Hey friends! So happy to be back for my monthly guest post. Did you miss me?
I’ve been saving up this great tip just for you, the fantastic readers of the OC Blog! I love pocket chart activities. I sincerely do. I do not, however, love the actual pocket chart. I suppose it’s actually the chart stand that gives me trouble. The chart stands supplied by my district are really not chart stands, they’e actually chart tablet holders. This presents a problem. The stand is a good 6 inches shorter than a standard pocket chart. So hanging a pocket chart from the stand always left extra space on either end of the chart. I tried just tucking the ends under, I double stick taped them down, I tried stapling them, but in the end, it was just a bad fit. Does this look familiar?
Just a sad, sad state of affairs. I really needed to buy an actual pocket chart stand (especially since a child got sick all over this one last year – yuk!) but a real chart stand can cost around $100! I didn’t want to buy a new one of these even though they were less expensive because I was sick of the saggy, ill fitting chart problem. Then one day, I walked into a friend’s room and I saw a thing of beauty! A clean, white, lightweight chart stand that actually fit the chart perfectly – and it was on wheels!!
I gushed about it to my friend and told her how lucky she was to have such an awesome chart stand (the things we teachers get excited about, right?) I was rolling it back and forth and marveling at its clean lines and wider frame that was obviously made for the pocket chart when she looked at me like I was insane and said six words that rocked my world, “It’s a laundry rack from Target”. What? Just as I was trying to process this, she further blew me away by telling me it was only $10! TEN DOLLARS! Look at the improvement. Isn’t it breathtaking? (ok, I might be overreacting, but it’s darn awesome!)
Am I right? I even bought a new pocket chart to celebrate. It was seriously time. Look at how yellow my old pockets were! It feels like a breath of fresh air in my room when I look at this thing. Here’s what it looks like in the box. If you have a Super Target, it’s not near the laundry soap, laundry baskets and irons, it’s actually clear across the store near the closet stuff. I learned this the hard way.
There are a few little drawbacks if I’m being completely honest, but to me the positives far outweigh the negatives. 1. It is not adjustable. This is ok with me though, you can see it fits the length of the chart pretty well. I also have a very sturdy little step from IKEA that my shorties love to use if they can’t reach the top. 2. You have to figure out a way to hook the chart to the stand. My friend used ribbons, which was very cute. I used some ball-chain keychains I had because they are all the exact same length. 3. It does roll, which I happen to love because I move my chart all over depending on what I’m doing and who I’m working with, but I’m not sure if you’ll find that a pro or con.
I hope my little discovery brightens your life like it did mine. Even if you already have a great chart stand, now you can afford to have another one so you can have two pocket chart activities going on at once!
Well, my OC Blog buds, have a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and laughter and I’ll see you again right before the New Year!