I will be teaching first grade for the first time in the fall. I am in dire need of a classroom theme. Here are a few ideas I've come up with so far:
Curious George ("Curious Little Learners"), Stars (Shining Stars, All-Stars, Superstars, Shooting Stars), Frogs ("Hopping to New Heights"), Bumblebees ("Busy Bees, Busy Learning"). I am having a hard time narrowing down my ideas. Which of the above themes do you all like the most...give me your honest opinion, please. Any additional suggestions???
Does everyone who teaches first grade actually have a theme for their classroom? I don't really have any specific theme for my room and never really thought about having one. I just have all sorts of different colorful things up all year. Should I have a theme?
I am using a garden theme. I am including frogs, caterpillars("Helping Hands"), ants, bees(Busy Bees), ladybugs("look who's been spotted in first grade") and other bugs(Just buggy about books). I am also using flowers and nature in my classroom hope this helps!!.
No not everyone has a theme for their classroom. I've taught quite awhile. The last school that I taught in, our first grade team used a different theme each year. My current school is new and this team doesn't seem interested in them. They still decorate with all sorts of colorful things like you do. It just depends on your needs, wants, and what is required by your school or district.
It really depends upon what you don't mind looking at all year. Also, keep in mind that whatever your theme is, that's what kind of gifts many of the kids will give you! My colleague has frogs for her theme, and she gets frog slippers, frog pictures, frog windchimes, etc... at Christmas and end of the year. She doesn't mind because she loves frogs, but you see what I'm saying.
I'm doing a jungle theme, but that's because it goes along with the curriculum for us (we study Africa). I also know it's easy to find things for it.
To answer your question, out of the ones you picked, I'd probably go with frogs because it's so easy to find items for it - and they're really cute! Plus, you can do a whole tadpole-to-frog aquarium in your room.
This year I used a country and western theme. I hung quilts on the wall and had a large bulletin board with cowboys and cactus. We do the calendar and math center at the c & W bulletin board. Next year I think I'll do Antarctica with penguins since it's part of our curriculum. Others on my team use a sea theme, a frog theme (life cycle of the frog, and the rainforest.
They all sound like great ideas. I was going to do something with monkeys and thought about Curious George but decided against it as monkeys may be offensive to some and C.G. is a little too young...my 3 year old loves him and my 5 year old says that's for babies. This is my first year and I think I'm going with stars since they are everywhere. I know another teacher that does frogs and there is so much out there and frogs are tied into the curriculum as well. There is all the Froggy books and tons of nic-naks, borders etc. I'd vote for the frogs. Good luck