I think cute reading chairs are a great idea, but the clutter bring into the classroom makes me want to scream. I DESPISE clutter. With a passion. I found these cute seat cushions for $3.00 each at Christmas Tree Shops , and they are a great seating alternative to fun chairs. They can stack neatly in a little nook when not in use, and 5 lucky students will have a more comfy reading experience during Daily 5 time. Plus, their bright pink color matches my classroom decor perfectly! There was 1 teal cushion at the store near me. It was adorable, but I couldn't buy just one teal and all the rest pink.
fiVeBELoW. These are some of the same baskets I have in my library. Mine are a bright neon colors, these are pastel, but they're such a bargain. All of these cost $5 or less. The smaller ones are considerably less than $5. I'm hoping they have these colors for spring and will bring my bright baskets back this summer!
I also stopped into Hobby Lobby today. They had pink, blue, and green baskets in bright colors. The magazine boxes were only $2.50 each. The blue baskets were my favorite, so I grabbed quick picture of these. All of these sizes were also available in bright pink and bright green.
Remember how I said that I "cleaned up?" Well, I didn't buy any baskets. I bought the cushions, but I also bought a ton of cardstock. I already use a lot of bright colors in my classroom, but I hate how much construction paper fades throughout the year. The bulletin boards in my classroom stay up all year long. I use Fadeless paper so the background stays fabulous, but the items I place on the boards with construction paper fade so much. I have decided that next year I will use cardstock for mounting all of these items. Jo-Ann and Hobby Lobby were having huge scrapbook paper sales. I bought several cardstock packs in all my favorite bright colors as well as a "stack" of scrapbook papers in bright polka dots, ginghams and solids.
Can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store for my Spring Break!