Decorating bulletin boards with festive arrangements is something I love to do in our classroom. I consider it a hobby of mine and not a job. I try to come up with different ideas so that the boards look festive for the Holidays or just to display the art work of our students. I find this task to be very satisfying. It is very important to display the work of the students so that they feel self pride and letting them know you really appreciate their efforts. Children love to see their work displayed and by putting their work on the wall gives them a satisfaction that encourages pride in ownership.
There are many bulletin board teacher books on the market and one of my favorites is The Giant Book of Bulletin Boards, by Creative Teaching Press, for all reasons and seasons. I have gleaned many ideas from this bulletin board book and I have also adapted my own uniqueness to create something very age appropriate and personal. With helpful ideas for back to school that leads into the fall season, winter beauty, and spring baskets to Mommy & me, summer slices of fun along with behavior and incentive boards.
Thanksgiving Board for our Classroom
I have created many bulletin boards that include each child’s picture. Including each child’s picture brings life to the scene and a personal touch that tells the world this is me. Our newest board that we just completed for Thanksgiving has a large cornucopia, (a large horn shaped basket filled with fruits and vegetables) the children painted the fruit and vegetable cutouts, and this was placed in the middle of a table. After we colored our Thank you placemats they were arranged on the table which is along the bottom of the board. Across the top I put in big bold letters’ God’s Harvest’. I proceeded to take all of the children’s pictures, arranged them along the top, of the cornucopia in a semi circle to look like they are all sitting around the table. As I was taking their photos I had them pretend that they were eating from a small plate with a spoon that I got out of the home center. They laughed because they love to pretend and pretending to eat was hilarious. When the board was finished they admired their photos on the board and found their own picture along with their friends and this gave them a lot more to smile about.