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Monday Made It - July 10!... and a FREEBIE

Once again I am teaming up with the linky and Fourth Grade Frolics for a fun and fabulous Monday Made It!

My son gets married THIS WEEKEND! So, I have been off my creation game a bit. But, I did have fun making a few items to share with you...

I've used an Erin Condren planner for a couple years now and have always LOVED it. This year, I saw the darling planners at Michaels for a great price (Brand 365) and decided to try it out. I LOVE that it comes with tons of stickers, calendar, planner, checklists...oh so many things! I went through and made STICKERS for each of my subjects with times and placed them throughout all the weeks so that I won't have to do it each week. It turned out lovely!

I don't know about you, but we use post-it notes ALL the time in class. I love them for all our ELA work. One thing that drove me insane last year was how the students misused the post-it notes. I found students drawing pictures on them, folding them, making flip books, writing notes to friends...so many things. Despite all of our discussions about appropriate and not-appropriate usage, it wasn't getting through to them. This year I decided to hang up a sign and discuss the use (and why). It will be one of our first discussions of the year!

It's all laminated and ready to go! I made a plain version to share. All you need to do is add your own text! CLICK HERE for a freebie!

I've been having fun joining in on the Instagram #teacherswholetter 30 day challenge. I've been able to practice my lettering...and it is therapeutic!
This one above was my FIRST digital attempt at lettering! With a little practice I hope to get better. My c in School turned out really weird but by then I had so many retakes I decided to keep it!

There are more but you will need to visit my Instagram account to view them! 

Also on Instagram, I found a teacher who makes AWESOME paper flowers! You can read HOW here! Her website it The Happy Teacher's Palette. I gave my try at a flower. I didn't have the colors I wanted but I did have yellow for my first attempt!

Be sure to visit her site to see how she incorporates them in her room!

I will be off the next two weeks! See you when I return ~ Au Revoir AND Ciao! (Hint hint!)

Monday Made It - July 3

Once again I am joining 4th Grade Frolics and #mondaymadeit! So on to the creating...
My son gets married in 2 weeks!! I wanted to make something to give to my future daughter-in-law to welcome her into the family...so I decided on making a welcome mat! I watched a YouTube video on using the Cricut to create a mat and I am really happy with how it turned out!

I love cooking when I am home for the summer. Kale and Caramel is my favorite cookbook! The ingredients are fresh and EVERYTHING I've made has turned out so yummy! This week I made homemade ricotta. The author, Lily Diamond, stated that once you make homemade ricotta you won't want to purchase it any more from the store. So true!! It was the yummiest EVER! And, it was super easy! Check out her cookbook if you want the recipe. You'll be happy you did!

Every year I have students sign a social contract. I like to draw a tree with Tombow pens, then have students sign it with their fingerprint. I keep the pictures year to year. Here is the one I drew last year:

And here is my new one for this year!

Finally, last night I simply could NOT turn my brain off. Literally, I was up until 2:30 with visions of kale and bike acrostics going around in my head. I was trying to figure out something new and different that fits my style.  I love kale, but am not too thrilled with the acrostic.  The words don't really work - I tried! Any better ideas? I like bikes and enjoy the words a bit more...still wishing that I could use the kale one in a better way. Which one is your favorite? 

Monday Made It - June 26

I've had a blast this week making things! Wish I could tell you I came up with these ideas on my own - but I didn't! I usually draw inspiration from others. I do make everything myself...but I get the ideas from other people usually!

The first one is originally from Head Over Heels for Teaching.  Give her a visit because her things are so cute! In one of her Instagram posts she showed how she made Shout Out signs for her classroom from Dollar Tree frames. Such an awesome idea!

What I did for mine:  I created the template in PowerPoint and printed out. (Again, the design is from Head Over Heels for Teaching...thank you for the inspiration!) Next I cut it to the frame size and placed in the frame. I had some darling arrow Post-It notes so I chose those and stuck one to the front of each.  I chose 3 different sayings...one for giving encouragement, one for noticing something kind, and one for writing about a favorite book!!

Next, I ordered a bunch of washi tape from NAEIR. (If you haven't found NAEIR yet, you will want to check them out!). Where to put it all??!! Someone posted this great video on creating a washi organizer from Dollar Tree items so I had to make it!

Here is my version:

First, I purchased the rotating stand and containers (2 stands, 6 containers).

I emptied out the cotton items and kept the swabs for art projects and maker space!

Next, I removed the stickers from the front of the containers. Well, I tried. They were hard to remove!

