Sunday, January 10, 2010

Americana Texas Classroom

This is our Panther mascot in our small courtyard...it was stuck behind a stage and all but forgotten when we rescued it...

I work at a Jr. High School as a teacher's aide and it just so happens the teacher is my sister... How cool is that! We have similar taste in decorating, so we have fun with our two classrooms. This one is mostly Texas and Americana themed and the other is Green and White with our Panther mascot... Pride in my country, state, and hometown school are a few things I learned when I went to school here years ago, and I want to instill some of that same sense of pride that comes from belonging to the students today.



Our courtyard with sprayed on snowflakes we used what was left after we made our die cuts as a stencil...material draped for curtain with stars to hold them.

This small tree was the home of a cardinal family all last spring and summer. It was so awesome for the kids and us to watch the Momma and Daddy build a nest, feed them, and teach them to fly. We had such an up close view; it was hard to get any work done most days and we worried about them when we had a storm, but they were snug as could be. It made me think about, "If God so loved the Sparrow..."






Of course, this is the room with the word wall from previous post




This book case was mildewed and in bad shape, but a little bleach and paint made it good as new. It has a peg board back so the cans with supplies hang on it. We love using pretty or unusual containers to hold supplies. I love that we get sunshine in our rooms...We have the best room.





This huge cabinet is screwed into the wall and wasn't exactly where we would've put it, so we made use of the dead space between it and the wall with a tension rod and curtain (same material as curtain), to hide some of our mess.








1940's Science book... the pictures are to die for...This is one of 3 nests the cardinals built, it had a tag from a students t-shirt and sweet and low packets in it! lol





A wasp nest picked up from outside... I love nature. Just look at how intricate their homes are! Proclaiming God's handiwork to me.



Our sign in table. It has really cute legs, sorry no picture...the mirror is from $ store, just rubbed some red paint on it, the framed picture is a postcard. It really doesn't take much money to decorate. if you use things a little differently.


The long sign is painted on a scrap piece of wood and shouts, "Don't Mess With Texas Women", I made it for us, because at the time 5 women were working in here! Coach Algood and his wife, who worked for our school district for years and years made the bluebonnet.


A Texas history project. The students had a whole list of facts for Texas that they put in a collage... I love collages.



My son Josh, free handed this. It hangs under the Texas flag. He is making us one for the American flag... He also makes beautiful signs with Bible verses...



Old Cd's above the computer center...I need to make a keyboard for here, too. The kids love this and hopefully it will peak their imagination on ways they can re-use cast-offs. Our classrooms are called Content Mastery Center, where students who need some extra help come to "Master the Content", so we're able to have a more relaxed, homey feel to our rooms. I worked in Head Start with the 3 and 4 years old for years and now my "babies" are coming through Jr. High, so I have a special bond with them... I will show the other room soon. Thanks, Lezlee

Joining in on A Glimpse of God

http://www.studiojru.com/2009/09/about-glimpse.html

14 comments:

alice said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I am amazed how small the world is too! This is far better than pen pals. Your son is very talented. Love your posts and see you on JMS.
smiles, alice

Kim said...

There is so much in this post it could have been broken down - the TX state collage is so amazing. The CDs hanging: I've seen this idea before, but not lately on blogland-- it's worth submitting to several linky parties. (Well, much of this post is.)

Jill said...

I really love collage work--and that Texas one is AWESOME! Just grabs you the minute you see it. Also, how wonderful to watch the birds!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It's all so fun! I really like the cd's hanging above the computer center and they contents of the bird's nest is really neat. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Thanks soooo much for coming by for a visit...come on back again...the door is always OPEN! The classroom is really cute...you two have done an AWESOME job in there! Hope you have a FUN and WARM week!

Blessings,
Linda

Jill said...

Thanks for coming to "Junkle Bells"! Just link to my blog when you post.

glor said...

What an awesome classroom. Its a work of art ... speaking of art your son is very talented. Look forward to looking around more here, love your blog.

Corn in My Coffee Pot said...

Prior--

Thanks for visiting my blog once again. Your Mom sounds precious.

I think I may read her column. Email me! (i have a contact email in my profile)

Now-- and they say the internet doesn't bring people together. We are practically neighbors!

Corn in My Coffee Pot said...

I'm guessing your mom is Opal... and if I'm right, I love her column.

She tells great stories! I don't subscribe but when I buy the paper, I always make a point to read it.

I'm in Lively...by the way. So nice to meet someone local thru a linky party...

Prior said...

hey, you can read it on line the monitor online

C.J. said...

absolutely love the book and I agree that all things have a story to tell, you tell yours very well.

Patriotic Mom said...

Very original ideas! Thanks for stopping by my blog and telling me to visit. God bless patriots, your sister and you definitely shine. Thank you for passing on your love for America to the children! Joan @Americana By Candlelight

Jennifer said...

I love seeing your pictures of God's handiwork! That is SO neat that the students were able to watch the cardinals!! And that nest... amazing! Thank you so much for joining my Glimpse post! I hope to see you next time... the 1st of every month! :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Whoah! Lucky, lucky kids!