Monday, 5 December 2022

New Year Bulletin Board Ideas

New Year's Day bulletin boards are the first decor items that students will see as they are welcomed back to school for the new calendar year. It is always better to get new year decorations that are not specific to the year so that you can use them again each year. Gold and black or gold and silver are traditional color themes for new year decorations. Confetti border trims and bulletin board papers are also very popular for new year bulletin boards. Party stores have lots of decorations like banners, garlands, and cutouts. Teachers should beware of many of the party cutout sets as they may have champagne elements which are not suitable for the classroom. The elements that you want to use are fireworks, balloons, gold stars, top hats, number cut outs for the year, and big shades (eye wear).  Below, are New Year's Day bulletin board ideas for classrooms.

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New Year's Day Bulletin Board Ideas

  • Use a large backdrop for an instant bulletin board: This cardstock banner says 'Happy New Year' and it makes an instant new year bulletin board. It has the traditional gold and black color theme.

  • Use a 'Happy New Year' Letter Garland: Hang up a Happy New Year letter garland over a monochrome background. The color of the letters must always contrast with the color of the backgrounds for the letters to stand out. These garlands can be black, white, silver, or gold.

 
  • Hang up a giant New Year's Day Coloring Page: Have your students color a huge New Year's Day themed coloring page that you can later mount up as a colorful bulletin board display. Students will feel proud to have their work on display.

  • Sliding into a New Year Bulletin Board: This bulletin board has cute penguins skiing on the slopes made of lace. A snowflake border and snowflake cutouts stand out against the dark blue night sky backdrop.

  • Add new year themed cutouts to your bulletin board: New Year's Day cutout sets can be gold, silver, or both colors. There are also door sign cutouts that you can hang on your bulletin board.

  • Use free bulletin board printables from TpT: There are lots of free New Year bulletin board ideas on TpT that you can use. See them here.

More ideas will be added soon.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Uses for Magnetic Curtain Rods in the Classroom


Magnetic display ideas are the easiest ways to hang items in your classroom. Magnetic rods, for the classroom, look like magnetic curtain rods or magnetic towel racks. The magnetic parts are the ends of the two arms which bracket the rod. Teachers use these rods for holding up mini anchor charts and flip charts on whiteboards, and for installing a safety curtain over the mini window of the classroom door. They can be plastic or metal, and they are usually available in different lengths and colors to suit your needs.

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How to Choose the Best Whiteboard Magnetic Rod

  • Magnetic rods for date flip cards should be spaced away from the whiteboard: If the support arms of the rack are too short, like in this rack, the date cards would not be easily flipped around the bar.

  • The color of your magnetic rod should match the surface it is attached to: White rods should go on whiteboards and black rods should go on the side of black filing cabinets.


Uses for Magnetic Curtain Rods in the Classroom 

  • Magnetic rods to hold up mini anchor charts: A magnetic rod like this can hold two letter sized mini anchor charts on any magnetic surface in your classroom. This rod hangs from the side of a filing cabinet.

 
  • Magnetic rods for date bulletin boards: This sturdy magnetic rod (#ad) is white, which makes it blend into the whiteboard, so that the date cards can stand out.

  • Magnetic rods for metal classroom doors: For metal classroom doors, the mini window can have a privacy curtain installed with a magnetic rod.

You may also be interested in ideas for hanging decorations from your classroom ceiling. Read all about it in this blog post.

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Chistmas Snack Gift Ideas

If you are looking for snack gift ideas for your students, these ideas are easy to make and verry cute for the season. Students love to see colorful treats, so colorful candies like M&Ms and very popular for snack treat gifts. You can always look for sugar-free alternatives for these snacks so that they'll have less sugar. 

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  • Make a Santa's Sleigh: Use two candy canes at the base as the sleigh runners. Glue gun a KitKat bar on the runners. For Santa's bah of treats, have some candies in a cellophane bag, tied off with Christmas ribbons. Add a Christmas themed Hershey's chocolate bar with the Santa on the front to the front of the treat bag... so that Santa can drive his sleigh. 

  • Make M&M treat tube bottles: Fill clear plastic tube bottles like these with M&M candy. Dress them up with vinyl cutouts of Christmas elements. The lids screw on and off easily and without sticking or cross-threading.


  • Make M&M filled bulb ornaments: Make M&M ornaments by filling up refillable light bulb ornaments with assorted mini M&Ms. Add ribbon to decorate them.

More ideas will be added soon.