Yep, kind of a gross mess. So I decided to cover them. I had some sticker printer paper and used it to create stickers that I put on the front and sides.  Much better!! I printed out motivational sayings and quotes.

Next, I glued them to the base surface. I used Loctite because it is what I could find!

Finally, I glued on the top lazy susan piece and let it dry!  AWESOME!

Every year I try to put out "wish list" items for parents to pick up if they wish. This year I am going with a donut theme and putting donuts out with them. 

I love how they turned out. Would you like a copy? Pick up a free treat here! Sorry, this is a non-editable PDF version. Enjoy! 

Monday Made It - 2017!

Have I actually taught an entire YEAR? This year blew by quickly! It was my first year at a new school and I loved it. Actually, it was harder than any of my past 30 years, but a great school. I am still getting use to the longer hours and commute. However, the school does a great job with excellence in the classroom, PBIS, PLN, collaboration, etc. 

I've participated with Monday Made It now for 3? 4? years. I have always LOVED all the inspiration given to me by others!

My students had a hard time with organization and heavy backpacks this past year. We were on the 3rd floor and students had to take the stairs. After the first few weeks of school, I had numerous complaints from parents about the heavy backpacks and a lack of classroom space. As a 6th grade teacher, my students are only in my room for ELA and Social Studies so they do not have their own desk space. They also do not have lockers. So, I allowed them to keep their curriculum on a designated shelf. My one condition - it had to be kept neat or they couldn't use it. With about 2 months left of school, I had to take the shelf away. Students simply could not follow my neatness guidelines.

This year I decided to make "crates" to store materials. I figured at the very least their mess would not be as exposed and I could look at the shelves easier. Too much mess makes me anxious! I also started a Donor's Choose for some organizational materials. 

I found crates for a great price at JoAnn's Fabrics - $8 a crate! All it took was one coat of stain and - beauty!

Sorry, I deleted my "before" pictures without thinking about Monday Made It! I promise - I will remember next time.

I love my Cricut and started creating new stickers for next year. I had to move classrooms and take down all my darling vinyls from last year's whiteboard. They cleaned off easily (YES!).  Thankfully, I saved the templates so all I did is recut a few of them. One I created new for this year. 

I started with a phrase I wanted up daily. Then I used the Typography app to type it up. I saved it as a .jpg.  

Next, I uploaded it to my Cricut software and cut it out of removable vinyl for use on the whiteboard. It will stay up all year - but peel off if I need to move rooms again! Since I am at home, I can't show it to you up yet, but here it is cut...

I am not changing my classroom theme TOO much this year. However, I am going to go with more of a "Farmhouse" theme and try to do away with a little of the bright blue. (Except my book bins are still blue and will probably just keep them that way.)

I always seem to make a new banner and this coming year is no exception. This banner is darling and I am loving how it is turning out! I used PowerPoint, created rectangles and added a triangle for the banner shape. Then I filled in the shape with a wood pattern. I added a circle and the font. Then I topped it off with a vine clip art. Love! I used my home laminator to finish them off. 

2016-2017 Classroom Reveal!

I am sharing with you my classroom reveal... with a little trepidation. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE my classroom. It's spacious, clean, up-to-date, and beautiful. The hardest part for me was taking pictures!! I have one wall on the third floor with a beautiful view. The problem is - it is hard to take pictures in their without everything looking too dark or washed out. The lighting is pretty naturally, but just doesn't photograph well. So, I ended up scrapping many pictures simply because I couldn't get the lighting right. 

Okay, on to my pictures!

Here it is before any work...

Nice view, right?!

I love this wood paper. I bought it from Amazon.

This is my growth mindset bulletin board. It is up by my small group area. The white pieces are whiteboard circle stickers and whiteboard tape! I will let students write on them and they should erase easily.

This is by my desk. I need to add some more family pictures - still working on that!

My desk area is a little unimpressive. I just didn't have the energy to put too much into it!

This is at the back of the room. It has my new light and community supplies plus the Instagram writing board. I'm not sure what I will put on the other board yet. 

I do like the VIP table! I bought a Buddha board for drawing and a box of supplies that my son was throwing out. I grabbed it and painted it black. I need to add a few more fun supplies. Any ideas?

I had to keep my same colors as I have used in the past simply because I didn't want to buy new book bins. Next year I may need to switch it up! (Spray paint, maybe? Have you sprayed this type of plastic before? Does it stick?)

How do I hide these Apple TV cords? 

Front of the room.

View from teacher desk to door.

It was hard to place the student desks. There are 30 students and not too many ways to fit them all in the room! I decided to do 5 groups of 6. Hope that works! 

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