The following photos are from the classrooms at my school. My colleagues have created such glorious spaces.  I am going to post a series of elements. Today's element is lighting.  There are two main types of lighting in today's photos – twinkle lights and lamps.  Twinkle lights add a layer of magic and wonder.  It is a splash of  etheric joy.   Lamps cast a warmth and cozy feeling.
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Lighting at the top of the bookshelves with carefully selected branches in my first grade classroom.

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Jenni's umbrella chandelier.

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Patty's Reading Corner.

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Krista's wall of lights in her library center.

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My Hopes and Dreams Tree – waiting to be imbued with crystal beads and stars.

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Tina's wall of lights in her Art Studio.

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Jenni's warm light at the arrival table.

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Jennifer's light over the library center.

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Jennifer's twinkle lights.

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Crystal's twinkle lights in housekeeping.

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Patty's twinkle lights in housekeeping.

How do you use lighting in your classroom to expand and build atmosphere?

IMPORTANT:  Be sure to check with your local and state fire codes and regulations on what you are allowed to hang and where.  We invited a local firefighter to help us determine what was safe.  Always choose the safest string lights – those designed not to heat up (because they are used on live trees).  I buy flame retardant and spray it on all draping fabrics.