Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Do It Yourself Classroom Stationery



Just a quick "Pinspired" post for today!  With the start of the school year approaching, a tip for you to think about is to create classroom stationery during your first week of school.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew it was worth trying last year.  It was a big hit!  The kids loved making it at the start of the year, it was FREE, and it had a variety of uses throughout the year:



  1. Any time I needed to write a thank you note on the children's behalf, I already had the cute element all set. 
  2. I used it every time the PTO paid for a guest presenter to lead an assembly for us and they loved it. 
  3. When we had a big classroom event that involved the parents donating time and resources I sent home thank yous on this stationery.
  4. When we did our peer appreciation activity (some years we do one around Valentine's Day, sometimes it's near Thanksgiving, sometimes it's near Christmas, but this year it was just because they needed to learn a lesson in being nice, hehe) I used this stationery, which made it more personalized.
All I needed to do to prepare was type my name at the top of a page.  Then I cut sticky notes into 1 inch square pieces and gave a square to each student so they could draw their self portrait.  I stuck them along the edge, wrote their names underneath each picture, and made copies.  Simple!

In order to create the thank you notes, all I did was invest in some cute shaped sticky notes, and had each child write something (I didn't take the photo in this pin).  It takes 4 or 5 sheets to fit all the notes, but since I make plenty of copies of the stationery to keep in the filing cabinet at the start of the year it works. 

Have you made classroom stationery with your students before?  Or if not, do you think you'll try it out?



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    1. Thanks! If you decide to try it out, I hope your students (and their parents) enjoy it. :)

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  2. I made this for the first time last year and it was adorable! Thank you for the reminder that I need to do it again!

    Julie
    TheHipTeacher

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad I remembered; it seems like a small thing but it's nice to have a "getting to know you" activity that serves a purpose for the whole year. :)

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  3. I love this idea! I saw it on Pinterest and wanted to try it, too. However, I am not sure it would work as well for me with over 30 kids per class. I think it might get too crowded or the pictures might be too little. What do you think? I'd love to try it!

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    1. I think it's still doable if you want to try it! If you notice I shrunk down the stationery at one point in order to create a half sheet. I'd suggest you stick with the one inch squares for each student and shrink it as opposed to giving them smaller squares. Then stick them to 11x17 inch paper before you shrink it down. Although I'm not sure the proportions would turn out exactly right...maybe the math teacher on your team could make that into a math problem with your class! :D

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  4. Saw this on PInterest and loved it! I agree - thanks for the reminder :)

    Lauren
    The Sweetest Thing
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    1. You're welcome! If you try it out, I hope your class has fun with it. :)

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