I think for about 15 years now (depending on the grade I'm teaching) I've used personal placemats for each student to have on their table as a reference (mainly for the alphabet, spelling and maths) I used to make them by cutting and pasting bits and pieces but now I try to set them all out in Word. We make them A3 size and laminate them (of course!!) Here are a couple of samples.
Placemat Grade 1 2014 front (word doc)
Placemat Grade Prep 2014 back (word doc)
Placemat 2015 Grade 2 (word doc) My co-teacher is designing the front for this one
Placemat Grade 1 2014 back (word doc)
Placemat Grade Prep 2014 front (word doc)
These are the old placemats we used to do for Prep - sorry I haven't got a closer look. My favourite part of these ones was the hand outlines that showed left and right. The cards in the corners were their first day name tags.