Personal Touches Can Make the Difference

I love adding personal touches to everything I do. Even as I
type this in my cozy living room I am admiring some of the personal touches
that make our house feel personable and inviting. Take our entryway for example.

Both the fingerprint tree (everyone at our wedding signed and put their fingerprint on it) and the Foxwell sign are items we
used at our wedding and were handmade by dear friends! Don’t you just love
them? I also love how our shelf over our couch brings warmth to the room.

This was one of my summer projects and amazing bargain
finds: the shelf was only $5 and the old vintage window (which I’m crazy
about!) was just $0.50! Can’t beat that! I made the wreath from a pinterest
tutorial, which can be found here: http://craftingmom.com/fall-wreath-with-felt-rosettes/.
It was easy and fun to make and the supplies only cost $10! Win-win!
I often wonder what in the world I did before pinterest! I
use it for everything: lesson planning, decorating, recipes, gift idea. If any
of those cause your heart to beat, then be sure to become a follower!
But I digress from the point…pinterest has a way of doing
that! My house is not the only place that I love adding personal touches. I
also love adding them to my classroom! I mean, just think. Our kiddos are in
our rooms for the majority of the day and I want my classroom to be a warm and
welcoming environment where they not only want to be, but can also feel safe to
learn, grow, and make mistakes! While the classroom environment is affected by
a number of factors, the classroom itself is one of the first impressions our
students and families see when they walk in. Now of course, on the first day I
don’t yet have any of their work hanging, but I LOVE hanging up their handmade
beauties all over the room! I think it’s important for them to know that their
work is valuable and it also adds those personal touches to the room!
Like most teachers right now my “teacher’s mind” is in full
gear and I’ve been busy getting things ready for my students. My classroom
isn’t yet set up, so I can’t show you pictures of that yet (but they will
come!). But here are just a couple of the personal touches I am working on for
my classroom.
I made these letter blocks to sit on my desk as my
“nametag.” Found the blocks already cut and sanded for $0.20 a piece at a local
thrift store. Used the amazing Cricut to cut out the letters (I heart that
machine!) and then mod podged the paper and letters onto the blocks after my
amazing friend, Miss Miller, helped paint them a dark brown! Can you tell what
colors you will be seeing in my classroom this year?
Doesn’t doing things friends always make it more fun? While Miss Miller
was painting the blocks, I helped her create this “nametag” for her classroom. 
We found an old wooden picture frame at the local thrift store for only $2.00
and Miss Miller painted it and the wooden blocks black. We used the amazing
Cricut again to cut out the letters. Wrapped fabric around the cardboard that
came in the frame, then used ribbon and made felt flowers to add some finishing
touches! We hot glued everything on and all that’s left is adding a ribbon to
hang it! Can’t wait to see how it will look in her room! Can you guess her
colors? 🙂 
The last personal touch I will show you today are these owls
that I made out of scrap paper I had at home. I found some cute Owl Felt Ornaments,
you guessed it, pinterest, but since it was a pattern for sewing an ornament I had to adapt it a little. 
I
chose three colors and interspersed them between the 28 owls I made (enough for
my current class and some extras for new students). I’m going to write my
students names on the bellies of each owl and since I can’t show my kiddos
names I made up one with my name to give you an idea of how they will look!
These will be hung outside of my classroom around the
Foxwell Forest trees! Pictures to come soon! I’m getting excited to put
everything in the classroom and get it set up!
What kind of personal touches do you like adding to your
classroom to make it warm and inviting? I’d love to hear about them!

Comments

  1. Your little owls are precious!

    We add little touches after the kiddos come by having their sweet little faces all over the room in places like our Wish Well circle, mailboxes, helpful hearts, and safe keeper's box. I also have several lamps and twinkle lights. =)

    I am happy to be your first follower…Wahoo!

    If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and visit me. =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

    • Hi Heather! What a great way to add personal touches: adding pictures of our kiddos to our rooms definitely helps make it warm and welcoming! I'd love to see pics of your classroom with the lamps and sparkly lights! 🙂 I hopped on over to your blog and I LOVE your the mission statement of your blog: "before you reach their heads, you have to touch their hearts!" So very true! Looking forward to following you and what an honor to have you as my first follower! 🙂

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