If you have been a follower for the last several years then you know I focus on positive classroom management. Several years ago when I implemented my reward coupons I witnessed a drastic change in my classroom atmosphere. It was truly amazing to watch. Along with the reward coupons I also use a combination of character trait student recognition necklaces (pictured above) and my other student recognition necklaces. It is amazing how the students just light up when I would tell them to go grab the "I was respectful" necklace! They wore them proudly & loved the extra attention they received from the principal, other teachers & staff members.
This is how I used to store them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way these were stored BUT you know I like to change things up........keep reading. I simply printed the necklaces out on REGULAR PRINTER PAPER, not card stock & then cut each necklace out & pasted it on tie dye scrapbook paper. Of course I laminated them & used a colorful stretchy string on each of them.
These are my original student recognition necklaces. These are still in my store if you would prefer just purchasing one sheet of 6 necklaces. Again, I needed an update. I am in love with Melonheadz graphics & made brand new ones. I would write down every time I saw a student do something that needed to be recognized. I did not have a necklace for them which made me tho thad :o( Even though I have been teaching for 10 years I always change things up from year to year. You never know what kind of students you will have, each and every one of them has different needs.
So here is what the hubs & I have been working on!!!!!
I am so IN LOVE!!!!! As you can see I am now into chevron & neon. Seriously, I need help. I keep coming up with different projects to give myself an excuse to go "shop" for what I need for the blog & search for more neon! It totally brings me back to the 80's man...totally tubular! The second neon zig zag is pink...it is not orange as it appears...sorry that was bugging me.
This is how it all started........................
I found this beauty on ETSY as I was searching for a jewelry organizer for my dressing room...that is a whole other post friends. If you are curious, just pop over to my Instagram & check out the pics! It looks incredible!
Anyway, I showed it to the hubs & asked him if he can make me one. Then a light bulb went off..you know how that goes! It happens to me @about 3 am & then I get obsessed about it. I have black & white chevron in my dressing room but am adding some neon/chevron to my classroom. Are the peace signs going away, um no...never.
So my fabulous hubs went to Home Depot & bought a 2'x4' piece of peg board for $8! Since I am on my vampire schedule & am up all night & sleep till noon-ISH, this is what he did while I was sleeping. If you look on the top right corner closely you can see the pencil marks. I have no clue what they mean but it had to be done, according to him. I really didn't think it was that much work & measurement...ugh..I am not good with measuring...that's why I teach first grade. It looks great, right? Well, my OCD self was not happy until those zig zags matched the rug. They.need.to.be.neon.like.now.
I can't even tell you now many coats of neon this took. I just asked the hubs & he rolled his eyes. I'm thinking it was a lot. He also picked up those silver hooks so I could hang my necklaces.
The neon paint is acrylic paint from Michael's. You need to check out my Instagram...I am there constantly & always take pics of what I find.
This bright neon paper came from Target. I LOVE how bright it is! I can't find it on their site but it's made by kidmademodern.com.
****UPDATED JULY 2016*****
Here are some shots of the different choices. There are 250 DIFFERENT choices! I know, I go overboard! I do that with everything! But, it's all about my kids & I want to acknowledge every thing they do.
Below is the updated design! You can print them 24 tags to one page by clicking multiple on your printer. You would put the four pages you want to print for your page numbers. (directions included).
Below is the old design. I updated all the fonts & graphics to match each one. I have done necklaces for 3 years & this year I decided to go with the "Brag Tag" approach which could be done with these same necklaces. I left them big because that is how I originally sold them & I want two choices/options since I switch things up so much. When I did necklaces, my students would have to return them at the end of the day...sometimes they would be tho thad because they wanted to show their parents....that is why I decided to switch to brag tags. I am working on a post that I will link HERE, when I finish it.
You get the idea of all the choices...hopefully. I don't think I missed any opportunity for any student to shine...lol.
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I HAVE to give my fabulous husband a shout out. He is really a great helper! Not only did he make the board he also cut out, pasted & laminated everything! I know, he's a keeper & he's mine...HANDS OFF! LOL!
|My boys! Aren't they precious?|
I did not want to use string again so I was off to EBAY to order these ball metal bead chains. They are already put together unlike the ones you get at Hobby Lobby.
Why did I choose those colors you ask? Since I included a girl graphic on the girl necklaces I used the pink chain for those & blue for the boys. The more general necklaces such as; I lost a tooth, Happy Birthday, Bucket Filler, No Bullying, etc. I used silver for those.
This is my gorgeous niece sporting one of the necklaces. She chose which one she thought she should get. Since she was on the Ipad, Macbook, Mini Ipad, Kindle, Ipod all weekend, she thought this was for her.
She is at the age where she loves to clean, organize & help out in any way. First we did my new borrow bucket. We marked all the pencils with washi-tape.
She did not like this job so much. Hopefully I will have all my organizational stuff done by next Monday Made It & I will post what we have done. I do post immediately on my Instagram.
I saw these at Hobby Lobby & thought this would be fabulous for your little nuggets to hold for a BTS photo prop! The ONLY choices are 1-3. I am working on my BTS photo prop & will post about it soon.
This board is 1 of 4 I found at TJ Maxx.....SCORE! I live dangerously close to TJ Maxx & Marshall's & am there several times a week. I have this internal radar that goes off when a new truck load comes in. I am also convinced my car came with some kind of powerful magnet that just forces my car to go to those stores. My husband doesn't believe that one either.
The board my niece is holding is a chalkboard. LOVE!
Then, she wanted Bentley in the photos. Not Java or Olive, just Bentley.
I am going to leave with this photo to ponder. I literally have not stopped LMAO!
I have been asking around where I can purchase one of these. It would make online shopping around the hubs much easier!
Now go go check out 4th Grade Frolics & get inspired. This is my first Monday Made It!