Speech room decor and designs don’t have to be fancy. It can be as simple or as cutesy as you have time to make it! One thing it needs to be, though, is purposeful. Here are 6 different speech room decor tips to set up your speech room for success this back-to-school season!
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1. Function first
- You definitely don’t have to sacrifice a cute room for a functional one. BUT, you do need to make sure you have what you need to keep things running smoothly.
- Decide on your systems and how things will run FIRST, then add your items to make your speech room decor pretty.
- Put up bulletin boards that serve a purpose for your students. Both the Watercolor Cactus and Boho Rainbow bulletin board sets on TPT come with 10 different bulletin boards that are educational or interactive to use with your students! Plus, they’re beautiful too. 🙂
2. Keep distractions at bay
- Arrange your room to keep distractions at a minimum. This goes for you AND your students. This could mean making sure your desk is not facing the door. Or maybe the students need to face a certain area or away from a certain area.
- If you need to put curtains up or your clock in a place that will keep you on track, do that too.
3. Create a grab-and-go space
- I like to have a cart, box, or space in my speech room for grab-and-go if things are crazy. I use a 3-tiered cart and have them separated by articulation, language, and fluency.
- Each tray is filled with ready-to-go task cards, worksheets, visuals, manipulatives, and printables that I want easy access to.
- You could easily create a space like this with hooks on a wall, pocket folders, drawers, trays, boxes, etc.
4. Labels are your friend
- Labels save you time looking for items because you know exactly where things are. They also provide clarity to everyone else using the space, like students. Plus, when containers are labeled, you’re more likely to stay organized!
- You can easily and affordably create your own labels. I also have free labels in my resource library and have some included in my back to school starter kit.
5. Organize your materials
- There are a million ways and ideas out there to use your speech room decor for organizing your speech materials. How you actually do it will depend on the kind of materials and resources you have, the amount of materials, and the space you are working with.
- When organizing your materials, be sure and ask yourself these questions:
- 1. Where will I store my materials? (cabinet, shelves, cubbies, wall space, etc.)
- 2. What will I gather like materials in? (zipper pouches, binders, crates, baskets, bins, boxes, etc.)
- 3. How will I group my materials? (by theme, by month, by disorder, by something else?)
- 4. Does this organization system correlate to the way I plan?
6. Organize your Paperwork
- For help organizing your paperwork, I recommend taking my Paperwork Boss Email Challenge! It’ll get you all set up with a system that works specifically for YOU.
- You can also check out these blog posts!
I hope these speech room decor tips help you get the most out of your classroom! Happy back to school!