I did my classroom bulletin board yesterday. I had been putting it off, I think, because once I’ve done the bulletin board, school starts. I was in denial. But I have at least been doing other smaller jobs this past week, so that’s good. Now that I’ve done the bulletin board, I have to do the harder stuff.
Our school’s verse for the year is the verse that was chosen for National Lutheran Schools Week – John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” I used a technique from a previous bulletin board – I photocopied kids’ faces from a past yearbook, and used them as part of the design.
My imagery mixes the metaphors a little. In this design, the kids are the fruit instead of the branches. I don’t think it completely confuses the message though. And the kids will have fun finding themselves in the grapes.
I did my bulletin board yesterday. The eighth graders chose this as the verse of the year:
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
I thought the verse lended itself to a “traveling through life” theme, which led me to maps, which led me to Middle Earth, which led me to Gandalf’s quote: “Not all who wander are lost”.
When people write about that quote, they say Tolkien was talking about purpose. The difference between a lost wanderer and a non-lost wanderer is purpose – a perfect sentiment for Psalm 25:5.
The end result looks simple, but it took all day:
The fonts are all “Tolkien” fonts I downloaded from the internet. I traced the map using a projector. The gold lettering is less visible than I anticipated, but I like how it looks, and I think the quote is appropriate. I’m particularly proud of where I placed the labels. All but one of them correspond to the place they appear:
Temptation – Isengard, where Sauruman was tempted by power Comfort – Edoras, the capitol of Rohan Loneliness – Emyn Muil and the Dead Marshes: difficult and empty terrain Happiness – no corresponding place – a rural area of Gondor Prosperity – Minas Tirith, the capitol of Gondor Trial – Mount Doom, where the One Ring was destroyed
I’m told that one of the eighth graders is a Tolkien superfan. I’m looking forward to him seeing it.
My bulletin board for this year is done. We’re just starting to have the eighth graders pic a “Bible verse of the year”, but we forgot to have them do it at the end of last year, so we don’t know what it is yet. So I used the verse for Lutheran Schools Week. – Colossians 1:15-20. It’s about how Jesus is in all things, so I wanted to represent that somehow.
I used pictures from magazines, but the only ones I had available were art magazine pictures. It was hard to get a variety of things. If I had more magazines, I think I would have done smaller pictures.
If I did it again, I might make the top and bottom of the mouth similar colors. I think the dark/light makes it harder to see the cutout shapes. But I’ll leave it the way it is. Too many times I have messed with something to make it “better”, and it ends up wrecked.
At the beginning of the school year, we pass around a chapel sign-up sheet. I want to fill in LOTS of spaces, but I have to wait for everyone else to have their turn, and then I can fill in extras. I was super-excited when the sheet came to me this year, because the first chapel of Advent was open. Woo hoo! I’m talking about Advent today in chapel!
We are still having chapel outside, so I can’t light an Advent wreath. When I was chatting with Lauren the other day about school stuff, she happened to mention those paper Advent wreaths made out of hands. I knew what I had to do:
It’s a banquet table! I’ll open the legs, then lay it on its side. Everyone will be able to see it because it’s HUGE! 🙂
I can officially get ready for school now. I finished my bulletin board.
For the last three years, I have been using the Bible verse for Lutheran Schools Week. This year, it is Matthew 20:28. I’m glad that it’s a Gospel verse. I like Gospel bulletin boards better than Law ones.
I focused on the “gave his life as a ransom for many” part. And I slanted it up and to the right. I read somewhere that a slanted line that goes from low left to high right is supposed to convey a positive feeling to the viewer.
The left half of the bulletin board is blank so I can hang student work during the course of the year.