Bulletin boards are basically a staple in preschool classrooms. They are eye catching and informative for your preschool families. They can even be educational. Positioning bulletin boards strategically throughout your preschool classroom can be very beneficial to parent communication and child engagement.
1. PARENT COMMUNICATION BOARDS
Frequent open communication with your preschoolers’ parents is key in building strong relationships built on trust with your preschool families. One way to communicate effectively with your preschool families is by implementing a parent communication board in your classroom.
Parent communication boards are a great way to keep your preschool families informed about your daily routines. Post the daily schedule, snack menu, and the weekly curriculum plan. Post announcements and reminders, display a parent volunteer sign-up sheet, weekly newsletters, and anything else that you need your preschool families to know about.
Your parent communication board must be eye catching and be changed up regularly, though. Otherwise, it will just become wallpaper that no one notices anymore.
2. CHILD CREATED BULLETIN BOARDS
Parents and children a like love bulletin boards that are child created. Use this bulletin board to display your preschoolers’ work. You can post artwork, writing prompts, and even science projects. Seeing their work on display will give your preschoolers a sense of pride and will also get them talking about the projects that they have worked on, which will reinforce what they learned.
3. WHAT WE ARE LEARNING BOARDS
Another fun bulletin board for preschool classrooms is a board dedicated to showing what your preschoolers have been learning. You do this by dividing the bulletin board into four sections. Each section should be labeled with a developmental domain; cognitive development, language development, physical development, and social/emotional development. Within each section post a few pictures from the past month. Label each picture with what the child(ren) in the picture was doing and tie it into your states learning guidelines.
This type of bulletin board is very informative for your preschoolers’ parents. Not only is it a great visual to what your preschoolers do in your classroom, but it is also a great educational tool. When your preschool families see this bulletin board they will gain an understanding of how young children learn through play, and get ideas of what they can be doing to support their development at home.
4. INTERACTIVE BULLETIN BOARDS
Interactive bulletin boards are made just for your preschoolers. They are basically a bonus activity center that are great learning tools and reinforce many developmental skills. With interactive boards you can create developmentally appropriate activities that get your preschoolers working on number sense, sorting, letter recognition, matching, and more!
Bulletin boards can be used as a tool to enhance parent and child engagement in the preschool classroom. Remember to change them up on a regular basis to keep them from becoming like wallpaper that no one notices anymore.