“Word Tour” Word Wall {Among Other Things}

So, about that July 31st classroom completion deadline…
I really want to keep it because I have about 497 things to accomplish in August.  However, there are a gobzillion of things to do in the next five days, too, that don’t involve me holed up in my room.  Like an impending cut and highlight on Friday morning that will undoubtedly take up at least two hours of my morning – though time well-spent because my roots are reaching the beyond noticeable level, and therefore adversely affecting my self-esteem. {Think “black with a little bit of yellow,” as a student once told me.}   And I need a good therapy session with my stylist (aren’t they the best listeners?!).
Anyway.  Back to school-related fare.  My latest labor of love was my word wall, which took an immeasurable amount of time, assistance from my husband (who I call B), and an absurd amount of hot glue to hold it all together.  Also, there were Jenga pieces, found in my block bin, creatively bound to the wall to make it stand out.  Shhh, don’t tell!
It’s lacking.  I’m aware.  And looks more like a tour bus than the VW Vanagon I was hoping for. 
How sweet is this thing?!  My sister and I always said when we were little that we were going to tour the country in one of these someday!!! 
I’m thinking I’m going to embellish it with some peace signs or other psychedelic details to make it look more rock-n-rollish. 
I made the cut-out from foam board and my favorite brand of markers: Mr. Sketch.  I don’t know how many of you get a thrill out of a nice, thick marker line, but omiword these are the *best* markers I have every used.  I buy several packages each year and my kids looooooove when I buy a new box because I donate the drying up ones to our shared marker collection.   Seriously, I get a lot of “So-and-so’s not sharing the smelly markers!!!!” pleas during the school year.  Also, they smell almost edible, so it’s less like working and more like coloring in a field of cherry popsicles every time you use them. 
And, to answer a few questions about the “First Grade Rocks!” sign I made…
– I have a thing (i.e. obsession) for fonts and handwriting, so I just freehand everything while looking at a font style I want to mimic.  I usually sketch it all out lightly in pencil first.
– I use Tempera paints and flat foam paint brushes.
– It was made on three, huge foam boards (a donation from my dad!)
Have a great day!  A fun DIY project coming tomorrow!

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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