Welcome Back to School Bulletin Boards - Setting Up the Classroom Series

Each teacher has a bulletin board in the hallway at my school. I think it is my favorite one to do because it can be random. I like everything in my classroom to match whatever color scheme or theme I selected for the year, but the sky is the limit with the outside board. 

Here's what I came up with this year.









In Previous Years:



Long before the Pinterest craze, I coveted this bulletin board. I don't even know how I found it. I was just wandering through cyberspace one day and stumbled upon Krissy's classroom photos and fell in love. Everything that girl touches is so bright, colorful and creative...three adjectives that when combined together truly make my heart skip a beat.
Anyhow...I so loved her "reach for the moon" board, but since wall space is limited I couldn't justify putting it in my classroom simply for aesthetic purposes (though I secretly wanted to).
BUT...I then realized that it would make a super "Welcome Back" board for the hallway.
AND...since our "mascot" is a rocket, the pieces all fell into place.
I'm also working on a writing activity for the first week of school titled, "Why I'm a Star." I'll display those around the board before the parent open house/info night.
Edited to add: I DID create a writing project to go with it. You can view all of the details here.
Unfortunately, the pictures aren't fantastic because the board sits directly under windows and right next to big doors and it was a very bright morning and I am far too lazy to read the instruction manual on my camera to figure out how to compensate for that, but you get the idea.
I'll snap some better pictures when I go in next week to put the finishing touches on my home-away-from-home.
The stars are all cut from patterned yellow scrapbook paper and have my friends names printed on them.
I added the name on the rocket using stickers that I already had lying around the room.
In an attempt to be the tiniest bit different from the original, I added the boy using my trusty Cricut. I think I need to write our school name on his shirt. He just needs a little somethin'.



Andy Warhol? Is that you?


These self-portraits are so fun. I'm a big fan of mounting on black to make them pop. I love the backgrounds that they colored.
To view more pictures of this teacher's classroom click here.




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