Sunday, June 30

Daily Calendar

I've been wanting a calendar system that the kids could be in charge of each day. What is that saying? Work smarter, not harder. Something like that?

...a blurry photo! Sorry about that!
Don't pay attention to all those boxes of flooring in the background. :o)

I decided {after too much thought and consideration} to house it on a Target Dollar Spot pocket chart I bought 2-3 years ago {and wasn't using}. I built another chart holder out of PVC pieces. Then I painted it black.

I think it will look great on the counter top, or wherever it ends up, and it will be very easy for the Daily Calendar person to update.

I also think it needs a monster or two. What do you think?


FYI --- This PVC chart holder was built from one 10' piece. 
I cut it into two 24" pieces, three 16" pieces, and four 3" pieces. 
It also required 2 tee joints and 6 elbow joints. 

Now I just need to figure out a container to hold all the little calendar pieces. I thought about one of those small 3-5 drawer mini "Sterilite" containers, but I think it'll be too big. I would need 4-5 spots/holes/drawers/whatever. Do you have any suggestions?

Monday, June 24

Inspirational Quotes

Some colleagues and I are reading through Strategies That Work together and meeting for a book study each week. It's a great book, and I love being able to talk about it with teachers I teach with. I read that book last semester too, because it was one of the assigned readings for the college class I took. I didn't get to talk about it though, just reflect each week in some sort of assignment. Boo! Talking about it and how it can apply to our classrooms is SO much better! :o)

My BIG project last week was taking some of those inspirational quotes we have lifted from the book and putting them in different paintings I'm going to display on top of my cabinets. (I have a whole row of cabinets with nothing but a globe on top.)

I painted the pictures with acrylics, printed the quotes (in my handwriting, thanks to the iFontmaker app), and Mod Podged the quotes to the paintings. (I haven't used Mod Podge in a while and forgot how much it STINKS!)

I hot glued some cardboard triangles on the back of each canvas to help it stand up. I think they look great and will hopefully be inspirational to my kiddos and myself this next year!

Monday, June 17

Don't mind me... just making a button!

I'm so proud! My first blog button! All thanks to Megan's tutorials!


(Re)made Crate Seats

It sure does stink not having my computer! The district takes it for 2 weeks in the summer to update it. I think it's become like an extra appendage because I really, really miss it when it's gone. That seems to be the time I get great ideas... if only I had my computer to work on them. Ha! I'm going to try to sweet talk someone into giving it back to me 2 or 3 days early this summer. Wish me luck!

This last week my project was redoing my crate seats. Let me give you a little tour of my crate seat progression...

Two summers ago, I made 3 of these beautiful things.

Then the second graders did this.

So I recovered them in a darker fabric and decided to make them into a bench. Beautiful! It sits at the edge of my meeting carpet.

Last summer I decided I wanted to make more crate seats to put around my reading table. Unfortunately I apparently didn't take any pictures of their fabulousness. But not even half way through the year, the wiggly bottoms that sat on the chairs wiggled the parts off that kept the seats from sliding right off.

So I thought, I'll just make a couple more benches because I really love the one I have.

Do you see the problem? Apparently when I had these seats cut, I didn't use exactly the same size board, so the Plan B FAILED. It was just a little bit too small to fit around the crate and sit flush.

Last week I went back to Plan A and used thicker boards and screwed them on. I don't know why I didn't think of that the first time! Hopefully, wiggly bottoms or not, those seats won't wiggle right off the crates.

My classroom color scheme is black, blue, and green. I haven't found many dark fabrics I like with that color scheme, so my crate seats have always been the black, white, yellow. My husband talked me into the monster fabric, though, as I searched out a fourth black, white, yellow fabric. I'll put those two at my computer table.

There you have it! I just love Mondays. Thank you, Tara, for hosting! What would our creative brains do without you?!

Crate seats or benches are marvelous, so if they aren't a part of your classroom summer to-do list, they definitely should be this summer!

Sunday, June 9

Lollipop Topiary Monster

My teamies and I, like most teachers, use a clip chart. We decided last year that the kids would start on green. They could move down: yellow, orange, red. They could move up: blue. That's it.

Last year, if kids ended the day on blue, they received a special {Vistaprint} postcard home.

This year, they will receive a postcard home AND a lollipop from my new lollipop topiary monster.

I Googled and Pinterested several lollipop tree options and read blog posts for suggestions. I read on at least one blog that the person had a lot of lollipops leftover from their large bag, so I thought I could get away with just a small bag of lollipops. Nope. It covered less than half of the styrofoam ball head. SO I ended up buying the large bag anyway and, of course, have a lot of lollipops left over. 


The only thing missing is the googly eyes that will go on the small blue styrofoam balls that are supposed to be eyeballs. I dug, but it turns out that all my googly eyes are at school.


The one thing, maybe two, that I would change is to paint the wooden dowel blue and maybe add more swirly blue pipe cleaners. I still LOVE my lollipop topiary monster, though.

I'll be adding this post to Tara's Monday Made-It.

Wednesday, June 5

New on TPT

I finally added the last three book studies I created at the end of the school year. I really like making book studies. I hope to sneak into the library this summer to make a few to have ready ahead of time for next year.

Find it HERE.

Find it HERE.

Find it HERE.

Tuesday, June 4

Spelling Poster

I love my project-a-day.

Today's project was a Spelling poster. We have Storytown, but we use Pathways to Reading for our phonics and spelling curriculum. Last year I noticed one of my teamies had an awesome poster she had made to display the weekly list. I finally had time to make one for myself!

The first half of the year we segment our words by sound, so we call those dots sound dots. You write each sound in the word on top of a dot. Then you write the whole word on the line.

The second half of the year we focus on syllabication, so we segment the spelling words by syllables. You write each syllable on a different line. Then you write the whole word on the long line.

I really love this poster and can't wait to get it laminated at school and put it to use next year!