Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It- July 27th

It's Monday again! I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her weekly Monday Made It. It was a busy week, but I did get a few things done for the classroom.

This week I saw these adorable little student birthday gifts that Learning is Something to Treasure had on her blog a while back. She even has the free printable! I got the cups and lids at our local Smart and Final. I took advantage of the free candy this week at Party City and filled the cups with a variety of candy. I then topped them off with a black and white zebra pencil for a 'straw', and a red Tootsie Pop for the cherry look. They turned out super cute and I know my students will love the goodies!

I am loving the many uses of vinyl in the classroom! The possibilities are endless! This week I created vinyl name labels for each of my student's pencil boxes. (And for the group of kindergarten students I work with in the afternoons during our Fairview rotation time. They share a box of supplies.) Then my daughters wanted in on the action, so they got some girly little hearts as well. I really need to invest in a Silhouette of my own. For now I am borrowing a friend's. 

While I had the Silhouette out, I also finished up this project. I have had these little foam squares from the Target dollar spot for a while. I decided to make a new alphabet center out of them for those new kinders coming up that I will be working with in the afternoons. I added some vinyl letters (See! The possibilities are endless!) to the squares. Now it's an upper and lowercase alphabet matching center! Super simple and quick. 

This project has been sitting in my living room for the past month and I am happy it's finally done! I had so many literature units that they no longer fit in my two crates. Really, the problem was that I kept too many copies of copies of copies. (Anyone else have that issue?) So I went through every single file and cleaned them out. It's amazing how much space I have now! I made some pretty new labels for the files and separated out the seasonal literature books that I use. Those dividers are super simple, but will be quicker for me when I am looking for a specific theme book. Another summer organization project complete.

My to-do list is still pretty long for my summer projects. But I am checking them off one by one.


  1. I love your birthday gift idea! So cute. I give a crazy star or a cute pencil with a birthday topper. The kids love it but this would be a great addition!
    Are We There Yet?

  2. The birthday cups are adorable! I had to laugh at your comment about too many copies of copies! I did the same thing for a few years, then I cut back to 5 copies of everything (and I stuck to it!) but now I'm working on switching everything to binders with ONE master copy- that's it! :)
    X is for Apple

  3. Stop it with all the cuteness!! I love that A & A wanted in on the action of the boxes. If I was there I would want one too!! The birthday cups...LOVE!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Your birthday cups are absolutely adorable!!!!!!

    LOVE them!
    Damien The Reading Buddies

  5. Your cups are so cute! :) I am envious you have copies of copies. I have no copies at the moment! :)
    Visit PJ Jots!

  6. You have been so busy. I NEED to make those Birthday cups. Everything is just beautiful! Well done!

    Sandy @ Elementary Expedition

  7. Love all your projects. I have a cricut that is about a million years old. At the beginning of the summer, I was happy with it. Now I keep seeing cute silhouette pictures and think "if only. . ."

    My Bright Blue House

  8. These are some really fun ideas. I love the little foam letters! If you have enough or wouldn't mind making more, you could make several of each letter and have games to see who can match the letters the fastest. This would help them want to learn the letters and actually be able to apply it.