Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Am I the Only Teacher Alive Who Does Not Know This Trick?


Is this not the cutest child in the world? His mom is my friend and that is why I can post his picture. He's wearing the Indian headband he made which is gorgeous but look at the back. My girlfriends next door showed me this idea which I have never seen in my life. They told me that have been doing it since the dawn of time! Now my headband addiction will be out of control. Some of our kids had a really hard time patterning these and  I can throw their formal assessments out the window. This is a much more valid way to see if they can apply these skills. If you know about this why are you keeping it to yourself? If you don't- I just changed your life and rocked your world! A big shout-out to my friends Krista, Alicia, and Belinda. Love you guys so much!

26 comments:

Lisa M. (aka Lisabee) said...

oohhhh. You are NOT the only one who didn't know this trick! I am sooooo using that today on OUR headbands!

Karen LeBlanc said...

Nope! Never heard of such a thing but am so glad I did. Can't wait to use this in December for my reindeer headbands. Thanks so much for sharing this simple but extremely useful idea!

Ms. D said...

Wow! Make that 3! How awesome...no more cutting "extra" pieces! :)

cdeforge said...

It was a secret to me too!!
I use sentence strips for my headbands... already cut and I just staple to the correct size.

Emily said...

SUCH a great idea!!!! My Pre-K kiddos will love this!

Mrs. Garrant said...

Hahaha. I did not know this trick either, Fran. Genius! Thanks for sharing!

LeAnne Cooper said...

I am in shock! I didn't know this trick either, but you can bet I'll be using it with our headbands next week!
LeAnne
Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper

Kristen said...

I never knew this either, cool! I'm telling my primary friends downstairs so they can try it!!
Kristen

Jessica said...

GENIOUS!!! Why didn't I think of that???? Thank you soooo much for sharing!!!

Megan Horman said...

That is awesome! This is so much easier than putting 2 strips together and then have to worry about getting them to be just right. Thanks for sharing!
Megan
mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

Jennifer said...

OMG! Stinkin' GENIUS! Why have I been killing myself over trying to staple and not tear everything. LOVE IT!

Rowdy in First Grade

Cindy said...

Ok so there's a whole group of us that didn't know! Thanks for sharing this great tip!

Sarah said...

Brilliant!! Thanks so much for sharing!! LOVE IT!

Sarah
shetrick@gmail.com

Mrs. Missy Kennedy, Master Teacher, MAT said...

I was ignorant until now!

Heidi Butkus said...

I haven't seen this done with paper fasteners, but I have seen it done with a rubber band stapled inside a flap of paper! It works great, except when the rubber band starts pulling on and gets stuck in the kids hair, LOL!
To make it work with a flap, just lay the rubber band on top of the edge of the headband and fold it over. Then staple it down. Do the same thing on the other side, too, and you won't need the paper fasteners at all!
Heidi Butkus
http://heidisongs.blogspot.com

Melanie said...

I didn't know this either! I am going to use that on our headbands next week!

S. Parker said...

It's true....everything I learned really is from kindergarten! :)
Great tip. I love sentence strip headbands. We do anything with a sentence strip and my class thinks it is a head band.

Debi said...

I do know this tip and have been using it for a long time but I have also been teaching since the invention of sentence strips, ha ha!

Miss Timaree said...

Great idea. I love a good problem solving tip.

The tug from the rubberband doesn't rip the paper though?

specialprek.blogspot.com/

Leslie said...

My world is officially rocked! This comes at just the right time, too. We are making Indian/Native American headdresses today and I could not for the life of me figure out what to do about keeping them on the kids' heads! Thank you so much for sharing this! I'll post a pic soon to let you know how it worked out for us. :)

Ms. Alysia said...

Ok...I had no idea either!! Thanks for the tip!
Alysia
msalysiakindergarten.blogspot.com

Time 4 Kindergarten said...

I've been using this for about 20 years. Learne it during my first year of teaching Kindergarten. i love that I can set them up ahead of time. no running around trying to staple. the extra piece.

Fran Kramer said...

I know. This is life changing for me because I make everything into a headband. I am so ridiculous. This will only feed my habit and make it easier for me. Look at world!
Fran

Ms. Amber said...

Ha! Nope, never seen this "trick" before but you can bet that I might just try it the next time we do a "crown". :-)

Kim said...

I love this idea, but I just use staples instead of brads. Brads I'd have to pay for, but the staples are free :) Stapling is also MUCH faster!

Shuna Patterson said...

Errr hmmm

I have never heard of this tip

thanks for sharing

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