1. I head to the public library, check out 4 books at a time, and try to finish them all before they are due.
2. Ok, I lied. I have been doing some things for my classroom. Last year I kept noticing how all the teachers had these awesome plastic tubs (bins?) that they used for organizing their daily materials. For example, in the Monday tub you put all your items for Monday's lessons. It seemed like a great way to stay organized and help plan ahead. So I went online to find me some tubs... Here are the ones sold by Lakeshore:
here to pick some up)... Needless to say I was very sad because I am still a somewhat new teacher-- and my salary cannot pay for my student loans AND new color coded tubs.
That's when I went on Pinterest-- I think this site is so great for teachers. And I saw these:
So I went to her TPT store and downloaded these pretty little labels for FREE. And then I knew what I was going to do. I was going to make myself some weekly organizer bins. For a lot cheaper than $50!
I headed over the Walmart and bought 5 ice cube bins for probably close to $2 a bin. So now I had spent $10. I already owned a ton of colored scrapbook paper and Mod Podge-- so I didn't need to purchase any of that. I did pick up some adhesive from the craft area (all for under $10):
So-- here are my finished weekly bins-- and I love them so much more because I put the time and effort into them. I personalized them and I know nobody else will ever have these same exact bins.
I tried at least 4 different types of adhesives. Here is what I found:
1. Glue sticks work-- but it's hard to get the paper on before the glue dries.
2. Liquid white glue works-- but it tends to wrinkle the folder and warp it.
3. The adhesive squares (pictured above) were my favorite thing to use because I could really take my time and line everything up.
4. The adhesive spray is very quick and easy to use-- but make sure you use it on a covered surface-- like newspaper.
To make scrapbook covered folders, simply apply the adhesive of your choice-- then trim the paper to fit the folder. I covered one side at a time. Here is my Monday folder-- I made the back of it red so I could easily match it to its tub! You can cover the insides too, I just didn't care to go that far-- so I tried to only over the inside tab.
|Back side view|
My next goal? Setting up common core folders... Big breath-- it's going to take awhile-- but it'll definitely be worth it in the end!