Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Made it + My giveaway ends tonight!

Whew! First week of school and a Monday down, got most of the new students tested for their first running records (mostly high kids), and now I'm able to relax and get ready for my church community group.

I decided that I wanted to participate in Monday Made-It because I HAVE been doing quite a few things recently. Plus I didn't end up putting together my Five for Friday since Steven's needed the computer more than I have and I didn't really take any pictures last week since the first week for me is pretty boring. I'm not going to give long descriptions for these because they're pretty self-explanatory.

I shared about my door decor a few weeks ago here, but now I have the file available for free if you would like to use it in your classroom! Click on the picture above to access it.

I talked about how I was going to paint two of my pieces of furniture that were looking a little shabby a WHILE back. Well, they are completed and now much nicer additions to my classroom, which is looking better than it ever has! This is a view of my reading and writing stations. The two black pieces are the ones I repainted. Then I bought the bins and made the cute black labels to show what levels are in each bin. I think it look SO much cleaner than before!

Photo: My library and writing station completed! #teachersfollowteachers
Sorry the lighting is pretty crappy. I'm using my phone for pictures, and it's on its VERY last leg. As in I'm buying a new phone this weekend after we get paid. Then we'll hopefully have prettier pictures! 

I also created my favorite set of literacy centers that are available in my TPT and TN stores. Who doesn't love Duck Dynasty?

Oh, and a fun personal made-it that my husband and his dad did for Keagan:
Phase 1: Activity board (the light is his favorite)

Phase 2: Chalkboard side to the activity board

Keagan is LOVING this! It's his new favorite toy. Too bad we don't have space at our house to keep one there. At least he has it to play with at his Papaw's.


Okay, just a few quick reminders before I go:

I've had SO many people enter this giveaway already, but I want to make sure you know that it ends at MIDNIGHT!! If you haven't entered yet, now is the time to do so.

Jivey is also having a giveaway right now, and if you don't win my pencil sharpener, that's one of her 5 prizes! Go check it out. You will love her blog!

And I have surpassed 500 followers (YIPPEE!) due to this pencil sharpener giveaway. I have a little something up my sleeve, but I'm not quite ready to disclose anything yet. We're still in the planning phase (yes, we - I'll disclose that I'm teaming up with someone). Keep your eyes peeled!


  1. Oh, how I wish I could decorate my door like that! Our fire marshal would never allow it. Your room looks like lots of fun! I am ready to start working with kids here soon. There is so much going on with new programs and such, that I just feel like I am roaming the halls. Have fun!
    Reading Toward the Stars

  2. Hi Melissa! I just found your blog (from the comment you left at The Brown Bag Teacher's blog) - and I'm definitely signing on to follow you! As an ESL teacher at the upper elementary grade levels, I look forward to reading your posts as a Title 1 Reading teacher at the same grade levels. ...And I will be anxiously awaiting your 500 follower giveaway... :)
    Crafting Connections

    1. Thanks, Deb. I love finding people who work with similar grade levels!
      Did you know that you're a no-reply blogger? I tried to email you but couldn't.

  3. Everything looks great! I love the activity board/chalkboard for your son! Amazing!
    Rambling About Reading

  4. The Duck Dynasty centers! I love it!!!! :) Bet your kiddos had a ton of fun.


  5. Love that door! The activity board/chalk board for your son looks like a lot of fun. What a great way to make learning fun!

    Eclectic Educating

  6. I LOVE your Duck Dynasty centers! They are in my TPT cart as we speak! I haven't actually had my kids mention Duck Dynasty this year, but everyone in my class last year loved it!
    Chalk & Apples