Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It & Freebie

Hi All!

I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made It. As I mentioned in my last made it post, I have a lot to make this summer!



I was hoping to get a few more projects done this week but I had a really great distraction-my parents are here! :-) They flew in and are staying with me for a few weeks. This makes me HAPPY! With this said, I have two projects to share. Make sure and read until the end. I have a FREEBIE for you today!


Everyone has been talking about Target's Dollar Spot. I was lucky to get these lovely items awhile back. I wasn't sure what I was going to make with them but had to have them. (Don't you love that!) 



So I decided to make a writing header for my board. If you look closely, I am using burlap as my background. I just love this material! I will be using it in accents around my room this year. Note to self: When you see cute letters, buy more than one!! I had to improvise on another project I'll show you next week.




One done-A LOT more to go!


My next little project was to make labels for two very important bins in my classroom. My turn in bin and file bin. I went to using one bin for turning papers in to me. I find that it makes me go through it more quickly and it is a faster process for the kids too. The file bin is for those papers that have to be filed (hopefully by parent volunteers!) in my students' mailboxes. 






I printed them out and laminated them. I always use my favorite tool-the laminator! The hard laminate it creates really makes it last. For labels, it's important that they are durable.

If you would like the labels, I am offering them for free HERE. Just trim them and laminate!



This quick made it is actually a storage/organization tip. I bought a new set of letters for my boards. 


Don't you just love all of the chalkboard stuff out there?! I do! After I punched them all out, I filed them in alphabetical order in one of these. Guess where I purchased it????? Yep, Target Dollar Spot a couple of years ago. I like to stock up on things like these. 

I LOVE pink!
Now for a set of letters you will need two of these beauties. I file away and use a black sharpie to write what type of letters are in there. Labels don't stick very well on these plastic organizers. 





Well, that's it for this week! Off to explore with my visitors :-) Make sure and check out what everyone else is making this Monday. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Student Desk Organization


Hi All!

I am linking up for the first time with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday. I am using her title for this one as I am still figuring out how it all works. 

In my last school, I had large class sizes. (37 Fourth graders in one of the smallest classrooms) Here is how I solved the moving around and organization problem we had. 

Student Offices


Each table group was responsible for organizing their "office" at the end of every day. This pic is at the beginning of the year so some items are not there yet. Hand sanitizer on the top and binders on the bottom will be placed there too. All of their art supplies in the organizers on top. Everything in one place and they took their offices seriously! 

How do you organize in tight spaces?

Don't forget to link of with Wordless Wednesday

Keep Learning!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Made It-Return to teaching!

Hi all!
As I stated in my last post, I have decided that one year of "retirement" was enough! It was really silly of me to think I could retire early. I MISSED it! So I brushed off the resume and started my search. I was so fortunate to receive multiple offers but in the end I decided to go with a job in my hometown. I just love the fact we moved to a small farming town!!! So this school year, I will be teaching 3rd grade.

Long story short, I need to remake EVERYTHING! (I thought I was retiring right?!) Oops! I am glad that two new teachers in California are using my old stuff and were able to take it off my hands. This leaves me with starting all over again. I am excited at the idea of everything being fresh and new. I did get rid of a lot of "stuff" that was collecting dust.



So here we go for this week of Monday Made It. I will show a little at a time as I am making and creating a lot.

My first "Made It" is a home one. We celebrated my parents 50th anniversary in June. They are coming to visit this week so I had to get this done. I had their guests make a comment on little wood hearts and then made this frame with their invitation. I hot glued the hearts on the backing after I attached some burlap over it. I am also including a picture of the main table that my sister-in-law helped me make for their party. Everything was handmade.







My "Made It" two makes me so happy! I have the best neighbors around. Not only is my friend helping me put my new class together, but she provided me with a table. I wanted a teacher table to pull my students back to work with me. I use one all the time throughout the day. Well, there was not one available at my new school. So to solve the problem, we took a round table that my friend had in her garage and made one! Literally, she came up with the idea and voila-in one day I had this back. Her husband and dad cut out a piece and made it shorter to fit my littles easier. 

Here is what it looked like:
This is one I found online because we forgot to take a picture. Nice table but not a fit just yet. Here is where the magic happened….



Isn't it great?! Well it is almost ready. It needed to be painted to match my room decor. I chose black because it will last through my changes I tend to make to my colors in my classroom. This will have to last for awhile. Well you might be thinking. What a lot of work to sand and paint that table. NOPE! I found an idea online (I forget where!) to use this primer.




I instilled my lovely husband to use his paint sprayer to cover it. No sanding needed! Yes, it works. We put a heavy coat of primer and let it dry over night. Here is what it looked like when done (minus the leaf). Sorry about the shadow. It was late. 



Then, he woke up bright and early and painted the table a lovely shade of black! Here is how it turned out. I LOVE IT! Now I need to make some crate seats to put around it. I can't wait to show you my room reveal when I am done. 




Well since we had the spray gun out, I had him spray my rocking chair find too. I wanted a chair for my carpet area with my easel for morning meeting and group instruction. I also didn't want to pay a lot for a chair. I was so THRILLED to find this rocking chair on craigslist for $20! My son cringed that I was going to paint it. Of course, it has to match! I forgot to take a picture of the before. You can imagine a match to that oak varnished table above. Not happening in this classroom! This is with the coat of primer. 

There is that shadow again! 

I decided to paint it turquoise ("Key Largo"). A great pop of color in my class is exactly what it needed. So here is the final product. I love it!



That is it for today. I have several more projects I am working on and will spread it over a few Mondays. Here is a sneak peak...Can you guess what I am making??



Don't forget to head over to 4th Grade Frolics to see what everyone else is making this lovely Monday!


Keep Learning!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I'm Back!



Hello All! I've missed you!

Well, I had a feeling early "retirement" would not sit well with this teacher. In my last post (almost a year ago!), I spoke about moving to Idaho and retiring to be a stay at home mom (of teenagers that are never home! Go figure!!).

Well...a few months into it and I was subbing at the local school district. I really miss having my own class, collaborating with my colleagues, and most importantly-THE KIDS! This teacher misses helping children find their love of learning.

So....I have started the job hunt for a full time position. I brushed off my resume, got my letters of recommendation ready and now am searching for that "just right" position. Wish me luck as I haven't interviewed in many years! If you have any interviewing tips, please post them below. I appreciate any help on this topic.

Stay tuned!! Hopefully I will have good news to spread soon!!

Keep Learning!