I was wanting … and the whole project only cost us a few cans of spray paint. LOVE that.

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Here’s a before and after of the dresser/TV stand:

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So … what are some of your before/after treasures? Post a link in the comments. I’d love to see them!!