Friday, October 3, 2014

Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

Hi everyone,
Is it just me or has this year been whizzing right by? I can't believe we are already in October!! Today I am teaming up with Mrs.Pelmonskindergarten and other teacher bloggers to bring you this Tricks and Treats Blog Hop.

As the title of my blog suggests, I love anchor charts.  I always find such cute anchor charts on
Pintrest, you know the ones I'm thinking of. These anchor charts must be made by some REALLY talented teachers. They  put mine rushed, slanted writing to shame.

Here are a few tips for creating anchor charts that pop....

1) Plan your spacing and arrangement:
I have 13 students so I always figure out how much room I need for each of their responses and leave room for the tile and embellishments.

2) Use bright colored markers to make important text stand out:
I picked up these really cute Scentos smelly markers at the craft store. They make my anchor charts really stand out. Plus the kids have fun guessing what the smell will be.

3)When all else fails, make a computer template:
I have to admit I do not have cute teacher handwriting, its something that I am working on. I will often create my titles or labels in PowerPoint using cute font and fun colors. I've been really attracted to KG Second Chances Font. You can download a free version here, but you have to buy a commercial license if you intend to sell any of your creations.  

Here is an example of a my computer embellished What Writes Write About anchor chart. The day before I presented the lesson I asked the students to brain storm about the topic. I then took their topic ideas and some ideas I had and got to work looking for cute clipart. I found all of these images for free at

You can snag your own copy of my anchor chart here. I love Freebies

I hope these tricks help you create beautiful and and useful anchor charts in your classroom. Now hop on over to see the tricks and treats the others have in store.


  1. Will definitely have to get us some Scentos smelly markers; what fun!

  2. Great tips for anchor charts! I rely on Pinterest for cute ideas for charts I make! I would love to do charts on giant post-it paper but it is just too expensive!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  3. I am all about the ANCHOR CHARTS! Thanks for sharing your ideas. I have pinned soooo many anchor charts. :)
    Best wishes!

  4. I love anchor charts!!!! What a great idea to print out words for them so they are cuter and neater!!


  5. I use my doc cam to project those fonts and clip art to "draw on my own." :)

  6. Thanks for sharing. I like to use my computer to help with anchor charts too!
    Burke's Special Kids

  7. Awesome tips! I love great markers! Choosing colors is so much fun!

    The Learning Chambers

  8. Hey Ashley!
    I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my post to see how you can accept your nomination.
    - Mariah
    Little Miss EduGator

  9. I really enjoy reading your blog! So I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check out my blog to see how to accept!


  10. That is so funny! I just nominated you for a Liebster Award too! Guess you must be extra wonderful!

    My Life At The Pencil Sharpener