Melissa and I decided, since she brought in her pet turtles to live in our classroom, that we would have a turtle themed room this year. Let me tell you, it isn't an easy fall theme! Turtles are hard to find. :) You have to get your creative side in motion!! Here is what we came up with.. I hope you can find use in some of our and other ideas!!
First, when we discovered we would do the theme, I wanted to make some felt board stories to go with the theme. I searched the internet for fingerplays, poems, and stories. Then I began making the turtles!! Here's what I have:
The last set of turtles were printed up on card stock, We laminated them to use for the magnetic board.
I couldn't find anything out there to make to give to my kiddos for a special treat at open house... so this is what my brain came up with!! It's made with Pear Applesauce from Mott's.(No I don't have any affiliation with the Mott's company, it's the only kind of applesauce I could find green)
I found a package of 24 green spoons at the Party and Dollar Store. I wanted to keep everything clean for the children to be able to use the spoon to eat the applesauce. It's not very pretty on the underside, because I used clear tape. the legs are made from construction paper. I wrote Turtley Awesome on each one with a sharpie. I have to admit, I really liked how they turned out. It was a little time consuming to make all 24, but, they turned out fantastic!! You could also use the green jello with the pineapple chunks. They only come 4 to the pack where the applesauce had 6 in the pack.
We have a space on our wall that can be pretty bare. I knew I'd like to put something up but didn't know how in the world I'd do it. Again, I put my thinking cap on, and headed to the nearest Dollar Tree Store. This is what I came up with. Luckily, they had started putting out Halloween stuff!!
I used a ninja turtle costume shell and cut the straps off. I found a sparkly green locker mirror for the head. and the legs and tails is a garland ghost spray painted green and cut apart. (The black on the head in the picture of the turtle on the right is a reflection of the black filing cabinet I have in my room) I had to use 4 ghosts, 2 shell costumes, and 2 locker mirrors for 2 turtles!!
in the hallway leading to our class, I used turtles that I had picked up from the Dollar Tree years ago, and laminated them, and the Welcome to Class sign was purchased at the Dollar Tree as well, (I picked them up at the same time) Who knew I'd need them!! (Teacher intuition I guess!)
I did make the turtles on the sign from scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. Luckily for me it was the week they had all their scrapbooking paper on sale for half off. :)
Just outside our door, I hung a basket that I had picked up to hold our clipboard for signing in and made a class list sign using more scrapbook paper turtles.
We have two bulletin boards inside our classroom. The small one is welcoming our class and the larger one is just Turtley Awesome!! I did pick up some adhesive backed bows to add to the turtles for girls, since one set was kind of plain. The turtles were all purchased a while back from the Dollar Tree store. (Thank goodness they had a turtles at one time!! :)
It's okay to call me silly, but, we like to "dress" the part at Open House. I have a friend, Jessica, with a sewing shop, Sew My Darling... In Graniteville SC. She made us shirts for our big day. My mom has been coming to work with us, so we had her one made too. Her's is more wheel chair friendly.
Front of our shirts were the turtle with our initials and the back has vinyl glitter letters. Mom's was all done on one side...
Three generations all wearing turtley awesome tee-shirts!! I am the one on the left, my mom in the middle with my daughter on the right. :)
Just before the children arrived we had all of their items in alphabetical order for easy access to meet and greet our new and familiar parents for the new school year.
The colorful circle shapes are what we give out for the children and parents to decorate as homework. We have a shape each month and the children bring them back to school. We hang these shapes in our classroom all year long, we only swap the shapes out when the children bring in new ones.
We take much pride in our classroom. We love what we do. We only want the BEST for our children.
May each of you be richly Blessed!!