How to Make Bulletin Board Letters

Do you ever have a picture in your mind of exactly how you want your classroom to look?

Me too!

I was searching for the perfect letters for my classroom, but I could never find them! So I decided to make my own...and guess what?

Making your own giant letters is EASY!

And you just need a regular printer and black ink!

Are you ready to give it a try?

Let me walk you through the steps:

1. Open PowerPoint on your computer

2. Insert a text box and choose a chunky font
      Try: KG Second Chances Solid 

3. Type just one or two letters in the box 

4. Change the text size so the letters to fill the page. This will be different for some letters. For example, W is a very wide letter and L is very narrow- just experiment to see what fits

5. Format your letters so they have "no text fill" and black "text outline"
6. Duplicate your page so you can make more letters!

You can print your letters on card stock or colored paper, but I wanted the designs I found in the scrapbook paper section.

I cut down the scrapbook paper to be 8.5 x 11 to fit into my printer. Then I printed just like I would on regular printer paper. 

After printing, I cut out the centers of my letters. You can skip that step if the centers don't bother you! Then I just laminated them and trimmed around the edges. 

I told you it was easy!

Want to save some time? 

I already created a set of CAPITAL and lowercase letters for A-Z.  Just print the pages you need!

Make sure you pin this image so you don't forget the steps!

These letters are perfect for classroom displays, quotes, and bulletin boards! Please share your ideas for using these letters in the comments!


3 Tips for Busy First Grade Hands

Teaching firsties is the BEST! It's both exhilirating and exhausting! There is so much to do and so much to learn! There are also so many other amazing first grade teachers out there! I am thrilled to be linking up with the super sweet Jen from Sparkling in Second to share some First Grade Teacher Tips!

One thing you must know about first graders is that they have busy hands, like really, really, REALLY busy hands! Here are some smart ways to keep their hands busy and their minds focused! You can pin any of the tip images so you don't forget to try them!

Have you heard of fluency ears?! I LOVE them and so do firsties. They are perfect for guided reading or for reading as a whole class! Just place your hands over your ears like earmuffs and whisper read. The sound is amplified for you, but it does not distract anyone else. You can read at your own speed, and it gives your hands an important job too!

I always monitor my firsties as they read with their fluency ears. If you ever see me crawling around the carpet between kids and they have their hands over their ears- do not be alarmed, we're just doing fluency ears!

When you want kids to listen, ask them to use their hands! Here is my favorite attention getter, especially if it's really loud or we're really involved in something crazy! I start off loudly and then say each command in a smaller voice until I am whispering. You can add lots of other actions in the middle too (put your hands on your shoulders, put your hands on knees, etc) but I always start with clap once, clap twice...and end with ready hands.

If you want to grab these posters for your classroom, just click on either version to download for FREE! (Thanks to Creative Clips for the graphics-she's the best!)

If you really want your firsties learning, try keeping their hands busy. I love using manipulatives, but you know when kids see blocks, they want to build a tower. When they see dry erase boards, they want to spin them around and around (WHY?!) Here is a tip to keep their hands busy and keep you sane. Try doing "Busy Minutes!"

After you pass out a manipulative (even if you've used it like 29 times before), set a timer for 2-3 minutes. During that time, let your firsties build with the blocks, spin the spinners, make a train with the cubes, balance the rulers on their finger tips- whatever! When the timer goes off, those manipulatives are "TOOLS for learning-- NOT TOYS for playing!" In my experience, allowing them time to try everything out and explaining your expectation, eliminates the woes that come with using manipulatives. 

Thanks for stopping by friends, I hope these tips for busy first grade hands gave you some new ideas for your classroom. I am always looking for new things to try so I would love to hear what you do to encourage busy hands in your classroom!

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