Are you back to school already?! Not me! I haven't seen the inside of my classroom since the first week of June. Our school is closed to teachers during the summer so I have had lots of time to refresh and reflect! We just got back from our family vacation over the weekend, and now I am super antsy to start my school projects!
I finally dug out my to-do list and to-buy list that I made the last week of school. If you know me, I'm not very good at keeping lists. (I should kiss my brain for not losing it all summer!) I started looking at my lists and the same thing happened to me that usually happens when I look at a list---I get a
So I haven't done much on my list yet, but I have been working on some fabulous room decor projects #eeek! I finished up a new set of alphabet clipart, and I loved it so much I had to make my own alphabet goodies. (Keep in mind that the list did not include ANY alphabet projects- oops!)
I even got the cards all laminated and ready for my word wall-- hooray for the kids taking long naps! Here's a good tip if you have extra chalkboard space-- put magnets on the back of your word wall headers and cards. The kiddos can walk up and remove a word if they need to see it or write it and you can adjust your headers as your wall of words grows throughout the year.
I just could not decide if I liked the black background or the gray polka dot background better so 20 pages of laminate later, I have 2 sets. That's a lot of letters!
My little helper enjoyed playing with the letter cards too! The size would be great for a flashcards, centers, pocket charts, or even your family's refrigerator! You can get any of these posters, cards, or clipart sets in my store--just click on the pictures.
Here's another project that was NOT on my to-do list--make new bulletin board letters! I went to an awesome teacher store at the beach #teacherlife I looked and looked for just the right letters, but I didn't find them. The good news is making your own letters is easy and perfect when you can't find exactly what you want.
I used powerpoint to make my letters. I chose a chunky font (This is KG Second Chances Solid), outlined it with black, and filled it with white. I cut down some scrapbook paper to be 8.5 x 11 to fit into my printer. Then I printed just like I would on regular white paper.
I cut out the centers of my letters once they printed. Then I just laminated them and trimmed around the edges.
It really was simple, and it does not require a lot of ink like printing colored lettering. Feel free to pin this image so you don't forget the steps!
Throughout the week, I also worked on a couple other special projects. I will be sharing details about them soon...Next week, I get to set up my classroom so stop back to see updates and more pictures. (I don't know about you, but I could look at classroom pictures all day!)
Are you making anything new for the upcoming year or are you sticking to your to-do list?!