Sunday, July 14, 2013

DIY Alphabet Line

I wanted a new cursive alphabet line for this school year. Most cursive alphabet lines are in "traditional" font, but my school teaches modern cursive. Many of the letters are the same, but there are enough differences between the two to confuse my 2nd-graders as they are learning cursive for the first time. While shopping online, my choices for a modern cursive alphabet line were very limited. And, of course, there weren't any print alphabet lines that matched.

I ended up purchasing this sock monkey alphabet line from Trend:

I trimmed it up a bit, and combined it with a modern cursive alphabet line, also from Trend:

Pretty ugly, right?! I finished by covering the designs up with trimmer from Frog Street Press, which I cut in half to fit perfectly into place (ignore the ugly blue paint spot!):

I also made new schedule cards, which hang in pocket charts underneath my smartboard (made from editable labels by Kristen Doyle):

Then I finished another job I had been dreading: putting up my clock numbers. If my clock wasn't next to a speaker system, this job would have been much easier! (I can't remember where the numbers came from, sorry!)

Lastly, I made headers for my math wall. Each chart is going to contain vocabulary, pictures, anchor charts, etc. related to the different areas of math that we study.

I felt like I LIVED at school this week! I'm such a perfectionist when it comes to making stuff like this. I tend to play with the font type and size, and everything has to be just to my liking before I can move on. I drive myself a bit crazy. :)

Time spent working on room Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: 14 hours
Cumulative hours: 73


  1. You went in on Sunday?! How'd your school so graciously open the building on the weekend?

    1. We have access to the building from 6am to 10pm every day of the year. This can be a good or bad thing. ;)

  2. Hello fellow WI teacher. The numbers around the clock look like those that are from Amy Lemon's blog.
    Your room is adorable!

    Great job!

    1. I found the source of the clock numbers, but it doesn't give credit to anyone: