Monday Made It! My Last Monday Before School...

Sadly, this is my last official Monday before the real start of school...I'm feeling a little bit of those end of the summer blues. On the other hand, I'm excited to get started with my new firsties, so I guess I'm going to have to focus on that, haha!

Here are my latest crafties for Monday Made It! Up first, my tissue pom garland for my guided reading corner. I spend so much of my time at this table, I wanted it to be beautiful, and I think it finally is!

Next up is my etsy-inspired burlap door hanger! I was sooo amazed at how cheap (under $5.00) and easy this craft was! All I needed was a yard of burlap, some jewelry wire, and some paint and ribbon that I already had in my stash. I hung it on my freshly painted classroom door, and I think it looks adorable! I even have enough burlap and wire left to make one for my door at home...I'm thinking a Colts football one for my hubby to enjoy as well!

Have a great Monday, I'm off to get some work done...Tomorrow is my county's Differentiated Instruction Conference, so things are getting into full back to school mode! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday Made It and Some Freebies(Yay!)

Yikes! This summer is slipping away from me! I've been going to school two days a week for the last two weeks, and I definitely have the Back to School itch! Fortunately, many Pinterest-Inspired crafts have been keeping me busy! I'm so excited that some of the bigger DIYs are done so I can share them with you!

First, I finally got to make my very own crate seats!! I really wanted to make them last summer but couldn't find any fabric that I loved, and I finally found some! I've decided to do my classroom in blue, green, turquoise, and a teensy bit of yellow.  Here are my crate seats, which, by the way, were not cheap. I was a little disappointed that I had to pay $35 for my wood (when I didn't even need 1/3 of the sheet) and they could not give me a teacher discount! I did save a little money by using a foam mattress pad, though. They turned out so cute I'm going to try and forget my sticker shock. :) Oh, and the guided reading shape icons were a Pinterest idea, too. If you'd like to download mine, just click the image of them.

Next up, are my READ letters. I just bought some white letters at Joann's (yay for not having to paint them) and Mod-Podged (or as I like to say, Modge-Podged) my fabric onto them. I think they turned out pretty cute! And, I love how they look above my freshly painted shelf, Binder-ized Files, and new guided reading drawer labels!

Last, but not least, I am super-excited to share my biggest and most time-consuming project of the summer. While painting my rusty classroom bookshelf (shown freshly white, above), I found this little baby in what my favorite janitor likes to call the "furniture graveyard" (this is also known as a loading dock where all of the misfit classroom furniture pieces go).

It was a little dirty and banged up, but with a little sanding, paint, and a lot of patience (I didn't imagine taping chevrons would be so hard!!), here is my new "Celebration Seat!" I think it is beautiful, and I cannot wait to invite students to sit on it for their birthdays and when they share their published writing!

Besides crafting, I've been working on some other things for my classroom, and one is a freebie for you! Here are my new focus wall headers--I included 7 designs, so hopefully there is one that will work for you! Click the picture to download them for free!

Here are the other goodies I've been working the picture to check them out at my TPT store! Have a great week!!

I cannot believe that my mind is already in Back to School mode! It is way too early! I think it must be all the school supplies sneaking their way into my favorite stores! I may or may not have already made three trips to the Target Dollar Spot for some goodies...shh!!

Anyways, after seeing some adorable Meet the Teacher books on Pinterest, I just knew I had to make my own for the first day of school! So, I thought I'd share it with you all, of course! I think it turned out really cute, and I hope you (and my new students) will enjoy learning a little bit about me!

Here goes...Imagine me reading it to you in a happy read-aloud voice:)

Now all I need to do is get it printed, bound, and on my bookshelf for the first day!

If you would like to make your own All About the Teacher Book, I've created an Editable Template for Powerpoint. Click the link below to check it out!  Oh, and the first two people to comment can have one for free if you leave me your email! Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of the day! I'm off to do some sanding and diy is taking a bit longer than planned...hope to share it with you soon!


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