Monday Made It - 7/22/13 - Early:)))))

9 days!!!!!!!!!
9 days and I am officially back to work! seems like just yesterday I was packing up.....and now it's gone......tear.....sad face.....oh well:)
I am still on vacay so hoping this posted without any probs.....
My first made it was simple to put together but I am too excited about it.  I saw this on A Cupcake for the Teacher's blog and knew I had to do it!!!!  She has the cutest ideas!!!
A Cupcake for the Teacher
Super cute and much cheaper than buying a bunch of stuffed animals.  They are animal puffs (shower puffs) from Pier One.....LOVE that store....half my house is that....ok, sorry....sidetracked!!!  These little guys are going to be reading buddies for my kiddos:)  Of course it will be optional....I know my girls will love this.....not sure about my boys but ya never know:)
I LOVE my next made it even though I didn't awesome daughter did!!!
My new hall pass!  I can't believe allllllll the things popping up in my mind that I have got to remake/paint/change because of my little color tweak!!!  It has kinda gotten

We used this last year and I just loved it.  The kids clip a clothespin on their shirt or sleeve and hoping this keeps the germies worries about laying the pass down or forgetting it:)
LOVE!  Thanks to my darling girl!!
Ok, your turn!  Show me what ya got:)



  1. I love how your hall pass turned out! I need one of those.

    Hooty's Homeroom

  2. Wow, your daughter did a GREAT job! That is a very good idea! I have some "Ugly Dolls" on keychains, and I have one for boys, and one for girls. They just put it on top of their desk if they leave for the restroom so I know where there are. I astound myself with how many times I'm like, "WHERE is JOHNNY?!?" and the kids are like, "um, you just told him he could go to the restroom..." and I'm like, "I did...???" LOL! I know they must think I'm crazy half the time!

    Anyway, the reading buddies idea is cute! Do they still like that in 4th? I've never tried it, and I teach 2nd. I have quite a few stuffed animals leftover from my childhood (I know, I know, HOARDER)...maybe I should pull them out this year and give it a go.

    Thanks again for hosting!

    Teach On.

  3. Your daughter did a great job with the hall pass. It's adorable.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. I do the same thing as far as having to change everything for one little tweak. I changed the font I used in the classroom and I literally had to change EVERYTHING! I am not going to do that again for a while! :)

    Teaching in Room 6

  5. Your daughter did a great job on your hall pass sign. Your reading buddies are adorable. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  6. Love the reading buddies! What a clever idea...:) The hall pass sign looks great. My kiddos loved mine last year. Haven't decided if I am making one for kindergarten! Thanks for hosting!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Keep Calm & Imagine

  7. Tara...
    Hope you are having a great and relaxing trip. Miss chatting. I just love you reading buddies bucket. The colors are fabulous. Your hall wall pass is so stinking cute. Wish I had a daughter to help me paint. Instead I have a niece who likes to paint my toes.

  8. I'm betting your boys will love the reading buddies more than the girls! I use beanie babies in my room for this same purpose (I have tons from when I was a kid!) and the boys tend to get more attached to them than the girls. I love using reading buddies with them.

    - Pam
    Moments to Teach

  9. Oh I love the reading buddies can wash them. I would definitely need that because of the "L" word and I'm not talking about "love"! Lol!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  10. 9 days?! Enjoy them! I love your hallpass!
    :) Dana
    Common to the Core

  11. LOVE the clothespin idea!!!!! Bathroom passes could be a science experiment!

  12. I LOVE the clothespin pass idea!!! I'm definitely using that!! :)

    All Things Apple in 2nd

  13. I love your reading buddies! Super cute!

  14. I just love this linkY! So many great ideas, so few days left before school starts!!!
    I spent all this time painting dots on my clothespins when I could have used sharpies! If only I had read this before... LOL
    THanks for hosting this every week! I am completed addicted!

    First Grade Spies

  15. Your hall pass board is such a great idea and I love your colors. :) Thanks for hosting.
    Creating Lifelong Learners
    Follow me on Bloglovin'

  16. So cute! I also love the colors you chose! Adorable! Thanks for hosting/sharing! :)

  17. I love your reading buddies label! Will you post it as a freebie or is it available on tPt?


  18. Enjoy the rest of your vacation! Your daughter is very talented! Thanks for hosting!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  19. 9 days? When did you get out for summer vacation?
    Thanks for the great link up (as usual).

    Digital: Divide & Conquer
    Follow me on Bloglovin'

  20. Thanks so much, Tara! I'm linking up for the first time! :)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  21. I absolutely love that Hall Pass idea! I'm going to pin this for when I have my very own classroom! Thanks for sharing.

    Teacher Abroad

  22. Cute tub of reading buddies... my littles would love using them! I so need to make myself some pretty clothespins. Yours came out so great!


  23. Tara,
    So sorry but the link on 152 did not work. Is there a way to remove it?

  24. I love the hall pass sign and clothespins! They came out great Tara! I hope you're having a great vacation! :)

  25. I'm very inspired by the hall pass your daughter made; it is top notch! I am so thankful you do this link-up... I love going through each teacher's post to see the amazing things that they've made. It keeps me inspired to keep creating!


  26. I love your reading buddies! I used to use them with my first graders. At first I thought I'd need to find some "tough" ones for the boys (I did find a cute bear with motorcycle goggles and a black leather jacket!), but after a while I noticed that most of the guys were just as happy with the Pink Flapinkie, as we called him (flamingo!). This idea is so much better, 'though: a) cheaper!, b) cuts down on the hours trooping around to garage sales!
    Thanks for letting me make my little contribution to this amazing stockpile of creativity!!

    Primary Inspiration

  27. I love the hall pass idea! Def have to make some of those!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  28. The reading buddies are super cute!! Thanks for hosting one of my favorite linky parties!! I have always loved reading it and am excited that I have joined the last two weeks!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  29. I love both of the things you made! They look great. Will you be sharing your Reading Buddy sign on TpT? I am using blue and green in my room as well and I would love to use your sign!!

  30. I love the little puffs! I bet my third graders would love to use them. Thanks for the idea.

    Third Grade Galore

  31. Your daughter has a talent for creating just like you! Nice job on the hall pass, I might have to create one of those myself!

  32. This is an odd thing to have pop into your mind...but I use Reading Buddies in my classroom and yes, they are stuffed "animal friends." My kids love them!

    However...if you have ever had an outbreak of head lice in your classroom, you know that the "animal friends" need to go into hibernation for a few weeks in dark plastic bags.

    The animal puffs would be so easy to wash since they are made to get wet!

    Genius! Sheer genius!

  33. I love your hall pass idea!!! May have to try it soon :) I also have a lot of "reading buddies" My kids have fallen in love with them! Boys and girls in grades 1 - 5!!!! It is amazing what a stuffed critter does for a kid! Love them!!!!

  34. I love the hall pass idea, I can't tell you how many bathroom passes I threw away last year (1st year of teaching) because they got so gross traveling to the bathroom...

    Although I'm not super new to the blogging world, I'm new to promoting and keeping up on my blog... so as silly as this question probably is, how do I "link up" for future Mondays?

    Thanks :)


  35. My boys loved our stuffed animal reading buddies in 3rd grade. I love the tub as a home for the reading buddies! I even have the perfect tub! Thanks for the idea!

  36. Love your reading buddies sign! Would you mind sharing it?


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