Monday, July 6, 2015

Visual Schedule Cards for the Montessori Classroom

It's hot and humid here in PA! We've had quite a bit of temperate weather this summer and I was getting quite used to it. It's back to normal summer weather today. I hope you are all enjoying your summer, no matter where your place in the world.

I wanted to share what I've been working on. I posted about visual schedules a few weeks ago and how they can be used in the classroom. There's a free sample in that post so if you haven't already seen it, head on over!

That free download has just a few choices from each area of the classroom. I wanted to make a more complete set of cards for myself to be prepared when I have those kiddos with learning differences who need this kind of assistance. 

If you are interested in the full set, please go to my etsy shop! I have tried to price the cards very reasonably while still making a little money after the seller fees. 

Today I thought I'd share how I'm storing my cards.

I took one of my son's old binders, laminated some file folders and got out the sticky velcro!

I laminated one folder for each area of the classroom, punched three holes down the left side of the folder and added sticky velcro to the inside and front cover of the folder. Not every folder needed velcro on the front.

You can fit thirty cards on the inside of each folder. Be sure you stay far enough away from the holes so you can still put the folder in a binder easily. 

You can see I didn't use too much velcro. I attached the velcro to the back of the photo and then attached the whole thing to the folder to make sure I had enough room to fit the photos.

I was able to store my first/then cards in the back of the binder and the student work folder in the font. So everything is nice and compact....a necessity in most classrooms.

I hope you will find these little cards useful. One of my customers mentioned that she plans on putting some cards in a basket for those children who don't need a schedule but are having trouble finding something to do. They can pick out a card and get to work! I thought that was a great idea.

Here's the link to my etsy shop: simplysewn. There is also a link on the sidebar of the blog. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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