Crafting for Kids

Next week, I head back to work.  Teacher’s go back on Wednesday and the students the following Monday (giving me 3 days to prepare.  Of course, 2 of the 3 days are professional development, so, really, it’s 1 day and whatever I can squeeze in.  Sometimes campus will be open on Saturday, but since I don’t seem to have a principal yet, who knows if that will happen).

So, instead of stressing out over what I don’t know (principal, will I stay at the same grade/class/school, what if I forget how to teacher, etc), I decided to make stuff

First, I wanted to make this:

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I found it on Pinterest.  It was made by Jennifer over at Diary of a Second Grade Teacher.

I really like this tracking system.  It seems simple and effective.  I can glance at it and see where a student is without having to stop and think where I gave them permission to go.  I went out this morning to buy supplies:

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I got the magnetic white board and magnets at WalMart.  I had the paint and painter’s tape.  My hand is really shaky, so the numbers didn’t come out as neatly as I wanted, but I’m sure it’ll be fine.  I’m hoping I can see the numbers from a distance, but if I can’t, I can always walk over (or ask a student to read the number of who is where).

After I painted on the numbers, I mocked up where I wanted my grid with painter’s tape.

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I was originally going to do my labels with blue painter’s tape, but it’s too dark.  I’ll either try a lighter color or use something else.

Finally, I put the ribbon on.

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What you can’t see is all the strings of hot glue.  I don’t get hot glue, but it worked out well enough.  There are some places I need put some more, but overall, I’m really happy with it.  I think I’m just going to use the Command strips to mount it (either on the door or right next to it.  I can’t wait to get the labels on!  I think it turned out really well.

Next, I wanted to make these nifty little things, pinned from KrafyDesign’s esty shop.

  clothespin tacks

I’m planning on using them to hang the students’ writing.  In the past, I used binder clips, but they came in a bunch of different sizes and the students found them hard to open.  (That was first grade; I don’t know if second graders would find it easier; I found it hard sometimes.)  Last year I just put a push pin through their papers, but I didn’t want to do that this year.  So far I’ve made one set for each student, but I have a feeling I’m going to want  2 per paper.

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I don’t know why WordPress flipped this picture.  Anyway, I may put something pretty on the other side; I’m not sure if I’ll use ribbon or get some crafty paper yet.  I’ll post the final product when I’m done.

That’s all I have for today.  I’m super excited for my next project, but I can’t do it until I get into the classroom.  Until then, I’ll just wait in gleeful anticipation.

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