What You Need to Know About Your Child's Undecorated Classroom
With Open House and the first day of school in session, parents, teachers and children are busy preparing for the new school year. You may walk into the classroom awaiting colorful posters and the alphabet perfectly glued to the walls without one single space of white left in the room.
Parents want to see a welcoming classroom, yet sometimes, the walls are still bare. This, parents and teachers, could be a good thing.
Why Could a Bare Classroom Be A Good Thing?
For one, children remember what they create. If they walk into a room filled with store bought posters and catchy phrases, they may think it looks nice, but are they reading it? Did they notice that the poster has verbs in red and consonants in black? Probably not.
Parents, Do you notice the messages hanging in your office, or do you remember the ones that you and your team had created? The same concept goes for children regardless if it is their first day of preschool or their last year of fifth-grade.
Children remember what they create.
Now, picture yourself in a room filled with student-created alphabet letters and posters made by the students in the classroom based on a previous lesson. You see, the walls may be bare upon arrival, but will soon fill up with completed classwork. Better yet, they will also understand how to refer to their completed classwork as extensions of what will continue to be taught.
This is the classroom I personally hope my child is placed in.
Teachers and Parents, Here is How you can Create this Classroom or Playspace for your Home:
Begin by writing each letter on white paper. On the first week of school, give each student a letter to decorate with objects that begin with that same letter. Laminate, and hang.
Give each child an index card with their name and birthdate on it.
Allow students to decorate the card with their favorite items and colors. This will automatically help you better understand a child's personality, and allow their classmates to learn more about what they like.
Hang the birthday cards in order. Begin with January. This could also be used as a lesson teaching sequential order and sorting. Many students will have birthdays in the same month.
Give each student a color and a variety of shades for the color word. Have the student decorate the color poster with those colors.
Again, begin by writing each number on a card or 8x10 piece of paper. Allow each student to take a card and draw the number of objects to match the number. Put the letters in sequential order and hang.
Preschool may be a larger paper 1-10 and first grade may be index cards on a pocket chart that gradually increases throughout the year as the class better understands number recognition. 1-100
So parents, don't be discouraged if don't walk into the most decorated classroom.
Take some time to let the classroom develop into what it should be. - A reflection of the students within the room.