08.31.2011
 It is time for the teachers to get their classrooms ready and the students to go back to school. This year’s royal wedding was our inspiration for Tami’s new classroom theme.

We used all recycled materials to make this mini castle; newspaper, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, and an empty tissue box.


 
The bulletin board that sits right outside Tami’s classroom is always a statement piece to welcome her new students. We used this opportunity to also introduce the classroom theme for this year. We envisioned this bulletin board as the outside looking in on the castle, and as you enter Tami’s classroom the whole scene gets larger and brought to life.  
Always be prepared. Tami set out materials for her students to participate in a creative project on the day of their Open House. She incorporated her theme into the project as students created their own kings and queens to add to this bulletin board. 
 
Students are welcomed into the classroom with their name posted on the door. This proclamation introduces them as “The Kings and Queens of Second Grade”.
 
 
Inside the classroom the scene gets larger as if you have become part of the fairy tale. The alphabet wall is made to look like a large wall of the castle from the outside bulletin board. The inside bulletin boards are decorated with rich satin, velvet, and royal patterned fabrics and embellished with gold borders and large jewels.
This royal inspired fabric was purchased at F and S Fabrics. Dream Catchers will later be added to express each student’s “Hopes and Dreams” for the year ahead.

This bulletin board, which sits right inside the door to the classroom, is a perfect spot to display pictures of students at work. The file cabinet underneath holds student work. We decorated the top of it to give it a feel of home: a fabric runner, tissues, and silk flowers all in the color scheme to match the classroom.

We made our own calendar accessories using playing cards with sticker numbers and sparkly letters to spell out the month. 

A Word Wall is a place for students to look for the spelling of their most used words. This castle shaped Word Wall is full of words; newspaper printed background and important words printed under each die cut letter.

These adorable playing card name tags were made to help Tami’s second graders find their seats on the first day of school.
         

Greeting cards reading “King and Queen For a Day” are a great way to make a birthday boy or girl feel extra special. Incorporating the theme into even the smallest of touches keeps everything consistent. We hope all our teacher friends and those in school have a great school year!

 
 
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