IKEA in the Classroom

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  1. TeacherShelly

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    Do any of you use IKEA furniture in your classroom?

    Actually, I remember MissFroggy has the stair-step bookcase in her room and I'm jealous.

    Next year I'm going from 20 students to 22 and I am thinking of putting an IKEA EXPEDIT 25 unit bookcase in my room for cubbies. I'm also going to stop using the desk compartments... just workspace without storage, and cubbies for their stuff.
     
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    The Container Store is one of my faves - they are offering teachers 15% off entire purchase during the summer months.
     
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    Oh, thanks, IN! Here's a link to get a discount card... I just printed mine :)
     
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    Awesome tips! I love IKEA's stuff, and it's so easy to use in the classroom. And so cheap!! I think it's a great idea, TeacherShelly. Their lighting is also really fun for the classroom.
     
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    I was going to get a lamp from IKEA for next year since my new room has no windows. I'm thinking rest time with no lamp light might be scary for 4 year olds. :)

    I have 2 big windows now and hardly ever turn the lights on due to all the natural light. I will miss my pretty windows but I'm moving to a nice big room in our school. :)
     
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    Cityfrog, have you seen these clings that go over the fluorescent lights? They cost a lot ($60 each) but they look really cool!
     
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    I think it's a great idea. Our school doesn't have desk storage. We have tables and cubbies for everything else, starting in 1st grade and the kids do well with it.
     
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    Those look really cool.
     
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    I use the magazine files as book boxes and organizers and have several little boxes, lamps, seat cushions, rugs, stuffed animals, etc. Even my batteries come from there. My favorite thing to have in my room with the older kids is a giant stuffed pillbug. It's so random, it's funny. I also love my brightly colored rolling chairs.
     
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    I have something similar to the clings that I got donated through donorschoose. LOVE them! At $20 a pop, they were a bit out of my price range.

    I love going to Ikea and getting storage ideas.
     
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    Ooooh, I've been lusting over that same bookcase. I don't have room in my classroom for it otherwise I'd buy it. Keep in mind, though, that it's the same height as a standard bookcase -- the top shelves probably end at about six feet high. If you have little kids, could be challenging for them.
     
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    We use those light clings at my church in our classrooms for children with special needs. It really makes a differencE!
     
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    When I was in college I bought a turquoise patio set to put on my balcony. It was made for adults but it's pretty small. As soon as I became a teacher it went straight into my classroom. I use it for my listening station area. The whole thing was only $50.
     
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    I like them! Too bad I couldn't use them in my school.
     
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    I will definitely have to check out Ikea's stuff. It sounds great!!!
     
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    Oh right. Dang !! Even the tallest ones aren't THAT tall... they are 3rd graders, after all.
     
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    Why not? They do not break fire code (they are fire proof). Just nosy... I know some schools/districts have strict rules about things like that.
     
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    I do have a Trofast drawer system in my room and plan on adding a few more things as well. I love IKEA.
     

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