Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It {July 28}

It seems this is about the only thing I can set my calendar to this summer...Thank goodness for Tara!

I have a few Made Its that are school related.
So, I've been working away on Math Moves for 5th grade.  Guess what?  I finished!!  It's not quite posted, but the bulk of the work is over!  Yay!!

Who teaches 5th grade and would like to do some editing?  Email me at funinroom4b@gmail.com if you are interested.  I'd GREATLY appreciate it.  Once all of the editing is complete, this will be posted!!

More organization--- it just makes me happy.  Spraypaint is my friend:


I had a toolbox and set of drawers that needed an overhaul since I'm changing the colors of my room.  (I am still using the more pastel colors from the beginning of the summer in my office at my second school.)

First up, I changed the "Copy/Grade/File" drawers to "Copy Paper/ Pencils/ Notebook Paper" and painted the drawers.

That one isn't quite 100% finished.  I still need to tape the paper inserts down, but I couldn't find my packing tape and my sticker maker ran out of sticky.  So, that will have to wait....

I created an editable version of this set if you'd like it.  It was made to fit this type of drawer, though (the one I used was an old-old-old one that I repurposed):

You can find the  EDITABLE file at Teachers Pay Teachers {here}.

To go with that, I repainted my Teacher Toolbox, too.


You can grab this EDITABLE file at Teachers Pay Teachers, too {here}.

And, you see that fabric in the picture at the top?  Well, those are going to be used for my curtains and a cover for a rocking chair.  Off to get my craft on....


Have a great week!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It {July 21}



How has your week been?  I've been busy...not with too many crafty things (just the two below). Instead, I've been busy moving my in-laws into their new home in my hometown!  They moved to South Carolina from Oklahoma and we are so happy to have them here!
When I wasn't helping unpack, I was able to create two "Made Its" this week.  Funny thing...neither one is for me.

The first one was a favor for a friend who needed me to cut some numbers on my Silhouette.  She made this awesome ruler to use to track her daughter's growth.  I just cut out the numbers. But, she's allowing me to count it as one of my Made Its...Holla, Stacy!
How adorable?


This is another project created on my Silhouette.  Another friend, Jennifer, wanted me to cut out the words "Instagram Books" so that she can use it on a bulletin board where her students will "post" about which books they are reading.  When the entire board is put together, I'll share that with you, too.  She is so creative and it looks FAB-U-LOUS.    But, here are the letters:

I want to share with you a few tips on how to create this on your Silhouette if you are interested.

First off, did you know that the word "Instagram" was actually enhanced a little bit back in 2013 to look a little different.  Here are the differences:
Picture source: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/instagram-refreshes-logo-becoming-instagram-instead-gnstagram-149127
Therefore, the word "Instagram" as it looks now, isn't a font.  To create the word on the Silhouette wasn't as simple as typing in the word and hitting "cut".  Instead, I had to find the image, save it as a png, load it into the software, modify it...etc.

It's easier to explain in pictures. After I found the image above, I saved it as a png.  I opened up the Software and opened the image.  Once it was on the screen, I used the following steps to get the image ready to cut.









 After a lot of trial and error, I was able to finally get it!  I hope this little tutorial can help you out.  By the way, this is the same method you would use for pictures, too.  If you don't want a ton of those extra lines that show up, you have to unclick the "High Pass Filter".  It is automatically defaulted to have that checked...so uncheck and you won't pull out your hair!!

And finally....this is my project for this week:
I finished weeks 1-27.  I'll be finishing up weeks 28-36 this week (and maybe next week).  I hope to have this ready for everyone looking for the 5th grade version by the beginning of August...I think I can, I think I can....


Now, I'm off to my new school to do some organizing and measuring for window curtains!

Have a great week!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made It {July 14}



For the last few weeks, I've been very slack about my Made Its.  I think I finally figured out why.  I didn't have direction.

Changing jobs and moving schools can be quite the challenge.  Not only do I have a huge "unknown" about the new role I'm taking, I also had a huge "unknown" about my space. Hence the mental "crafty" block.

However, last week, I found out which room I will be using next year at my new school.

And, y'all....it is BEA-U-TI-FULLLLLLLLLLL!  Get this...it even has a patio.

You read that right.

I mean, really?  How lucky am I?

So, now that I have a direction, I've gotten a little busy trying to decorate this new room.  Check out my progress...
Let me give you a little background about this one...Since I am going to be teaching ESOL, I won't have a typical classroom.  I will be pulling students from their classes to work one-on-one or in small groups.  I will bring them to my room.

So, I thought...why not make my room more like a "living room".  I mean, what student wouldn't love coming to visit a teacher who feels like she's at home?  For years I've decorated my room so that when I walk in the door, I feel at home.  That's been the type of room that I wanted to share with my students.  I want to LOVE spending most of my day in this space.  Now, I can do that even more....

I have plans for a sofa, two chairs, some side tables and coffee table.

Yes, I will also have a small group table with my stools from Ikea.  We have to have some "spread out" working room, after all.

My mother's friend gave me the table below and I knew it had to be a bright orange.  You will see why a little further down.


It's not quite finished....it needs one more coat of paint, but I ran out :(  Off to Lowes....

This is the fabric I found for the curtains.

What do you think?

My thoughts are that I am going to have my classroom have the same colors as my Made It #2...
I didn't make this one myself.  The fabulous Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs created this new look for my blog and I LOVE it!  You might have noticed it last week.  She uploaded everything last Sunday night. You might have also seen my post on Instagram about it.
 I am so grateful for her and for her creativity.  She was so patient and such a pleasure to work with during this process.  If you are ever in need of blog design, she's the gal I would 100% recommend.

