When Derick was hired as a grade one teacher, he was definitely a bit overwhelmed with everything he had get ready! Of course this was something I could help with, especially if that meant leaving him more time to work on our renovations. ;) And I thought I’d share some pictures since it definitely turned into a little labor of love.
We had to choose a theme, and hedgehogs just seemed to fit perfectly with Mr. Heggie. He teaches in a temporary building while the real school is getting renovated, so he ended up with a pretty small, quaint little room, and equally small, quaint little students. ;)
I definitely spent way too much time putting it together, but I REALLY wanted him to have a happy, cheerful place to teach in. Somewhere his kids didn’t feel overwhelmed going to, and a relaxing environment that helped keep things less stressful for him if possible! Love how this rug turned out above, made from an old Ikea rug I had and some potatoe stamps and acrylic paint. Also painted those chalkboard cupboards. The janitor gave me a weird look. Ha ha.
Not even lying, melting these wax crayons was a ridiculous amount of fun. I HIGHLY recommend doing this with your kids! Dollar store crayons and canvas, whole thing cost maybe $4? So easy and FUN!!
The hedgehogs below were made from dollar store car wash mitts. I knew my mom would have an old bag of beans from her food storage I could fill them with. Lol. They were actually very tricky to sew, but completely worth their cute results.
Ah, the reading nook! I had to fight (sorta’) to find a place for this nook in his room! There was some filing cabinets in here, but there was no where else for it to go, so after much convincing, Derick moved the cabinets to the basement and it was so worth it. Love how it turned out…love the bean bag his mom donated to his cause. :) The nook is even cuter with Mr. Heggie sitting in the little orange chair reading to his cute little students.
You may wonder below why the close-up of a bulletin board? Because those darn little posters I made took way too much time is why! Ha ha. That reading strategies on the left took for.ever. He had to have certain things up (we tried to pattern it after what we saw in the other grade one classrooms), and they all had these posters. Of course, my impossible brain knew I could do them cuter than simply just photocopying something! Ha ha. Oh well, again, I say it was worth it!
Close up of the cute ‘READ’ letters, twinkle lights and vintage wallpaper I used for the background, all made from stuff I had around the house all ready. Gots to do things on a budget!!
That little tent is from Ikea in case anyone was wondering. We seriously tucked something into EVERY nook and cranny of this place…like the little store. It’s barely big enough for one student to stand in front of it. Ha ha.
Was so happy when I found the vintage valances below for his curtains…reminded me of my elementary days, which is what I was going for! Seriously can’t believe how much time teachers have to spend setting up their classrooms!! That word wall and even the birthday display, every little thing takes time. Hopefully he teaches grade one at least one more time. ;) And because I have a couple more ideas that I didn’t quite get done. Yes, I would have loved to have been a teacher in another life…but it would have been a high school math/calculus teacher. :)
Another diy project below made from stuff I had on hand. Wax paper and tissue paper for fun, artsy dream catchers in the windows. Something to spark the kids’ imaginations hopefully.
I had to sew a cover for his chair, bottom right. The vinyl was torn off all over the place and foam was chunking out everywhere. It was kind of tough to try and keep the classroom at least a little manly? Ha ha.
That daily schedule I made took forever too…but is actually one of my favourite little things in the whole class. The little graphics on them are adorable. I just bought a vintage media cart to replace that black one you see in the corner the other day. Ha ha.
I’m pretty sure Derick (understandably) complained the whole time about making these pom poms. Ha ha. He gave up halfway through and said to just throw them all away. I thought about it! Why am I so.terrible at these darn pom poms? I saw you can buy them premade in the dollar store now…so I doubt I’ll be trying them freehand again! So glad I finished them though, they make his room look so welcoming and fun from the outside I think.
And that’s it! A cute little space for a handsome first grade teacher who sings with his little class every day. :) And an equally handsome first grader who unfortunately we decided would do better not in his dad’s class. It’s not like he doesn’t waltz in/out of Mr. Heggie’s room like he owns the place though. Ha ha. He’s a constant visitor there!
Everyone with their “pack packs” on the first day of school. That tree is covered in giant snow drifts now and is why I couldn’t get out of my driveway today and missed my first visiting teaching appointment. Lol. And I called my mom because no guys were answering, and she got stuck in her driveway too. Ha ha. Good thing Mr. Heggie had a lunchbreak at just the right time. ;)