Each year I like to start off with a school wide project K-6 at my elementary school. Each student received a hand cutout from which they had to decorate with their designated color. K=Red, 1=Orange, 2=Yellow, 3=Green, 4=Blue, 5=Indigo (we just did both blue and purple), and 6=Violet/Purple. We discussed the rainbow and ROY G BIV. I think the final look is pretty awesome!
I made quite a few changes in my room from last year. Many new posters and fun things to not only look at but also to remind students of classroom expectations. I recycled some big metal fruit cans to hold all of my new crayons, colored pencils, and markers! I had random containers that were not all the same shape/size, which is fine, but this looks nice and works really well. I organized a SUB TUB, so I will no longer be stressing about "If I get sick am I prepared?" I have colored pencils, crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, and paper all ready to go in the SUB TUB as well as my green binder that houses easy-to-do sub lessons and classroom procedures.
The ART poster is used for classroom management. All classes start off with all the letters ART. If they are loud or not following directions, I flip over the T and on the back it says "Warning *work at whispers". If they are still talking too loudly or not following directions, then I flip the R and it says "Zero Voices". If the A is flipped, it says "Clean up, put heads down". Flipping the A rarely happens, and classes can earn their letters back! If a class still has the letters ART or AR at the end of class, they get a sticker to put up on a reward chart.
One FUN thing I decided to do was to hang a Mona Lisa poster outside of my door. I am decorating her each month with something fun. This month is football....GO PACK GO!!!