Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It #2 - Silhouette and Debbie Diller in one post!

I’ve officially demolished a Silhouette cutting mat in my first attempts at using it.  But, that is irrelevant because I have made my first Silhouette project.  It’s not particularly awe-inspiring, but it’s a start.


I use numbers to keep track of my students and last year I wrote the numbers on sticks – and just kept them in a container.  Very blah, and uninspired.  What would always happen was, I would misplace sticks that I had chosen because I had nowhere specific for the sticks that had been used…I would also walk around with the holder and misplace that…but I hope all that can be solved.


I’ve created these bright fancy number sticks and holders.  Now every stick has a home, called on or not!  Bonus: everything is bright, so hopefully I can’t misplace anything even if I set the tins in a random place.
Monday Made It - SticksWhy am I glad I used my Silhouette? I DIDN’T HAVE TO CUT ANYTHING!  I printed the circles on colored regular paper, NOT cardstock.  Sent them through the laminator. Then the Silhouette cut them out.  I didn’t have to cut a single circle! 


Hopefully I’ll do something much more fun for next week!  Accepting all Silhouette tips and ideas!  BTW the Tazo Tea Tins are incredibly difficult to recycle!  It was a real chore taking off the labels…even using the goo be gone stuff!


Next, I made these math work station mats.  During summer school I’ve noticed how the kids just love to roll the die as far as possible, and spread the counters all around them, and…well you know how it is.  Even after modeling and explaining, I still catch the odd flying die in the corner of my eye. 


Debbie Diller did think of something for this and on page 40 of her book explains the mats.  I bought the shelf-liner from the Dollar Tree.  Duct tape I made two trips – 40% off at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  So pretty cheap!
Monday Made It - Math Mats
So there you have it!  My latest creations.
 
To join the linky fun and see what other teachers are creating head over to Tara's blog by clicking below:


I won’t be posting again until I finish my back to school packets.  So be on the look out for those.  They’ll be perfect for dual language, bilingual classrooms and regular education teachers looking for some new read alouds and activities.


Happy Monday!
Mrs. Castro Pin It

20 comments:

  1. I'm being talked more and more into getting this Silhouette... I have my Cricut, but it's difficult to print, laminate, and cut all together! Love what you made this week.

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
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    1. Thanks Sara! I like my Silhouette, but there is definitely a learning curve. Hopefully I won't destroy a cutting mat every time I make something. ;)

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  2. Yay for you! Your sticks look awesome! And I totally left my stick bucket all over the place last year too... haha!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  3. You just showed me another reason why I need to buy a Silhouette! Your number sticks look great & they sound like they were easy to make with the Silhouette. Everything looks fabulous!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Once I figured out how to do it, the circles were easy. I love that it cut through the lamination!

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  4. How did your Silhouette know to cut out something you had already printed? Is it THAT smart? I am so jealous! Your pick me sticks are so cute!

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    1. I designed the circles using the Silhouette designer studio. Then when you print them it prints these special markers on the page so it knows where to cut. It is pretty smart!!!!!!

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  5. I need a Silhouette!!! I need to replace my number sticks. :)

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  6. Those mats look awesome. I've read her book early in the summer... but already feel like I have forgotten stuff! Definitely going to go check out page 40 again! :) Great made its this week!

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I loved your post this week - I need to see how you organize your math stations. I'm anticipating it begin an issue.

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  7. AMAZING! I need a Silhouette :( And every other crafting tool that exists. Isn't it awesome how we don't have to cut things out by hand?

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    1. Seriously, not cutting things out by hand is AMAZING! I'm an awful cutter. It took me several tries to get it just right and make sure I laminated it first - can't cut laminated cardstock though. Good thing the Scotch laminator does such a good job!

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  8. Both of your projects are great and serve a good purpose! LOVE the pick-a-stick circles!
    - Michele
    MULTIAGE MOMENTS

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Michele! I like your name for my sticks! :)

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  9. Love the mats. I am going to have to put that on my things to do list. And things to buy. Chris is probably going to take the computer away soon since I keep finding more stuff to buy and make. :)
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  10. Ohh how I love these colors!! Very cute. I have my sticks all in one can but having an already been picked can to accompany it is on my to do list. Can't wait to check out more of your stuff, I'm a new follower :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  11. What settings did you use (blade, thickness, paper choice) for cutting your numbers? Did you select double-cut? I tried all day yesterday to cut a set with my new Cameo and, after a ridiculous amount trials, I finally got one page of (almost) perfectly cut number circles. Unfortunately I have more than 12 kids in my class. I bought this machine expressly for this purpose because my circle cutter keeps breaking and I'm soooo tired of cutting them out myself! Please help!

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