Monday, August 5, 2013

Made it Monday - Share chair, whisper bell, and read the room pointers

I'm linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics for another Made it Monday!

4th Grade Frolics


Project #1: Share Chair

I have been seeing various forms of a share chair all over pinterest and was looking for a chair that would work.



I found this child's size rocking chair at a local thrift store for $15. It was perfect! I sanded and painted it black. Then I added the polka dots with pink, green, and white paint and q-tips. This took forever! I kept having to change out the q-tips because they didn't hold their shape for more than 20ish polka dots. What an ordeal!







Then I printed the title and poem on the computer. I attached them with mod podge and sprayed them with hairspray as a sealer. I am hoping it will prevent the ink from running when I go to spray the top coat.... we'll see!



Project #2: Whisper bell
I started using a whisper bell last year after I saw it on Teacher Tipster. If you have never seen any of the teacher tipster videos, I highly recommend them! I have gotten tons of great ideas from him.

Anyway, the idea of a whisper bell is that you ring it when the noise level gets above a whisper (I use it during literacy centers) and the students must all respond with a whisper of "whisper bell." I like that they have to acknowledge the bell. If the noise level continues above a whisper we lose one minute of recess for each subsequent ring of the bell. I think we only ever lost maybe 5 or six minutes in all of last year! After the first warning, I can hear some of them whispering to their louder classmates- "shhh! remember whisper bell!"



I took a plain old bell and added some rhinestones I found in my desk drawer. That's it! Just added some sparkle!



Project #3: Pointers
I have been doing this for the last couple of years and the kids really enjoy using them. I take pre-painted wooden shapes from the craft store and hot glue them onto a dowel rod that I paint. I have a bunch of different ones and the kids LOVE to go pick their pointer for our morning message/reading big books/etc.



I've had these particular shapes sitting around for ages and finally got around to painting the dowels to match!



I will be going into my classroom for some serious organization today, wish me luck!

Victoria

14 comments:

  1. I love your Share Chair! I'm so jealous. Too cuuute! :)

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  2. I love your Sharing Chair. I made a Rock Star chair last year that I painted. It felt like it took me forever because I'm such a perfectionist. I use a bell in my room sometimes. 1 ding is stop 2 dings is look 3 dings is listen. Works pretty well! Thanks for sharing.
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. I love it all! I use the whisper bell during centers. It's awesome.

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  4. Very cute share chair! I love it when we can re-craft something.

    The whisper bell idea is genius! Definitely stealing that idea. :)

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  5. It was worth all the qtips! Too cute! I need new pointers! Going to use your idea!! So cute!!

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  6. Your sharing chair rocks. I've been wanting to update my plain wooden chair.

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  7. Great job on the chair! And I love your whisper bell!

    I'm your newest follower!

    Heidi
    Secondgradealicious!

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  8. The chair looks awesome! Well worth the work. And I love the bell idea-very cute bedazzled all up.

    Keri
    Enchanted Kinder Garden

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  9. I like that whisper bell. I actually have my grandmother's bell she used when she was a teacher - real silver. I need to get it shined up and put it to use!

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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  10. That chair is lovely!

    I have a similar bell, but I like the concept of 'whisper bell'

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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  11. I LOVE the whisper bell! Such a great idea!

    -Dani
    A Place to Thrive

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  12. Very cute chair! I love the whisper bell idea, I may have to grab my bell from school and fancy it up! Thanks for sharing.

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