Let me start off by telling you a little bit about myself. My name is Christy and I am a mother of two, a blogger, and a first grade teacher. I wear many hats and I have found a way to juggle everything (though I do drop the ball every now and again…but that’s life…right?!?!). When it comes to my classroom, I like to make life simple and efficient. It’s products like VELCRO® Brand that help me everyday in my classroom.
Here are 4 MUST HAVE products every teacher needs:
1. VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back hook and loop fasteners are top on my shopping list every school year. Every teacher I know uses the circle VELCRO® Brand hook and loop fasteners for multiple things in the classroom. I personally use them for my nameplates and name tags in the cubbies.
Why do I use them for the nameplates? In my classroom I change my table pods every 6 weeks. If I used tape (which I have in the past), I’d be running through rolls of masking tape every few months. With VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back hook and loop fasteners I can switch nameplates with ease!
Now, to make sure you set each nameplate the same…here is my trick…start by placing VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back loop fasteners to the first nameplate (I use two…one on each end). Next, place the VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back hook fasteners on top of the loops and pull off the plastic so you are ready to stick it to your table or board (I have boards that stand up on each table pod). Once you have placed your first nameplate, lift up gently to ensure that the hooks are fastened to the table/board. Now place one loop on each hook and place your next nameplate on top. Last, add the hook onto the new nameplate and press that nameplate into the next placement on your table/board. By doing this your VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back loop fasteners are the same distance apart. Continue this process until you have placed all of your nameplates. I’ll have to make a video later and share!
Why do I use them for the cubbies? I have to admit something to you…I am very particular when it comes to having things in alphabetical order in my classroom. Now, most of the year my classroom will stay consistent, but there are new students who may get added or students who move. I love being able to just un-stick their names and replace them into a new cubby. It makes my life easy (the hard part is having the kids clean their cubbies!).
They are available in squares, coins, strips, and tapes and come in a range of different sizes and colors. Not sure why…but I like the coins the best…probably because my fellow teachers always used the coins, so know I do too!
2. VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® precut ties – Okay…cords are the BANE of my teaching existence. The phone cords…the computer cords…the earphone cords…ugh…they all drive me crazy!!!!!
My students share earphones (unless they bring their own) and when they move from the back counter to their work station, they are constantly dragging the cords. The VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® precut ties allow the kids to adjust the length of the cord if needed, but I tried to preset each cord length to be long enough to plug into the chromebook and reach their heads without excess cord. However, 6-7 year olds love to adjust anything they can, so I do have to redo the cords weekly.
3. VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Strips — Teachers…I bet you can relate…have you ever misplaced your remote control? My room isn’t always the neatest, though I try. Not to mention my personal children have decided my classroom is theirs after school. So trying to find the remote control for the television can be challenging when your child has left it somewhere in the classroom (and when I say somewhere, I mean in the toy bin, bookshelf or math bins…I swear my kids just like to play hide-and-seek with my stuff). I’ve solved my problem by using VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back strips. I used one and now the remote is always located directly under the television (at least that’s where it’s supposed to be…now I just have to train my children to always put it back).
4. VELCRO® Brand PRESS-LOK® bags – I absolutely LOVE the extra small PRESS-LOK® Bags. I use them in my classroom to prep for math lessons. It makes passing out supplies to the students easy. I just prep each bag with the flashcards or other materials needed for a lesson. When it’s time to pass them out, I use my Kagan numbers to call upon one student at each table pod to come collect and distribute the items.
Not a teacher? Not a problem…moms everywhere will love these reusable bags! Perfect for storing and organizing items for the pool, beach, gym, or maybe a girls night out on the town! Perfect for someone on the go. They offer these bags in extra small (7 X 5.7IN), small (9.7 X 7IN), medium (12 X 10.1IN), large (15.2 X 13IN) and a variety pack.
What’s your favorite VELCRO® Brand product? How do you use it in your classroom or home?
Disclosure: I am a VELCRO® Brand Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own.