My friend Katie and I have made a tradition of driving to our nearest IKEA store. We go in mid to late summer, once we've had time to think about the things we might need for our classrooms. The nearest IKEA store is 2 hours away, in Cincinnati. So, while we are there, we visit Joseph Beth Bookstore and have lunch. It is a fun day. I find that a few new things each year allow me to rethink space and room design. Shopping at IKEA is a fun day but as Katie and I shop and talk through various items, we are really talking through the space we are trying to create for learners. It is always a great day:-)
This year, I bought several things that I am excited about. These things will help me create purposeful spaces for kids.