April 22, 2017

Student Gift Idea (Perfect for End of Year!)

Isn't it amazing how quickly the school year always flies by? I am already planning the last few weeks of school! One thing I love to do during the last week is give my students a small gift from me. I originally saw this idea on Instagram-- and I'm not sure who was the original creator-- but you can find some another example here.

First thing I did was check my local Dollar Tree for plastic water bottles. I was in luck! They had enough for my 24 students-- and a nice variety of colors left. 
If you cannot find them in store-- try online. You can order a case of 30 for $1 per bottle-- and they have many more style options online. Be sure to order early enough to allow for shipping time. 

Now, if you do not own a Cricut or Silhouette machine, the next step will be a bit tricky. You could always invest in letter stickers from a craft store or Amazon-- but it will definitely take a lot longer. You could also get a paint pen and write student names! Using my Cricut was cheap since I already had white vinyl-- and it was speedy. The entire process only took me 1.5 hours. 

I measured my bottles. I could make the names about 1.25 inches wide and 6 inches long. Next, I typed up all my students name using the font called "KG Shake It Off Chunky". This font is free for download on TPT-- but you cannot use it for commercial use unless you purchase the license. I made sure the names fit the size parameter-- and then I hit "cut". 
After the name were cut out, I took some time to cut them apart and weed them (take out all the extra pieces). Next, I cut some pieces of Walmart contact paper. I love this stuff because you get a huge roll for a great price-- and it isn't too sticky. 
I used the contact paper to transfer to names from the vinyl sheets to the water bottles: 
Then I pressed down firmly and peeled the contact paper away. The names stuck perfectly! 

I will have to tell the students to try and limit how wet the letters get-- and to never put them in the dishwasher. Although the vinyl I used is "permanent"-- nothing will last forever. If you don't have a Cricut or Silhouette, I highly recommend investing in one. They can be pricey, but I have found it so useful for my classroom! 
There you have it! Easy gifts that are personalized-- and they only cost $1 per student! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below. I hope you have a blessed day! 

January 30, 2017

The Teacher's Assistant

This blog post is short and sweet! Sometimes you just need 5 minutes to finish grading tests or work with struggling students-- but it's hard to find time when your other 25 students are constantly coming up to ask you questions!

Thus-- I created the position of "Teacher Assistant".
I choose 1-2 responsible students (usually ones who follow directions, listen, are good at explaining things, etc.) and let them wear a badge for the day. I created these badges to fit into a plastic name badge holder (I found mine at Walmart) and attached a cute lanyard so it wouldn't get lost.

I even let my assistant give out Class Dojo points while I was conferencing with students about their writing pieces! It was amazing! I highly recommend trying it!

Click HERE or on the picture below to snag a free copy!
If you give it a go let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!