I have a polka-dot addiction. There. I said it. They say that the first step toward recovery is to admit you have a problem.
I like them all. Black dots, white dots, purple, pink, aqua, lime... I make binder covers and dividers and signs for my classroom. I make numbers, labels, desk tags, bunting and banners. If you can name it, I have probably made it. I am an addict.
When my daughter was a toddler, I dressed her in every color of polka-dot leggings I could find. She does not thank me for this.
So, if you're wondering where all of this is heading, here's the thing. I finally figured out where this obsession began. I had an epiphany, of sorts. And it's because I was looking through a box of old donated books, and I found this one:
Okay, so this is a song, not the actually book being read. But I love it anyway. Put Me in the Zoo was my favorite book as a kid! I had completely forgotten about it, because our copy was lost during one of my childhood moves. The things he can do with his spots!! He can change their color. He can change their size. He can put them on anything he likes. Hmmm. Sounds familiar.
I am heading over to Amazon to buy a copy. I know that you're not supposed to feed an addiction. But this one is harmless. Right?
So, about that Polka-Dot Freebie... I made a calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. If you would like a copy, it's free at my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Light Bulbs and Laughter.
What I like to do is make a regular copy (8.5x11") for my planning book, and another for the wall in my classroom. I'm lucky enough to have a printer at school that does ledger size on heavy paper, and I have a certain number of color prints available per semester. So I print them all, punch some holes, and put them on rings, like this:
Happy (Polka-Dot) Teaching,