Why You Should Keep A Large Visual Schedule in Your Classroom

With the new school year starting, many teachers are looking for ways to improve their classroom routines and procedures for a smoother year. Things like classroom management systems and classroom job charts are great for helping students understand what to expect, behavior guidelines, and how they are expected to contribute to the classroom community during the year. 

Classroom visual schedules are also great for helping students understand what to expect which leads to a smoother transition. When I was in the classroom, a large visual schedule was a must. 

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What does a visual schedule do? 

Visual schedules are schedules of your day that are created with a visual element to help communicate to students the sequence of events for the day. This is especially beneficial to students who struggle to read. They will be able to find out for themselves where and when they will be doing activities. 

Why are visual schedules helpful? 

As teachers, we have likely all experienced situations where students struggled with transitions. Having a schedule so that students can see for themselves what the plan is for the day is empowering. It allows them to understand what is coming up next so they can manage and predict their own day independently because it helps them understand time. 

This means they don’t feel the need to repeatedly ask what they’re doing next. It also helps keep you on track when things get a little hectic. If a student is still struggling, you can allow them to hold the card while transitioning to ease their stress. 

How do I make a visual schedule? 

Teachers are busy people. They don’t all have time to create custom visual schedules for their classrooms, and that’s okay! You can easily find a great visual schedule template or visual schedule printables that you can easily edit and use in your classroom. There are tons of options online if you simply search around. 

If you’re looking for the perfect visual schedule template for your elementary classroom, make sure to check out this Boho Visual Classroom Schedule Resource! 

boho visual schedule preview

This editable Boho style Powerpoint is easy to use and perfect for a boho-themed classroom. Use these cards on a pocket chart, wall, or magnetic board to easily edit and move your schedule around. 

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What is in this download?

  • 50 Editable PowerPoint Slides (*Make sure you have PowerPoint)
  • BOHO Rainbow with Clocks (moveable hands and text boxes provided) Also, without clocks.
  • Cursive and Print for Intermediate or Primary Classrooms
  • Blank Cards
  • 2 Editable Individual Daily Schedule Cards
  • Directions with Suggested Fonts
  • Pictures Cards include ( A+, apple, backpack, chalkboard, books, bell, lunch, milk, glue, globe, clock, crayons, owl, grad hat, paint pallet, paintbrush, bookworm, bus, pencil, pen, check, bell, stars, scissors, beaker, music, paper airplane, protractor, data journal, music, magnets, locker, glasses, light bulb, ruler, flask, heart, sun, tent, music notes, tie, flashlight, plant, tie, test tube)
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For even more visual schedule options, check out my post from last week here! 

What are your favorite ways to help students transition? Let me know in the comments! 

5 Reasons To Have Beach Themed Decor

Looking for classroom theme ideas for your elementary classroom that will get your students excited to come to class? You’re in the right place! Classroom decorating themes make it fun to come to school, especially at the beginning of the year when students are likely to be a little more nervous than usual. 

There are so many fun options to choose from. You can do characters, animals, rainbows, books, etc. These are all amazing but my favorite is definitely beach themed classroom decor! It’s simply timeless and loved by all. 

5 reasons to have beach themed decor

Here are 5 reasons you should have beach themed decor in your classroom

  1. It’s an easy theme. It’s easy because there are tons of affordable decoration options available. Watch for supplies in ocean colors like blue, white, light green, and tan. You can check out the dollar store for tons of beachy things like leis, inflatables, sunglasses, or even some seashells in the craft supplies section! 
  2. It’s relaxing. As mentioned above, many students feel some nervousness prior to starting a new school year with a new teacher. The beachy vibes and calming blue colors will provide a welcoming environment that will hopefully help calm those nerves a little. 
  3. Students love it. Who doesn’t love a beach vacation? Beach classroom decor brings that summer fun feeling to school. 
  4. It gives the perfect setup for beach themed days. These themed days are classic and for a good reason! We all have a memory of going to school in Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses. Your beach decor will set the perfect scene. Just put on some ocean white noise or a video of the ocean and you’re ready to go! 
  5. You can connect it to your science lessons. Sharks, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc. Students love these animals and will be so engaged in their lessons when they are in a beachy environment. 

Love the Beach classroom theme? Here’s the perfect resource to help you set up. 

This Beach Themed Classroom Decor Bundle is just what you need. 

This is a Hawaiian Beach Themed Classroom Decor Editable bundle with pineapples and palm trees! It has 6 Resources bundled using Hawaii photographs and watercolor clip art.

What is included?

