Hello bloggy friends! Well, I said I didn't want to go back into school yet but I just couldn't resist stopping by and trying out the chair pockets!
In case you missed the previous post, I have been trying out those cheap nail aprons from Home Depot (not my original idea, but a wonderful one found in the sites mentioned yesterday!) as a way to hold a couple of books my students are currently reading, so they can pull them out easily whenever they have extra time to read.
So. I had done a lot of thinking about how they would work best, thanks to all of your insightful comments last night--thank you!
And here's what we ended up doing...and by "we", you know that means I dragged my poor sister to school!
I liked the idea of having the bags down lower on the legs of the chair (that way the kids wouldn't have to have the tied strings touching their backs--that would just drive me nuts!!). But when I tied the strings on, the whole apron started to slip a bit.
We used Velcro instead!
We snipped off the apron strings and put some nice, heavy-duty Velcro in each of the four corners of the apron, then stuck them to the chair legs:
One of the other reasons I wanted the pocket so low was also thanks to your comments about chair stacking last night! With the pocket lower on the legs...
The chairs can be stacked on top of one another nicely. I don't have a second chair pocket yet to show you, but the legs of stacked chair can be seen above.
And here are some closeups of the second chair stacked on top of the pocket...
Now I am perfectly content, because I know it will work for my students!
A bit more information I've learned:
These chair pockets can't hold a ton of books and I don't think a folder can fit, but I have a separate location for those other items (very excited about that next one--coming to the blog very soon!!!). They are, however, absolutely ideal to hold my students books they are currently reading. And a small whiteboard.
I had some sweet requests to add the numbers to my shop the other day and they are now available. This file features numbers 1 through 40 (I hope that there aren't any class sizes that are even close to that high!!) and each page has two different sizes. The larger numbers are 5" by 5" and can cover the logo on the nail apron, as mentioned previously.
The smaller numbers are 2.5" by 2.5" and can be used to label baskets, cubbies, and other student items. This file is available for $1.50 and you can see it in my shop by clicking on the preview below...
And so concludes my chair pocket adventure! I hope this will be of some help to anyone who is considering something similar. Thank you, as always, for visiting--your comments are one of the brightest parts of my day. :)