Behavior Management Clip Chart Stand
I got this new behavior management clipchart from Teaching with Love and Laughter. You can actually get he beautiful clipchart on her facebook page as a Freebie - isn't she sweet?!? Her TPT store is HERE where you can get calendars to go with the clipchart. You can also click the button below to visit her blog. But before you go, read on to see how I solved the problem of having no good wall space in my classroom to hang my new clipchart!
What I wanted to make was a free-standing, sturdy, non-topple-over-able stand. My husband and I went to Lowes and bought a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a lid, two 1x2x8' wooden poles, and sand. We cut the two poles tall enough to stand in the bucket and hang the clipchart from them, with support beams going across. We also put a piece of wood flat on the bottom to help hold it steady. Then, the bucket will have sand added, lid snapped on, and ta-da there you have a clip chart stand! We made it in maybe 30 minutes? That included dig out the tools and remember how to load the staple gun time. This design is SO sturdy! My husband was like "Can I make and sell these?!?" Can't wait to see how it looks in my classroom. I do still want to paint the wood blue and am considering covering the bucket where it says "Lowes." Spray paint, maybe? Duct tape?
Repair a Pocket Chart Stand
I had purchased this clothing rack to use as a pocket chart stand three years ago. It was only about $35 and handy to grab at my local Walmart. Last year, the plastic joints failed and the whole stand would come crashing down! It was awful! My husband can fix anything with a drill though, I think! So, I recruited his help to repair it, because I don't want to buy another one!
First he drilled holes in the top piece so the vertical bars could be secured inside the metal pole running across the top.
Then he put screws through the plastic support bars on the bottom so they cannot pop back out:
This was where I had tried to fix part of it with masking tape (all I had in my classroom handy):
I covered that damaged, cracked part with pretty teal duct tape! This was purely a cosmetic touch, though!
Now I could just about hang from this pocket chart stand because it is so well stuck together! See, broken things can be fixed! Yay! That saves me some money!