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Affirmation Station Classroom Ideas


Many teachers are making affirmation station bulletin boards in their classrooms for their students. Daily reinforcement of positive self-talk is important for building self-esteem in students and it is a good habit for them to form, so that even outside of the classroom, they can say positive affirmations to build their confidence. An affirmation station can take the form of posters, a bulletin board, or a tapestry. Most of these stations use mirrors to help make it a personal experience for students.

I love to find awesome classroom decor ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are great for making an affirmation station in your classroom.

  • Use a positive affirmation wall tapestry: Students can find many positive words to identify with in this tapestry. The graffiti style is appealing to students.

 

 
  • Add positive sayings to your affirmation bulletin board: These affirmation bulletin boards have confetti themed positive sayings.

 
 
  • Use a mirror on your affirmation bulletin board: It is a really good idea to use a mirror right on your affirmation bulletin board for students to focus on themselves and not be distracted as they say the affirmations.

  • Use growth Mindset Posters: See my collection of growth mindset posters here. These printables are from my TpT collection. You get to download them instantly upon purchase and they can be used for years because you'll have lifetime access to the files.

You may also get inspiration from this blog post full of growth mindset bulletin board examples, which can be a part of your affirmation station.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Classroom Rule Bulletin Boards


This post is a growing listing of classroom rule bulletin board ideas that are perfect for an elementary classroom.  I have a free, printable classroom rule bulletin board poster set that you can download for free. See pictures of it in this blog post. I also have lots of classroom rule posters in different themes that you can check out from my TpT collection. 

I love to find awesome classroom bulletin board ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are great for making Classroom Rule Bulletin Boards.

  • Positive Affirmation Posters for Classroom Rules bulletin board: If you want to make a classroom rules bulletin board that does not feel restrictive, use positive affirmation posters.

  • Use posters with pictures in a bulletin board: This is the most common type of bulletin board for classroom rules. This poster set comes with a classroom rules banner. I have many printable classroom rule posters with pictures that can be made into bulletin boards here.

 
  • Classroom Rule Bulletin Board for Older Students: This is a very classy looking  black and white set of classroom rule posters that have an industrial chic look. The header 'CLASS RULES' has posters for each letter, and each rule placed below the header is on a different poster. The fonts and colors make this suitable for higher grade levels.


  • Classroom Rule Column Posters: These posters come attached to each other in a vertical array. They are best for hanging up on classroom doors, column posts, and to the side of your whiteboard.

  • Classroom Rule Direction Posters: These are poster cutouts of students and rules that make it easy to students to understand the rules. It contains twelve classroom rules.

See my collection of printable classroom rules in different themes here. These classroom decor printables are from my TpT collection. You get to download them instantly upon purchase and they can be used for years because you'll have lifetime access to the files. Check out this free sample!

More ideas will be added soon.

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

How to Organize Classroom Reward Stickers

Storing classroom reward stickers

Teachers use stickers to reward students for behavior, leadership, math goals, reading goals, acts of kindness, having a clean desk, homework club, improvement, etc. The most important purpose for reward stickers is for classroom management. It is helpful to have a large assortment of trendy stickers which fall under themes that your students like, and that are age-appropriate for them. Classroom reward stickers can be organized and sorted by seasons, hobby themes, subject themes, or sizes. Also, by the types (flat or bubble). Having stickers in your classroom management toolkit will fix your need for positive student behaviour incentives.

I love to find awesome classroom management ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are great for organizing classroom reward stickers.

How to Organize and Store Classroom Stickers
To organize your classroom reward sticker collection, you can store them in a plastic bin with dividers, a binder with sheet protectors, a pocket chart, or a sticker book.

  • Keep sticker sheets in a binder with sheet protector: Using sheet protectors for storing sticker sheets makes it easy for students to flip through.

 
  • Keep reward stickers in a pocket chart: These Marvel comic stickers are on display for students to see. The teacher finds that her students are highly motivated to find ways to earn these stickers.  A standard pocket chart with enough slots can be used for sticker storage.

Sticker book for teachers to keep reaward stickers
  • Keep reward stickers in a sticker book: The pages in this sticker book are re-stickable so you can add new stickers to it each term, and group them according to themes, on different pages. Your stickers can fit if they are of varying sizes because there are no pocket dividers on the pages so small and big stickers can be on the same page.

Where can students stick their reward stickers?

 
  • Water bottles: Students can sport their stickers on their hydro flasks or water bottles. Motivational stickers are great for keeping students positive.

  • Laptops: Laptops have a large enough surface area to hold a growing sticker collection. Students proudly stick their stickers on the laptops to show everyone how many stickers they have earned.

  • Folders: Student folders, binders, and books, are usually the first things on which kids love to show off their stickers.

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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!