Monday Made It #11 and a YIPEE!!

It's Monday Made It #11 and I'm hanging in......although I will confess it was crazy nuts around here yesterday trying to get my act together!!!!!  Starting week #2 of school and trying to get my duckies in a row!

Before I get started, I have to share....I got home Friday to an email telling me my blog was named to the Top 50 Elementary Teacher Blogs!!!  I am thrilled and honored, especially after I saw the list of company already in that group:)  So, that's my YIPEE!!!

Ok, so here we go with my Made Its for the week:

Classroom Made It #1:
I finally got some painted clothes pins done!!!  They aren't nearly as cute as some of the glittery ones or the mod podged scrapbook paper ones, but they are black and white and they work:D  

Classroom Made It #2:
With my new found effort to make my classroom numeracy rich (Guided Math), I am adding this:
I am so stinkin excited about this, I can't see straight!!!!!  AND the most exciting part about it's a free download from Teacher on the Loose and it matches my colors and it's super cute and, and, and........
Ok, so I'm excited! So all I had to do was print, laminate, and cut it out:)  Love that!!   It's boggle with numbers!  Can't wait to set it up and use it with my Math Workshop:)

Classroom Made It #3:
Poster names!  I got this adorable idea from my buddy Molly at Lessons with Laughter (if you haven't checked out her MUST!  It's adorable and full of goodness!!!)  Anywho, she made posters of the kids names and hung them in the classroom.  Free hand I might add!!!!  WHAT?!  Well, I cheated and used word art!!!  I'm going to have them color these, laminate them and I'm thinking hang them in the hallway over their work:)  Each one is printed on card stock and a full page size.  I think they will look neat once they're done.  I'll update with pics:)

Classroom Made It #4:
This is the start of my Daily 5 groups and rotation board.  I still have lots to do!!!  But in Daily 5 you don't do groups what's up with that???  Well, I told you I do it differently.  I pinky promise I will post about it soon but in a nutshell.......our reading block is not super long, and I don't do CAFE yet.....I teach the mini lessons but don't do the conferencing yet.  I just can't give up my guided reading groups!  For this reason the kids are in groups.  They still do the different activities and do have free choice within the activity but not free choice for the rotations order.  I know....I'm sure I'm breaking a Daily 5 rule somewhere!!!  This is only going to be my second year of doing it and it worked that way for me last year so that's how I am starting it out.  I am going to try to do conferencing once a week this year:)  More about this later.

Classroom Made It #5:
Here are my signs for my Math Workshop groups.  I want to add pink ribbon but have to run out tomorrow and get some:)  They match my Math Rotations Board and my Morning Math Meeting Board (inspired by Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6) I will be posting about in the future:)

Ok gang, it's your turn!!!!  While you are linking away I will be starting week 2 with my littles:)
I super <3 my class already and can't wait to see what this school year holds:)
Don't forget to grab my button when you link up:)  Have fun:)  Someone PLEASE drink some coffee for me:)


  1. Congratulations on being named one of the top 50 elementary blogs! You are very deserving of that honor!! I love all of your Monday Made It's, especially those poster names!! I think that you gave me a Monday Made It idea for next week! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Congrats on the award. You deserve it!!! Also, I pull groups with my Daily 5 time, too. It's a requirement to have guided reading time, so I have always pulled groups. I wouldn't know how to do it any other way! I love your clothespins!

  3. Congrats on the award! I pull reading groups as well during Daily 5, and I'm pretty sure you're supposed to (in addition to conferencing), so that means you're still fabulous! :) I don't put my kids in groups for rotations though, I just pull them from whatever they were working on when it is time to meet...

  4. Congratulations on the top 50 Elementary Blogs!! You are so deserving! I can't wait to check out your "Math It Up" link. I am trying D5 (or a modified version) for the first time this year. I have been struggling with how to meet with individuals, groups, do mini lessons, etc. I was also going to give the students the order of the rotation (especially at the beginning of the year) and then let them choose which activity to do.
    I think what you do to meet your needs is awesome! I am going to just try my best to fit it to my needs and see how it works out!! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. Congrats to you! Yep... I think most of us pull groups during daily five - at least at my school. Also, I am looking forward to checking out your Math It Up! Thanks again for doing these link-ups. You rock!
    - Michele
    Multiage Moments

  6. Congratulations on being recognized for what many of us already knew! Meanwhile those name posters are ADORABLE! Hmmm... I have 5 days until school starts. Can I get that done, too?

    Inside this Book

  7. Congrats!!! That is super exciting!!! I do Daily 5 exactly the same way you do, and this is my second year as well. I think there is a ton of value in Guided Reading and I can't part with it either. I have not done Cafe and I don't plan to do it this year. I do like your idea about conferencing once I week....may have to try it. Our school is undergoing a huge renovation and we just found out we will have 3 days to unpack and get our rooms ready....YIKES!! We won't have a schedule or student names until a few hours before open house so I don't know even know how big my reading block will be or what I can fit in that time. Yes, I'm freaking out!!

