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Annette's Notes, Issue #003 -- Portable Classroom Decor
June 14, 2014
Portable Classroom DecorAs teachers, we work hard to make our classrooms visually appealing to our students. I also like to make sure I am including lots of purposeful, visual reminders of what we are learning. I want the decor to be more than just fun and attention getting; I want it to help the kids remember what we have learned, even when we are not talking about it.
A few years ago I also began making my classroom decor more portable, mostly out of necessity and mainly due to two different situations:
While these situations did not seem ideal at first, I soon discovered several advantages to using portable decor:
Here are some examples of portable decor / visuals we have made and use regularly:
Our rules ("Power Hour Promises") are mounted on a piece of foam board. Foam board is sturdier than poster board and can stand upright against a wall or be placed on a easel for display.
Sometimes we work on memorizing a portion of scripture together by repeating it each week over the course of a quarter or year. Foam board gives the printed verses extra sturdiness to hold up to frequent handling and also enables us to lean/stand it in various places around the classroom.
All 66 books of the Bible with their divisions can be placed on a cardboard display board, such as is used for school projects. These boards are great because they can stand alone pretty much anywhere: on the floor, a table, outside your classroom door. We move our Books of the Bible board around the room and use it to assist the kids in finding verses in their Bibles, as well as to work on memorizing the books.
A cardboard display board also works great as a very portable recap / review board to which you can add a visual related to each each lesson as you go through a quarter. You can place a banner at the top, and the board will neatly display twelve 8.5"x11" sheets of paper beneath.
For a display board which can hold visuals from a longer series of lessons, and yet still be portable, we use corrugated plastic. This comes in various colors and can be purchased from a sign printing shop for a reasonable price (also check home improvement stores). You can ask your print shop to cut the corrugated plastic to your specifications. Also have them insert metal grommets so you can use fishing line or other string to hang the board. We have hung ours off frames made from PVC pipes or from metal stands. These boards also stand well on their own when leaned against a wall.
Corrugated plastic is also great for a portable timeline. We use this timeline throughout the year, adding people and events as we study them when we use our Adventures on Route 66 curriculum. After the year is over, we take down the characters and events but leave the timeline attached to the board to reuse at a later date.
Room dividers made from corrugated plastic are easily moved and rearranged. You can choose some bright colors or even have your print shop print the name of your class or other information ("Bible Center," "Craft Corner," etc.) on the corrugated plastic.
Tips for Portable Classroom Decor / Visuals:
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If you have any questions or comments about these ideas, feel free to contact me. I love hearing from you!
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