Way Back When – decorating your workplace

Whenever I browse through Pinterest, go blog hopping or simply browse the internet for teaching sites, I always come across these beautifully decorated classrooms.

I am a very visual person, so it really warms my heart that teachers around the globe appreciate their students to such an extent as to want to make their classroom and warm and inviting as possible.

When working in Portugal as a teacher I had no opportunity to do this. Unless you are a lower elementary teacher, you always rotate classrooms during the day. There is no such thing as a homeroom for either teachers or students, starting at grade 5 and up.

I always felt somewhat deprived in that 🙂 Being a Sciences and Math teacher at the time I always felt the need to provide my students with lots of visual stimuli, but that was not always possible because of circumstances.

When a few years ago (after moving to Canada) I had the opportunity to run a home daycare, my dreams came through (in a sense). Our house is not very big but our daycare was situated in our living room, which provided me with a large enough space with lots of light to have fun with the little ones.

I dedicated that space to the daycare only. I tried to decorate in a clean, colorful way, while maintaining it easy to tidy and clean up. The result was a warm, fun and safe environment which my little friends really enjoyed.

Once in a while I like to go through the photos of those fun times and the other day I came across some of the photos I took of the layout and decor. I thought I’d share these with you. Who knows it might even inspire someone 😀

(Please note that I was on a tight budget, so most of the items were home made.)

Art by our little ones. We always hung these around the room.

Art by our little ones. We always hung these around the room.

I loved this colour flower. Our circle time always included going over the colours. The petals come off the flower.

I loved this colour flower. Our circle time always included going over the colours. The petals come off the flower.

Puzzles, books, mystery bottles...

Puzzles, books, mystery bottles…

This fish tank was a hit from the beginning. It was very interesting to watch as the little ones spent long periods of time watching the fish swim.

This fish tank was a hit from the beginning. It was very interesting to watch as the little ones spent long periods of time watching the fish swim.

We bought this couch at Sears outlet. Took the legs out and replaced them with low plastic ones. The kiddies used to love relaxing on it.

We bought this couch at Sears outlet. Took the legs out and replaced them with low plastic ones. The kiddies used to love relaxing on it.

Learn the shapes!

Learn the shapes!

Mystery bottles!

Mystery bottles!

Those curtains are made with a soft blanket fabric that the little ones loved to hug.

Those curtains are made with a soft blanket fabric that the little ones loved to hug.

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I made the big babies myself. Soft, cuddly and the perfect size to use with some of the baby clothes I still had around.

I made the big babies myself. Soft, cuddly and the perfect size to use with some of the baby clothes I still had around.

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Let's count!

Let’s count!

I decorated this cabinet! My daughters helped by drawing on the bottom of the  right door.

I decorated this cabinet! My daughters helped by drawing on the bottom of the right door.

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Simple decor but it worked for us 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed it!

Take care,

Catia

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