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Monday Made It with Learning in Wonderland

Happy Monday! My name is Maribel and I blog over at Learning in Wonderland. I am so excited to be hosting MMI today!

It's hard to believe that it's already July and I go back to work in just a couple of weeks. July definitely puts me into school mode.

There is nothing like starting out the year on a positive and happy note! One way that I do that is by making my team some gifts that they can use throughout the year. I hit the Target dollar spot and found the perfect goodies.

How cute are these baggies? They were only $1 each! I used my Cricut to personalize them. I'm going to be stuffing them with pens, markers, highlighters, white out etc. These will be perfect to bring along to all those meetings that pop up! 

Next up are my teaching bins. These bins are also from the dollar spot and cost $3 each. They are much larger than the ones I've seen before. I knew they'd be the perfect size to hold all our teacher stuff! I'm loving the colors that Target put out this year.

Since I am getting back into school mode, I made a BTS insert for my lightbox. Do you own a lightbox? If you do, you can use this one for FREE! I made it for K-5th grades :-) 

You can pick up this freebie in my shop by clicking on the image below.

This is what it looks like when it's on. So cute!

That is it for me for this week. We would love to see the projects that you have been working on! Grab the button below and link up with us!

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Monday Made It with Inspired Owl's Corner

Hello! I'm Marissa from Inspired Owl's Corner and I'm excited to join Tara and share my Monday Made It projects with you. Monday Made It couldn't have come along at a better time for me. I have a long to-do list of half-finished projects, and this has given me the motivation to cross off a few of them from my to-do list! 
My first project is my Love Notes binder. My students love to write me notes (I'm sure you can relate), and while I'm thrilled they love writing so much, the pile of notes and drawings they give me can be overwhelming! I pin some of them on the wall behind my desk, but that gets messy and I quickly run out of space for all of their creations. I made a cover, bought a large binder, and placed page protectors inside. Now when students write me notes, I will have a place to keep them. If you want to make your own Love Notes binder, you can download the cover, spine, and some writing pages in the preview of my reading and writing pack HERE.

I've wanted to do a V.I.P. table in my classroom for the longest time! The problem is, my classroom is too small and can barely accommodate my 28 students, let alone an extra table or desk. When I saw the over the chair organizers at The Dollar Tree, I knew my problem was solved!
I made some labels that fit inside ZipLoc sandwich and quart sized bags for markers, colored pencils, highlighters, and crayons. I found the cutest highlighters at Target that are perfect for the V.I.P. Kit, and I added bright mechanical pencils too. I also made bookmarks and badges to go along with the pack. I'm going to add special reading pointers to the kit too. Can you think of anything else I should add? I hope my students love this and work hard to be the V.I.P each day.  If you want to try this idea with your class, you can download the freebie HERE
I recently bought a Cameo because I wanted to make my own planner stickers to customize my LifePlanner. There are so many cute stickers on Etsy, but they can be expensive and not exactly what I need for the way I plan. I love my Erin Condren Teacher Planner, but there are a few pages that go unused each year. I thought I could create some stickers to modify some of the pages of my teacher planner to make them more useful. I know how important it is to keep track of parent contact, but I don't always take the time to jot down every conversation. I decided to make a section for parent contact with the unused pages. Since my planner is always with me, it will be easy to jot down the name, date, and reason for the phone call. 
I don't use an online grade book, so I always order extra check off lists in my planner to keep track of grades and homework. I made labels for each subject that fit perfectly on the pages.
I color code each subject when I write my lesson plans, so I figured color coded subject headers would be useful to add to my planner, so I've added subject sticker headers to my planner.
I made these labels in PowerPoint, and if you want to try them in your planner, I'm sharing them HERE. There are editable and premade stickers in the file. I made a seating chart label for the grid pages too- that picture isn't shown. (I have last year's teacher planner. I always buy my teacher planners when they go on sale in the spring. I've heard the new ones are set up a little differently, so I'm not sure if these stickers will work if you have the brand new planner, but you can try them out.)

That's what I've been up to this week! Next week I hope to have a few more projects and freebies to share, since I still have quite a few that are half-finished! 
Now it's your turn! What projects have you created? Be sure to link up below and share. And if you share on instragram, be sure to use #4thgradefrolics so we can see your creations on there! Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week!


