Monday Made It - June 26

Monday, June 26, 2017

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 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!

Sunday, June 18, 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.