Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Decorating: Students and Oriental Trading Come Together to Brighten Up a Classroom!

Disclosure: I received complimentary products in exchange for this post, but all opinions stated are genuine and my own. We have been happy customers of Oriental Trading for years!



Well, this is what the bulletin board looked like before. Pretty sad to have an entire space in your classroom that you have not utilized this far along in the school year, but despite all of my other spaces being occupied and/or prettied up, this one sat at the back of the room empty. Yes, sadly, it was stark, cold and gray until a group of students and Oriental Trading entered the picture and brightened that space right up for me!



In my classes, I am sometimes liked, and other times, well, not so much (often by the same students in the same day, lol). I'm okay with either, so long as they're learning! But in order to keep the classroom managed, I do run it a bit on the strict side...so when days come around where I can offer incentives or a bit of fun to the kids who might not always be on task, I jump at the chance to do so.

I realize such interactions will help them to know (or feel) that I am 'on their side' despite cracking the whip, figuratively speaking of course, during regular class time. So when I came across some of the cool items in the Oriental Trading Fall Collection, the wheels started a'turning. I ordered some of their cute Fall-themed plates, gathered up some bottles of Orange Juice and Water, and purchased a few boxes of donuts on the way to work, all in preparation for an early a.m. rendezvous I had pre-set with some of the students. I quickly found out that not much is cooler than getting a hall pass to go decorate a teacher's room early in the morning. Who knew??


Look at these plates! Aren't they cute as can be? And they matched the theme of our morning: Decorating for Fall. I just love this time of year. Pumpkins, scarecrows and cute little critters all make for a great way to get into the seasonal spirit.


I opened up my Fall Harvest Bulletin Board Set and placed the pieces individually on tables. We could have put pretty colorful paper down first, so there would be a background, but the time before school is very limited, so we had to go with the flow.


Included in the set was enough Fall Leaf border to cover my entire board. I wasn't sure there would be, since this particular bulletin board is pretty big, but it turned out to have just the right amount, which was awesome


Each of the pieces pop out of the cardboard very easily (not tightly perforated) so there is no worry they will get ripped. 


The designs were colorful and cute, and definitely matched the theme I was looking for in the room. Almost everything I have up is something 'necessary,' like Scales, Targets and Rules. We needed something cheery. This did the trick. Yes, my students are older, but you never outgrow cute. They had a blast getting these up...both the girls and the boys.  


The biggest accomplishment for me, that I loved more than anything else was that they worked together happily. No 'clicks' or judgement, just everyone working together in the tight time frame we had, to do something non-typical and good for the classroom. It was awesome. So awesome in fact, that students who did not get to participate are asking if they can be selected for the Winter Theme. Did I know I was going to have seasonal themes? No! You can bet though, that I will. If the kids are happy in moments like these, they tend to respond better with gentle reminders in class, and that's win-win for everyone.


The kit came with letters too. Enough of them to write whatever you wanted, basically. My kids chose to write "Fall is Here" and my Name. :)


So here they are working hard to get this task accomplished...


And here is the finished product (faces starred out for student privacy).  I think they did an amazing job! Kudos to Oriental Trading for offering so many fun items for in and out of the classroom (yes, they offer a huge array of awesome school supplies). It is genuinely a website where I love to shop not only for variety, but also for quality! You can learn more about them by visiting them here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and/or Twitter.

37 comments:

  1. Seeing them work together as one and happy sure is a win. Who knew decorating could do that. You mean you are a strict teacher? Oh, I bet I'd be such an annoyance lol but I'd learn at least.

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  2. I love Oriental Trading Company, their stuff is so fun! You found so many cute items for your students. I like to order my party supplies there.

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  3. Aww this is so cute ! I love this.

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  4. Oriental Trading Company is one of my favorite places to shop. They have everything. EVERYTHING!

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  5. Those are excellent decorations. My wife is always trolling around on the Oriental Trading Company website just seeing what she can see.

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  6. I always use Oriental Trading for stuff up at my girls' school. So, love what you came up with here and looks like the kids had a great time, too :)

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  7. The decorating was always my favorite thing about teaching kids. Never could keep up the energy for it though.

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  8. What a great initiative! I love when businesses help out schools, this should happen more often. There are great lessons for the kid sin all of this as well!

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  9. This makes me miss being a kid! They look like they're having fun!

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  10. What fun! I used to love decorating bulletin boards, both as a student, and later, as a parent. (Teachers reeeeeally had my number when it came to needing a volunteer for whatever.) It's super that your students enjoyed it. Maybe you should have a monthly theme... :)

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  11. I love decorating for the holidays or seasons changing. Oriental Trading always has the best stock for this!

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  12. Oriental Trading really does have a lot of great stuff. I love how great their prices are, too!

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  13. You all chose some cute decor. I love that website! So handy and the prices are amazing.

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  14. It turned out great! My sister is a preschool teacher, and she would love to have decorations like this in her classroom. I will have to tell her to check out Oriental Trading Company.

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  15. What a cool way to bring all the students together. I really love what they did with the board. It really makes the room look so cheery!

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  16. Love all of these ideas. Oriental trading is my fave for decor. And I love their prices too

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  17. Those are great! I love the decorations that you picked and it's awesome that they're affordable too. I don't like spending too much on decorations.

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  18. Cute and colorful! That's the kind of decorations that I'd love to see during this season. Those are all pretty awesome.

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  19. Looks like they're having a lot of fun decorating! The decorations are awesome too! Love those plates. These are all perfect especially if you're hosting a party this season.

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  20. Hi Rosey - great to see the kids having so much fun - and lovely they could all work together ... kudos to you for making it all happen - cheers Hilary

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  21. This looks like so much fun. Cool decorations - I really felt my inner kid come out reading this!

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  22. Wow! What cool decorations. You are so talented and crafty

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  23. Wow!! These fall decorating for students looks so beautiful and perfect. Nice decoration for fall.

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  24. thid such a great initiative, All the artwork are beautiful.Very well done

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  25. These are so cute! I need to make something like this with my daughter!

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  26. They do have quite the supplies!

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  27. That looks so nice. Love classes where they teach kids how to cooperate and get creative. With life behind 'tablets', we as parents really support this. At least I do :)

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  28. Best lesson learned in this activity is how to work as a team. Kudos to a great teacher like you!

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  29. Fantastic classroom activity. Your students must be so proud of themselves for being able to come up with a beautifully designed bulletin board.

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  30. Oriental trading is an awesome site to score decorations from. That is cool that your students got to help decorate their space.

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  31. Really loving the décor. When I see decorations out it brings me in the mood for the season.

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  32. How cute, what a great idea and brilliant that the students could get involved in making their own space better

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  33. Great job and love the before/after photos! And your "star" students! ;-) I love Oriental Trading - so many products and great bulk pricing. I actually did similar seasonal decor even as a homeschooler for 11 years and my four kids enjoyed helping as much as it sounds like your students did!

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  34. That is such a cute idea. You getting all the students involved and I know because of that they will like it even more. This time a year is probably one of my favorite because you have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. There's so many ways to decorate during all this time.

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  35. This is so adorable! This is why I love Oriental Trading Company. You can find all kinds of stuff there. I mean, EVERYTHING.

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  36. I love Oriental Trading, they really do offer something for every single season and occasion.

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  37. I get so excited when my Oriental Trading catalog comes! The catalog offers so many awesome fall themed decorations!

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