Bright Ideas! Easy Tabs!

I LOVE using binders in my classroom!  I didn't love buying tabbed dividers, or trying to figure out ways to make my own.  Then, I had a brain wave one day and here is what I came up with!  Easy peasy.  I was a tad bit nervous because I could see the kiddos not getting it, but they did and it has worked beautifully!  Here you go: 

I have a circle punch from my scrap booking collection. This would be even easier with a Circut or Silhouette machine.

Each kiddo needs 2 construction paper circles.

They put glue on the back sides of both circles (I made glue sponges, that is what the circles are on in this picture).

They put the 1st circle on the backside of the paper that they are putting the tab on.

They put the second circle on top of the first one on the front side of the paper.

Then, they can write on their tab to mark each section!


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  1. What a great way to organize notebooks. I think my first graders would be able to do this. Plus, it's a great way to work on those motor skills. Thanks! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

    1. Thanks Kelly! I was really nervous at first to do this with my kiddos, but I showed it several times before we did it. They are just construction paper, so if we messed up it was easy to make more. The kiddos definitely exceeded my expectations and did an great job! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. What a great idea! Sometimes I just use labels to make tabs. :) Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)

    1. Thanks for dropping by Sarah! Labels make great tabs too!

  3. Love the idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Hilary this is my favorite kind of bright idea - simple and simply brilliant!! Thank you!!


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