Monday Made It Summer Week #5

EEK!!!  June is almost over:(  I haven't been nearly as productive as I have wanted to  At this point, if the kitchen reno is done by Christmas, I'll be happy!  LOL!
On to my made first made it should be a picture of me NOT in the funny farm....on top of the kitchen mess, we had a new roof put on.  Roofers were here Wednesday through Friday and I about lost my mind with all the noise:/   I'll spare you the pic of me all stressed out:)
My first made it is my best to date!!!!  I already posted on my FB and Insta.....I finally made it to meet my bloggy friend of a few years Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B!!
Can't even put into words how excited I was!  We have talked on the phone and text for a while now so I really felt like I already knew her and the face to face was just a formality;)  Wonderful day at the beach!  She is 10 times more wonderful in person than on her blog:) 
A little home made it pic/update.  Our old kitchen had popcorn ceilings and recessed lights.  Kind of like lights in a can.  Well I told ya a few weeks ago we scraped all that popcorn off (by the way it makes my tiny kitchen look bigger!) and added totally different lights.
I love them:)
Please ignore the messes in the background. 
This next made it was one I got from the fab Brown Bag Teacher.  I have been scouring her blog lately.....WONDERFUL, wonderful ideas!!!  I am LOVING her Genre Subway Art Posters

Can't wait to add these to my classroom décor this year:)  Think my kids will love them:)
I'm kinda really jazzed about this next one:)
I grabbed one of those large clear "paint" buckets from Michaels and lots of ribbon:)
Spent quite a while watching/listening to tennis, the roofers, and tying the ribbon onto the handle!
Don't have all the details of this completely thought out yet but here's the basics of it:
For the past few years I have been doing a short morning math meeting with my can read about it HERE if you want.  It's a combo of review and pre-feeding some of the skills/topics before we get to them.  Hands down it is one of the best if not the best change I have made to my math instruction.  My kids scores improved greatly and I feel my morning math meeting had a lot to do with that. 
Well last week while I was running, I was thinking about what to do for my MMI and came up with Brain Bops.  (Love to think and pray while I'm running:)  It's gonna kinda be like my morning math meeting.  Each week as I plan my lessons I will write down some questions (science, social studies, reading) that I can put in the pail.  Then maybe every other day,(told ya I don't have the details all worked out in my head yet) I will pick a question to kind of challenge them with finding the answer to or information about....does that make sense?
I think it will be a fun way to introduce topics/skills ahead of time and do a little pre-teaching as well.
A little "bop" to their brains:)
Your turn!!!  Hoping we hit at least 100 this time:)  Thanks to all who have joined in and left love:)  Have a great week all!!


  1. Tara The Brain Pops sound so fun! Love the name and the bucket. I think your kids will enjoy them too. I'm totally loving those posters. I've been eyeing them. I'm so glad I could finally link up this week. Here's to 100!

  2. I love that gorgeous ocean water, Florida maybe? Those subway posters are great, I'll check them out! I just linked up as well! You're keeping me busy lady! ;)

  3. I love the brain pop idea!
    Your ceiling looks great, I know they don't have to do with your made it, but I really like the light fixtures you have in the picture too.

  4. I have yet to try Brain Pop! I might have to give it a try this year :)

  5. So, I'm not the only one who thinks school while running in the morning!? (When I'm not singing along to my praise music playlist)

    Math is Elementary

  6. Totally followed your amazing adventure through the eyes of Elizabeth on IG! Looks like you all had a blast!!! Love the ribbon on the paint jar - super adorable!!!!

    Jamie aka MissMathDork

  7. I LOVE it all!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love those lights, I want to go get some now... I've gotta do the subway art too! How cool! Thanks for sharing:-)
    Sassy, Savvy, Simple Teaching

  8. So glad you got to meet Elizabeth in person. I got to meet one of my bloggy buddies this week too! Such an exciting adventure. Love the Brain Pop idea and the beautiful ribbons. The lights look awesome!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  9. I love the container you made! It's so cute and fun!! I have been trying to decide what to do with mine. I might have to attempt adding the ribbons to mine. :)


  10. It made my trip meeting you! I blogged about it in my MMI post, too ;) I absolutely love the ceiling and lights. I know you are going to be so happy with the end results. The Brain Bop bucket turned out great!! Off to work on even more projects so that next week I have more to share :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  11. Tara, where to start? I'm loving everything that you shared in your post today. Home improvement 'stuff' sure can be a pain, but it's sooo worth it when its done...things are looking great and I love your lights!!! The brain bop bucket is a great way to get the kids excited! I think it will work great, and I love how you want to possibly use it to introduce new concepts. It's always great to see what kids know ahead of time.....always amazes me! Have a great week.
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  12. ohhhhh I LOVE the Brain Bops bucket!! So adorable and I bet your kids will love!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  13. I am always in awe of everything you accomplish for the week...and I love the things you do for your home! I think your Brain Pops idea is wonderful and does make a lot of sense, especially because you know it's worked so well in your Math Meeting (which I am going to read again now!).

