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June 4, 2018

Your Classroom Theme Made Easy: Use Color

By Nancy Jang
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    As one school year draws to a bittersweet close, I am already thinking about how to plan, improve, and decorate for next year. I bought my teacher planner and have already begun collecting items for next year’s theme. This past year I decked my classroom out in superheroes, but now I'm ready to try a color theme. I’ve always loved the calmness of the color blue and its association for me with the ocean in one of my favorite places: Maui. So, I've decided on a turquoise color theme!

    I started by covering my walls with various shades of turquoise butcher paper and felt. I learned that the Scholastic Teacher Store recently introduced an Aqua Oasis décor line that perfectly fits my color theme. It includes two different borders, a birthday bulletin board set, class jobs set, schedule cards, a beautiful calendar, a few posters, a set of letters, and even a clip chart.

    I have already put the schedule cards in a pocket chart and glued the job chart on a piece of foam core. I'll store them on top of a cabinet, but they're ready to be filled in once I get my schedule and class roster for the new school year. With the job chart, I also glued the yellow student label cards onto clothespins to make them easy to move, since I like to change jobs every month.

    With the schedule cards, I cut each in half so that I could have a variety of times and subjects that could be interchangeable without rewriting new cards. 

     

    I really love having a birthday bulletin board in my room, but I hate taking up a large space that could be used for student work or more useful tools such as our calendar. The small narrow space above my whiteboard is the perfect spot for the birthday board! I love adding some dimension to my bulletin boards with a few circular fans in fun prints or pompoms to make it seem even more fun.

     

    In my classroom, we have an area called "Number Corner" that is a part of our math program. I used the Aqua Oasis letters and mounted them on turquoise paper plates to create the title for the board. I added a few pompoms in the corners for flair. Every day in the Number Corner, we solve math problems, talk about patterns, and count how many days we have been in school. This bulletin board for the corner is huge and includes a pocket chart calendar system.

     

    While great for our math talks, that calendar system is not especially helpful for remembering our field trips, early outs, and holidays. So, I am using a second calendar in the front of my classroom, on my whiteboard, next to my clip chart. I love having a smaller calendar on my whiteboard! I can add spotlight cards for holidays and field trips easily and also write down any reminders, field trips, assemblies, and other specials days for the month directly onto the whiteboard next to the calendar. I love this space; it's pretty, but functional as well. It has my Aqua Oasis clip chart, my class expectations, job chart, schedule pocket chart, and the calendar all in one place. Best of all it's all color-coordinated!

     

    My school is going to be under construction all summer, so I won’t be allowed on the campus until our first week of staff development. But since my room isn’t being affected by the construction, I can put up my décor and just cover it until I return in the fall. At that point, I can focus on lesson planning and not worry about my bulletin boards. With just a few items from this one line, I have a calm, pulled-together classroom that is ready for a new class of first graders!

    Nancy

    As one school year draws to a bittersweet close, I am already thinking about how to plan, improve, and decorate for next year. I bought my teacher planner and have already begun collecting items for next year’s theme. This past year I decked my classroom out in superheroes, but now I'm ready to try a color theme. I’ve always loved the calmness of the color blue and its association for me with the ocean in one of my favorite places: Maui. So, I've decided on a turquoise color theme!

    I started by covering my walls with various shades of turquoise butcher paper and felt. I learned that the Scholastic Teacher Store recently introduced an Aqua Oasis décor line that perfectly fits my color theme. It includes two different borders, a birthday bulletin board set, class jobs set, schedule cards, a beautiful calendar, a few posters, a set of letters, and even a clip chart.

    I have already put the schedule cards in a pocket chart and glued the job chart on a piece of foam core. I'll store them on top of a cabinet, but they're ready to be filled in once I get my schedule and class roster for the new school year. With the job chart, I also glued the yellow student label cards onto clothespins to make them easy to move, since I like to change jobs every month.

    With the schedule cards, I cut each in half so that I could have a variety of times and subjects that could be interchangeable without rewriting new cards. 

     

    I really love having a birthday bulletin board in my room, but I hate taking up a large space that could be used for student work or more useful tools such as our calendar. The small narrow space above my whiteboard is the perfect spot for the birthday board! I love adding some dimension to my bulletin boards with a few circular fans in fun prints or pompoms to make it seem even more fun.

     

    In my classroom, we have an area called "Number Corner" that is a part of our math program. I used the Aqua Oasis letters and mounted them on turquoise paper plates to create the title for the board. I added a few pompoms in the corners for flair. Every day in the Number Corner, we solve math problems, talk about patterns, and count how many days we have been in school. This bulletin board for the corner is huge and includes a pocket chart calendar system.

     

    While great for our math talks, that calendar system is not especially helpful for remembering our field trips, early outs, and holidays. So, I am using a second calendar in the front of my classroom, on my whiteboard, next to my clip chart. I love having a smaller calendar on my whiteboard! I can add spotlight cards for holidays and field trips easily and also write down any reminders, field trips, assemblies, and other specials days for the month directly onto the whiteboard next to the calendar. I love this space; it's pretty, but functional as well. It has my Aqua Oasis clip chart, my class expectations, job chart, schedule pocket chart, and the calendar all in one place. Best of all it's all color-coordinated!

     

    My school is going to be under construction all summer, so I won’t be allowed on the campus until our first week of staff development. But since my room isn’t being affected by the construction, I can put up my décor and just cover it until I return in the fall. At that point, I can focus on lesson planning and not worry about my bulletin boards. With just a few items from this one line, I have a calm, pulled-together classroom that is ready for a new class of first graders!

    Nancy

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