Bulletin Boards for the Whole Preschool Year

By Elizabeth Wistrom

Here you will find a vast collection of bulletin board ideas for all of your preschool classroom needs, along with suggestions for incorporating the displays into your curriculum. With over 40 examples to choose from, your learning space is sure to shine this year!

Creative and vibrant bulletin boards are a staple found in most classrooms. This is because they offer a way to showcase student-created projects, display information and foster learning. Designing your own bulletin board can be time-consuming, and even the most creative of teachers will benefit from this compilation of classroom displays. Here, you will find a year-round collection of the best preschool bulletin board ideas that Bright Hub Education has to offer.

Beginning of the Year

The excitement of back-to-school time often evokes images of smiling faces. For young children, however, going off to school can be an intimidating endeavor. For this reason, it is important that classroom teachers work to quickly establish a connection with their new students. Welcoming the children with colorful and enticing displays can help to peak their interest and make even the most hesitant child feel a part of their new classroom. Here are a few examples of bulletin boards which can be created ahead of time, or used as a cooperative activity on the first day of school:

Notice how the examples offered incorporate each child's name into the display. This not only helps identify to the child that they are in the correct classroom, it presents a perfect opportunity for the students to learn the names of their classmates. For younger children, adding a photo next to the name will help non-readers begin to make those connections.

Bulletin Board Ideas for Seasons and the Holidays

Decorating your classroom for the seasons, or for specific holidays, takes on special meaning when combined with lessons about traditions. Consider the multi-cultural make-up of your class and their families. Also, do not be hesitant to offer the unfamiliar. Bulletin board displays should be thought of as eye-candy for the classroom - inspiring the children to want to learn more!

Keep in mind, however, that you are not limited to just using bulletin boards! Classroom doors, cubbie areas and even wall space in a hall can all be converted for use. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Bulletin Boards to Compliment Your Thematic Studies

Thematic teaching in preschool means immersing your students in the topic. Your classroom decor should be no exception. Bulletin boards can be used to offer games, interactive experiences, mini-lessons, extension activities or even simply curriculum support. Here are bulletin board ideas for popular preschool themes:

Displays to Reinforce Basic Skills

While most bulletin boards offer rotating displays based on classroom themes, they can also be used to reinforce basic academic skills for students at the preschool level. One way to accomplish this is to have space dedicated to certain subject areas, like reading, math, writing, or science. This will help your students connect what they are learning with the broader topics they will study throughout their school years:

Other Bulletin Board Ideas

Likewise, you may wish to have specific bulletin board space set aside for recognizing classroom birthdays, a Student-of-the-Week celebration, tracking lost teeth, or even developing a classroom job chart. Here are a few examples of ways to incorporate bulletin boards in the daily functions of your preschool classroom:

Suggestions for Your End of the Year Bulletin Boards

When it's time for the year to come to a close, refrain from packing up the room too soon. Instead, use your bulletin board space to honor the children's accomplishments, or inspire continued learning over vacation time!

When creating your bulletin boards, try laminating the pieces, or covering them with clear contact paper. This will make your display sturdy and re-useable in the years ahead. Also, remember that bulletin board projects are a great way to get your classroom parents involved - through design, implementation or even just management!

Do you have bulletin board ideas you would like to share, or suggestions for bulletin board topics that you would like to see included in this guide? If so, be sure to let us know by visiting the comments section below.