Sunday, March 25, 2012

Organization: Stamps

I have a lot of theme stamps for centers and my "teacher stamps."   Before I would put them in ziplock bags, but I wanted to be able to see what designs I had & I wanted a neater way to store them.  I love organizing even though you couldn't tell that from the current condition of my classroom (I started late in the year and didn't have time to space plan).  I store large and small stamps in containers from Jo-Ann or Michaels that can be purchased with 40% and 50% off coupons. 

Side Note: Don't forget Jo-Ann gives teachers a discount card for 15% off.  Michaels will also give teachers a discount.  There is no card, you just have to tell them you are a teacher or show some form of school ID or check stub.
This large photo container holds six smaller containers.
I will add a 2x4 label on the front at a later time.
This container is for photos but it is also the perfect size for stamps and little ink pads.  I plan on adding two more little ink pads.
The back of the container has the info from the stamp set (how many & images).  I just taped it on.  This helps me track which one is missing (if that happens).
This container is larger for my big and tall "teacher" stamps.  This one has thick plastic and the snap on the lid is good.   I like it a lot.
open view
This one is cheaper and the plastic is not as strong.  Also the lid pops open easier and they spill out when I grab it, AN-NOY-ING!
I also plan on making a stamp inventory sheet to prevent myself from buying the same set twice.  I will post it if I can make one generic enough for everyone to use.  If I can't make it general enough I will just post mine so you can get an idea of how I track my stamp sets.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Vista Print Lovin'

I LOVE vista print

I have made things for my classroom that I want to share that might help you.  I got this idea from the wonderful Jessica Meacham.  She was one of my teacher idols when I first started teaching.  She is still very creative even though she was moved from kindergarten to first grade.

Vista print offers many free things as well as low cost items.  The shipping is sometimes free or really low in cost.  The products are professional and last for years.

Here are some stamps I made years ago that save my hand from cramping up when doing agendas.  It is much faster and easier to stamp it than to write it over and over again.  The stamps are self inking, another great feature of this product.  I have had these since 2005 and they still work great.




This is were they are stored for now.  I am going to order some more so they will get a new home but for now this works. The other one in the basket says "Homework packet due Friday" and there is one about a "Conference Request" that I will post a picture of when I order my other stamps.  I just need to update my name on it since I got married.   Here are the ones I'm going to order soon.

1.  My Lunch Account Needs More Money In It!

2. Please Return Your Library Book! 

3. Please Remember To Bring Your Library Book Back!

4. Please Turn In Your Homework Packet!

5. Incomplete! Please Finish This Work At Home.

6. Completed Together In Class

7. Your Child Is The Special Person This Week.

8. Please Sign And Return!

9. Please Bring Back The Special Person Bag!

10. Completed With The Teachers Help

11. Completed With Help


I have also made business cards with my school info on it to give to parents at the beginning of the year.  I made magnets with the sight words on them for the students to have on their refrigerator at home. I also have made brochures to pass out to parents but I need to update these.  I found another great idea for supplies from Molly Schwab and I will adapt it to fit the needs of my classroom.  She created this on a postcard.  Click on her name or the picture below to see more ideas.


 
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