Preschool finally started this week. Last week seemed to be never ending with many hours spent in my classroom and at home in the evenings trying to get everything prepared. I thought I had a plan for my bulletin board, but then I went to my first meeting of the year and saw two other teachers had already put up a bulletin board with that theme, so I had to start from scratch. I spent some time wandering through Pinterest and then searching through Google and found a couple ideas to inspire me. Not sure what I searched on Google, but I did pin them here: All Aboard! and Kindergarten Express.
To make the board I used a standard size piece of construction paper for each train car. I used one of my older daughter’s craft toys to cut a 4 by 4 inch window in each sheet. The teaching assistant was kind enough to cut the circles from the Ellison die cut tool. I cut a triangle to make the cattle pusher on the front. I took photos of my students today and Monday to put in each of the train car windows. At first I planned to have a photo of myself as the train engineer, but then I gained another student, so now one of my student’s photos is in black car. (Yes, I only have six students, but I have a tiny room, no windows, and a “floating assistant” to balance out the small number of students.)
I had some fun making letters from other letters since I did not have enough L or H cut out letters in the pack to make my whole title. I used a border with colors on it since we are reviewing colors next week and this bulletin board will be up then as well. We also plan to read Freight Train next week as well, which will go well with the train themed board. I kind of wish there were train tracks on the board, but sometimes time gets away from you and you just go with the general theme. No one has mentioned the lack of tracks or the unlikely grade for the train yet, so no worries.