Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Made it- with a FREEBIE!
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Buckle in and prepare yourself; I've been busy this week!
I do have a freebie at the end for you! :)
Last year was the first year I implemented a "homework club".
The kids LOVED it.
Basically, whoever turns in their homework for the entire quarter earns an incentive.
I do not give monetary incentives, but they get to choose from a variety of options!
A few examples are lunch with a friend, 20 warm fuzzies, 1 homework pass, etc.
This year with my change in theme, I found this plate on clearance at Michael's for $1.50 and knew right away what I'd use it for.
The stickers were a clearance find ($1.19) at Jo Anns and the ribbon I hot-glued onto the back for easy hanging.
I'll use a dry erase marker to write the numbers on the plate and erase as needed.
New classroom wreath! This whole project cost me about $8-9 total (with coupons and my teacher discount).
I wrapped a Styrofoam wreath with clearance yarn and hot glued it to secure.
The letter "B" I painted with gray paint and then used green glitter paint for the polka dots.
The little paper flower came in a whole pack for $1 from Michaels and I painted the center and the edges with green glitter paint.
I tied a green and silver glitter ribbon in a loop to hang.
Sometimes I look at this and feel its finished. Other times I feel its lacking something.
I'm thinking of adding a small banner slanting from the top left to the right with my grade level.
I can't decide! What do you think?

This vase of flowers was also COMPLETELY on clearance at Michaels!
I'm totally lovin' all my clearance finds- it helps justify the cost of switching my theme ;) haha!
Flowers-$1.50-2 each
Gray polka-dot glitter tape- $2
I think it's simplicity will add a little brightness to my desk area!

READ letters for my library.
I've been wanting to make these for years and I finally did!
It's hard to see in the pictures, but the gray areas have blue glitter chevron painted on.
I'm not CRAZY about the ribbon being different heights on the letters, but I love them anyway!

Fabric banners!
Previously, I had handmade Dr. Seuss fabric banners.
Of course, I had to make new ones!
I can't get into my classroom to measure right now, so I left a little extra space between each piece so I can adjust as needed once it's in my room.
I'm so into my new color scheme I can't even stand it!

Warm Fuzzy Jar.
This was my old Warm Fuzzy Jar.
(not sure what warm fuzzies are? Click here and here for more information)
Here is my new warm fuzzy jar!
(minus the new label- my printer ran out of ink!)
This is a silver and clear container from Jo Anns with scrapbook paper lining the inside.

 Writing center supplies.
Giving the kids fun supplies to write with adds to the appeal of keeping stamina and working on their writing!
My container from last year was similar, but much bigger. I wanted something a little smaller for this year, so I found this on clearance at Michaels for $4!
Added a little ribbon and the label (soon to be printed, darn printer ink!) and presto!
The ribbon at the bottom didn't photograph well with the glitter. It's lime green layered with a polka-dot gray glitter tape on top. (same as on my READ letters and flower vase)

The front three spots will hold pens, markers, colored pencils, etc.
The back will hold reference charts and a stapler.
Daily 5 signs.
Previously, I had clear $1 plastic picture frames that held my Daily 5 signs with Standards.
I found these shadow box type wooden signs at Michaels for $2.
I painted them blue and will add the signs below.
This is what they'll look like when the sign is printed.
I'm going to use Modge Podge to attach the sign to display in my room.

A HUGE part of the Daily 5 is setting the purpose and building stamina.
Here is a FREEBIE for you!
Just click below to grab the freebie- don't forget to leave feedback please!
I included a Read to Someone and a Read to Friend option :)

Finally! :)
If you're my facebook fan, you already know I gave a set of these away already!
I created Alphabet posters to coordinate with my color theme this year!
These come in 1/2 page and a whole page size, as well as a full page color and black and white alphabet chart.
Just click the picture to see more.
Thanks for stopping by! 


  1. wow! You were busy. I love the Homework Club idea. I am horrible at keeping track of missing homework; maybe this will increase student motivation so that I have less to keep track of!

    Smack Dab in the Middle

    1. It dramatically increased my students' motivation! Although I sent the communication home in the Welcome packet and classroom newsletters, I had parents asking all year about the Homework Club!

  2. I love the warm fuzzy! Wow you were busy!

    1. Thank you! They are such a wonderful tool to manage classroom behaviors and cost me nothing! :) The kids really love them!

  3. They look fantastic! I need to hire you to make crafty decor for my classroom!

    1. Thank you!! :) I LOVE crafting- I think that's a job in my other life! Haha!

  4. Wow. I need to do every one of these ideas! I started a Homework Club last year in my room too. I loved it! I like the incentives you have for yours, I might try that this year! Looks like I need to make a trip to Michael's! Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thanks, Kerry! This past year was the first year I had absolutely ZERO cost with my incentives. I used to always have a prize box or some other reward. This year was so awesome- I was so thrilled to see how the kids truly did not NEED a prize to feel successful and accomplished! Warm Fuzzies were one of the best things I've ever done.

  5. You've been super busy:) Thanks for linking it all up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

    1. Thanks for stopping by and providing the linky, Tara! :)

  6. You were all sorts of crafty this week! Love it!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

    1. Yes! I love crafting- it's so relaxing! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  7. May I ask where you bought your fabric for your banner? I love it!

    1. Of course! I purchased the fabric from Jo Anns. The pieces I used opn the banners came in a roll and corresponded with the fabric I bought last week. It was in a roll called a "jelly". Kind of a strange name! I'll get a picture of the roll and post it this week. :)