After the short days of winter, spring is a welcome change. The trees come back to life, the snow starts melting, and the birds begin to sing again. In about a month, spring will be in full swing. Your students might benefit from a fresh perspective in your classroom, too. Here are some fun ways to get your classroom spring-ready.
Locations are powerful. A child’s environment makes a big difference in feeling safe, welcomed, and able to concentrate. Your door is the first thing your students see. As silly as it may seem, a friendly-looking door can help children transition from their hectic lives into a space full of opportunities and growth.
Here are some fun spring-centric ideas and themes for your door.
Kids often struggle to verbalize their moods and feelings. An easy-to-see display in your classroom can help them talk about their inner thoughts.
Create a spring-themed wall display for “zones of regulation.” The materials are pretty simple: put up a blue, green, yellow, and red poster for each “zone” that represents levels of stress and arousal. Kids can describe what zone they’re in:
Use words on the chart to depict each zone’s emotions. Children can point to these zones to be more self-aware and put a name to their feelings. You can help them master their feelings by teaching calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and different methods for different zones.
How to tie the theme of spring in? Easy! Print out pictures of a representative animal for each zone:
One of the best parts about spring is new life. With gardening, you’re literally watching things grow and change. Depending on your field, gardening can also be a great way to help students develop. Here are some ideas, depending on your specialty:
Getting through the end of winter can be tough. But spring is just around the corner! What fun spring activities do you have planned?
By Aubrey Schieuer