So, I've been working away on Math Moves for 5th grade.  I have finished Weeks 1-9, Weeks 10-18, and I am almost finished with Weeks 19-27!! Yay!  The end is officially in sight!


Who teaches 5th grade and would like to do some editing?  Email me at funinroom4b@gmail.com if you are interest.  I'd GREATLY appreciate it.

One final thing that I have upgraded a bit is my Teacher Toolbox.  I need to change a few of the drawers on mine to fit the needs of my office space at my second school (I am only there one day a week).

The bottom picture is a bit fuzzy...it's an old one, sorry!

Can you use them?  I've uploaded an EDITABLE file at Teachers Pay Teachers {here}.

Now off to do more painting and shopping!
Thanks, Tara, for this wonderful link up each week.  Now that I've gotten my groove back, you will see more of me in the weeks ahead!

Have a great week!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Made It {July 7th}

What have you been up to lately?   I had high hopes in having a ton of projects ready to post this week.  But, what I realized this week is that this summer is going to be all about a different kind of "Made It" for me.

Most of my "Made Its" have been about "Making Connections", "Making Dates with Family and Friends", and "Making Memories".

Tara even used our meet up as one of her Made Its last week.  You can read what she said {here} and what I shared {here}.

I get so caught up on what I need to "get done" during the summer that I don't stop to spend time enjoying every minute.

So, this week.  That's what I did.  I realized that even if I only blog about one project, that that's OK.   Even if I don't blog at all, that's OK, too.

Life is too short.

So, this week (and all summer, really), I spent time making lots of memories.  And for me, that's enough.

With that being said, I did make one little project for my classroom next year.

As most of you already know, I'm changing positions next year.  I'll be moving from my 4th grade classroom to an ESOL position.  I'll be at two different schools working with English Language Learners and I couldn't be more excited.

I stopped by the classroom where I will spend 4 of my days (one day will be spent at another school), and I found these:


I knew that I needed them to be more organized...duh.  That's me.

So, I whipped out my Silhouette and created this:


I'm going to go sit on the sofa with my girl and sort letters.  Making memories...


Have a great week!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Made It {June 30}

I missed the link up last week, because I was actually here...

Meeting the fabulous host of this linky!!!  I "met" Tara over 3 years ago through blogging, but FINALLY had the opportunity to meet her in real life and it was wonderful!  She is everything I thought she would be in person and more: kind, beautiful, funny, personable, down-to-earth...the list goes on-and-on.  I am truly blessed to have had the chance to hang out with her!

Now on to her fabulous linky!

I only have one project to share with you (because I've been gone a week).  But this one was a biggie!
Let me start by saying that I have the most wonderful dog in the whole wide world.  Check him out:
Isn't he adorable?  He's sporting the lei I brought back from a little trip I just finished.  If you follow me on Instagram, I think I blew up that feed with my trip.  #sorrynotsorry  Actually, I am a little sorry.  It can get a little obnoxious.

Anyway, back to my sweet dog, Ben.  I love this dog.  I love how he carries a "blankie" around the house and has to show visitors his blankie as soon as they arrive.  I love that he is sweet, gentle, and follows my husband around.  I love how he is loyal.  I love how he doesn't try to run away.  He's a great dog all the way around.

We have one problem.

He thinks he's a lap dog.

And because of that, he thinks he owns the sofa.  When the entire family of four sits downs to watch a movie, he will inevitably end up on our laps.  And, when we are not around, he will inevitably end up hanging out on the sofa.

And, when he does, he leaves it a mess.  It's beige.  But, that beige had slowly turned to brown.  Luckily, we were smart enough to buy a sofa with a slipcover.  So, I thought to myself...

Hey, why not dye the sofa brown?  It would cover the endearing "Ben" stains.  Right?

So, that's what I did!!

I didn't take a "before" picture of the entire sofa, but you can see the color of the sofa in the middle picture at the top.  The lovely "Ben" stain can be found on the top left.

It was really rather simple.  It just took some time to complete.
I bought this dye and "washed" my covers in the washing machine.

I followed the directions on the package.  Simple!  I hung the covers to dry because I was afraid to dry them in the dryer.  That's what took the longest time.  After I was finished, I put the sofa back together and I'm so happy with how it turned out.  I think I bought myself at least two more years with this cover!

Next week, I hope to have a ton of projects ready to share.  I'm slowly getting myself organized for my new rooms.  Yes, you heard that right...two classrooms.  Actually, one will be a very small space that will really be more like an office.  But, I've got some organizing and decorating to do.  So, stay tuned!

Have a great week!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Remembering Anchor Charts Each Year {A Bright Idea}

It's that time again!
Are you ready for some...
BRIGHT IDEAS? 

My idea for this month is about how to remember the details of anchor charts from year to year.  Since we create anchor charts for students WITH students each year, it makes it a little easier if you already know what you want to include and how you want the information to look.

Paper source: The Clipart Factory Font: A Cupcake for the Teacher

Here's a picture (not the best) of one that I created for Dividing (with up to 4-digit divideds and 1-digit divisors):
In the top left-hand corner, you can see the CCSS listed.  In the top right-hand corner is the  essential question.

But, this post is not about anchor charts and how they work.  I'm sure you already know a lot about that.  My bright idea is this:

I took pictures of them!

This simple trick saved me a ton of time last year.  I knew what I wanted, could create the anchor chart easier because I had an image of the anchor chart from the previous year.


I saved them in a folder on my computer labeled "Beginning of the Year".  This way, at the beginning of the year (oh so original), I'll know where to find my anchor charts.

Simple tip.  Hope it helps :)

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 BRIGHT IDEAS!