Organizitize: Playroom Tags

September 6, 2011 § 1 Comment


Dear friend,

Labor day was great family, sisters, and yummy food!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Here is my, little late, Momma Monday post.  Happy Monday on a Tuesday!

One of the most important things in helping your children learn to clean up after themselves is that everything has a place.  Pretty obvious but even more than that for small children they need to visually be able to see where something goes because remembering doesn’t always work.  In my classroom I used to take pictures of the items that were in drawers, buckets and on shelves and then post it right there on the shelf, bucket or drawer.  This way students had no problem returning items where they went, well, at least they didn’t have an excuse {smile}.  If you add the name of the item to your labels you automatically increase the print-richness of your home and aid in your child’s literacy development.  In the classroom students would reference the labels when writing in their journals and such and feel more success.  That is called scaffolding, supporting a child so they can reach higher than by themselves, this is a large part of how children learn tasks too difficult on first encountering.

McGilly has a little toyroom and I want to start helping her to learn to clean up in the evening before she goes to bed.  Not only will this help her by helping her learn to care for her things and help her mom but also by seeing that their are words that stand for specific things {literacy}.  She will also be developing math skills by discriminating attributes of the items and classifying things by their attributes {matching and sorting!}  Who knew playroom tags could cover cleanliness, literacy and math…love it!

Here are some of McGilly’s new tags:


Here’s how:

  • First, I laid out the items from a particular drawer, basket, or shelf on a piece of fabric and took their picture.
  • Second, I used Photoshop to add the word to the picture.  If you don’t have Photoshop, Microsoft word or publisher will do this also.  In Word just use the WordArt option to overlay the text or even easier if your children are a little older you can use the free printable tags below.
  • Last, I printed them at Walgreens and make sure if you use text that runs off the page to chose true digital photo printing so that it does not cut more in the printing process.
  • And here is a hint, use a font that is close to the traditional handwriting formation of the letters.  Quicksand works as well as many of the free downloads of elementary fonts.  This helps because this is how they will be taught in school and some types of type make it difficult to read even though it is beautiful.  And even better than I did would be to use all lowercase font.

Enjoy and have fun organizitizing, who knew organizing could help your kiddies learn in so many ways!

love.AshLee

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