One of the most meaningful family projects is the Hopes & Dreams Display.   This is a visual piece displayed all year long in the classroom.  It holds the hopes and dreams of the families for their child in your class.

There are basic 3 steps to creating a Hopes & Dreams display

  1.  Pick what kind you will use as the base of your Hopes & Dreams display.

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

This piece is wall art piece found at a thrift store.

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

This is the side of a crib.  A family donated it.

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

A simple tree branch works beautifully.

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

An old bicycle wheel rim donated from cycling store.

Other Apparatus Base Ideas:

  • Chicken Wire
  • Lattice
  • Lamp Shade Base (cloth removed)
  • Wire Base of an Umbrella
  • Metal Wire Shelf
  • Wicker Basket
  • Large Flat Baskets
  • Branch

2: Decide what the hopes and dreams will be written on

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

Rocks

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

Clear ornaments written with sharpie

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

Present Tags Laminated for Durability

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

Window Pane written with Sharpies

3:  Finally, attach each hope and dream to the display.  Find a special place where everyone can see it.

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

Lamp shade with a ribbon tied to each hope and dream.

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

Nothing like a dream catcher made from embroidery hoop with feathers and string!

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

A stick found in nature with glass beads and ribbon for hopes and dreams

Hopes and Dreams Display | Reggio Inspired Classroom | Loose Parts

Flag Banner displayed and each clipped with a clothespin.

Teaching Nugget

Make this an activity for families at Meet The Teacher or Back to School Night.  Pick a time when most families will attend.

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