Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday Made It - Well, Almost

I missed Monday!  Where does the time go?  August is fast approaching and there is soooo much to do.  Here are a few easy projects I've been working on...

Project 1 ~

Reuse the hangers from clothing you purchase.  I plan to use my hangers for anchor charts.  The charts will be easily moved from one place to another.  I will also be able to attach a second chart to the back and flip them around as needed.

Project 2 ~

I love the tracking charts I've seen on Pinterest.  I didn't know which one to use in my classroom so I made both the tennis shoes and paw prints.  Both turned out great!  Which one do you like better for 2nd graders?

Project 3 ~

I love using these recycled pockets from jeans for holding all the little bits and bobbles in my classroom.  The pockets are super cute, cheap, handy, super useful!  They don't take up much space on a bulletin board.  I have lots of different sizes that I use.  What do I do with the rest of the pair of jeans?  I use the worn out jeans to make quilts!  I'll have to post a picture when I get another quilt completed.

Project 3 ~

Dice shaker made from baby food containers.  I know these are all over Pinterest but I haven't seen any that were made from a recycled item.

Project 4 ~

From this...
To this...

Ice cream container + scrap book paper + mod podge = cheap, cute storage container

Project 5 ~

Home made raspberry pie! Yum!!!!! even though it was a little sour!

Thanks for visiting!  It has been a busy week.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It

I'm back from my week at camp.  As always my friends and I had a wonderful time cooking for 250  campers.  My friends loved their new aprons!

Mondays are always so much fun with Tara's fantastic Monday Made It.

I'm continuing my project of creating activities for my math workshop.  Monster Match Game is a partner activity for students to make partners for 10, 11, 12, 13, or 14.  Enjoy this freebie!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Monday Made It

Don't you love Monday Made It with Tara!!! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the sweet and wonderful bloggers who share their ideas.  So little time and so much we could do.

Project 1
A quilt for baby Zoe! 

Project 2

My dear friends and I are off to summer camp for a week! Every summer we volunteer at a non-demoninational Bible camp.  During the week we will work in the kitchen cooking for about 200+ campers and staff.  Well, to perk up the kitchen I made three new aprons for each of us!  We do look very cute in the kitchen because we all match and we coordinate our shirts with the apron!

Project 3
I've been surfing the net for classroom library ideas.  Everyone has such fantastic ideas, pictures, and labels.  I thought for my purpose I would use my new bins from Dollar General.  When I saw the bins I bought all the green and blue ones they had - my classroom decor is all blue and green.

Next I thought about the labels and organization.  My super sweet daughter created an excel spread sheet with all the titles, authors, genre, and notes for all the books in my unorganized library.  By using this list I was able to sort all the my books.  I knew I would have to change my labels every so often so I opted to for hand written labels inside the name badge thingies.  I color coded the labels and finally will add a colored dot to each book to make it easy for my librarian to file the books each day.

Finally, this isn't a project but you have to keep a secret--here is a picture of the recycled items I'm hoarding collecting to use for future projects.  I did use some of my extra Dollar General bins to make it look pretty.  Oh, the secret part is keeping it from my extra sweet husband who totally supports all my endeavors.  I'm keeping the items in our game room, which is only used by our college aged daughters who are not at home for the summer.  Don't you think it's a great hiding space?

Have a wonderful week and think of me in the kitchen!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Disappointed :o(

My family spent  time this evening running errands and stopping at a few stores.  Well, like so many of you I couldn't pass Target without stopping in.  Your posts have been getting my "teacher ideas" flowing and a little pocket chart envy was going on also.  I confidently walked to the dollar spot prepared with a cart to fill it up and eventually sneak my teacher treats into the car (so hubby wouldn't see).  But (here where the story gets sad) this Target only had some very picked over clearance items!  Now for the really sad part...I only bought two flyswatters for 50 cents.  Maybe on the bright side my funds will be there for the next trip to the dollar spot!

Here's hoping your Target trip is better!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Made It

Reuse, recycle... well that is what I did.  During my blog meandering I found the Power Tower video from Teacher Tipster.  He used the small paper cups for his tower.  I thought about items that I've been hoarding storing in my classroom.  Which brought me to the small plastic cups our church uses for communion.  I'm sure some of you also have used these cups on a Sunday and thought, "What can I use this for."  Well in the past I rescued these cups from the trash, brought them home washed them, and neatly stored them away in my classroom for a rainy day.  No really, when we have inside recess on rainy or snowy days I will bring out my storage box of neatly stacked communion cups and let my kiddos build towers with them.  This makes for a very quiet inside recess as most of the kiddos are so busy concentrating on making the tallest tower in the classroom.

Back to my idea... I thought rather than buy cups to write math facts on I will use these small communion cups.  Enough said here is the picture of my creation.  Now to find the just right recycled container to store the game.

I added the large paper clip to the picture so you can get an idea of the size of the cups.

Also, here is a freebie I created for my math class.  Our school district uses Math Expressions and I will use this to reinforce number words and adding ten to a one-digit number.  I call this Equation Word Match.  This is a simple go fish type game, I've learned over the years that my students enjoy playing games without too many directions.

And there's more... I saw this card holder idea in blogland but (I'm sorry) I don't remember where.  If it is your idea please send me an email and I'll link you up.

The card holder is made with two margarine tub type lids and a paper fastener.  Couldn't be easier!  I think the pictures will give you the directions.  Now to get my family to save the lids for me so I will have enough for my class.  Reuse - isn't it great!


Enjoy your Monday!