January and February are busy months for teachers. We often have to hit the ground running after winter break by re-establishing routines, refreshing our small groups, and revising our days to make them more productive. Within a few weeks progress reports are due and parent conferences are coming up. Let’s face it. By January, hallway displays are last on the list! Here’s an easy solution and a great January bulletin board idea that combines the MLK holiday, Valentine’s Day, and the 100th Day of school displays all-in-one.
January Bulletin Board Idea: 100 Dreams for the World
Because I’m really making an effort to work smarter, not harder, I wanted to create a board we could display for at least all of January and February. That way, it would tie in MLK Day, Valentine’s Day and our 100th Day of school; all of the upcoming holidays. To make this easy January bulletin board, we filled our hallway with heartfelt writing by our students to express their wishes and dreams for their world. Each class wrote 100 dreams which we combined and hung together in a long wave that filled our walls.
In early January, just before the Martin Luther King holiday, we had our students complete their writing. We were all moved by their thoughtful responses and concern for others. We left our display up through February and our soon to be 100th day of school.
Keeping It Simple
When putting up our board, I kept the display itself simple. I saved a lot of time by projecting a globe onto my SMARTBoard then tracing the outer circle on blue butcher paper. Next, I traced the land shapes on green. I placed it in the corner of the board and trimmed off the overhang. After printing out the display title on copy paper, I glued them to blue construction paper to make the stand out a bit.
Our January bulletin board turned out great and visitors to our hallway really enjoyed reading all of the hopes and dreams of our students. I considered even leaving it up until April and calling it good for Earth Day too! Ha!
Download the free bulletin board display templates from my shop to get started! I’ve included everything you need: writing templates, heart shape, title lettering and even a projectable globe graphic.
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