Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It

Hi everybody! Tara over at Fourth Grade Frolics has the best Linky Party next to CurrentlyMonday Made It is so inspiring. I love all of the ideas. Also, I'm getting a kick out of the trends that come out of it. I've seen a ton of Teacher Toolboxes!

Now, I don't think I have a creative bone in my body, so I am very much appreciative of your posts, crafts, comments, instructions, handouts, and such.
Without you - OY - I don't know what I'd do!

Here are my Monday Made It's for this week:

1. Creating a Moment
When I saw this craft on last week's Monday Made It, I knew I had to have it for my classroom. I liked it so much I made another one for my sister's classroom, too.
Such a great idea!
Mrs. Plum at There's No Place Like Second Grade has a fantastic brand new blog. 
You just gotta go and check it out. Awesome!

2. What's That Word?

Sight words, high frequency words, popcorn words, Dolch words, whatever you call them our kiddos need to learn them. Preferably, they can practice their word knowledge playing a fun game. Which is why I purchased Reagan's Sight Word Stick Centers!
She has a bunch of great games for sight words. You can buy it {here}

So far, I have just made one container, but I have plans for more. I will have an aid in my room this year and I will need plenty of activities for her to work with her students.
 I have been saving a bunch of wipes containers and now I have a good use for them. Yippee!

Well, that's all for this week. It seems like August is just around the corner, and I'll have to put the pedal to the metal and get more done before I have to go to work...

Last Thursday, my school faculty had a brief meeting to discuss a major restructuring of our curriculum. Well, I found out that I will not be teaching a traditional first grade, but I will be the reading teacher for both first graders AND kindergartners. Kind of a shocker for this gal. So, I went on a shopping spree on TPT because I don't have anything for Kindergarten!
Think I spent too much???
If you have any words of wisdom to share with me for surviving kinders please let me hear it. I'm afraid!

Please make sure to head on over to Fourth Grade Frolics and comment on all of those great entries for this week. You know we love to get comments!


  1. Congrats on the reading position-I like those sticks!

  2. I love your Monday Made its! I spend way too much at tpt too.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  3. Let me know if you need ideas for lower 1st graders and K, as I have a plethora of Reading tips:) I have the light bulb idea on my list too! I won't find out for sure what I am doing (Title I got cut this year) so TPT sprees might be in my future too! Ps you SHOULD get scanning on your books, we inventoried 3000 by hand one year for AR, now that I have the scanner I am going to work on my coworkers! LOL....

  4. Oh I have seen the lightbulb idea, but not the world one! I think a trip to target is in the making!

  5. Congrats on the new position! I LOVE the lightbulb and world idea. Very cute!


  6. I love your lightbulbs and globes. Were the globes at Target too? I'll have to look for them next time I go!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  7. I love your sight word game. I love kindersand they will love you, just remember, some have never even seen a book or crayons. While others have been to kindergarten boot camp. Good luck in your new position, it sounds like a dream job.

  8. Hi Andi, I just bought these stress balls {and 2 blue baskets}last night!
    When I saw your post today, I was so happy to see those labels. It's the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for sharing your picture and the link :)


    primary practice

  9. I am *SO* flattered that you did these for your Monday Made It! Floored over here, really! I hope they work well in your classroom. :)

    There's No Place Like Second Grade

  10. My cart currently sits at $39.50 :) SO, to answer your question, you did NOT spend too much money! And, just look at all of the awesome goods you got. I think it's time for this teacher to revisit that cart today and make it official by clicking that purchase button.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  11. I love your Monday Made It's. Super cute.
    The Idea Backpack

  12. I love how you stored those sticks! What a great idea that can be adapted for so many fun things!
    Thanks for sharing!
    I am your newest follower! I am a new blogger and love connecting with other teachers!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  13. WOW! Talk about a last minute change! I'm sure you've seen many of the things in first grade learners that you'll see in kindergarten. Love your Monday Make It idea:)

  14. Did you use duct tape to cover the container? I am off to the craft store to buy more sticks


  15. I have now another few more things to add to my to do list. Kinders are great little sponges!

    Little Treasures

  16. I love your creations! I just found the lightbulbs today for the "Creating the Moment" idea & can't wait to make that for next week! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  17. Wow thanks so much for the shout out!!!!! I love your container!!!

  18. Hi Andi, One more question: did you do anything special to darken the yellow circle on the lightbulb tag? When I printed mine, the yellow is very light.
    Yours definitely stands out.

    It seems as though Mrs. Plum may have put a darker backing on hers-not sure though. Thanks!


    primary practice

    1. I printed it on the high quality photo setting, which yields a darker yellow. :) I hope that helps!

      There's No Place Like Second Grade

  19. Great job! Congratulations on your new job!

  20. I like your idea of sight words on craft sticks, I might just have to try that one out! I'm now following you! Come check out my blog if you have time!

    Lacy's Letters

  21. I am on a mission to find those light bulbs!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  22. Hi Andi! I did the light bulbs this week too!!! LOVED that idea! How sweet are you to make one for your sister's classroom too!! Thanks for linking up and thanks for also encouraging people to leave comments! Comments make peoples day:))) Thanks again!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  23. Ahhh! Looking forward to reading about how you are teaching just reading to several groups of students. I just found out that I will be teaching just reading to all the 1st graders! I am trying to figure out how I will have enough time!!! Good Luck!

  24. hahaha! you think THAT is a shopping spree?!!? hehe...mine is BAD!! I won't even tell you what I have in my cart right

  25. Congratulations on you new job teaching reading! Sounds like a great experience. I am looking forward to reading more on your blog about it. Are a lot of schools in your area moving this way?