Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made-It

Happy Monday!  Next Monday I finally get into school to set up my classroom.  I can't wait!!  I have been busy with tons of different projects.  Here are a few:

I had to make the journals everyone is making!  I think they are such a fun idea and will be super popular with the students.  I purchased 6 different color notebooks from Target.  They were only 75 cents each!  Above is a close-up view of one.  Then I printed labels and stuck them right over the writing on the notebook.  I love that each journal is a different color.

 My next project is my new job hanging.  I got the idea from The Go To Teacher. Check her hanging out.  It's fantastic:)
Here's a closeup of the top of the chart.  I will be putting student names on clothespins.  I'll attach the clothespins under each job title.  I plan to have my students have quarterly jobs.  That helps the students to become proficient at the job they do.  All jobs are partner jobs.  I am going to explain the jobs to the students at the beginning of the year.  I will let them write down four that they would like to do and hopefully I'll be able to give everyone one of their choices.  We'll do the same thing the next quarter.

 My next project comes from the book Conscious Discipline that I read this summer.  One of the ideas is to have a safe place for kids to go when they are having a hard time and need a break.  It is NOT a punishment.  Below is my little kit for my safe place.  It will also have a fluffy pillow and carpet square to sit on.  My kit includes a squeeze ball from Target, a light up mini lava lamp and cards with helpful sayings on them.  Hopefully these will appeal to and help any student who needs a break during the day.

My husband and I did some painting this weekend too.  I'll have pictures next time.  I had all these different bookshelves for my classroom.  We painted them all black.  Super cool!!  This week I need to work on making my curtains to cover my open shelving.  I'm a little nervous about it, so we'll see what happens!!
I'm off to check out everybody's Monday Made-Its!  What a fabulous idea Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics had to set this up!  It's been a highlight of my summer:)


lynn said...

these are adorable and so useful, anne! the chore list is very clever, and the safe place kit is such a comforting idea!

Lisa R. said...

I love your I am important cards & the kit that goes along with that! Great creations! :)
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A Teacher Without a Class said...

I love the idea of sharing journals and making it a way for the students to get to know each other and write to each other!!! Love it!

Busy Bees said...

Love all of your stuff!! Your kids will love the important cards and kit. Just found your inspiring blog!

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Oh, I just love all your creations! I bought a bunch of journals at Target too. The labels are very cute. I might have to try that!

Nikki Jones said...

I absoutely love the job chart with ribbon! It seems like ribbbon is all the hype this year. I am working on putting my computer lab centers on ribbon :)! What a great space saver and it looks adorable. Great work for the Monday Made It!

Brandi said...

Your projects came out great! I love your "I am important" kit!

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Second Grade Chatter said...

I love all of your projects. The job chart on ribbon is just precious!! I am your newest follower. Stop by and check out my 2nd grade blog. I love being able to share with fellow 2nd grade teachers.

tamberly said...

What a cute job chart! I currently have mine taking up precious wall space, so I am totally going to steal your idea and do the ribbon!

Thanks! I am also a second grade teacher and new blogger. Stop by my new blog if you get a chance!


Miss Nelson said...

Loving all your projects. The polka dots are precious.

Mrs. Payton said...

Really cute! I am a black and white polka dot fan myself!

Dee Bibb said...

All your projects are so cute! I really love your 'I am Important' kit....I really think that is a great idea. More kids need to hear this!

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