My New Calendar System:
Here is a view of my new calendar area. When I changed the board from January to February, I realized I needed to put up a system that would not tear up the bulletin board paper every time and have that sleek look that I admire so much in Reggio.Just like before, the special helper of the day draws a picture for the day that I put on top of the blank card. At the end of the day, the special helper recalls three special things we did that day and I write it on the blank card underneath the drawing.
I love this because we can look back see what we did yesterday, last week – it is a documentation of time. At the Reggio inspired school I visited in my area, they documented with photos. I know I could not keep up with that so I adapted it to drawings.
I strung wire across the board (jewelry wire) and hooked either end on a push pin. What I like about this wire is that it allows me to clip a number of things on the board. And the design can change by sliding the clip.
The index cards are attached with mini-clips. It is so easy to add the top illustration and I can take the cards down and put up the next month in a snap!
New Alphabet Frieze:
In a quest to bring the majority of the print material in my classroom to child-made – I had the children remake my classroom alphabet set.
To do this switch, I gave each child one of the letter posters to write and draw. I am so moved and touched by their beautiful work and it makes our space so beautiful. I am still working on my classroom transformation. More photos are coming. . .