Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy New Year!

It seems a little crazy to be writing Happy New Year! at the end of May but this has been a crazy, busy year. First, let me say that bulletin boards are not my thing. I do them mostly because I know they are a necessary part of the classroom, but it is not my creative field of expertise.

My bulletin board journey began when I read a post last summer suggesting that a black background could be used for anything all year long. You have to know that I headed to the fabric shop and bought black material. I do not remember where I read the idea, but she  is a bit of a genius. It worked well the first two quarters and actually helped me come up with my idea for the New Year bulletin board.

The empty black board looked like the night sky. I just happened to have some yellow stars. My thoughts put the two together and, viola, a star was born! First, I put up the gold letters that said,"In 2015, I want to learn..."

When the students returned to school in January, I gave each of them a star with their name written around the points. I asked them to use a Sharpy and write one thing they would like to learn before the year was over. As they finished, we hung their stars on the night sky. The black and yellow looked really sharp and the kids "owned" the board. It also gave me insight into what they were still interested. (You know how often that changes with kids!)

Of course, this is not the completed board, The stars were hung as the kids finished them. I love my starry sky, but the thing is, you can use any shape for them to write on. Shapes-like these stars-cost a whole dollar. You can go for almost any theme you want. Don't you just love Dollar Tree stores!?!