Colorize Your Classroom! #colorizeyourclassroom

Ever wonder why many restaurants use the color red? Why many medical offices are green or blue?
Color theory and research tells us that that the color red heightens the sense of smell and stimulates appetite. Blue and green are calming....the reason why medical facilities use those colors.  Color has the ability to impact student attention, behavior, and

I've always been interested in color theory, and definitely keep it in mind when I plan out my classroom decor every year (It's a nice light blue.....I'm going for calming! lol). I hadn't really considered the impact the color of materials/supplies might have, though. But doesn't it make sense that if the color of the environment makes an impact, the color of the papers they use would too? AND - don't forget about the impact color has on adults, too. The colors you use for newsletters, notes home, etc. also makes a difference. I'm excited to partner up with Neenah and Astrobrights Paper and colorize my classroom! Who knew paper even came in so many gorgeous colors?!

I welcomed families back to school with this awesome flip book. It has all the important information families need to know. I used bright colors because I wanted families to notice those sections specifically. Notice how the Remind 101 is red? I really, really wanted families to see that & get signed up. I also specifically put the Homework tab in pink so that it would stand out as well. Another plus for using the bright colors? It's easier to locate! It'll definitely be easier for families to find once they get it home!

Look how engaging this interactive notebook page is! My kiddos were excited just to get them to add their notebooks! (How easy was that?!) Seriously. That's all it takes?! Just give them materials on some gorgeous papers and they are all about it! Happy! Happy! All around!

Not only were they excited to create the page in their interactive notebooks...they were equally as excited to USE it! That's a definite win-win!

We used yellow for these pages in their language arts notebooks. They're loving getting to use some beautiful colors, and I'm loving how excited they get about just doing the activities! It's amazing how much using color impacts my classroom.  Have you noticed the same thing? I'd love to hear how you use color in your classroom......keep the ideas coming!

Have you heard? Neenah & Astrobrights paper is actually doing a Colorize Your Classroom campaign. One winner from each state will win a set of Astrobright papers...& ONE lucky person is going to get a classroom sponsorship from Astrobrights!! Click on the graphic below to head over & find out more about it!

Set Up a Classroom FAST!!

 So -- my daughter finished her degree/certification in May and went on the job hunt. After a stressful, grueling (you know the feeling...right?) summer and a rather intense interview process.....

hApPy! HaPpY! OFF THE CHARTS EXCITED!  But the kicker? 
First day of school is only NINE DAYS AWAY!! EEK!

It happens a lot, though...doesn't it? Lots of times, people get jobs just days or even THE day before school starts. Heck....this year, my school actually hired two people AFTER the first day! Talk about whirlwind...right?! You've got to get the room set up, get your procedures in place, and don't forget the most important thing.....get your plans ready!!

The room needs to go up and go up FAST so you can get focused on those procedures and plans! We turned to our friend, Creative Teaching Press. They have complete & extensive collections of beautiful designer decor pieces for classrooms. It's like an awesome one-stop-shop for everything you need to get your classroom set up. If you know me, you know I LOVE my Dots on Turquoise...but Jenna chose the Black & White Collection for her room. She paired it with purple and I have to admit that I love the clean, crisp look!

Fabric on the bulletin board & the border goes up.

I love the look of the layered borders! It looks great with purple, but it would look great with just about ANY color!

She put the calendar and the math focus wall up in front beside the interactive white board. I'm a big fan of the bright, bold colors! Can you see the edge of the birthday wall over on the right? Love that big blue paisley cupcake! Jenna did something I need to do...She used the jumbo library pockets to store the calendar pieces right by the calendar. (I put all of mine in my flat file...then can't find them when I need them!).

Of course, you've got to have a goals & objectives wall.
And student self-assessment is oh-so-important. She used Adventures in Room 129's self assessment board. How cool is this?! (And how gorgeous is that border?!).

Awesome that the collections have so many coordinating pieces! It takes all the guess work out of making those decisions when you're standing in that teacher supply store! Here's her alphabet headers for her word wall, for instance. We just glued the graphics on Creative Teaching Press's Designer Cut Outs. Just gorgeous!

Of course, you need a job chart....
Check out those flowers to the right. The teacher before her had these neat sunflowers by the closet door and outside her classroom door. Jenna decided why not keep the vinyl up there and use the sunflower stems as the stems to her Black & White Jumbo Flower Cut Outs? Neat..right?! 

There were also vinyl flowers in vases up above the cabinets. The smaller BW Flower Cut Outs work there perfectly! Isn't that adorable?

And speaking of those flower cut outs...I love this little tweak. There was this empty VCR shelf under the mounted TV. Kind of an eyesore, really...but definitely distracting. Jenna bundled up some silk leaf garland and tucked in a few of those flower cut outs to help it blend in a bit. Super cute....right?!

We got this room set up & ready to roll in just TWO days...and that was just working on it 3ish hours each day! The designer decor sets and all the coordinating pieces make it SO easy to get your classroom set up quickly, easily, & beautifully!! Seriously. New teacher...right out of the gate...TWO DAYS! Gotta love Creative Teaching Press! She felt so relieved to get that part taken care of so she could focus on setting her procedures and start working on those PLANS!

I did tweak a few things just for her classroom to fit her color scheme. She has the Calendar Math Pack in purple & black...we also re-did the Classroom Number Line Posters in black & white. And, of course, the Animal Word Wall headers are there, too. 

Shark Week! FINtastic freebies!

EEeeeeek! It's Shark Week!!
Are you ready for some FINtastic freebies?!
All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!

One way I help my kiddos get excited about learning is using games & fun activities in the classroom. I am a true believer in the power of games in learning. Honestly, sometimes it's almost like kiddos learn in spite of themselves! HA! They are so engaged, are so focused on winning....while they're strategizing they're really internalizing concepts. Look at that smart thinking over there on the right! Check out those combinations they've put together to make a yard! And the big plus...they're so engaged!

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My Shark Week freebie is a shark themed I Spy. I've had LOTS of people ask me to make these for subtraction, and this is my first one! If you haven't tried one of my I Spy's yet, you are in for a treat! They're perfect for workstations and really are print & go! Just add magnifying lenses & kids! Kiddos LOVE these....they use the magnifying lenses to search for subtraction equations. One the recording sheet, they have to tally the differences they find, then turn the data from the tally chart into a bar graph. I love that they're getting a little boost in creating tally charts, graphs, and interpreting data.

Click HERE to try it out!

Make sure you swim all the way through the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a FINtastic freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th  : )