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Teachers all have their own ways of decorating the classroom. The following paragraphs contain some of our ideas and you can find more of a step-by-step how-to by clicking here. Whether you use our ideas or your own, however, you can click on the highlighted items to start your shopping. For example, you may want to begin with a Bulletin Board set, add some Borders, throw in some Posters or Banners and finish everything off with some Accents or Cutouts. Of course, you may want to use a Calendar to display the important dates for your class and then add some Alphabets and Numbers as added decorations. Chart Toppers also come in handy when you start to run out of room on the bulletin board or on the walls. And for added entertainment, think about some Two Sided Decorations or Window Clings if the door to your classroom has a window in it or if your windows face the street. And, while you are shopping, don’t forget to pick up some Storage boxes so all of your new decorations stay fresh for the next school year. Click here for additional tips on Decorating the Classroom.
There is a real advantage to decorating the classroom because it sets a better, more comfortable and more enjoyable atmosphere for the kids. There are a few different ways that you can go about decorating the classroom. The teacher can decorate the classroom based on holidays, class lessons, crafts, artwork etc. Here are some ways teachers have decorated their classrooms that might work best for you!
• Decorating the classroom based on the lessons you
This is probably my favorite way to decorate the classroom. I think that visual aids are essential to the lessons that you teach. Therefore, just as an example: if you are decorating the classroom, based on a lesson about Native Americans—you may want to put a teepee in the back of the classroom. Or you could put simple cut-out portraits of Native American Indians wearing headdresses up along the walls. Perhaps you will want the children to color or decorate the pictures, too. You could use horses without saddles for decorating the classroom and so on.
• Decorating the classroom with the students crafts:
Usually your crafts will go along somehow with at least one of the lessons you have recently taught the children. Have a special place set aside for the crafts—like a low mantel or ledge for them. For example: if you are making “log cabin” houses out of tongue depressors and glue. You should have a place (or maybe more than one place) where the children can set them out on display. Maybe you could even get some fake grass to put the log cabins on. Perhaps the craft could be connected to a lesson on the first settlers in America.
• Decorating the classroom with the childrens artwork:
Whether the kids are painting with watercolors, coloring with crayons, or doodling with puff paints, if the students work with paint pens or acrylics on canvas, or whatever. You can turn your classroom into an art gallery of your students artwork. They will be proud to look around the room every day and see the art they worked so hard to make hanging from the walls.
• Decorating the classroom based on the upcoming
Especially at Christmastime, teachers like to decorate the classroom to suit the spirit of the holiday season. Often, teachers will use both their own, store bought decorations as well as work that the students have done to create a classroom atmosphere that says “celebrate the season!” The same is often done with Easter decorations—there will be some brought in by the teacher as well as arts and crafts the students make themselves. For holidays other than Christmas, the teacher may prefer to be the sole decorator of the classroom, and be sure to point out the decorations and let the class know what they mean. For instance: Memorial Day decorations. It is good for the children to know what Memorial Day stands for and why we celebrate it.
No matter how you are decorating the classroom, I believe it is a great thing to do. Great for the kids—and great for you!
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