I was up early this morning and decided to cross the first summer school counseling project off of my list! A Bucket of Buttons!!!
On Pinterest, many months ago, I saw a Pin highlighting badges that had the question, "Ask me what I got on the test." I knew I wanted to take this idea one step further - highlighting student effort and giving students the opportunity to be proud of, and speak about, their specific accomplishments. I began writing down phrases that I wanted to highlight on the buttons....I must admit, it got a little out of hand. I quickly realized that there are so many things that can be said on these buttons and the nice thing is, the sayings can be switched out at any time!
- Ask me why I had a great day!
- I was as cool as a cucumber! Ask me about it!
- Ask me how I made a difference in someone's life.
- Ask me why I'm a star student
- Ask me how I used a Tool to solve a conflict
- Ask me how I did on my classwork
- Ask me how I calmed down
- I made a bright choice! Ask me about it!
- Ask me how I improved.
- Ask me why I made my teacher smile!
- I'm a fantastic friend! Ask me what I did.
- Ask me how I used my noodle.
- Wow! I worked hard today!
- Super Star
- I'm kind and caring
- I had a great morning!
- I followed directions
- I did a great job!
For a few months, I collected all the materials I would need:
#1: A number of do-it-yourself plastic buttons/pins from a local craft store.
- I purchased large buttons (3.5 inches) and small buttons (2.25 inches)
- Now is a great time to buy them - craft stores have these buttons for summer kids craft projects
- I looked for fun papers that I could make cute sayings up for
- The print on the paper can't be too dark - so you can read the words printed on it
Then, I made them.
- In word, I created 2 documents - one for the 3.5 inch buttons and one for the 2.25 inch buttons.
- I inserted a shape (circle). I set the size to 3.5" x 3.5" in the one document and 2.25" x 2.25" in the other document.
- In the 3.5" document, I also inserted another shape (circle) and set that shape size 3.25". On this circle, I inserted text (centered on the bottom) - my name.
- I inserted text and played around with all the different fonts.
- Using the decorative scrapbook paper that I cut down to size (8.5 x 11), I inserted one piece at a time into the printer and printed one button out at a time. I did this so each button/saying has a different paper background. So, for the 3.5 inch buttons, 2 circles will print out per decorative sheet - one with the saying on it and the smaller one (3.25") with my name on it.
- I repeated this process with the smaller 2.25" buttons....but I only printed out one circle per sheet of paper (unlike the larger ones).
- Cut out the circles. Insert into the plastic pin/button and snap together. The circle with my name on it was the back of the button.
3.5 Inch Buttons
2.25 Inch Buttons
Store in a Button Bucket!