Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Re-doing My Letter Tiles


 As you know, I've been following the Letter of the Week curriculum with my little Butterfly, and each week we spell a new word with the Letter Matching worksheets  using homemade printed circle letters.  I printed mine on cardstock, then laminated, then cut every single circle out by hand.  The white thin letters on white paper was not appealing, I've been meaning to re-do my letters for so long for Butterfly.  Well, half way through the alphabet, I've finally done it!  And I am hoping they will be durable- at least for another year, as we are doing this curriculum again next year for JK.


So I printed out the letters again, using Confessions of a Homeschooler's printable.
Then laminated them with my wonderful easy laminator!  I used the the Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge.  So it laminated the letters on top and added stickiness to the back!





I used Craft Foam sheets for the back of my letters.
I peeled the backing off the letter sheet and stuck on the foam sheets, then cut the letters into strips ready to be punched.



I bought a 1-1/2-Inch Circle Flower Punch which made it easier to punch out all the letters (since I even printed them twice)!  It even punches through all the layers- paper, laminate, foam- when all stuck together.





Our new letters!

I used blue foam for the capitals set, and purple foam back for the lower case set.



 This will make it so much easier for little fingers to find letters and have the tiles raised and at a different colour when on top of the white worksheets, since we do use these every week!




10 comments:

  1. The foam is a great idea! Thanks for sharing and linking up! Erica www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com

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  2. I'm glad you linked to this. I was reading your W and X workboxes post and wondered how you made the letters. Cool! The foam was a great idea. We used milk jug lids, but it took forever to collect enough, LOL.

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  3. those are beautiful. i like when the aesthetic appeal exceeds the functional necessity. i think kids appreciate it as well. thanks for the idea to use the craft punch on the foam!

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  4. What font did you use to get the circles around each letter? Thank you!

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    1. Here's Confessions of a Homeschooler's printable for the letters! all done for you! :)
      http://shared.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/lotw/LC_UCLetterDisks.pdf

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    2. Oh my goodness, THANK YOU! I spent an hour searching the internet today for something just like this! :)

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    3. The link in my post went broken, so I fixed the link with the printable, now others will be able to find them too. Sorry to have made you look! and Thanks for letting me know to re-check my post here.

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  5. In your post you suggest using a 1 1/2" circle cutter, yet in the Confessions of a Homeschooler letter link, she suggest using a 1/2" circle cutter? Confused. Hoping to make these soon. Thanks!

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    1. It's definitely 1 1/2", I just measured my punch to confirm. This is the size that fits her letter printables. Maybe she made a typo on her site? 1/2" is way to small for her letters.

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  6. we use water bottle caps and use those colorful circle stickers from the office supply store.

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