Labeling Student ‘Stuff’!
Is it just me, or is it really fun to print on lables?
I kind of love everything about it-the thickness of the paper, the vibrant colors on them, peeling them off and sticking them to my stuff. It’s just FUN.
This year, I really got into it with the kiddos’ notebooks. And folders. And backpack hooks. Everything got a sticky label.
I started with their homework folders. This is a splurge that is well worth it for me. I grabbed 27 vinyl folders from Target for about .80 each. This is their normal price-you should be able to find them year round in the school supply section. I labeled the front with the student’s name, and then put a label on each inside pocket.
Students now have ONE folder for all our work. If it’s homework or we’re still working on it, it goes in the left pocket. If it’s graded or a note home, it goes in the right pocket. Done and done!
After the folders, I attacked their notebooks. I know ‘interactive notebooks’ is the buzzword of the century, but we really do use notebooks for all subjects in our room. Maybe not every day, but they are def. used. So each student got a writing, math, social studies, science, reading activities, reading response, imagineering and tech time notebook. That’s a lot of notebooks!
I made each label using a picture that goes with the subject area, and then typed the student’s name on it. If you’d like a copy of all these labels, simply click here!
After getting the notebooks personalized, I attacked the backpack hooks. I wanted to make them usable year-after-year, so I just put numbers on them. Some of my students have already written their names on them (le sigh), but I suppose that just means I get to print more labels next year! 😉
These match the style of our desk nametages-if you’d like to use them for your own classroom, click here!
Each year, I have a ‘giving tree’ up at Back to School Night (post coming soon!), and I always put labels down as one of the items I’d like donated from parents. I have built up quite the collection of sizes and quantity. While expensive to purchase on your own, it’s a great item to ask parents to send in when they ask what you need!
Do you use labels in your classroom? Tell us about it in the comments section!