Monday Made It and Class Reveal!

I'm so excited to participate in another Monday Made It! This time - it's my classroom reveal...well, at least as much as I have completed of it! I have a tad bit more work to do. 

But - before the reveal, I have to share what I've been doing these past 3 weeks...

First...our son got married! We love our new daughter, Naomi! She is a gem and they are a great team.

Here's me giving a speech!

What do you do when you are an empty nester?...

Yes! My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in Paris and Venice! It was a wonderful trip! It was really one of our few vacations. Anytime we have gone out of country, it has been on a mission trip with our church. These was the first time to go to another country and just relax! My hubby has been working out of town for the past few years and is only home a few days a week so it was a special time to be able to spend together. LOVED it!  Venice was my favorite...such a beautiful city and the FOOD....OMG. So good.  

After coming back home, I had to quickly get to work on my classroom. I moved rooms this year and while my room is a bit larger, it is long and skinny. I am still trying to figure out how my new desks fit together! I haven't quite gotten that down yet!

I love my shiplap bulletin board paper and papers flowers. The flowers were super easy to make and turned out so pretty! This board is the fridge for student work:

I can't take too much credit for this one except for printing out, laminating, and cutting! These are Marzano's Levels of Questioning by Teaching and So Forth. You can purchase it HERE from TPT!

This is my "Keep the Quote" board. All I did is take a roll of Kraft Paper and put twine through it and hung it from 2 hooks! Easy!

I've posted my group boxes but here they are again. I'm trying to make it so that my group shelves are not so messy! Someone will be in charge of keeping them clean and organized. The group caddies are cute with a fake succulent in them!

Those that know me know I love to run and had to include a little bit of that on my book shelf:

Here is our CI Goals board above our sink area along with our school-wide 8 keys of excellence:

My desks are so hard to put together. I am still working on that!:

Cricut comes in handy for the whiteboard!

Birthday cupcakes...student names will be on candles in the cupcakes:

My desk area. It's already starting to get full and school hasn't started yet. Yikes. 

Front of the room:

Student jobs and positive thoughts board:

File Cabinet Makeover!

My husband brought home an old file cabinet and we had fun making it over! First we painted it white (it was a weird tan color)...then...we added old solid redwood to the front that he had saved! Free makeover and looks awesome! We did buy cute drawer pulls from Amazon!

Finally, I bought a new essential oil for my classroom...Purification! Oh smells awesome!! I don't know how I am going to give it up and send it to school to use so I am going to have to get another one for our house!  I'm putting in an order mid month so comment if you want me to order some for you!


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 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 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? 

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