Monday Made It with Live Laugh Love Second

Happy Monday, friends! I'm Lori from Live, Laugh, Love Second, and I am so happy to be hosting this week's Monday Made It. 

I had a week's break from my graduate classes, but I have been so tired. I think it's the first week that I have literally had nothing on my plate since school ended. Thank goodness! I finally caught up on some sleep, and I was able to get some crafting in. Check it out below!

New Class Logo: I was inspired by my upcoming blog makeover and decided to make a fun logo for my class. The image is from Lovelytocu on Etsy. You can check our her other designs HERE. I had a hard time picking one out because she had so many great designs! The font is Dry Shampoo by Amy Groesbeck. I might end up changing it, but it will probably still be one of her amazing fonts. I plan on using this as a header on our class Facebook page and maybe our digital class newsletter. I haven't exactly decided yet, but I do really like it!

Dishwasher Sign: If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it's going to cook dinner and realizing that my teenagers didn't unload the dishwasher. Grrrr! Their main excuse...we didn't know if they were clean or not!

Well. I guess the "clean" light being lit up on the machine didn't do it for them. And, of course, simply looking at the dishes to see if they were clean? Who would actually do that???

No more, kiddos! This #teachermom made a handy dandy sign to solve this problem. I whipped it up on Powerpoint using digital paper from I Teach What's Your Super Power. You can find the entire paper set HERE. The "clean" font is A Perfect Blend Teaching's Coffee Mug and the "dirty" font is Amy Groesbeck's Running Late is my Cardio. I stuck a magnet on the back, tragically realized the dishwasher was not in fact magnetic, so then I hot glued another magnet onto the actual dishwasher. (What can I say...I was committed at this point.)

So, if you have teens like mine who require a little scaffolding, feel free to download a copy HERE of the sign for your dishwasher!


Toy Drawer Labels: One of my favorite things to do in the summer is organize everything that managed to get destroyed throughout the school year. Closets, cabinets, kitchen drawers...you name it, I organize it. And it feels soooooo good.

I finally tackled my little's room. She's the only girl, and she's the baby at 4 years old. That means she gets #allthestuff. I can't help myself.

But...I can help with the organization of it all. 

So, I made these labels to go on all the plastic drawers that store her toys. I made them in Powerpoint, and trust me, they were nothing fancy. The font I used is Amy Groesbeck's Fat Pants. Emmy helped me pick out the pictures, we printed and laminated them, and then I used Elmer's Glue Dots to stick them on the drawers. They look great, serve a purpose, and help her (and her daddy) to know where everything goes. Win-win for everyone.

Battery Organizer: So, a few weeks ago, I posted a picture on Instagram of these old Tupperware sandwich containers that I repurposed as drawer organizers in my office desk. 


Well, I had a couple of extra ones (why I had 4 to begin with is beyond me), and I was going to hold onto them until I got back into my classroom and could figure out a use for them there. But...as I was cleaning out my junk drawer in the kitchen, I spotted the perfect use for one of the containers.

We go through so many batteries in our house that they are a regular item on the grocery list. It's mainly the old school handheld game systems and the newer system controllers my boys play that use so many batteries, so I like to keep them stocked up. By keeping them organized in this container, I know how many we have at any given time without digging through the drawer.

Reading Round Up: I was asked to lead a summer reading program that targeted below-level readers in our school. After the students were identify, we provided them with bags full of books to keep, along with a chart that they track their reading on throughout the summer. We recently had a picnic, which was a lot of fun, and I check in with them weekly via email. And that brings me to my last "made-it" for this week.

I wanted to make the email eye-catching for parents, so I started messing around with creating graphics to include as headers. They turned out great! The cowboys are from Melonheadz. The fonts were free downloads. It turned out so cute and got a lot of compliments from parents.

Phew! That was quite a lot for a Monday Made-It, but it was so much fun sharing it will all of you! Don't forget to check out all the other Monday Made-It's by following the links below, or you can join in the fun by linking up with us.

Have a fantastic week!

