Saturday, September 01, 2012

Saturday Favorites

A new portion of my Saturday Favorites!

Both of these pictures are to finally show you my new hallway bulletin board and window display for my classroom this year.

The first is the bulletin board.  You can see a tiny bit of the window display on the very left.  The background fabric and corresponding banner triangles are nothing more than a fabulous canvas drop cloth!  It just "happened" to be the exact width of the bulletin board so I kept the finished edges there.  I then cut both the top and bottom to the length needed and threw it in the wash to fray beautifully!  I did have to iron it before hanging as it was pretty wrinkled.

The triangles I cut from the remaining piece of drop cloth.  I washed those as well to fray the edges and then used Tacky Glue to glue them along a piece of twine.  Using Crayola Fabric Markers, I stenciled the letters for "Reading is Magical".  At the bottom of the board are pictures of each of my students dressed in a Gryffindor robe and tie.

If you've never read any of the Harry Potter books, they have some wonderful, witty, and insightful words from a Professor, Albus Dumbledore.  I've printed many of them out and will be placing a new one on my board each week.  As the year goes on I will be reading the first book aloud and talking in depth on the four "houses" in the book that are at Harry's school.  Each house has certain character traits that it's known for such as courage, kindness, bravery, etc.  We will be implementing a system where they can earn points as a class by "catching" each other showing these traits.  I'm really looking forward to it!

As I said, to the left of the bulletin board is a window display.  There is a recess that has the door to my class and the window runs alongside.  I created large shelves using dollar store foam core and then created a Honeydukes candy display inside.  Honeydukes is a candy shop in Harry Potter.  The top shelf is full of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, which was a PDF I purchased on etsy and printed onto glossy cardstock.  The gold Chocolate Frog boxes a shelf below were created the same way.  The labels on the lollipops were purchased and printed onto regular paper.  The rest were shown in former Saturday Favorites.  

I really had a lot of fun putting this look together and I even included a framed picture of the Honeydukes found at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal.  The kids are loving it, even though they don't know the whole story yet. :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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