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Need help picking out my first theme
Old 07-05-2018, 07:52 PM
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This will be my first year and I was hired to teach K! I've had a few ideas of themes swirling around my mind but I can't decide. The classroom is small - small enough that there's not room for permanent centers, and barely enough to fit enough tables and chairs for 25 kindergarteners and a large meeting rug.

Right now I have a leaf canopy from Ikea, two Ikea yellow chairs with flower seat pads, and that's pretty much it. I've been toying with the idea of woodland, garden, or a camping theme but I can't decide.

I really like the woodland theme with soft teals and grey but I'm worried it looks to much like nursery rather than a K class. I want my classroom to be inviting and fun and cheerful, but I also know that pastels and more muted colors will help the room look bigger and less crazy. I also originally really wanted to decorate with a paper tree somewhere but I'm worried that will make the room look cramped too.

Basically I'm torn between a bright and cheerful theme with rainbow colors and yellows and maybe tie in garden with that? Through my flower chairs and I'm not sure what else.

Or I could do a camping theme with greens and woods and maybe a paper tree or cardboard cutouts of trees. I like schoolgirl's Happy Camper theme a lot for this just modified for less space.

Or I could go for a woodland theme with more pastels and some bright colors like maybe yellow or teal, but then I worry that the classroom won't be that bright and cheerful.But it would be more calming, probably.

Also, is it weird that I'm thinking about how each theme will look during holidays? I know my school district goes all out for the holidays and I'd like to be able to tie my theme in which would be hard for the garden/rainbow theme. I like all the themes for different reasons but just can't decide because my room is so small and I don't want it to look cluttered.

What would your advice be? What are some tips to make a small room look bigger? How do I make my room more open and inviting rather than cluttered? Also, any pictures of these themes would be so appreciated.

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