About 9 years ago, my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday. At the time I was a reading specialist and my office had one window in it. I thought it would be pretty neat to have a "Curtain of the Month Club" so to speak, so I asked for that. Every month my mom would give me a new curtain. She hadn't quite made all of them when I found out that I would be moving rooms the following year. Once I realized the curtains wouldn't work in my new room (which was a WAY nicer room I might add!) I had her stop making them. I packed the curtains away, hoping one day I'd be able to use them again.
A few years passed, I moved from my home state of Vermont, to Texas and my new classroom had 2 windows....so the curtains remained packed. Then three years ago, I was working with our new school librarian brainstorming ideas for themes, decorating, etc. She decided to do a big tree in the middle of the library, and added branches throughout the year as needed. Each time a child read a book they put their name and the title of the book on a cutout and it went on the tree. The cutout changed every month (September - apple, October - pumpkin, November - turkey, and so on). We informally called it Reading Throughout the Year. Looking around our library I realized the windows were lacking any color, and then I also realized that there were 12 windows! A light bulb went off....12 windows....12 months....Curtain of the Month Club....so I went home and pulled out my curtain tub and curtains. I brought them into school and what do you know? They were the perfect size! Now I didn't have a full set of 12 and they weren't all exactly the same size. Since they were only up one at a time making them exactly the same hadn't been necessary. So I went to work making the curtains I had all the same size, and then I went and found material for the ones I didn't have. I will admit it was a very costly project, and stressful (I had a very hard time decided on August's fabric!) but it was well worth it. Every time I go into the library and see the curtains, it makes me smile and I can't imagine what the library would look like without the curtains! One day, we'll find out though because when I leave this school, the curtains are coming with me!
Here are some pictures of the other curtains...you can even see one of the tree branches in the middle picture!
|January (snowflakes) - February (green with colored hearts all over - I really need to make new red ones!) - March (green shamrocks)|
|April (Easter eggs) - May (Cinco de Mayo) - June (flowers)|
|October (pumpkins) - November (turkeys) - December (candy canes)|
|Curtains covering storage area in my classroom.|
|Scrapbook page made by an amazing aide who did a scrapbook for every child in the class!|
|Heidi or Gretchen - I have no idea, they're twins and I can't tell them apart! She has booties, too, that you can't see!|