Bulletin boards are a great way to add color, personality, and student work to the hallway. But let's be honest, they take a lot of work too! To compromise on the work of it all, but not the other benefits, I set my board up for the year. I keep the background color and border the same all year long and just change what goes on it.
Here, for the start of the school year, I made polaroid picture frames that housed each of their smiling faces from the first day of school. It had their name on each of the frames too! I cut the letters using my Cricut cutting machine, but also laminate the letters in hopes of using them again in years going forward. Currently, I'm thinking of a June bulletin board that changes to "Picture yourself in second grade". We shall see!
Now this one was a family time, at home, project. I set the plain turkey, copied on construction paper, home the last week of October. Families has 1-2 weeks to use whatever they had around the house to decorate a turkey. It's amazing how the themes and objects used represent the family themselves! It was a great project and bulletin board. Again, I used the Cricut to cut the letters and free fonts from websites online, for more details check out the Thanksgiving post!
I must confess, this is a repeat. Yup, I laminate letters and any decorations to reuse in different years. The lightbulbs I made new to include each student's name on the board. To be honest, I'm not sure they know who Charlie Brown is but now that I'm thinking about it I'll ask them in class!
Slightly before the end of January, I sent home a letter to parents asking them to fill our hearts with love. Parents took this task and did an out of this world job of collecting love from siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, AND pets! Messages about why they love that child or words describing them. When the students got to read each heart, their face light up. Priceless.
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Current 1st grade teacher and former middle school educator trying to be techy, Reading Specialist, Science Coordinator, Student Government Coordinator, life long learner, and avid reader