Monday Made It with Holly from Research and Play

Hey everyone, happy summer! I'm Holly Hodges from Research and Play. I'm joining Tara this summer with her Monday Made It series, and I'm excited to show you what I made!

This is me with my sweet nephew!
I am so loving this first week off from school. Although I absolutely loved my class this past year (seriously, the sweetest class I've ever taught), I feel no shame in how much I love being done for a few weeks. I can finally accomplish that personal life to-do list that seems to always get pushed aside during the school year. And even though today included buying new tires and getting those installed (woo, #adulting), it also included some fun crafting and making!

I'm sure many of you have made your own homemade playdoh before. Being a kindergarten teacher, playdoh is part of our everyday routine. We literally use it all 180 days as part of our Play Centers (click to read more about that). So as you can imagine, we go through a lot of playdoh. It isn't super expensive, but I knew it was about time to learn how to make it myself to be even cheaper smarter with my money. And all in all, I probably spent about $4 since I had most of the ingredients already at home!

I followed THIS RECIPE I found on Pinterest. Like the pin says, it takes about 10 minutes. I made three batches and added essential oils, so it took me about 20 minutes. But if $4 and 20 minutes is all it takes for, supposedly, a batch of playdoh that lasts a year (!!!!) then why not try it out?

Here are the ingredients you need: AP flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, water, food coloring, and wax paper. I added essential oils and vanilla extract, but you don't have to!

First, add the flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and water to a pot. Turn it to medium-low and begin stirring. It will be pretty lumpy, but that's ok.

Once the mixture starts to become less liquid-y (yes that's not a real word), add your food coloring. About 7-8 drops should be plenty, but you'll be able to see if you want to add more.

When the playdoh starts sticking to the spoon, it's time to take it out. It takes about 2 minutes total in the pot!

Put the playdoh on some wax paper. This is when I added essential oils/extract, but you can skip this step.

Let cool for just a minute, then start kneading until all the lumps are out and you're left with a smooth ball of playdoh!

Voila! Not only were they super fast to make but they smell SO GOOD. Each color is about twice the size of a regular tub of playdoh - yet another win!

This next one made me feel like the smartest person ever. So I'm not a seamstress, I can't sew at all. I also have an obsession with throw pillows, both at home and in my classroom. The dilemma is that throw pillows are way too expensive. Just a few days ago I was at HomeGoods and noticed most throw pillows were priced from $20-30. With the amount of pillows that I have, there's just no way I could afford to keep up my addiction. So, what's a non-sewing person to do? This GENIUS HACK. It cost $10 for the sham that was on clearance at Target (I got a sham instead of a regular pillow case for sheets because the material is thicker, much better for high-use areas like couches). I already had the feather pillow insert from IKEA, but I think those are around $7. Now I will say, the one thing I can do (as I'm sure most people could) is sew on a button. So since I have a little mini sewing kit at home with thread and buttons, I already had most of the things I needed. I'll never buy a pillow from HomeGoods again! (Well that's asking a lot...)

What you'll need: A pillow insert, clearance pillow case or sham, a needle, thread, and two buttons (not pictured).

First, put the pillow into the sham and push it all the way to one end. You'll have a floppy end.
Fold over the floppy end to the back. You'll be sewing two buttons underneath this flap.

Sew on a button, then cut a small slit in the back of the sham for the button to go into! Medium/large buttons are best for this.

There you have it! A super cute pillowcase for MUCH cheaper than the stores. 

Last step, marvel at your work and enjoy.

For my last "craft," I used Powerpoint. As in, I've been crafting away on a brand new resource for your classroom! If you're wanting something new and fresh and clean for your class decor, I've got what you need. Watercolor foliage in aqua, seafoam, teal, blue, green...what's not to love? Included in this growing resource are schedule cards, alphabet word wall cards, number wall cards, and class jobs.

But just for you, a freebie! Here is a classroom voice levels chart that matches the watercolor foliage theme. You can introduce this chart early in the school year and explain when to use each level. Ten, display this chart somewhere where students can see it throughout the day. Use a magnet or sticky note to place next to the level that the students should be using at the moment. Easy peasy! Click on the picture below to grab yours!

Thank you so much for reading along! Hopefully you can use some of these crafts in your classroom or home! Have a wonderful summer!

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