“What are you going to do with those letters?” asked a friendly older woman at the back of Hobby Lobby. I had just found the 18 inch tall cardboard style letters and was reaching for the R. They were lined up like soldiers on five shelves at the end of an aisle; that is, soldiers who were resting and waiting for me to dress them up!
I began to tell Susan, the nice lady whom I had just met who was a former teacher, all about my journey to develop the idea of my class becoming a STREAM Studio. These tall letters would be painted by me then decorated to match each letter of STREAM. I have visions of hot gluing green and blue Lego style blocks on the E as students will engineer plans to build structures as they effectively communicate. Little robots will be glued to the R along with the small letters that say “READ” and “RESEARCH” with little books.
Here is a version of my what each letter of STREAM stands for: https://view.genial.ly/5d0ae7c6e4bc100f2baf5d59/horizontal-infographic-diagrams-stream-studio
On recent Target runs I have found fun pipe cleaners, Science and tech symbols and various 2D shapes to place on other letters. My purchases have gotten me very excited to know that the little symbols will bring to life the letters of STREAM to excite students as they arrive in our STREAM Studio! I will begin painting and decorating the letters and post pics in the next few weeks.
I also bought smaller cardboard STUDIO letters so they will hang on a bulletin board in my classroom. My new STREAM Studio letters will set the tone of Creativity, Communication and Collaboration. Not only will the bulletin board announce my newly branded learning space, but the whiteboard tables on wheels in the shape of trapezoids and rectangles, low and high circular tables, blue and green rugs and flexible seating choices in blue, green, orange and gray will welcome my students. It is all about them! At Target, I found adorable mini chalkboard easels to place on each table to manage table numbers.
My PTO decided to continue purchasing tables and flexible seats for my classroom in addition to the tables, rugs and Wobble Stools which they purchased in June of 2019. My Phase 2 budget items were approved today by my principal and sent to PTO. Hopefully, the new tables, stools, flex seats and cushions will arrive to my school by the end of July. Being able to have a completely new space to teach in is incredibly exciting!
I thought I had decided on a feature wall color of Melon Meloso, a color by Sherwin Williams. Orange evokes excitement and energy so this shade of orange which is reminiscent of a slightly pale orange sherbet. I am now leaning toward a pale blue by Sherwin Williams called Mountain Air. I have to choose the color soon so that the feature wall can get painted.
While in Marshall’s on two separate shopping trips in the Spring, two map paintings on canvases found me as I walked through the store. One is a world map and the other is a USA map. They needed to be in my new STREAM Studio even though at the time in the Spring, I had not fully envisioned how my new space would look. My paint color on the feature wall will serve as a warm backdrop to the two maps which I plan to hang on both sides of my bulletin board.
All of these ideas have been building in my mind all year as I researched Learning Environments that invited students to work together and feel comfortable. I am so excited to share pictures soon on my blog. My space will give children the space to use Chromebooks, iPads and other creative items! Here are some pics from the last day of school when the tables were put together by volunteers! I love the vibrant colors! Check back for updates!