As the start of the school year is quickly approaching, I'm sure that most of you are thinking of ways to spruce up your classroom. I know that it was one of my favorites parts of the start of the year! Freshening up my classroom walls to welcome my students.
In April, when Charlie turned 1, I decided to keep the decor to a minimum, but I wanted to create a "focal" wall where I could celebrate his milestones. Here's what I created:
But this wall is SO EASY to create, and easy to adapt to a classroom. (Maybe not with the colorful balloons...) It's so easy to make. Here's what you'd need:
- Balloons for a phrase of your choice (I personally love YAY for the school year)
- Grade level balloon
- Pom Pom string
- Small clothes pins
- Command strips
- Optional: other balloons
The whole set up cost me: $23.49 (not including photo printing)
I got all of these items at Target, but not that that should surprise anyone.
I feel like this would make the CUTEST wall to celebrate awesome student work as well as hang photos of cool things your students did over the course of the year. Use the clothes pins, you can hang the work and photos and it's so easy to interchange those items.
I'm a big supporter of decorating the classroom and here's why:
You spend SO. MUCH. TIME. with your students. They are with you so much during the day, and I feel that students learn better when they feel welcomed and at home. Providing students with a positive space that is conducive to learning as well as celebrating students is a best practice that promotes a multicultural classroom.
Here's a closer view of the different elements:
An easy way to celebrate your students and their work. You could put this on a bulletin board and it's not super intricate like some of the other ones that I've done... :)
AND THE LETTER BALLOONS NEVER DEFLATE. THEY'RE AMAZING. 10/10 recommend.
What are some ways that you celebrate your students in your classroom? I'd love to know! Let me know.