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2012-2013 pictures 

Tips I've learned from Schoolgirl Style-
Have consistent colors throughout the room
Borders and Bulletin boards should be cohesive in colors 
Double your borders to make a bigger impact
Hide clutter with fabric or cute baskets
Be sure to have a focal point
The smallest details make the biggest difference

Love my editable labels from Ashley Hughes

Bulletin Boards 101
Oh how things have changed throughout the years. My first couple of years I had border to match every season and thematic unit. I would spend hours switching the fabric every few weeks. Not only was this exhausting for me but it really was too busy for my students.  My room was filled with color. Some could describe it as skittles exploding in my room. Now I have learned a few things.

Tip #1 Cohesive Backgrounds-The best tip is to keep the boards cohesive throughout the room. I like using fabric so I stick with black and white. I sometimes pick a different pattern but the colors are all the same. Wrapping paper is also very helpful along with twin bed sheets.

Tip #2- Cohesive Borders- Another thing I love is keeping the borders cohesive as well. I no longer need storage for my borders because I only pick a few patterns.  To make my boards fun, I layer the borders. I think it frames the boards much better than a single border.

Tip #3-Student Space-The last tip is to keep your boards simple. I provide each student with a space on my board and make sure it’s easy and quick to change out their work. I have used paperclips, clothespins and tacks. The paper clips allow me to easily slip their work under the clip. The tacks allow for multiple sheets over the course of the semester and a clothesline with clothespins allows for easy access.

Paperclips are an easy option for switching out student work
Clothespins are also very easy!
Tacks allow for multiple sheets over the course of the semester


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  1. Oh it looks amazing!!! It is so "together". (BTW--I am a Nelson too!)

  2. OMG! Your classroom is "Bee"-utiful! I love it.

    I could totally use some help with mine. Sigh...

    Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

  3. I LOVE your classroom colors! It turned out GREAT!

  4. Great ideas!!! Love how it all turned out. The black/white/yellow is such a clean combination of colors. Great job :)
    2nd Grade Teacher
    The Sweetest Thing

  5. You better join Schoolgirl Style's team! Your room looks awesome!!!!!!! I like the black/yellow/gray combo!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  6. Thank you! I appreciate all the sweet comments.

  7. I love the colors! It is very mellow.

    Little Treasures

  8. I love it! This is the reason to have a theme! Everything looks so coordinating and awesome.

    Adventures in Room 5

  9. WOW! Your before and after are quite amazing! I love the new theme :)
    My Second Sense

  10. It is seriously adorable! I hope you win!!

  11. I love it! I'm seriously thinking about those colors for next year!!

    Primarily Speaking

  12. absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the black and white photos toooooo!

  13. I cannot get over your room this year. It is absolutely, positively GORGEOUS!!! Love your new blog design too :) :)

  14. Wow is all I can say!! It looks truly like something out of a magazine!! You did a phenomenal job. I think you should come to FL and decorate my classroom too lol. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE the kids pictures w/ there work board!! LOVE LOVE .....did I say LOVE! Totally going to add that to what I already have going!! LOVE LOVE!

    Thanks for sharing!! Looks FANTASTIC!

  16. Ilove it so much! I still can't get into my school. We were just told today that we're going to be delayed a few more days and now it looks like NEXT Wednesday is the day, which si 13 days before the first day of school!!!

    I can only hope at this point that I am as ready as you.

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

  17. It's so fun seeing other people's classrooms! I feel like the decor and design of classrooms are so much more together and cute now!!

  18. Your room is wonderful... I want to be in your class :D All of your hard work really paid off. I hope you love it because you definitely should! Glad you had a great first day!!


  19. Your classroom is amazing! Your kiddos are so lucky to be in such a cute and inviting place to learn. =)

    Did your buy or make your tissue paper pom poms? I am trying to figure out which is easier buying and fluffing them up or making them. I would love for you to share what you did. Thank you. =)

    Heather's Heart

  20. Everything looks great! I love the black and white with the POP of yellow!

    Can I ask where your writer's pencil is from? I've been looking for something similar.

    Have a great day!

  21. Love everything!! My original inspiratation was also Schoolgirl Style. It was her polka dots and daisys but then she added the bees!! I was super excited!! I also have a wall for student work....what did you use to divide the board?? Is that border or what?? Look great!!!

  22. It is adorable. Now, I want to change my room


  23. Your classroom is so pretty and perfect!! I love it!

    Spectacular 2nd Grade

  24. I LOVE YOUR COLORS! That room looks so cool!! I'm glad I found your blog!!!

  25. Your room looks amazing! Where did you find the black and white polka dot market baskets that are on the metal wire shelf? :)


  26. Your room is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creativity, inspiration, and helpful tips!

  27. It's awesome. SO, SO, SO good. Really pretty. It's like Pottery Barn for the Classroom.
    The Caffeinated Classroom

  28. I am in love with your room! :) beautiful!

  29. DESIGN STAR-that is all I must say!!! (stop by and visit anytime)

  30. Your room is gorgeous! I love the yellow and black. It looks so welcoming! Thanks for linking up Michelle!

    Swimming into Second

    1. I love your classroom! My colors are similar to yours. Where did you get the lighted daisy flower? I would love to know so I can get one for my room.


  31. Your room is simply GORGEOUS! Makes me want to switch up my room! Maybe next year! :)
    Thanks so much for linking up!
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  32. Thanks for linking up. I LOVE your room. I so wanted large black polka dot fabric, but couldn't find it anywhwere. I like it so much better. guess I'll need to keep looking. Love all the little details.

  33. I love your room - kind of makes me want to start all over again in my own room!! Next year I'm definitely going to pick a colour scheme and stick to it - I'd never heard of this before!!

    Dani x

  34. Your classroom is amazing...Can I sign up as a STUDENT!!
    Owl Things First

  35. I love all the yellow and clean lines! Beautiful!!!

  36. **My mouth is hanging open and words cannot express the absolute awe** Nuff said :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  37. Your classroom looks amazing! Could you come decorate my home? :)
    Funky First Grade Fun

  38. I actually did this in my Pre-K class this year! I am wanting to know how to do your chair covers! Is that a t-shirt?


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