Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Made It and One Week Left

Wow I can't believe how fast summer has flown by. I personally am more excited and nervous about back to school than ever before. I have one last week to get everything all ready for my group of kinders!

Here are a few of the projects I got through this weekend for Tara's Monday Made It Linky Party:

Classroom Project #1- File Folder Crates
I decided to brighten up two file folder crates with fun ribbon! 

Classroom Project #2- Clipboards
I have seen fun clipboards all over Pinterest and blogging world, so I had to make a set of my own. Instead of scrapbook paper/modge podge, I spray painted the clipboards to add color. My friend then used the Cricut to cut out fun theme related shapes. I am so excited about how these three turned out. I would love a class set, but for now I am hoping to have enough for centers.

Classroom Project #3- August Calendar Numbers
I used my Cricut to cut out little backpacks and numbers for my August calendar!

Classroom Project #4- Community Supply Containers
I was inspired last week by Miss R's Room and her supply containers, so I had to make a set. I bought the containers at Target and used the large supply labels from Ladybug's Teacher Files.

I can't wait to see all the craftiness! For those of you still on summer break... YAY (let's enjoy it) and for those of you back at school... I hope that the first few weeks are going great!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Made It # 5 (for me)

I am in awe of all the amazing products made by fellow bloggers. My shopping cart and wish list keeps growing... Thank goodness for the back-to-school sale, so I can stock up and not spend a fortune. Make sure to check out TPT through tonight (August 13th) for up to 28% off awesome products.

Now on to crafting for the classroom! My downstairs was covered with projects this weekend, and yet I feel like I did not get much done. I'm still waiting for spray paint to dry and the laminating/cutting fairy to show up. Here are two quick projects that did get finished for Tara's Monday Made It Linky Party:
Classroom Project #1: Rainbow Sight Word Flashcards
Each month my students will receive a new set of sight words to master. I decided to give each month a different color in order to help us build our Sight Word Rainbow. I created a master set of flashcards for each month with the corresponding colors. In order to keep the cards organized, I punched a hole in each card and used a binder ring for each month.

Classroom Project #2: Good Listener Poster Set
I love this listening poster set made by Christie @ First Grade Fever (which was a freebie!!!). Four simple steps- print, mount, laminate, attach to ribbon. I'm excited to find a place to hang it near my gathering area.

I appreciate all the sweet comments each week! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Productive Weekend for Monday Made It!

Kicking it into high gear in order to get things ready for the beginning of the school year! I tackled several projects this weekend, and I'm excited to share some of them with you for Tara's Monday Made It Linky Party. All of my projects this week were created using awesome FREEBIES from generous fellow bloggers. A huge thanks to all those bloggers out there who have great back-to-school products! Most of my projects required lots of printing, cutting out, mounting, laminating, and then cutting out again (which was perfect to do with the Olympics in the background).

Here is a picture of my new best friend... my personal laminator from Walmart. Make sure when you buy one that you also stop by Sam's Club to get a package of 200 laminating pouches for under $20.

Classroom Project #1- Teacher Binder:
I finally put together a teacher binder using helpful freebies from two different TPT stores- First Grade Scoop and A Year of Many "Firsts." A few months ago I saw a Pinterest pin about a teacher binder, and ever since I have wanted one. The original pin that inspired me was from Beyond the Grades. This was such a simple project to put together, and I'm excited to start off the year with all my paperwork organized!

Classroom Project #2- A Back to School Activity
Next, I am working on planning out the first few weeks, and so I was excited when I found Jennifer's @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten "I have... Who has?" game. I think this will be a great way to introduce all our school supplies while also having fun as a class.

Classroom Project #3- Welcome Pennant
I love all the pennants popping up all over the blogging world. I decided to join in by making Tammy's (from Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten) Welcome Pennant. The bright, cheerful colors make me smile :)

Classroom Project #4- Book Hospital
Don't you love when kids come over a few times a day to report a rip, tear, or book catastrophe? This is where the book hospital basket will come to the rescue. Kids will know to put books with any boo-boos in the basket, so I can perform surgery. I used a label I found on Judy's KinderTastic blog and a basket from the Dollar Tree to create my hospital!

Classroom Project #5- Framed To Do Lists
A fun way to keep those To Do Lists organized rather than 100 post-it notes. I bought a few frames from the Dollar Tree, and printed off fun stationary from Cassandra @ Adventures in Room 5 to insert inside the frame. Now all I need is a huge pack of colorful Dry Erase markers.

Motivational Project-
Lastly, I loved this little quote poster from Mrs. Miner which she featured as a freebie on her wonderful blog called Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business. I will keep this hung up all year and will refer back to it often!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to keep hopping along... I know I am looking forward to seeing all the amazing projects from this week's party.

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Friday, August 3, 2012


YAY! I am finally joining one of the most popular linky parties out there- Farley's August Currently!

I am getting more and more excited for the start of the school year; however, the first-year jitters are starting to come on. Thank goodness for all you wonderful bloggers out there and all the amazing ideas available on TPT and Pinterest. Hard to believe by the time the next Currently rolls around, I will be well on my way to making my first year of teaching a success.

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