Two weeks before Thanksgiving break, I searched and searched for a "turkey" read aloud for the early childhood parent/child class I teach on Fridays. I could not find it in the boxes of materials I saved. I looked through my children's bookcases and in the garage full of Rubbermaid tubs. I knew I had several "turkey" books somewhere, but I was forced to choose another Thanksgiving book because I simply could not find it. I decided I needed to get organized.
By simply thematically organizing my garage of teaching items/books (based on the months of the year) and upcycling ornaments I was able to bring some eye candy to the center.
|I trimmed the top of the front dry erase board with more silver garland and the ornaments from my home. The nutcrackers are an excellent conversation piece and realia for informational text. All of the objects are safely out of reach of our youngest guests (ages 0-5).|
|I added a couple strings of lights around our most prominent bulletin board to shine a light|
on our University of Family Learning opportunities.
|I also added a bit of silver garland and old holiday cards around the door. One final reminder|
that children can write and send cards for the winter holidays (as presented in one of the parent workshops).
I am certainly not an interior designer, but I am an educator that likes to add purposeful sparkle to each day. I enjoy the creative aspect and the resulting social interactions. It's the small things that can brighten a parent's day and in tandem expand their vocabulary acquisition and family dynamic. I hope that families will feel a bit more connected and welcome in our center as a result of upcycling the seasonal realia.
I welcome your feedback and how you upcycle realia!