New Room Theme and Some Great Buys

Hello and Happy Monday!

Ever feel like this? - I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

This is how I feel after my crazy, fun, busy, hectic weekend. The children’s musical went great, but boy am I beat! Since Friday, we had 4 dress rehearsals and 3 performances. I don’t know about all of the kiddos, but I came home on Sunday when it was all over and fell asleep!

I am so excited to share with you all that my theme for next year is going to be…


This year it was Bees, which I liked, but I’m already ready for something new.

My colors are going to be green and blue with a hint of pink.

Once I picked out my theme and colors, I was on the prowl for any fabulous items I could find.

First place I went was the Dollar Tree. They have some awesome tropical tiki items right now!

Here’s what I got.

Tropical Classroom Dollar Tree Items

Top Left Corner: Fishing Nets, Bottom Left Corner: Paper Lanterns, Top Right Corner: Flags, Signs etc. Bottom Right Corner:  Miscellaneous items.

A few days later, I decided to just stop by The Christmas Tree Shops (one of my ALL time favorite stores) and I ended up buying a ton of awesome stuff!

Here are my Christmas Tree Shops finds!

Tropical Classroom Christmas Tree Shops Items

The tiki torches were only $1 each and the giant pillows were only $4 each! Woohoo! I’m going to use the fish mats to display either rules or as posters for key concepts or something…

My favorite find was the mirror. It was only $5, and I have big plans for it. I got the idea from my dad who is a fabulous high school teacher who is retiring after this year. He hangs a mirror in his classroom every year with a poster that says “This is the person who is responsible for your success or failure” with arrows pointing to the mirror. I plan to do something similar. I will probably tweak the wording a little bit to make it elementary friendly, but I LOVE having a constant reminder that kids are responsible for their own choices and success. I also think it’s a great reminder for me as well.

So there you have all of my great tropical finds! Make sure to check back to see what I do with all of this. I’m so excited!

What is your theme going to be this coming year, and where are your favorite stores to shop for great deals?

Have a great week and stop back tomorrow for an exclusive blog freebie! 🙂

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Martha from Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Diving Into Learning
    May 13, 2013 6:41 am

    I love it! I’m going to be keeping my beach theme for next year but I will be adding/updating a few things.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      May 13, 2013 6:58 am

      I will have to check out your blog to see what you do! I’m so excited about this theme. 🙂

  • Laurie
    May 13, 2013 11:05 am

    All I can say is LOVE LOVE LOVE! Im HUGE tropical theme fan & can’t wait to see your finished product – did you get all of your accessories in Christmas Tree Shop?? Thank you for all you do!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      May 13, 2013 7:34 pm

      Aw thanks so much Laurie! I am SO excited about it!! Christmas Tree Shops and Dollar Tree!! 🙂

  • Karen F.
    June 7, 2013 6:03 pm

    Love the mirror idea!!! Let us know what wording you come up with 🙂

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      June 8, 2013 6:51 am

      Thanks Karen! I plan to post picture of my classroom when it’s all put together (although that won’t be until August) but I’m thinking something like “This is the person who is responsible for your choices.” or “Only you can determine whether or not you succeed.” Not sure exactly yet though. Thanks for stopping by!

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