Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pumped about Polka Dot Pirates!

Do you ever look around your classroom and just think "YUCK!!"? I've been teaching for 20 years and have changed rooms 6 times and I think I have inherited 40 years worth of other people's junk. You know how it is, especially if you have moved into a teacher's room who was retiring that year. They DO mean well by leaving you their stuff. 
But my room now feels like an episode of Hoarders! 

Well, no more! 

This summer I am cleaning out that closet that may house rats, 
throwing away all the purple ditto copies that I come across AGAIN 
and giving my "treasures" to the new teachers 
who I know will be "thrilled" to inherit them. HA!

So with that thought in mind, the planning has begun for a new theme for next year 

(ok, who am I kidding? we'll still be pirates). But I want some new stuff, new baskets, new curtains, new words for the word wall, etc., etc., etc. I want neat, clean and matchy, matchy!

And that thought brings me to what I am super excited to share with you!

I've found matchy, matchy and PIRATES and even better than that....they are Polka Dot Pirates!!!
My sweet friend Cyndie over at
Chalk One Up For the Teacher, is the 
If you want a new theme, she has it.
If you don't know what you want, she has that too!
I found over 60 sets of theme packs in her store.
Here are just a few......
and many more!

Although the other themes were VERY COOL, 
I headed straight for the Pirate section.

Here's what I found....

This packet is a Room Theme DELUXE 
and it has everything you need to give your classroom that 
themed look!

Included in this unit are:

2 Sets of Coordinating Calendar Pieces
Monthly Headers
Day of the Week
12 Pieces to Assemble a Birthday Banner
Lost a Tooth Chart
Weather Graph
Word Wall Header
Word Wall Letters
Themed Letters for a Work Display Board
Decorative Pieces
Give Me 5 Poster
5 Different Team Sign Posters (Ready for you to add your team names.)
Desk Nametags

Since we only have 22  21 and a half days left of school, I can't put up a lot
(because I have to strip the walls before I leave).
But here is what I've started on......
Pirate boy and girl calendar numbers, along with month banners.
Days of the week.
(This picture made me fall in love with the lime green and light blue - colors for next year)!
Give me 5 poster.
Desk name plates.
Word Wall Alphabet Letters (must redo my word cards next year).
This sweet girl was so thrilled to get a Pirate Girl note from her teacher:)
These number cards could be used in order on the wall, in a pocket chart.....
or as a math game on the floor. They loved them!
I laminated this list of things to do, so I can just wipe and start over each day.
I used this template for our field trip note. 

You can see why I am so pumped about this packet.
I can't wait to pull it all together before school starts again in the fall.

Now for the EXCITING news!
Cyndie has agreed to give away a
Room Theme + Matching Accessories to one lucky winner!!!
And she is going to let you choose your own theme!!
So have you been making plans for your room next year?
Enter the giveaway below and then head over to her store
and browse through the MANY items she has to choose from.

Winner will be announced on Monday, April 29, 2013!
I sure hope you win!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Awwwww, Merinda! That was the sweetest post EVER! Thank you so much! Your room looks cute, cute, cute! You got so creative with the field trip note and I LOVE the "sail away" on your list of things to do!
    Thank you so very much! <3

  2. Wow!! she is the Queen of room themes! I LOVE the pirate theme - how perfect for you!!!

  3. Wow! How nice! Can't wait to see the pictures once you put it up next fall! That Cyndie is truly talented (as are you)!
    The Fun Factory

  4. Joke about the creatures in the closet. My friend may be running to your room. (LOL)

  5. Merinda! I just LOVED your post.... I think the new room theme is perfect for you! It was like Cyndie had you in mind when she created it!

    Crayonbox Learning

  6. I've never been able to commit to a theme before. If I win, I'm going to try it out! Angie

  7. You can do it Angie:) Good luck!

  8. Thanks for the opportunity. I need to purge my room this year! I would love a new theme, since I don't have one now! Thanks.

  9. I already have her Polka Dot Room items and can't wait to use them next year.

  10. These themes are great. I have tried to have a different theme each year. There are so many great choices! Thanks


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