Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Enlarge Posters

How to Enlarge Posters
Hello friends! Have you ever had classroom posters that you would like to make bigger? I have! Luckily one of my sweet colleagues, Melissa from Melissa's Lil Learners, showed me how to enlarge my favorite posters and I couldn't believe how easy it was!

First, you're going to need Adobe Reader. Don't have Adobe Reader? No problem! You can get it free here.

Step 1: Open up your posters in Adobe Reader. Select file and then print.

Step 2: After you have gone to the print screen, under page sizing and handling select Poster. Below the poster selection, check the box that says Cut marks. This will show you how your poster will be divided among the pages it prints on and where you will need to cut it out. 

Step 3: Under Tile Scale, type in the percentage that you would like your posters to be enlarged to. I typically do 150% which makes my posters 11.5 inches wide by 15 inches tall. You can play with the percentage here! 

Step 4: Print your posters! It will come out in several different pieces like in the picture below. Cut out the pieces and glue them together. I typically leave some of the white space so I can easily glue it together.

Step 5: Laminate your posters so they will stay looking nice all year! 

Ta-Da! There you have it! I hope this little tutorial was helpful! If you're looking for the same poster seen in the pictures you can get it here with more inspirational posters!

Check out these posters! They come in SO MANY themes to fit your classroom!

Happy teaching,


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Five Simple Fine Motor Tasks to Include in Your Centers

Building up fine motor strength is so important for your little learners! With limited time and resources in the school day, it can seem difficult to fit it in. Did you know you can build fine motor activities into your centers? I've got five great activities and resources you can implement in your classroom tomorrow! With little to no prep (some are as simple as printing) you will be ready to go in no time!

1. Clip cards 
Oh how I love clip cards! They are simple to prep and you can use them in pretty much any subject area for all different levels of students!

Literacy clip cards for multiple levels here!

FREE missing number clip cards here!

Did I mention you can use clip cards in almost any subject area and for all levels? I've included another example below of some quick clip cards I used to practice spelling and decoding CVC words! The possibilities are endless! You can use them with math facts, fractions, vocabulary terms, prefixes and suffixes- if you teach older students!

Here are some word cards I got free on TPT! I just added clothes pins and I was ready to go! (Sorry, I can't find the original link to the creator of the word cards) 

2. Q-tips 
Practicing spelling can get so boring when it's just paper and pencil! These spelling papers are so easy to make!  All you need is the free font, Janda Polkadot Punch! You can get the font, with many more, free from Kimberly Geswein by clicking here! Once you've created your spelling papers you just need some paint and Q-tips!

3. Beads 
Beads are something new I have added to my centers! My students love using beads to spell out their words! You can get them in all different colors, shapes, and sizes! Check it out here! Students can also model addition and subtraction equations on them! The kiddos love it and it's great fine motor work!

Building sight words with letter beads

Decomposing numbers with beads. Get the printable
free here from Little Minds At Work!

4. Punch Cards
I can't believe how much students love to use a hole punch! Maybe it's because I dislike it so much…. Anyway, using a hole punch is a great way for students to build up their hand strength and if you can add in an academic component, you've got a great center! Check out my favorite activity below!
Letter identification punch cards. 
Punch the letter and check your answer! 
You can get these punch cards at my TPT shop by clicking here!

5. Play-Doh
If your students are like mine, then they love anything that involves Play-Doh! It's fun for students and you can use it in so many activities! So get your little ones engaged while building up their muscles with some play-doh!

Click here to get the Play-Doh work mat seen above for free!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Setting Up Your Writing Center

Hello friends! Who else has been busy working in their classroom? It can definitely get overwhelming trying to get everything set up. Don't stress, friends! I'm here to help! 

I wanted to show you my FAVORITE part of my classroom and how you can set it up quickly and easily while still sticking to a budget! I'm going to share some tips and fabulous freebies with you!

Here it is…

My writing center is functional, cute, and was surprisingly easy to put together! Obviously your classroom doesn't have to be cute to benefit your students but my students CAN'T  WAIT to have the change to write in this space! :) It's been a huge motivator and can even be used as an incentive! 

So let me break it down for you where everything is from:

First, I'm going to talk about the items I had to purchase. I'll get to the digital downloads below :)

The desk- I purchased the desk for $5 at our local flea market! I added some paint and ta-da it was ready to go! If you want to do the same, I would recommend checking out some local flea markets or thrift stores! So many great and inexpensive classroom finds there!

The gumball machine full of erasers- You can get a great deal on these on Amazon! Click here to grab a similar gumball machine!

Space Spacemen (in the little black pail)- These little guys are from Really Good Stuff. Let me just say, these are great for kindergarteners and students who tend to leave out spaces between words in their writing! Get these guys here! 

As for the rest of the items I purchased…

If you know me, you know I love Target! The black pail, rainbow editing box, and writing banner are all from Target! 

Now the digital downloads: 

First my favorite… the pencil drawer labels!- These are at my TPT shop. You can get them with either a black or white background. They are also editable if you want to make your own labels! Click here to get them! The labels are 1.75 inches tall by 6.08 inches wide and will fit a box that is about 7 inches wide by 7 inches tall. Click here to get similar drawers! 

The "I can" Writing Posters (available in either a black or white background) - These are available at my TPT store! Get them here

Rainbow Editing- You can't see this one but it's inside the little box labeled "Rainbow Editing." This is a great tool for your writing center if you want your kiddos going back and check their work! Get your students checking their work and improving their writing by clicking here!

Sentence Starter Posters-  *FREEBIE* Get these posters at my Facebook page! It's under the tab "Sparkling Fan Freebies" along with other free resources! If you are having difficulty finding the posters make sure you are on a DESKTOP. The fan freebie tab won't show up on a phone. :)

The rest of the downloads are freebies from other amazing teacher sellers and bloggers! 

Amazing Work Coming Soon!- Get these signs from the fabulous, Teaching in High Heels

Giant Writers Pencil- From The Teacher Wife's Blog

There you have it friends! I hope this has been helpful! What do you keep in your writing center? I would love to hear!

Happy Teaching!,

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