Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Share Chair "How-To" with Pictures and a FREEBIE!

Especially now that I am switching to Third Grade next school year, I am really LOVING the idea of a "Share Chair."  If you are unfamiliar with the idea... it is simply a special chair that students sit in when reading their writing pieces aloud to the class.  Here is an example of a "Share Chair" that I found online that I love:

If you search "Share Chair" on Pinterest or Google, you will be able to find many more examples.  There are so many cute ones out there, but I wanted one that could be folded up and put away when not in use (since my new Third Grade classroom is MUCH smaller than my current Kinder classroom).  So I purchased this at Big Lots for... I think... $14, sounds about right.

Well, I am not much of an artist, so these are the steps that I took to ensure that I came up with something that was semi-fun and kid friendly.

1 - I found a font that I liked and typed the words "Share Chair" in a Word document.  I printed the words extra large and then taped the papers to the top of the chair.

2 - I traced the words with a thick permanent marker, ensuring that the ink bled through on to the chair.

3 - I used acrylic paints and thin paint brushes from JoAnn Fabrics (Don't forget to use your teacher discount there!) to paint the inside of the letter outlines.

I am super sad because when the purple paint dried, it looked totally black!  Boo hoo hoo!

4 - I traced the outline of the letters with puffy paint.

I had an oopsie on the letter "I"...darn it!  I am hoping it dries clear!

5 - I added some dots around the letters with the puffy paint.  I wish I had an artistic hand, so I could paint cool designs, but I decided to keep it simple with dots.

Here is the semi-finished product!  I still plan to tie some fun ribbon around the white bars to "spice" it up a bit more!  If you have any more EASY ideas on how I can make this "Share Chair" more fun for my kiddos, I would love to hear them!!

Okay, now on to your FREEBIE!  If you have been reading any of my recent posts, then you already know that I have recently been doing a lot of planning for next school year.  I am changing grade levels (Kinder to Third Grade) and I will be on maternity leave during the first month of school (July at my school).

Anyway, something I just finished is a "Classroom Rules Brainstorming Sheet."  I love the idea of my students brainstorming, developing, and writing their own classroom rules, but I know I will probably get blanks stares looking back at me if I do not scaffold this activity.  So to help my kiddos with their thinking, I created this brainstorming sheet.  The idea is not my own... I read about it in "The First Six Weeks of School" written by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete.

Anyway, if you would like to grab this FREEBIE, please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store (where everything is always free) by clicking HERE!

Maybe it is just my pregnancy hormones flaring up, but I was a little crushed to see 909 pageviews on my blog, 230 views on TPT, and 120 downloads on my previous freebie and ZERO comments.  * tear*  So if you are able to use this freebie in your classroom, I could use a little love in the form of a comment.  <3

Thanks for stopping by!  :)


  1. You are so welcome! Thanks for the comment. :)

  2. I am a new student teacher in Kindergarten and I love your ideas. You are so wonderful! Thank you for all the ideas :) A+

  3. Carrie - Best of luck and have fun on your new journey! Kindergarten is a special place. :) Thank you so much for your kind words!

  4. I taught kindergarten my first year and have taught 3rd now for two years. Next year I'll hopefully get to have some of my kindergarten kiddos so I'm really excited! Anyway, your share chair turned out so cute! I really like the simple design! I have a stool that I plan to use next year.

    One idea that I've heard for author's chairs (or share chairs) is to allow each child to sign the chair after reading his or her first finished piece of writing. You might have to buy a new chair every couple of years or so though...Good luck in third grade! I hope you love it!


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  5. I love your share chair!!! Unfortunately, every year I have been in Kindergarten I have had one or two kids with bathroom issues. Since the day, one of those precious children went to the restroom in mine and then none of the other students would sit in it, I got rid of mine. I would love to have it back, but I am scared. I just have them share from their seats!!

  6. Jackie - I, too, will have some of my original Kindergarten students (my very first class) in Third Grade next year. How fun for us teachers! Oh my goodness...I absolutely LOVE the idea of the students signing the chair!!! Thank you so much, I think we will have to do that. :)

    Ohhhh, boy! Yes, as much as I love Kindergarten, the accidents can be a real inconvenience! So sorry about your "Share Chair." :(

  7. Love the Share Chair!

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  8. Hi! I love Big Lots! Looks like I'll have to make a trip up there! Nicole :)

  9. Hi there! Big Lots is one of my FAVORITE teacher locations to shop! It can be super dangerous (on my checking account) though! Good luck and have fun!! :)

  10. I'm your newest follower! You have a cute blog. I found you by Googling Elmer the elephant activities. Your idea is super cute!! :)

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  11. Just found your blog and I'm now a follower. Adorable idea for the share chair. Looking forward to reading more from you cute blog! :)

  12. Love all your adorable ideas! I am a new follower!


  13. I am moving from Third back to Kindergarten. I loved third grade! They are funny and are just starting to sprout a sense of humor. I'm gonna miss them, but Kindergarten is my passion. Enjoy your time with 3's!!


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