Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday

I guess I still wasn't feeling totally back to normal yesterday as I never mentioned what you could do with bulletin boards over the summer to make back-to-school a little easier for you. Take a few minutes this summer to sketch a layout for your bulletin board(s). Gather all of the materials you'll need for your board...for example, if you're doing the SAT Problem of the Week board make sure you find the questions you want to use, type them all into a Word/Publisher document and print them out if you can. This way you won't lose steam once the school year starts to get busy and run out of questions! You also should go ahead and punch out the letters you'll need if you can.

A couple of tips I've learned throughout the years:
1) If you don't like paper bulletin board backgrounds you can purchase cheap fabric from Walmart (or Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, etc) and put that up instead. It doesn't wrinkle quite as easily. If you're afraid of the edges fraying you could always serge around them.
Note: Don't buy expensive fabric. You might think you can reuse the fabric every year but the sun tends to fade it out.
2) If you really want to use the bulletin board paper, use thumb tacks to hold it in place until it's straight, then staple it down once you're happy with it.

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