Today is the final day of Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week!
Today's subject is around tips and tricks! Well, I am going to tell you how I CHEAT!
Like ALL THE TIME!
When it comes to decorating my classroom, I like to hand-make displays.
Here are two that are inside of my classroom.
How do I cheat? I look at clip art! They have great blacklines that I can follow. If you have a projector of some kind you can even... wait for it... trace it!
I made these to hang over the kindergarten and Pre-K classroom doors. They are about 3' x 4' each. Can you guess who created these clip art images? (Hint... I am addicted to her clip art!)
I also did the same when I created the bulletin board outside of my classroom.
I was asked where I get my letters for my bulletin boards and displays.
I use my Silhouette! I love that I can use ANY font I have on my computer. I also love that I can download cut-able files for about .99 each! I wish I had one to give away, but I don't. They do offer an educator's discount. I have the Cameo which has a wider cutting deck, but I honestly think I would be thrilled with the Portrait. It has a smaller deck, but I think it does everything the Cameo does. AND it is cheaper!
Speaking of cheap tools, I LOVE these! The first two make bulletin boards a breeze! Gift wrapper... where have you been all my life?! If you look at the bulletin board with the monkey, you will see that the boarder (green and white polka dots) is on the outside of the frame. This Scotch cutter cuts such a straight line without ripping...AND it takes just seconds, so I didn't need the boarder. Good bye scissors!
The tool in the middle helps me clean up old displays lickity split!
The staple remover on the right is the one my students use during writer's workshop. I love it because it does not rip the pages! I got mine at a teacher store, but here is a link to a similar product on Amazon.
I can't wait to read up on other tips! Sometimes the more random... the better!