Hi there! I'm a new member here and a brand new teacher as well. I was just offered a second grade job today! I will be teaching at a school that is right on a military base, so I already know I am going to have some challenges with my class constantly changing. I was looking for some advice on what I need to do to get started. I already have a few ideas for a classroom theme. Should my theme of the room match with the curriculum or can it be anything? Should I try to pick a theme that can stay year round or should I mix it up every now and then? I definitely want to have a themed reading corner because I have over 750 children's books that I would like to use. I'm picturing animal print pillows, a rug, beanbags, and vines everywhere with "Wild About Reading" up above. Also, I know the first few days should be spent going over routines and for icebreaker activities, but how long do I wait until I start getting into the curriculum?? I appreciate any advice!!