    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  8. Congrats on the award! I looove your word art name posters idea! I'm definitely trying that one out this year!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  9. I like your approach to Daily 5. It sounds like something I would do. I can't give up my guided reading groups either. It scares me a little bit to give my students too much choice, just because I like everything organized. They would probably be fine, I would just go nuts worrying about if they went to each rotation. I can't wait for your post.

    Ditto on the coffee part. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I definitely need some this morning...

    Darling Little Learners

  10. Congratulations on your Top 50 award! Thank you for hosting the Monday Made It linky party! It is the reason I started a blog this summer. Have a great week!

  11. Congrats on your award - well deserved!!! I love all of your craftiness!! Clothespins are on my "to-do" list still and I love how the polka dots turned out! Also LOVE the name art...can't wait to see it up! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  12. Thanks so much Tara and a big congrats too!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  13. Congrats on the award! You are so deserving :) I love this Math It Up activity. Thanks for sharing it. I'm heading over to Teacher on the Loose to download right now! I've been wanting to make the math version of Boggle and you KNOW this one matches beautifully!

    Hope today was a great day with your kiddos.

    Fun in Room 4B

  14. Congrats!!! You definitely deserve it! I love your Math it Up!....I actually made it for my Monday Made It as well!!!! Am definitely going to try your word art as well. Thanks for the great idea!

    Books, Blocks and Baskets

  15. Looks like you are off to a GREAT school year! AND you're STILL making stuff!!! WoW!!! :-)

  16. What font did you use for making names for your students?

  17. I love your polka dotted clothespins. I've been wanting to make some with pretty patterned paper and modge podge, but I really like the black with white polka dots. I will put that on my to do list- thanks!

  18. Congratulations! I love all your stuff. I was curious what font too. That was a great idea for those of us that definitely couldn't do it
    free hand. Thanks as always!

    room 4 imagination

  19. W-O-W!!!! Congrats Tara on being one of the TOP 50 Elem blogs!! That is awesome!!!

    I have loved peeking into all the Made-It-Monday worlds of other teachers. Wish I had participated more though! Hope you have a great beginning to the school year!


  20. CONGRATS! It's only because it's true :D

    I love your made-its! The clothespins look fabulous as do your rotation boards. I want to try something similar but I feel like we have NO time!

    Haha I'm still catching up on LAST week's made its!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  21. I am drinking my coffee as I type, Tara-Dear!

    I can't believe you are back already. I have a week left and I am scrambling to get it all done.

    I am always sending you love and good thoughts...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  22. Congrats on your Award!! Whoo hoo! I love all of your ideas. I made the clothespins last year with Modge Podge. It was really simple. I think yours are super cute & more artistic to boot! Thanks for sharing your ideas/projects & encouraging others to as much FUN!!

  23. Congratulations on your award! Well deserved!! I am in love with the name tags! That is such a cute idea! I may have to borrow it!

    Teaching Fourth

  24. Thanks for hosting Monday Made it! It is so inspiring as is your blog! No wonder you got that award...Congrats. I had a cup of coffee in your honor yesterday...With an extra shot of espresso!!
    Owl Things First

  25. I LOVE the polka-dot clothespins! I also love the cuteness that must be going on in your classroom!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  26. Thanks so much for hosting this! I finally linked up after seeing SO many great ideas posted this summer. I love, love your Math It Up! Such a great idea! And how cute are those name signs?!?! Great work! Lattes and Laughter

  27. Congrats! I am so late this week, but I couldn't not post. Thank you for doing the Monday Made It linky -- I honestly look forward to it all week; it gives me that extra little push to do more and be creative!

    There's No Place Like Second Grade

  28. Love your word art! When you post pics would you consider doing a tutorial? I would love to learn how to do word art!

  29. Congrats! And I love the clothespins - those might be my Monday Made-It for next week!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  30. Love the names, please come by and teach me how to use Word Art. Please and thank you :) Ash

  31. I love the Monday made its! I was late to Jon this week because there was so much to do!! :) good luck to those starting back to school!


  32. I LOOOOOOVE your polka dot clothes pins! They match my classroom perfectly. So...go ahead and whip up some more...say 24??? And then ship 'em on over to me? LOL!

    You are a BUSY BEE. It amazes me every week! Hope your 2nd week is going well. :)

    Teach On.

  33. Your stuff looks amazing Tara! I hope your teaching week is going well :) Just started following your blog-- I love it!


  34. Love, love, love and totally inspired. For the names did you use word art on microsoft Word? with the font grobold?

  35. How do you do your math group rotations?

  36. Love the Name art! Are you using WordArt in Word or MS Publisher? I can't seem to get my letters close together enough.

  37. You are an inspiration! I tried to link up, but I guess I was too late??I'll have to be quicker, next time!


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