I’ve started this journey of sharing activities, sorts, flashcards, and other teaching materials on Teachers Pay Teachers. It was a rough start at first. I started by looking at some of the creations that teachers were making, thinking how am I going to afford all of the things that make the worksheets and activities look so creative. I began doing research to find free sources to create these materials that I can share with other teachers, and most of the free clip art, shapes, and frames I found on my word processing software were frankly corny. Those aren’t the kind of things I’m attracted to and I don’t think they’re that attractive to children. I felt frustrated.
So I started with my first question. Where do I find clip art… and on a teacher’s salary? So I did my search. I came across three fabulous high quality websites that had wonderful clip art and for free! Most importantly they created their websites for educators like myself. My Cute Graphics (www.mycutegraphics.com) has high quality free clip art that you can use to create teaching materials and for profit if you choose. The only stipulation is that you give a link to her website (which is not asking a lot at all). The second website I found was K12 Elementary Education (http://www.pppst.com/clipart.html). There is an array of free clip art to use for your personal projects or for freebies you place on your blog. The third website I found was ClipArtETC. There are tens of thousands of illustrations that you can use for non-commerical use (http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/).
Then I looked at the fonts that came with my word processing software and knew that I needed more. The best site I found was Dafonts.com (www.dafonts.com). This site has numerous fonts that you can download for your creative projects. I also did a search on teacher pay teachers and there were several high quality fonts that you can use on profit and non-profit items on teachers pay teachers.
Finally I began looking for backgrounds, borders, and frames. I found some great ones on My Cute Graphics (www.mycutegraphics.com) for free. I also did a search on teachers pay teachers and found numerous frames there too.
Getting started on making teaching materials is going to be a journey for me. I’m just getting started, but I am excited to document my process.