Whether you plan to teach the alphabet, numbers, or sight words in grades PreK–2, or will be teaching character traits, text structures, or U.S. geography in grades 3–5, there’s always a creative and engaging way to transform your classroom into a rich learning environment.

As you prep your classroom for a new class for back-to-school season, keep these 3 tips in mind:

Simplify and subtract. 

Too much visual stimulation can be distracting and overwhelming for students, so stick to what is most relevant to your instruction.

Ask students. 

Designate a space for student work. By displaying your students’ creations, they’ll feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for their learning.

Reconsider the walls. 

Choose decorations that reinforce your current curriculum or lessons you’re about to lead in to. Are your walls supporting student learning? 

Wondering which classroom décor will be best for your students? From social and emotional learning to reading and language arts, these new and best-selling items from Scholastic will refresh your classroom and engage students. 

Plus, through August 31, Scholastic is supporting teachers with 35% off classroom décor through the Scholastic Teacher Store

Bulletin Boards

From establishing classroom culture to reinforcing the curriculum, bulletin boards can help to set the tone in your classroom right from the start. These 5 ideas will give you a headstart on creating core focal points, each for under $10.

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Borders + Trimmers

To refresh a brilliant bulletin board, add a finishing touch to your door, or set off a place to display student work, a new trimmer is a great place to start. Shop bestsellers, all for under $5. 

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Pocket Charts

There are endless applications for pocket charts. Fully customizable, these can provide teachers with classroom calendars, daily schedules, counting exercises, literacy centers, and poetry lessons. Here are a few that teachers turn to year after year. 

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Posters and Accents

For the finishing touches, these ideas will prepare you for back-to-school with ways to organize your classroom library, share activities that support literacy and get to know your new students. 

Here’s to a back-to-school classroom that’s never looked better or been more effective…and all without breaking the bank.