So as I've mentioned before, I am changing grade levels. If you've change grade levels before that this post is going to cause quit a bit of head-nodding and if you haven't changed grade levels than read this post as a cautionary tale.
So, I'm excited to change grade level and move from fifth to third. You should also know that I am a bit of a work horse and was excited for the challenge that comes along with it. I've found piles of books to read as read alouds. I have my new Writing Workshop units of study and have already finished reading and taking notes on the first unit. I have a new theme that I LOVE. I've created a new clip chart, new name tags, new writing chart, ordered posters from Vistaprint. I found new Math games and have read three professional texts about how to improve my craft. I'm preparing and LOVING it!
So one day last week I stopped in my completed classroom. I lucked out since I usually can't get into my room until mid August but the custodial gods were in my favor this year. All the Harry stuff was gone and I started prepping and organizing materials. I printed! I laminated! I cut! Things were going well.
Then I uncovered my classroom libraries. I had planned on putting away all the fifth grade level books and making room for some new third grade level books for my incoming kids and then I noticed it! Yup! I can't believe I didn't notice it before. In al the planning to change themes and grade levels I didn't even notice it. How could I miss it?!
The baskets were PINK!!!!!!
You see when I had a Harry Potter themed classroom I tried to get everything in blue, silver, and purple. Very magical-right? However, baskets at my dollar store were scarce so I wound up with blue, sky blue, and pink. It worked, I accepted it! Pink is kind of purple-right? Well now I couldn't possibly have pink baskets in my red, blue, and yellow superhero classroom!!!! I wouldn't be able to look that library straight in the face ever again. It would haunt me every single day-EVERY day! So I set off to THREE different Dollar Trees and there were no baskets that met my needs. They were either too small, weirdly shaped, or not the right colors. What am I Goldilocks? What's a teacher to do?!?!?!
Head to Home Depot for a library basket makeover project!
|These are the light blue and pink baskets from the Harry Potter themed classroom|
I had when I was a Fifth Grade teacher. Cute-but not very superhero-like, right?
|The light blue became yellow.|
|And the pink became red.|
|Here is the project underway.|
|Here they are- don't they look SUPER Heroic and will be great next to |
the dark blue baskets I already have in my library.
The lesson I learned from this basket freakout and makeover project- when life hands you a classroom theme makeover catastrophe, grab your spray paint and get rid of the pink!
I've got quite a few makeover projects ready planned for this Summer, so stay tuned for what comes next!