CLASSROOM DECORATING IDEAS
Schoolrooms don’t have to be dull and drab.Check out our fun Classroom Themes and Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas!
Decorating a classroom is one of the first orders of business for teachers during that first week before school begins.
Teachers are busy pulling together tons of classroom decorating ideas that motivate but educate.
Welcoming back the students is a priority, and the really great teachers will create a special place for them by coming up with snazzy classroom bulletin board ideas and fun classroom activities.
Classrooms are big on content - small on space.
Books, desks, audio/visual equipment and students are all vying for elbow room.
Classroom decorating ideas that are simple and organized are teacher favorites because they enhance calm learning environments.
Information overload plastered all over the walls and on the classroom bulletin boards can be a distraction. Clutter tends to frustrate, and the last thing a teacher wants is a room full of frustrated kids.
Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas
The biggest focal point in the classroom is the bulletin board;it should be the backdrop for your room’s theme.
Educational supply stores carry many popular theme kits, everything needed for decorating a classroom - borders, posters, bulletin board content and suggestions for fun classroom activities, but don’t go overboard with the decorations. Strike a balance between the décor, the color scheme and the educational information.
Children are attracted to bright colors, but use the bold palette sparingly.
Guide students’ attention to specific points you want them to retain, and use the bright colors there instead of anchoring the room in bold yellows or reds.
Classroom bulletin boards should set a tone, not jump off the wall with screaming loud colors.
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Themes for a Classroom
Pre-K and Kindergarten kids love to see their favorite television characters displayed in their classroom. It helps their transition from home to school.
An online search will turn up some of the most popular themes and give you suggestions on how to use them.
Sesame StreetDisplay popular characters from the show and change them throughout the year to coordinate with the introduction of new subject material.
Dora the ExplorerUse Dora’s travels to correlate with the exploration of new subjects. Create a “Follow Dora’s Road Map to Success.”
School Bus ThemeStudents can “ride” the school bus to visual field trips. As each task is mastered, create a new destination for the bus. Students’ names can be added to the windows of the bus.
For older elementary school students, choose popular themes that have a variety of sub-themes; personalize the theme to coordinate with class content and mark individual achievements.
Jungle ThemeDivide the room into different areas of a jungle. Use shades of green and brown for borders, posters and bulletin boards.
The Lions DenKids post their work and roar about their success.
The Elephant WallCreate a place to honor students who’ve mastered a task.
The GrapevineDesignate an area where students buddy-up to swing across the jungle pit and mentor one another.
Western ThemeTurn the room into a rodeo round-up. Section off an area of the room to resemble a corral, and specify it for a certain use. Put up posters that have relevant subject material.
Rope the CalfMake a poster to list new concepts and introduce new subject material.
Stay on the Bucking BroncoIdentify challenges that students can claim to earn extra points.
Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of FameCreate a classroom bulletin board that recognizes students’ achievements - grades, perfect attendance, most helpful student – anything that designates outstanding performance so that everyone gets a chance for recognition.
The color scheme is mostly monochromatic in shades of blue. Use posters, borders and wall information to transform the classroom into a galaxy of information.
The Sky is the LimitCreate a “sky” backdrop for classroom bulletin boards on which to post classroom goals.
Hang stars with students’ names on them to boost confidence.
Blast Off to SuccessMake small paper rockets containing the names of books for book reports. Students can claim their rocket at the beginning of the year. A satisfactory grade on the report will put their rocket on the moon.
Look for classroom decorating ideas that use a neutral color scheme as an anchor. This will allow you to change out your accessories and new add content more easily as the school year progresses. Students need continual stimulation; it reduces the possibility of boredom and increases the probability of learning
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