Thursday, 9 July 2020

Tropical Classroom Decor and More

Teaching has its moments. There are going to be times when you'll wish for a moment of peace just get a little break from the stress. If you're dreaming of time in the sun, you can transform your classroom into a tropical oasis. Any tropical classroom theme has pineapples, tropical birds, flowers,  and bright colors. I found some inspiration for you with these pictures below.

This white wood border trim is a calming contrast to the tropical bright elements that make this bulletin board pop. The posters and pineapple cut-outs were found at Amazon.

This beautiful tropical bulletin board used a bright yellow chevron bulletin board paper bordered with a tropical border trim. Pineapple cut-outs in bright colors had work placeholders below. I love it!

Tropical themed classroom calendar. A pineapple border trim was used and tropical cut-outs were added.

Go flamingo! They are so tropical. This is a set of cut-outs for making a welcome bulletin board.

pineapple border trim and pineapple cut-outs make a tropical bulletin board. 

Border trims are not just for posters. Lay them along your desk skirting, shelves or storage cabinets.

If you don't fancy the bright colors, there's the very calming palette of green tropical leaves. Lots of teaching journals are trending with this design. 

If you need some tropical classroom printables, see my collection at TpT.

Tropical Class Timetable

So, between the bright tropical colors and the calming greens, which palette would you prefer?

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Growth Mindset Posters

Growth mindset posters that require no prep make for a quick and easy way to create a growth mindset bulletin board. I made some printable ones here, and others can be found on Amazon like the one in the picture above. Just to give you some ideas, check out the pictures below to get inspired using posters to make growth mindset door displays and more.

Marquee Classroom Theme Ideas

Are you thinking of having a marquee classroom theme this year?  No one can resist the brightly lit letters that almost seem to flash and blink. A marquee theme gives you a feeling of anticipation of something exciting. You are here for something great, a new release of the latest knowledge that will blow your mind. Marquee headers and posters are guaranteed to get your students' attention and set the tone for anticipating the next new topic.



A blank schedule chart with marquee letters for the heading and a marquee star border that was cut to fit the top of the chart.

Marquee Classroom hooks for hanging up charts and providing easy access to other things that can be hanged.

Marquee magnetic stars for a magnetic whitboard display. There are also magnetic borders in this theme.

If you have decor for a Hollywood theme, they can be used for a marquee theme too, if they have the right lettering.

Woodland Classroom Theme

A woodland classroom theme is perfect for giving your classroom an outdoor feel of being immersed in nature. It's a warm theme that honestly caries the vibe of happiness, togetherness, and friendship. The sight of butterflies makes us happy. Forest friends are everywhere. When you see some of the pictures below, you will see what I mean. 

The classroom posters would read something like 'Welcome to Our Neck of the Woods', 'Learning is an Adventure', or 'Kindness Leaves Others Encouraged'. 

Since it is similar to a camping theme, a lot of camping theme decor can be used. The main elements you will need are a tree with leaves and forest animals. 

 More ideas will be added soon.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Back to School Gift Ideas for Students

I'm sure that every teacher is very eager to get back school to meet the new class and to reconnect with the students that were there before. Students will be excited as well. I hope that when you are back in school (whenever that is), that you will have a happy reunion and a memorable welcome for your new class. Some back to school gift ideas for your students are listed below.

Your future is so bright... gifts for students. Welcome your new students with these glasses and tags. These are well made and come individually wrapped. Perfect sizing for the big kids (3rd to 5th grade). See LOTS of different free tags that you can download from TpT.

Beautiful bookmarks with positive messages to promote self-esteem and togetherness.

Happiness Journals can be merged with bookmarks and pens.

I'm really hoping that schools can re-open soon but only if it is safe to do so. If you have to teach your class online, take comfort in knowing that it is the safer route and you're helping to flatten the curve. Let us stay as safe and healthy as we can.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Geometric Classroom Rugs

Geometric themes are the latest trend in classroom decor. I personally love the sleek look of straight lines and angles, it's neat, crisp, and orderly. The more abstract ones remind me of color-by-number worksheets! As long as the design in simple and not too busy, it would look amazing in a classroom. The simple rule to follow it to stay away from patterns that have a million tiny shapes all over it. Always choose larger shapes with larger color blocks so that the design is soothing to look at. As examples, you can look at the examples below. I made sure to choose ones that are more cost-effective but still of good quality.

Modern Squares Multi Geometric Area Rug: The colors are bright and cheerful and the quality will hold up to the wear. This gets bonus points for being half the price of other similar rugs.

Art Deco Geometric Area Rug: This rug is beautiful, plush, bright, and well made. Also at a good price and comes in different sizes.

Contemporary Modern Boxes Area Rug: This is a soft, great quality rug that actually comes in different colors and sizes. Also within a good price range.

Scandinavian Triangles Geometric Rug: It is extremely affordable. Rugs of this size can cost a few hundred dollars, which is just unrealistic and unnecessary for a classroom. The designs great for a neutral theme. 

If you'd like to see some classroom decor printables with a geometric theme, see my growing collection here.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

USA Patriotic Classroom Decor

If you are going with a USA patriotic theme for your classroom, here are some editable classroom decor printables that you can use. Each item opens in Power Point and all of the text is editable. It includes patriotic classroom rules, labels, a timetable, and a patriotic meet-the-teacher template. This is a growing list that you can browse through here.

Also, here are two of my patriotic joke books for kids that are both funny and edicational.

These books are available both in paperback and Kindle and they are perfect for classroom ice-breakers.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!