This was made by my kids in the last week of school. It hung in the main hall until the summer session started.
FIrst I made the letters out of masking tape on plain paper. Then my kids took turns making dots in different colors-right up to the tape’s lines. Then when it was dry I peeled off the masking tape.
Ta da! Nice, crisp letters in white. And of course, I left the color decisions up to the kids. One kid even made a point of leaving a white star-shaped space next to the “r” in “For”. Some kids preferred plain ol’ finger painting, while other followed my lead and did closely spaced dots. As part of our All About Me/Getting to Know You theme next week, we’re doing something similar but each kid will do the first letter in their name.
Then in the middle of Tuesday morning my boss did one of her under her breath comments & said “this room needs a lot of work…” Even though she is constantly riding me & my partner if she ever sees us taking advantage of a quiet minute to try and plan or get something done in the room. (Seriously we had to just hit the ground running on Monday even though we both have no experience building a class from the ground-up. We had NO set-up time either. I finished the school year Friday and started with Danielle on Monday. CRAZINESS.) ANYWAY.
I decided I could whip something up for at least the first week (I have something AWESOME planned for this coming week, which I’ll post pictures of when it’s done!). I asked each kid to write their name in large letters in pencil. Then I let them pick paints and let them trace their name however they liked. Some did a pattern of polka dots, some used different colors for each letter, etc. I LOVED watching their minds at work-anything that lets them be creative with whatever materials or loose guidelines I give them, it just makes me so happy!
The next day I asked the kids to work together. They each picked a color and made a handprint in the paint, then switched colors with their partner. Danielle also had the PERFECT idea to re-use the handprints to make a wreath for the door to our room!
The great thing about this summer is I can tell Danielle and I are gonna be amazing together =) She made our job chart-a baseball diamond with gloves in each position, each with a job on it, as well as the kids’s names on baseballs. I’m not a sports fan, but lots of our kids are Phillies fans so it’ll work perfectly. She also made a point to ask THE KIDS what kind of jobs we should add to the normal ones we use. That’s how I know we’ll get along really well-I also like making kids part of the decision making. If they help make the rules/jobs/projects/etc they will mean even more to them.