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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Made-It June 15th

Hello friends!
I'm back from a relaxing vacation in Virginia with my family and have already hit the ground running on some fun stuff for next school year!  I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made-It!

New bathroom passes!  Before I had even gotten out of school for summer, I saw this awesome idea for bathroom passes on Instagram from Fun with Firsties and knew immediately I had to find me some mini cones!  If only I had waited, I would have found the perfect thing at Target.  I bought some on eBay too last week and they are coming from China.  Got home from vacation, went to Target, and found the perfect thing and a variety of colors.  Oh well,  guess I'll just resale the cones when they make it to me!

Anyways, the idea of the cones is that students can use them during small group instruction like Daily 5 - they just take the cone, put it at their seat, and go to the bathroom.  That way, I know who is out of the room in the event we have a fire or lockdown drill.  When they come back, the put the cone back and someone else can come.

I used my trusty Cricut Explore and some adorable Melonheadz clipart to cutsefy (yeah, I just made up a word) the cones.

Next up, line-up numbers!  I love using vinyl in the classroom!  For the past couple years, I have tried different ways of putting numbers on my floors so my kiddos know where their spot is when we are lining up.  First, I used calendar numbers taped to the floor - well, the tape didn't hold up.  Last year, I used cream colored vinyl and wrote the numbers on the vinyl with sharpie, and then again paint pen - well the numbers didn't last on the vinyl.

This year, I think I've got the trick!  Once again, I used my handy dandy Cricut Explore and cut the numbers out of colored vinyl, so the number will be the color of my tile floors (creamish) and the burgundy will match the burgundy tiles that are also on the floor.  The outdoor vinyl (Oracle 651) held up very well in the classroom last year, so I'm hoping it will do the same this year.

Last, new class jobs!

A couple months ago, I got an idea to display my class jobs like they were t-shirts on a clothesline.  So, last week on vacation, I tackled this idea and yesterday afternoon, I put together a sample to share!  Of course, it's summer and I'm not at school with my super cute bulletin board, so I can't wait to get back next month and put it all together!

Excuse the "bareness" of my room - I was packing up and prepping bulletin boards for next year!

I got the jute roper at Michaels (Recollections brand, about $4 -but use a coupon!) and clothespins (the ones I have to use in my closet at school) are from Walmart (50 pack for .97).  I'm going to write my kiddos' names on the clothespins to clip to the jute rope so they know which job is theirs.

Well, that's it for this week!  I've got some more projects on tap for this week, so I'll have more to share next week...hint - chevron contact paper and morning work!


  1. Love your idea for bathroom helpers! I use a labeled bottle of hand sanitizer to make sure they get a squirt! LOL! I often miss the bottle on their I TOTALLY get the thought behind it! Hmmm...I might have to give that a try!

    3rd Grade Pad

  2. Your cones are great. I love the decorations.
    Grade School Giggles

  3. I absolutely love the lights you have around your bulletin boards. So pretty!!
    Storybook Endings in Second

  4. LOVE your vinyl ideas - what a smart idea to use vinyl for numbers on the floor!

  5. Love the white cubbies you have under your bulletin boards. Can you tell me where you got them?

  6. Some are from Target, but they don't carry the Closetmaid brand anymore. The ones I have gotten recently, I have found at Big Lots.

  7. All of these are darling! LOVE the cones!

    ABCs and Polkadots

  8. I like the idea of the cones for the bathroom. I don't have a Cricut and have not worked with vinyl, but the projects I see others do are always amazing. Maybe one day...

    A Very Curious Class