I projected clip art, from fantastic artists onto my smart board, taped up a piece of big poster board and got to tracing. I would bring home a big pile of poster board over the weekend for hours of fun coloring. I began this process during the fourth quarter of school last year. I would stay after school and trace, trace during inside recess (when the temperatures were too hot to go out) and I would come in early to trace and color.
Lets start with the huge bulletin boards first. I did a 3 color pattern on each bulletin board. I didn't want to buy the expensive bulletin board paper because I really tried to stay within my $100 budget. I used two boarders on each bulletin board to add some pop to the sea creatures and who doesn't love a little chevron...especially when its yellow! :)
The main bulletin boards in my room are labeled by subject, so I have a place to put all of my anchor charts and the kids have a specific place to look for each type of chart. I combined the bulletin boards of Math&Science and Writing&Reading. Some of these anchor charts definitely are used in reading and writing interchangeably, so it just makes sense to keep them all together on the same wall.
Here is the Math&Science board. Right now we are working on representing numbers in different ways, so those are all ten anchor charts.
Another fun part of decorating your classroom is making creative projects to catch someone's eye as they walk in the door. I made three canvases and hung them in the classroom; they have different textures, colors and size.
Another important step in a kindergarten classroom is to have a place big enough to provide sight words that students can see during reading, and writing. In my classroom I have a huge white board, that use. I created the Splish Splash Ocean Theme Sight Word Wall . This consists of the letters and over 75 common sight words with the option of adding your own sight words to some empty bubbles. I chose to write the words on bubbles because it went along with the theme and the words could be big and bold enough to see from across the room.
I also added a little creative touch to it when I made tissue paper flowers to go along the bottom of my word wall. This added the illusion of waves and seaweed.
Above my word wall, I have the Alphabet cards, that I have also created for the Ocean Theme. Splish-Splash-Number-and-Alphabet-Cards In this product, I have included both the alphabet cards pictured and the number line with ten frames, the number word, and number to depict each individual number.
To go along with the Ocean Theme, I took down my colorful ABC patterned curtains and my mom and I searched for a month for the perfect ocean theme fabric. With many attempts in finding the perfect fabric, my mom finally found it and it was on sale. :) I have 5 huge storage areas in my classroom, and because I try so hard to be organized, but some days, its just a disaster I need to cover them! The greens, blues and white brighten up my room and bring some ocean looking waves to a large part of my room. These curtains make all the difference in the world! Thanks Mom!
The finishing touch was the wreath on the door. I had never made a wreath like this before, but it was so fun and pretty easy...once I got the hang of it.
Here are the supplies I used for my wreath! You can totally do the same :)
Thanks for taking a look at my new classroom! I have a bunch of Ocean Theme products in my store including name tags, number line, alphabet, word wall, color posters etc.
Take a look:: Splish Splash Ocean Theme Fun
Have a wonderful beginning to another great year!