Welcome Banners

Tropical Word Wall

Growth Mindset Posters

Labels

Table Numbers

Center Posters

Hawaii Photo Alphabet Lines (cursive and print)

Name Tags

Classroom Jobs (editable) 

Number Posters

Where Are We Signs

How I Get Home Sign

Calendar Set with watercolors 

SO MUCH MORE! 

The best part is it comes with editable Powerpoints, so you can personalize it to meet your needs! 

Looking for more beachy classroom fun? Check out this Beach Themed Day Activities Resource, Beach Party Escape Room, and this Beach Day Virtual Field Trip! Also, check out this blog post to learn about my favorite ways to bring the beach to the classroom. 

What are your favorite beach themed classroom decorations? Let me know in the comments!

Why You Need A Visual Schedule In Elementary

We all know how important it is to get our students in a good routine for a smooth running classroom. Students thrive when they know what to expect for their day. 

Studies show that a good routine helps with behavior management issues in the classroom. It also helps your students feel more safe with the consistency that it brings. 

When I was in the classroom at the start of the year, I tried to ensure that I go over the schedule and break down the entire day for my students. This included what we do when we come in for the day, what subjects we work on when, when we transition to lunch and specials, how we transition to lunch and specials, and the pickup/ going home procedures. 

I found it to be beneficial to have a visual for younger students who may need extra help remembering the daily schedule and procedures. 

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I created this Classroom Visual Daily Schedule to help smooth out the transitions and give students the peace of mind that comes with knowing what comes next every day. 

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 You can use these cards on a pocket chart, wall, or magnetic board to easily edit and move your schedule around. You can even allow students to take a card to the next task if they have trouble transitioning.

This resource is a digital, editable PowerPoint so you can edit it to fit your needs. You can also personalize it if desired! 

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Here’s everything I included

  • 42 editable PowerPoint slides (*Make sure you have PowerPoint)
  • Black and White with Clocks (moveable hands and text boxes provided)
  • Cursive and print for intermediate or primary classrooms
  • Blank cards
  • Directions with suggested fonts
  • Pictures cards include ( A+, apple, backpack, chalkboard, books, bell, lunch, milk, glue, globe, clock, crayons, owl, grad hat, paint pallet, paintbrush, bookworm, bus, pencil, pen, check, bell, stars, scissors, beaker, music, paper airplane, protractor, data journal, music, magnets, locker, glasses, light bulb, ruler, flask, heart, sun, tent, music notes, tie, flashlight, plant, tie, test tube)

I would put these at the front of the classroom on the board or in our Calendar Time area. I noticed how much of a difference it made in my students when we had a clear, easy-to-understand schedule. 

What do you do to teach students your daily schedule? Let me know in the comments!

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How To Create A Fun And Easy Virtual Calendar For Your Classroom

If you know me, you know I just love calendar time. It is such a great way to gather with kindergarten or first grade students, go over the calendar, review some concepts, read stories, listen, share, and maybe even sing some songs. For more info on why I love it so much, check out my post here. 

 I adore my traditional Calendar Time area. This fun beachy-themed calendar area has always been my favorite.  Recently, however, I have been exploring Google Slides more and more and have found that it is the perfect tool for creating a virtual calendar easily! 

Here are some benefits of using a virtual calendar in your classroom

  • It can be used in person or virtually. After the last couple of years in the classroom, we are realizing the need for resources that can be used in the classroom AND virtually for distance learning. Teaching resources that are versatile enough to be used in both is essential these days. 
  • They are easily customized. Google Slides are so easy to play around with and make it your own. 
  • It can be easily reused year after year. While you can reuse physical products too, reusing digital items doesn’t require you to store anything or take up extra space. It can also be edited and personalized each year to fit whatever theme you want. 
  • It saves money. If you are printing your resources, it will save you money on paper and printing costs to just do it virtually. Saving money in the classroom is always a plus! 

Ready to explore virtual calendars yourself? I have you covered! I created this Virtual Calendar template for teachers who want to simplify Calendar Time in the classroom. 

virtual calendar

These colorful Google Slides templates make it easy for you and fun for your students. They can easily be edited to add your own personal touch. This calendar comes with Google Slides to help you review time, days of the week, months, money, share your morning messages, birthday shoutouts, and more! 

virtual calendar

Check out my virtual calendar tutorial here! 

Here’s what’s included in this calendar resource: 

  • 21 Colorful Digital Calendar and Math slides. Includes time, days of the week, months, money, a spinner game, morning messages, birthday shoutouts, patterns, shapes, and tally marks. 
  • 2 Review Pages (one digital and one black and white to easily print for pencil to paper) 

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Ready to get started with your virtual calendar? Check it out here!


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