Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers.
Every April when I hang this bulletin board, I think of three dear women who helped make this idea in my head a reality. Several years ago, I spoke with some parent volunteers visiting my classroom for another project and mentioned my dream of having actual pockets on a bulletin board for the month of April. One mom donated a bag of jeans she had been kicking around under her sewing table for years, assuring me that giving it away would earn her guilt-free time at her sewing machine. Another mom mentioned that she had seen red bandana fabric at a local thrift store. That afternoon the fabric and the bag of jeans were in my classroom. Once I cut out all the pockets and started playing around with them on the fabric, I knew that I wanted to sew this bulletin board so that it would be easy to hang each year. The only problem with this thinking is that I don't have the sewing gene
! I solicited the help of a dear friend thinking that we could do this in a couple of hours one Sunday afternoon. Five hours later, the project was complete!
Each year when I hang it in the hallway, I'm filled with gratitude for these dear friends who helped make my dream a reality. After we share poems on Poem in my Pocket Day, we tuck them into our pockets in the hallway. I love walking down our hallway and seeing students checking out the poems in our pockets!
Love this! Such happy memories for you.ReplyDelete
This is so neat. I have done the Poet-Tree before where each leaf has a poem on it. So fun to make poetry into different visual displays. Very cool project. Thanks for sharing this idea.ReplyDelete
That is a very cool bulletin board! You were certainly blessed to have all the collaboration to bring this dream to life.ReplyDelete
Awesome bulletin board...I can just imagine the smiles as people kids walk by and check out the pocketed poems.ReplyDelete
Awesome! I have a case of bulletin board envy! This is the best one I've seen in a long time!ReplyDelete
It's just wonderful, Ramona! I did something similar a couple of years ago, had old jeans I too had saved & knew that I wouldn't ever "do" that project, so I cut the pockets off the unusable jeans & shared poems with everyone. I wish now I had saved the pockets (they stayed with the people) & done a bulletin board like you. It's a fabulous idea, & I imagine everyone in your school looks for it each year!ReplyDelete