Velcro...Making Life Easier since 1948

We're back!!!!!

It's that time again!!! I'm joining over 180 amazing bloggers to share with you some BRIGHT ideas!! If you joined us last time, it was incredible!! I picked up so many ideas and have already implemented some of those ideas in my classroom! So this makes me even more excited for this one! 

How many of you seem to have walls, desks, cubbies, etc. that don't seem to be able to hold ANYTHING?!? I mean I have tried everything you can think of to keep things attached to my walls, kids' desks, and their cubbies with them all usually failing! I don't know if it's the classroom temperature or what, but it can get quite time consuming having to reapply everything! 

Step in...VELCRO!!!

Who would have thought that something invented in 1948 would still be rocking it in 2014?!? Well, it's true!! I know you're probably all thinking...yes, I use velcro, but it is a little sticky sometimes, hard to get off, and/or leaves residue. Here is the new found, GLORIOUS, velcro!!
I randomly came upon these one day while I was shopping in the supply aisles of Walmart, figure that! I can't stay away from those aisles anywhere! These were actually on the clearance end so I thought, why not try them! I am soooooo glad I did!!! Now I use them for my kids' desk name tags, jobs, and other posters on the walls!! IT DOESN'T COME OFF!!!! THE KIDS CAN'T PEEL THEM OFF! AND...THEY ARE REUSABLE!! That's right!! REUSABLE! 

DESK NAME TAGS

I use 2 of the poster velcro squares for each name tag, and put the circles on the actual name tag. This has made it so EASY to move kids around, add new students, and switch out old name tags with new ones. NO MORE kids peeling off the tape, coloring on the tape/contact paper, and basically destroying them! haha Now, there are still the few that seem to find a way to make one not work, but out of 23 kids and 3 switch outs to new name tags, that has only happened maybe 3 times the whole year!! WAY BETTER than before!

STUDENT JOBS

If you're like me, I have to really prioritize and organize how I use my wall space in my classroom since I don't have much of it. So, to help keep some wall space open, I decided to utilize the student cubbies to their fullest!! Above their cubbies, I have used the Removable Velcro to make it SUPER QUICK AND EASY to rotate jobs each week or however you do it! I simply move them down one. The velcro works like a CHARM!! I have used the normal velcro on this just due to the size of the space to attach to! This has helped in three ways: reminding my kids of their jobs daily, keeping my room organized, and utilizing the space well. 

STUDENT SELF EVALUATION SYSTEM

Here my kids "park their cars" under their levels of understanding! All of their cars have the velcro coins on the backs, and I used the rectangular strips on the side of the book shelf. This way it is super easy and quick for the kids to move their cars daily. This has been a life saver and space saver as well!

ANCHOR CHARTS/POSTERS/MATERIALS

This isn't the best picture, but the South poster is up with the velcro as well as the others around my room! I use this velcro for anything that's going to be up the whole year! It has stayed ALL YEAR!! Not a budge! The things that I had taped using packing tape before I found this velcro, has fallen or had to be pushed back up several times which usually means me getting a chair to do it! So this has definitely helped out! Since it's REUSABLE, it's easy to just transfer the velcro coins to the next material you want to hang! 

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to stop by!!!! I hope you were able to go away with some new ideas!! :) 

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Alternatively, if you'd rather hop around to specific posts, you can peruse through the over 180 bright ideas below!! They are divided into two groups: k-2 and 3 and up! Happy hopping!!!! 





5 comments:

  1. I love it! I use velcro for a ton of things in my classroom including my name tags, but I love how you used a bigger size on the desk and a smaller size on your nametags! Brilliant! I really like your name tags as well. Did you make those?
    Hilary
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

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  2. Hey! I love your blog and you've got such cute ideas...I'm a velcro fanatic too! :) I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you want to participate, you can read all about it on my blog!
    Mrs. Olson’s Lucky Little Learners

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  3. I love it! Velcro, velcro everywhere - great tip!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

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  4. We love velcro...It is the best stuff!

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  5. Great ideas using Velcro! It's hard to believe that there is one that is reusable. I'll have to check it out!

    Heather
    TeachItToday

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