As a teacher, you probably have awesome bulletin board ideas for your classroom already planned. But the prep work involved can be time-consuming. So it’s important to get started early (preferably before school starts) by preparing bulletin board backdrops ahead of time, you can make the final creative decorating less stressful. Also get a bulletin board storage box to keep all of your bulletin boards clean and protected throughout the year. Storage box folders keep each bulletin board theme separated, along with add-on bulletin board supplies (photos, cut-out letters, etc.) that you will need for final decorating.
Organizing Your Bulletin Board Ideas
Make a list of your bulletin board themes. Of course your list is huge, but narrowing your themes down to boards that will be most helpful and useful to your students can make your boards a big hit. Date each selected theme so you know when it will makes its appearance during the school year. Perhaps start with a welcome back to school board on the first day of class, shift to a holiday board around Halloween or Thanksgiving, etc. The dates will ensure you stay on track when it’s time to swap out themes.
Preparing Your Board Backdrops
Whatever type of bulletin board you use, a backdrop theme color is essential for organizing your idea by color or material. The backdrops also keep you focused on each theme.
Here are some cool backdrop materials to considers:
Plastic Tablecloths left over from summer picnics make great board covers. Also the plastic is durable and acts as a clean background for colorful pinups.
Eye-Catching Aluminum Foil– Very cool backdrop for science project boards or Christmas boards.
Versatile Cotton Fabric. A trip to the fabric store before school starts gets the creative juices flowing with colorful options and even patterns that will make a fun and engaging board that is easily covered with staples or glue.
Create a Add-Ons List
Now that you have the board backdrops ready, make the list of add-ons you will hang from each board. If you are not quite sure what add-ons to use, include the essential materials to make the add-ons into the bulletin board storage folder so you will have them when the time comes.
Bulletin Board Storage Box Folders have handy list areas where you can write your add-ons that will go on each bulletin board.
The day before each board gets seen by the class, simply hang your prepped board, pin up or staple up the add-ons and you are ready in no time.
Check out more bulletin board backdrop ideas at Organized Classroom.