Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Classroom Keepsake!

When we do activities with our class, we usually send the final product home for students to share with their families.  But sometimes the final product is just so cute that you want to keep it forever and ever!
That's what happened when, last week, we completed Love is... writing prompts.  My students' answers were so darling that I knew I wanted to keep them in the classroom for all to admire.  So, I decided to make a Love is... class book and put my new binding machine from My Binding to the test!
Using the machine is very easy if you read the directions!  First, you have to punch holes in the pages of your project:
Then, place the comb into the correct spot, and wind it open.  Once open, put the project pages face down onto the comb:
This part took me much longer than it should have... mostly because I didn't read the directions, used a comb that was too small {twice}, and tried to load too many pages at once. Talk about being impatient, haha!  But now that I know how to do it, it really is SO EASY!

Once the pages are loaded onto the comb {which should take anyone other than me about 30 seconds}, you simply wind it shut.  And voila!  Your project is done!  If you want to learn more about this machine, check it out {HERE}!

Here are a couple pages from the book:
Love is when my mom makes me hot chocolate and my dad makes me macaroni.
Love is when my mom gives me a kiss when I go to sleep.
Love is when my mom lets me play soccer and X-Box 360.

  I can't wait to bring the book to school tomorrow, so my littles can admire their beautiful work!!    And speaking of work... I have cupcakes to bake and Valentines to make!  Have a Happy Wednesday, sweet friends!!

22 love notes:

Lovely Nina said...

Love it!!!

RealOCteachers said...

Your class book looks so adorable. Your students are going to want to read it over and over!


The REAL Teachers of Orange County

Mrs. Sheehan said...

Oh too cute! Sometimes you just have to keep adorable work like this!
Maribel

Emily W. said...

We made this, too! I ended up hanging mine up in the hall because parent/teacher conferences are this week. But I plan on making it into a class book and putting it in our class library for all to enjoy. They turned out really, really cute!!

Jessica Lawler said...

This is SO cute! What a wonderful keepsake :)
~Jessica
Joy in the Journey

Reagan Tunstall said...

I am so jealous of your binding machine!!!

Susie Shafer said...

I am so excited to do this activity with my littles tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing!

Stacy Renee said...

Thank you for the awesome freebie!!!! So true about reading the directions! Happy Valentine's Day!

Stacy
Live Love Laugh and Teach!

Mikaela said...

I've done this book every year! The responses are priceless. Last year I had the kids create a Powerpoint slide and included a recording of them reading their Love is.... response. It was a nice keepsake for their families. Hope you have fun with your class tomorrow!

Covered in Glitter said...

This is SO cute! Thank you for the amazing freebie! I am going to use it with my class tomorrow for writing time!

Covered in Glitter and Glue

Amanda Bryant said...

This is just precious! Love it!

Amanda Bryant
A Traveled Teacher

Brittany Hutchinson said...

We are doing this tomorrow!!!

Thanks for your AWESOME freebie!

Brittany
Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit!

Mindy said...

We made our book today and I was in LOVE with their sweet kindergarten responses! Thank you so much for sharing this freebie, it was a perfect way for my kidlets to think about what love means to them! It is already bound and waiting in the reading corner for them to discover tomorrow.
Kindergarten Kidlets

MrsS said...

We just did this fantastic activity today! Thank you soooo much for the freebie! My students did an amazing job and wrote such wonderful words!
-Andrea
simmonsa1@sfusd.edu

Jenn Bates said...

I love making class books! Yours is adorable.
Jenn
Finally in First

Brianna Price said...

That is so cute! What a great idea!

Heather's Heart said...

That is so sweet and cute!

Here is my page for you:

Love is having a friend who makes awesome craftivities when you cannot even cut straight with a paper cutter! Lol!

Love ya friend! =)

Heather
Heather's Heart

Jill Sloothaak said...

We made this same class book today! I always make the book and send it home with one student at a time so that they can show their families. This one will definitely make the rounds to their houses because it turned out SO CUTE! Love, love this sweet idea!!

Jill
abcs and polkadots

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

How sweet! I love the book and will save the idea for next year :) Thanks for sharing :)

Catherine
The Brown-Bag Teacher

kinder-gardener said...

We did this on our bulletin board and now I wish I had it in book form. There is a picture on my blog that makes my eyes spin-way too busy. Your idea is way smarter. Next year i'm doing it your way! super cute1

Angie said...

I just love this book! Kid writing is too stink' sweet. :)


Angie
The First Grade Scoop
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Briawna said...

The book is adorable!