The calendar page has long since turned to August as I bid a fond farewell to my much-loved month of July…Sniff…However, being the futuristic, goal-oriented person that I am, a part of me is ready to head back into the classroom for a new year of learning. My school’s mascot is a pirate, and I decided to go all out this year with a pirate theme. Let’s take a tour of my freshly cleaned, organized, and decorated classroom (quick – before the kids arrive!). 🙂
It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me!
Let’s talk about my color scheme. When I first hit Pinterest for ideas about a pirate-themed classroom, I found plenty…which should have been great. Unfortunately, just about everything I saw featured a lot of red and black. That’s no good for me because my school district’s colors are NOT red and black. They’re green and black. There was no way I was going to go to all the time and trouble of re-decorating my classroom to show my “Pirate Pride” and not have my decorations match my school’s colors. Nope.
My Pirate Themed Classroom Comes Together
Of course, challenges like that don’t freak me out. I’ve got a computer. I’ve got access to a color printer. I’ve got an account at Teachers Pay Teachers. Together, I should be able to create my own green-and-black pirate themed classroom. So I did! First, I purchased a set of pirate clip art from one of my favorite sellers, Ashley Hughes. I love her designs, and she offered both colored and blackline versions of several cute motifs such as flags, pirates, treasure chests, etc. That gave me a lot of options. Next, I sourced some polka dot digital paper from another seller on TpT – Tessa Maguire. I knew I wanted polka dots, and I wanted them in my school colors, so I kept searching until I found exactly what I wanted – a nice grass green background with white polka dots. (Did I mention that I needed a true green? Not the trendy lime green that is everywhere!) I eventually found exactly what I wanted…in a Christmas selection of all places! Shrug. Last, the tricky part. My mom had agreed to make me a new set of curtains for my only window, and I wanted the fabric to match the digital paper. My local fabric stores didn’t have what I wanted, but that’s where Google came in handy. I found the perfect fabric at a nice store way out in California. That fabric, combined with a black ribbon (which looks exactly like the ribbon accent I have in a set of clip art – YES!), really sets off my new pirate-themed classroom. Okay – enough talk! Let’s take a tour of my classroom!
A New School Year Begins
Now that I’m getting ready to start my 19th (what!??!) year of teaching, having a pirate-themed classroom just adds to the back-to-school excitement. I hope your school year is filled with lots of learning and fun, and may you face your challenges with grace and a good sense of humor. Let’s do this!