How to Choose the Perfect
Classroom Decoration Theme

Classroom decoration theme does not have to be overwhelming or cost too much money.

Choosing a Classroom decoration theme does not have to be overwhelming. The Classroom Theme ideas along with my tips and suggestions on how to choose the perfect classroom theme to make this decision as easy one!

Decorating a classroom is an exciting way to create a welcoming and stimulating learning environment for students. Ensure that all decorations adhere to fire and safety regulations. Avoid cluttering pathways or creating distractions that may hinder emergency procedures. First things first! What brings you joy? Be sure to choose a classroom theme that is something you enjoy and want to look at 8+ hours each day. When choosing a classroom theme, choose styles and colors that you like. Also consider your students and colors they may also enjoy.  

What Do You Want For Your Classroom?

What do you like and what will you continue to like? Consider a classroom theme you will not get tired of looking at every day. Bring in your favorite colors, personal interest, and hobbies. Think about what makes you smile but it not overwhelming. Colors make me happy. I like primary and bright colors and using a colorful theme makes it super easy to add or change decor pieces each school year. Since I have a variety of colors if something doesn't match perfectly it's okay. Also, I recommend using a variety of colors. For example, if you are using teal and navy for your classroom theme, use 2 or 3 shades of blue to match with the teal color you have chosen. Consider choosing a theme or color scheme that aligns with your teaching style and subject. Themes can be anything from nature and outer space to superheroes or literature. A cohesive color scheme will tie the decorations together and make the classroom visually appealing.

Use What You Have

Take an inventory of what you already have available. Consider how you can implement what you already have and be creative in how you can implement it into your classroom theme. Think of it as mixing the "old" in with the "new". Here is where the magic happens! Be creative of how you can mix colors, shapes, and have a fun variety for your new classroom theme. Don't forget you can also recover old items like poster boards, cork boards, and thick poster boards. 

*Decoration Tip: Wrap a foam poster board with fabric. Grab a cute pack of push pins to match your class theme! Shop around thrift stores or online yard sales for great deals on bookshelves or other classroom furniture you may be interested in using in your classroom. A fresh coat of paint can truly bring an old piece of furniture to life!

Make Old Things New

Classroom decorations for elementary don't have to break the bank!

Turn something old into something new! Check out local yard sales, online marketplaces, etc and find a great deal. Not only can you customize you can change in the future if you would like. This is a a great, budget friendly option. 

Think about decorations you can hang, like paper lanterns! Paper lanterns are super versatile and you have tons of options. Use fishing line or something clear so you will not be able to see the string. You can mix lots of colors, shapes, and textures.

I'm not sure how you feel about tassel garland but right now, that's my thing! Tassel garland is so fun and will help take up space without making your room look overwhelming. Tassel garland can be hung around your whiteboard, chalkboard, student work board, brag board, etc.

If you are hanging decor from the ceiling, these clips will change your life. So easy to use and if you want to move the hanging decoration the clips make it incredibly easy! 

Less Could Be More

Keep your decor and theme professional, purposeful, and neat. MORE is NOT always a good thing, sometimes LESS is BETTER. Make sure if you are using storage containers, you have a purpose of use. Growth mindset posters, classroom rules, and expectations, reminders, content standards are all posted throughout my classroom. With everything I need to post, I have to be selective about decor.

I love this bright color hanging filing system. I have this one in my classroom and love it! This bright hanging file folder system help me stay organized while also freeing up space on my desk. It's a win, win!

I added a couple options in case bright colors doesn't match your classroom decor.

Interactive and Meaningful Elements

Incorporate educational elements into the decor, such as maps, world clocks, multiplication tables, or grammar rules. These visual aids will serve as helpful references and promote a culture of learning. Engage students in the decoration process. Let them create artwork, design posters, or suggest ideas for the classroom. This involvement will foster a sense of ownership and pride in their learning space.

Google Classroom Theme

Google Classroom theme headers will spruce up your Google Classroom.

Did you know you can even decorate your GOOGLE CLASSROOM! Yes, yes you can. Add fun headers that are fully decorated to your Google Classroom. And yes, you can match your classroom theme! I know this is so exciting. If you are looking for a pre-made Google Header check out the resource below. My Google Classroom Header resource is a growing bundle header that will be continuously added.

***I am always searching for new ideas and inspiration. If you have a suggestion for me, please send it to me! I would love for you to share ideas with me. Send me an email at teachingdunnsimply@gmail.com. 

Inspirational Quotes

Hang motivational and educational posters with inspiring quotes that encourage a positive mindset and a love for learning. Visual cues can make a significant impact on students' attitudes and behavior. Click here to download a great set of Growth Mindset Posters. 

Growth mindset posters are essential.

Incorporate a Reading Nook

Design a cozy reading corner with soft seating and plenty of books. This area will encourage students to explore the joy of reading and allow them to relax and unwind during quieter moments. Create a classroom design that can adapt to different teaching methods and activities. Flexible seating options and movable furniture can facilitate group work and accommodate different learning preferences. 

Keep It Functional

Classroom decorations ideas elementary you have got to see.

Keep classroom decor functional. I LOVE dry erase circles that I have on my small group table in my classroom. On my small group table, I keep Expo markers and small erasers for students to use. Below you will find everything I use daily during the school year.

Remember, a well-decorated classroom is more than just aesthetics; it can enhance the learning experience, foster creativity, and create a positive and engaging atmosphere for both you and your students.

I hope you are inspired and ready to decorate your classroom. Happy Decorating!

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