    I just said to Elizabeth on her blog how happy I am you both had the chance to are two of the sweetest bloggers I know and I'm so glad you could meet in real life ;)

    Thanks for the ever-awesome linky!!! :) :)

  14. Love the ceiling and the lights, I know that was hard work! Your brain bucket and genre splashes are so cute and will certainly spice up your room! Have a fantastic week!

  15. I can't wait to see how your Brain Bops plan out! Keep us posted! I still need those chevron clothespins. I have an obsession! My boyfriends' parents redid their kitchen and it seemed like it took forever, and his mom was just like you! It will be worth it in the end though!

    So glad I could link up this week and I'm sitting down and going through links now, because last week I was a bad bloggy friend and didn't leave any love! I was just too busy! I hope I can go back this week!

    Thriving in 3rd

  16. Look at you two hot beach babes!!! I love it! I adore your Brain Bop idea too, some of your kiddos might really like to write some review questions to go into the pail as well. Thanks again for hosting!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  17. How clever! I love "Brain Bops!" I can't wait to hear how it all works out this year in your classroom. And you have great taste... I am loving the new lights you've added to your freshly scraped ceiling! Thanks for another awesome Monday!
    Tales of a Teacher

  18. Whoa- love the Brain Bops idea. I am going to borrow that and turn it into my "parking lot" because I always have kids who come up with awesome questions, and we always run out of time to answer them. So I'll put questions in the bucket and the kids can put questions in the bucket too. Great idea!!!


  19. I love to Brain Bop idea! Such a fun way to frontload that day or week's lesson. I bet your students will love it! I used to do something like this as a sponge activity. We would play it as a review quiz show after I already taught the topic.

  20. I am so so glad that you an Elizabeth got to finally meet! That is so awesome!! One day I will make it to Florida, and it can be a big meet up :) (Or you gals can come to California and we can do the Disney on this side of the world ;) )
    Teaching in Room 6

  21. Wow, that was a lot of links by 10:45 AM! I love the subway art a lot, wish I taught reading so I could have that haha

    The Brain Bop sounds like a fun idea! I love the design of the pail :)

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  22. The subway art and the Brain Bop bucket are both adorable! I am so happy for you to be able to meet up with another great blogger. Also congrats on getting to 100+ for this monday linky!

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

  23. I'm so sorry about linking up to my store, Tara. My computer has been messing up when I cut and paste and it just kept putting in my store link. I have my link up fixed and the link to you within my post. Thanks for your weekly posts!

  24. I'm 113! So many great made its have been shared - thanks for hosting this fabulous linky!
    Growing Little Learners

  25. Looks like you made it to 100 and then some! I love those new kitchen lights! We looked at styles similar to put in our dining room.

    First Grade Stampede

  26. Love this linky! So many great ideas. I've already started some of the projects teachers have highlighted!


  27. I love the Brain Pop idea! That is so clever! Cannot wait to see your kitchen finale!

  28. Finally, I made something!

    Now I need to visit Michael's and find a bucket :-)!
    Chrissy at ReadWriteSing

  29. I am bummed that I had nothing to post this week. I have been busy with kickball and life. I love the idea of Brain Bops. I am thinking I could use something like to while my students are lining up to leave the room. I pull a question out of the bucket and before we leave or while we are walking some place we can discuss it.

  30. I really like your Brain Bops idea. I've been thinking that this year I want to something similar to Math Meeting (since I love your concept and my students got so much out of it too) for Reading/Grammar time - something that incorporates Word of the Day, Prefix of the Week, Root of the Week, Vocabulary Review, Mentor Sentence stuff... Do you do something like this?

  31. Girl, I hope that your house is back in order soon! I'd be stressed out too! Love the Brain Bops super cute!
    One Happy Teacher

  32. Your brain pops can is adorable! The ribbons definitely make the can POP! I love the concept. Thanks for hosting this linky. This was the first time I had something to link up this summer, but I have loved looking at everyone else's projects.

  33. Ooooooo - I can't wait to hear more about the Brain Pops - that bucket is ridiculously cute! I LOVE the idea of a morning math meeting - I could do that with past testing questions ... hmmmm ... And I'm still so VERY jealous of the meet-up between you and Elizabeth. Maybe next year ... :)

  34. Happy to be one of your newest followers! I have taught kindergarten & second grade the last four years & was recently hired to teach 4th grade this upcoming year! I am very excited, but very nervous for this new adventure! I was excited to find your blog!

  35. Thank you for inspiring me to get motivated and MAKE something. Now...I think I better get focused on making it for the CLASSROOM and not my home! ;)

  36. I smile EVERY time I see that picture of you and Elizabeth (and then I get a little jealous... but then I smile again!) That was so much wonderfulness in one place!!! And I would happily drive up to meet you and Stephanie at Disney if you came to our coast! Love the Brain Bops idea... and I am excited hear more about it. Truth: I might just decorate the can (but keep it empty) just to feel like I was playing along!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  37. Ohmygoodness, you are FANTASTIC!!! I absolutely love your chalkboard speech bubbles. They would be perfect for so many things - point of view, book talks, character traits, etc. Love them!!!

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