Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It

Fourth Grade Frolics


My Smiley Wreath

Last summer I made this smiley wreath 
for my classroom.

It really served it's purpose.  When I walked in my room each morning, it never failed to smile, reminding me of my goal to find something to celebrate every day.

This idea was originally inspired by 
Girl in the Garage.  Click here for her tutorial. Click here to see more of her fabulous wreaths.

To see how I made mine click here.

Being that I'm always changing colors from year to year, my wreath had a make-over.

Class Blog Update

Here's a peek.

Last year I started a class blog. In all honesty it was a struggle keeping it up to date. As you know, there's always a hundred things to do.  I also needed to make it more interesting and interactive for the kids.  So, this year's summer project developed into the tweeking of our class blog. First, I updated the look to match our year's colors.

Then, I wrote multiple posts in advance from language lessons to studying tips. I added more pages,  created a class calendar for the year. And, for the first time, I'll be uploading my posts to Google Classroom.  Everything is ready to go, I'm stoked!  

Little White Number Frames

To avoid the potential catastrophe of losing an important paper, my students return all work, papers, or notes in the baskets that correspond with the hour they're in my class.   These are my baskets from last year, simply labeled with laminated numbers for each period. 

Instead of the laminated labels, this year we're using the little white frame with numbers. If this works I may not have to laminate numbers again. 
We'll see.

Bunting with Class Name ~

The beginning of our school year is quickly approaching.  Although I work most of the summer preparing for it, it can still be overwhelming.  Everything seems to be a priority.  
My biggest worry each year is that I won't be ready by the first day.  

A few years ago I adopted this small coping phrase and it made, and still makes, all the difference, 

"It's not the end of the world."  

"It" meaning anything that I cannot humanly take care before "the" day.  Life moves on, 
it gets managed, and everything works out.  

So, if all our t's are not crossed, and i's are not dotted by the first day our kids walk in,  
"It's not the end of the world".  
We'll be ok, the kids will be ok, everyone will be ok.  
It will get done, eventually. 

Thank you for stopping by, come back 
and visit real soon.


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  2. I love the idea of getting posts ready to go for the class website ahead of time. I have things left up from last year that we'll use again this year, but I love the study tips idea!
    Are We There Yet?

  3. Where did you get those little white frames????

    1. I picked up the little white frames at Michaels. At our store they're located next to the frame section. They have other colors, as well, but white seems to be more practical for me because I like to change colors around. White matches everything. Thank you for the visit :)

  4. I really like your number frames-- I think it will add decoration and ease to your routine.

    My Bright Blue House


Thanks again for the visit. :)