Magnolia designer I am not. Also, normally I am decorating wayyy past the time of this post. However, here are some of my favorite tips from previous years!
- If you have to provide the background paper for your board, I recommend a solid color wrapping paper. My mom picked up some of these from the Container Store. While it was expensive, it didn’t fade AT ALL! I could have easily left it up during the summer and re-used it this year. (We also used this ribbon to edge the board, but you can find other borders quite easily! I recommend the dollar spot at Target!)
- For the past two years, I had THREE bulletin boards! All teachers need question posters especially if you are teaching lower levels. My two favorites that I have used are Creative Language Classroom (free- in multiple levels!) and Señor Wooly. I got Señor Wooly when I started teaching the graphic novels because of the connection. I also downloaded Kristy’s high frequency past tense verbs. This is perfect if you are teaching levels 2 and up. I also like how she translates the verbs. This has made my own explanations into these two past tenses simpler. Finally, on the last bulletin board, I put up cultural pictures. I have used old calendar pictures which are cheap and easy to use year after year once they are laminated.
- Speaking of calendars, my favorite calendar which makes me happy every time I look at it is Curly Girl. Each year, I laminate my favorite sayings and decorate with them around my desk.
- My other posters have come from various places, and I recommend that you think of ways to personalize your own classroom. I found a bulldog which was my school’s mascot at a Scholastic sale. I also found a University of Virginia poster there. Since I went to school there, I snatched that up! My mom also bought me a few posters when she was in Costa Rica. I have also gotten some great posters at our local art museum after trainings and at conferences! My other important staple in the classroom is a hard copy of our schedule! It was great to be able to reference that in the front of my classroom.
- I played around with flexible seating last year, and I took a trip to IKEA. I highly recommend this chair. I bought two and they held up nicely throughout the year. I also bought three of these footstools. They held up nicely. I was hoping that students would sit on them, but they mostly used them as footstools. However, if there weren’t as many chairs, students sat on them occasionally.
- If you are looking for other resources for my whiteboards, I went to Home Depot and got marker board and asked them to cut it up for free. I ended up with a great set of individual whiteboards that were sturdy. They have lasted about five years. My students who were sitting in different spots would use these also to press down on.
- I mentioned some of my other must haves in previous posts, but to summarize- I LOVE Michael’s Happy Planners! Just make sure you use your teacher coupon or get them when they are on sale for 40% off (which is frequently!) I have also picked up some fun banners in the Target Dollar Spot. I have hung one on a bulletin board and another on my second whiteboard.