Stencil Writing

Did anyone watch the Real Housewives of New York Reunion Show, Part 1 (that's a mouthful) last night????? Talk about JUICY!!! I also watched the Bachelorette (I did admit to being a reality TV junkie here) and I'm still Team J.P. I just wish Ashley wasn't who he would end up with. :)

Okay, so I know for sure that I got this *brilliant* idea from my friends Susan and Christina. Thank you, girls!

Stencil Writing is so simple (and many of you may already be doing it) but my kids love it every year. It is ALWAYS a popular center - lots of cheers and ooohs and aaahs no matter how many times they have already done it. I am pretty sure this would work for all of you Daily Five people, too, from what I've read on Kelli's post about Work on Writing over at Castles and Crayons.

Here's what I'm talking about:
All you need is cardstock (or file folders would work too) and die cuts. Our district's instructional resource center has millions. When I first did this, I laminated the cardstock, cut it out, and cut it in half. That was one trip. Then I went back and punched all of the die cuts. Once I had those, I made a word bank for each one in sharpie marker. Since then, I have set up a word document in landscape, made a couple of text boxes, and typed my word banks according to the stencils I already had. Then laminated, cut in half, punched the die cuts, etc. I'm a visual person so I'll show you what the kids do. Pardon my drawing. My kids think I'm amazing but I don't think adults feel the same! Ha!

At the beginning of the year, I'm happy with ONE sentence: I like school. But as the year progresses, the kids write more and more. I probably have close to 75 stencils including astronauts, Santa, baseball gloves, sharks, monkeys, etc. Something for everybody! I don't have a "freebie" for this. You're going to have go do all of the die cutting on your own. :( But I CAN send you the stencil writing paper that I made if you want it. But I'm figuring a lot of you have that. Just let me know! :)

So tell me . . . do you already do this?? Do you have a better idea or sequence of steps to complete it? Do you like this idea? Do you think you might go make it? Would this work for all of you D5 peeps?

My twin arrives tonight!!! HOORAY! She found out yesterday that she missed her flight. But she had no idea that she missed her flight because she thought her flight was TODAY. UH OH. $825 later, Kerry and her three kids are taking the same flight that she THOUGHT she was on today. YIKES! Money schmoney, right?? All that matters is . . .she's on her way!


  1. Awesome! I'm lovin' this idea and will definitely be using it this year. Thanks!
    Mrs. Wolf

  2. Great idea! My wheels are turning now about how to use my Cricut for this...thanks for sharing!

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  3. I have done this in the past but I didn't have words next to the stencils. I have actually stencils that got donated to my class. I need to now come up with a way to have helpful words next to each stencils. Thanks for helping me think more about this idea! By the way my kids LOVE this! You just have to be sure you set a lot of ground rules for stencils using. I have some that just want to make picture after picture with one word or one sentence. I want at least two sentences and by January I want a story.

  4. This is a new idea to me and I love it! I will be busy making stencils and word banks! Thank you!
    An Open Door

  5. This is such a clever idea! (it will also help with the, "Mrs. B. can you help me draw...." comments!) :0) Thanks for sharing!
    Kelly@ allinafirstgradeday.blogspot.com

  6. Just wanted you to know that I am your 300th follower Ü Congrats!!!!

  7. I love this idea! I think I will have some parent volunteers whip some of these up at the start of school!!

  8. I haven't seen this before. Love it!! Also, love me some Real Housewives ;)

    Fun In First

  9. I've done "Sticker Story," but never stencil writing! I'll add it to the arsenal!

  10. Ooh...these are SO precious! I can't wait to make them! They will go great with Daily Five...thanks for the shout out, girl! :)

    Bach was okay...kind of slow, I thought??? Still Team JP! :)

  11. ♥ it!!! Been wanting to buy some new stencils when I had the funding:)...but now I don't have to!! This is FREE!!!! Yippeee! Great idea! thanks for sharing!
    Little Warriors

  12. Oh my gosh! I am in love with this idea! Thanks for sharing!
    A Pirates Life for Us

  13. I would LOVE anything you are willing to share!! I have never seen these but am INSTANTLY in L.O.V.E. with the idea!! How COOL!! What a GREAT motivator!!
    Sarah Hetrick -- your newest follower!! :D

  14. Wow this is such a creative idea. Thanks for sharing!!!!


  15. What a fun idea! I have "story folders" that are a sheet of stationery with a list of words (ie: a border that depicts picnics, and all of the words would be picnic words), but this is just so much cuter!

    Thanks for the idea!

    Oh My Little Classity Class

  16. Brilliant! I was literally JUST looking at my stencils thinking... What can I do with these?

    You are a life saver!
    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  17. What an awesome idea!!! I would love a copy of your stencil paper!! Can't wait to use this during D5 time!!


  18. I haven't seen this idea before! I think the kids would LOVE it. And, yes, I watched the reunion but was very stressed when it was over. I've been a fan for years but I think I've *almost* had enough New York snootiness and drama. They are so rude to each other. Thanks for sharing your stencil idea. That's now on my ever-growing to do list.

  19. Love this! Such a great idea.


  20. I blame my vacation for missing this post, but I am SO excited that I saw it on Pinterest!! Love, love, love!!!

  21. Tia B. said, "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!" this idea!! Going to try to start integrating it this year with my firsties!! Thanks so much!!