Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back to School Blog Hop





Hey, Classroom Decor Rockstars! It's that time of year. The time when we spend hours on Pinterest, scour the discount stores, and hide receipts from our spouses. (Shhhh! Don't tell him how much those cute pillows cost for my class library.) Well, we want to
help just a little with some decorating tips we've picked up through the years.

We've included our 10 best decor ideas for you here 
and there's a FREEBIE at the end!
Plus...a CONTEST!




Deciding on your color scheme should be one of the first things you do. If you are new, you have a world of choices. If you are a veteran teacher looking to redecorate, then you may want to adapt and reuse some of the things you already own. Limiting yourself to just two main colors keeps your classroom looking clean and neat. Then you can add interest with a splash of a third color here and there. You can check out popular color combos on Pinterest for ideas.




Whether its Pirates, Down on the Farm, Safari, Fairy Tales, Superheroes, or Nursery Rhymes, an interesting theme can be the best jumping off point for decorating your classroom. We love getting really creative with our themes. An awesome place for theme ideas is to check out an Oriental Trading, Stumps, or U.S. Toy catalog. You can find them all online.





Forget that giant paper that fades rips, and wrinkles, PAINT, is the way to go baby! And BLACK is the perfect background for any bulletin board. It just looks awesome with any border and makes your displays POP!!








If double is nice, triple is better! You can make your bulletin boards SPECTACULAR by layering your borders.  The one below even has 4 borders!







Angela draws them freehand but I'm terrible at that! If your artistic, go for it! If not, use your projector to trace your image onto tagboard. Draw it, trace with a black sharpie, then break out the soft pastel chalk. Color over each area with the chalk, then blend it with your fingers. The oil in your fingers helps you blend. Then use a black or dark brown piece of chalk to add shading. Spray your finished product with aerosol hairspray to set it.  You can add white chalk accents after you spray it. Then laminate and cut it out. Adding raffia, fabric bows, buttons, etc. can give it a 3-D effect.
We are planning a blog post in the near future showing you all the different steps if you've never chalked before.







Angela painted the furniture below but don't worry if that is not your talent. There are tons of inexpensive, interesting chairs, tables, etc. at discount stores. Don't forget to check your local thrift stores as well.


















Photos, photos, and more photos! Students love to see themselves in action.  Remember to take a photo of each student to match your theme at the beginning of the year. These can be displayed all year.
Here's a first day pic of my cute nephew when I was doing a Safari Theme. The kids adored "driving" the jeep and the pics looked awesome on my classroom door! I added some buttons in the corner and a raffia bow at the top, of course. Then those photos became the cover of a memory book I gave them at the end 
of the year.






Use construction paper or scrapbook paper to mat your students' best work. It will make their projects stand out so much more. Nothing makes a classroom more attractive than interesting student work displays.





Tissue paper pom poms, paper lanterns, twinkle lights, bunting, and accent walls can all make a huge difference in your classroom. They add just the right amount of warmth and interest. Be careful not to overdo it, though. You don't want students to be distracted by too much busyness.








Click HERE for directions on 
how to paint an accent "blob".


Leave a good deal of white space at the beginning of the year, so you can fill it up with anchor charts, graphs and such as the year progresses. It's all about student learning, right!



You can't continue on this 
Back to School Blog Hop 
without a FREEBIE!
We put together this Sunshine Freebie to 
celebrate a big milestone we recently reached on TpT. 
We couldn't have done that without all of our 
encouraging readers and customers. You inspire us!!
Click on the pic below to download this FREEBIE that includes
tons of writing options and a Functional Text lesson too!




AND
You can register for a chance to win an amazing prize pack full of products from the bloggers below.


















Thanks for hopping our way! 
We hope you have an incredible school year. 
Thank you for blessing so many children each day!!
Make sure you visit the other blogs below.

10 comments:

Teaching Autism said...

Thanks for a sharing a look at your displays! They are amazing!

Teaching Autism

Tammy DeShaw said...

I absolutely love how you broke it down bit by bit! It makes it seem manageable! Thanks for linking up!

Sharon Dudley said...

Hi ladies! I just followed your blog today. Thank you for some great tips! I really like fairy tales, too, although this year I chose to go with a superhero theme because my new son-in-law drew me a whole set of ABC superheroes that I've made into products. Your post has inspired me to make a mask for my children and let them wear a cape so that I can have photos of all of them on my wall where they look like superheroes.

Have a really cool opening this year!

Sharon Dudley, NBCT
Teaching with Sight

Laura M said...

I LOVE your ideas....especially the bulletin boards!

Laura
www.discoveringhiddenpotential.com

S Farrell said...

Wow, you have a great looking classroom. You have some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
Sandra
Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips

Evelyn Stevenson said...

This is so cute! Of course, I love all of your products! Thank you so much for sharing!

Mrs. Dinh said...

Love Tip 4 with triple layering the borders and adding student pictures to make the room more personal to them! Your classroom looks adorable! :)

-Ha :)
Happy Days in First Grade

Sci5Techr said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Polka dots, blue, purple, and shocking pink with a touch of zebra and colorful cheetah prints; that's how my science lab rocks.

Two Nutty Teachers said...

I LOVE the idea of painting your bulletin boards! I can't wait to ask my Principal if we can! :) Your classroom is so cute and inviting. Best of luck this year to you and your kiddos!

Mollie & Amy
Two Nutty Teachers

Linda Post: The Teacher's Post said...

I love your bulletin boards! I never thought about using paint! Thanks for sharing...

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