Back To Work

Today was my last day of vacation and my youngest daughter and I hit the mall to get some Back To School shopping done.  They just opened up a TJMaxx so we hit that first.  She got some really cute shoes and some fun new outfits.



We spent the entire day mainly window shopping and enjoying each others company:) I think I have met my match in the shopping arena!!



I feel like I have been out of the loop for the last few weeks in the blogging world.  I have been back in my class, and trying to spend time with my family before school starts. Things start to pile up and I have to remember that I started blogging for fun, so forgive me if my posts are a bit sporadic;)

Well I think this is the last week for Monday Made It, so I am linking up for a few projects I completed this week.

This week in my class I started some fun makeovers.  I have some lovely furniture that is old and rusted which I usually just shove in the corner and pile things on, but this year I decided to do something about it.

I posted previously on this lovely file cabinet. It was covered with these stickers when I moved into the room. That was eight years ago, lol!



Then there is this beautiful desk that I also inherited with the room.



So I made a few purchases and decided to get to work.



My class theme is bright and tropical so I found this scrapbook paper at Target.  I made some homeade Modge Podge by pouring a bottle of glue into a container and then refilling the bottle with water and mixing that in with the glue.  I got the idea from pinterest, but I don't remember the exact recipe that they used, so I improvised.

I just layed on the paper in pieces and tried to line up the patterns and fill in around the label trim.





Up close its not really pretty but from far away it looks much better.  I had several teachers already walk in my class and tell me how nice it looked.  I think they are being sincere:) I decided to move it back to it's spot and then I added a few embellishments.  This picture is with my phone and not as clear.



The words and pictures help to cover up the seams. I am pretty happy with it and just plan to leave it like this. The right side will be used for our AR chart since it's right next to the computers.

Then I purchased a table skirt on Ebay for my desk.  I used some heavy duty tape and just taped it to the edge.


It looks so bright and fun and everyone was oohing and ahhing about  it too:)

The next thing I made for my class was my Behavior Clip chart.  My original Clip Chart was bright tropical colors and I loved it,  but I think my class is starting to look a bit feminine and I wanted to throw a surfing theme into the mix as well.  I also received a sweet email from a follower who sent me a surf themed clip chart that she had made. I loved  it and wanted to create my own version. So I made this.



It turned out really cute and I know my students will love the surf terms!


Now I just need to figure out what I will do when students reach Cowabunga! I want to somehow tie it into my Reward Necklaces I made, but I am not quite sure what to do.  I saw something with tickets, and beads, but I need something simple that I will remember to do! I really want to get away from the reward box. Ideas are greatly appreciated:)

Tuesday is when I have to officially report back to work, but I'm sure I will pop in today to work on a few more items. The kids start next Monday and I need to get those first week plans going!!  Hopefully I will be able to post my fully finished classroom on Friday! Head on over and link up with Tara!

37 comments

  1. TJ Maxx is a fav store when we cross the border, glad you are having fun with your baby. Your room looks great, love how you are re purposing, a great idea when you inherit the pretty stuff :). Don't work too hard !!!!

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    1. Thank you:) We have had a good week together doing lots of fun little things. Big sister comes back on Thursday:) I don't know how the principal will feel about my new decorating ideas, lol...

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  2. Fun pictures of your cutie:) Love what you did with the file cabinet and the desk. Your room is going to be so fun and happy for the kids!

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  3. The file cabinet is adorable. I love, love the new clip chart. I think your desk is adorable. I was going to put one around my reading table, but couldn't find one. So thought I would put hula skirts instead

    Terri
    thefirstgradeprincess.blogspot.com

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    1. Mahalo Terri! I almost bought hula skirts too, but I found this for a good price on ebay with free shipping:)

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  4. Your room is looking adorable! Love your behavior clip chart and surf terms :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

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    1. Thank you Miss T:) I am hoping it all comes together and is not too overstimulating!

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  5. I love your clip chart it is adorable! I have to wait until I meet with my new team to figure out if I'm still going to have a clip chart next year, but I loved it for the last few years. Our school has something called Golden Eagles. Teachers give them for good behavior and once a month winners are pulled for prizes at an assemblies by the principal. So, whenever a kid got to the highest color, I gave them a Golden Eagle. If they went above that to the top of the chart, I let them reach into an envelope that had coupons for things like 'sit in the teacher's chair' and 'keep a stuffed animal at your desk for a day'. Both took just a second to give out and were free to me. I look forward to hearing what you decide! Have a great first week!

    Mercedes
    Surfing to Success

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    1. Great ideas Mercedes! Thank you:)

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  6. Love the desk! What a great change and it looks so cheerful!

    Sherri

    Books, Blocks and Baskets

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  7. I love what you have done Corinna--what a difference! Best of luck with your setup and I look forward to seeing your room!!

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    1. Mahalo Kristen! I stopped by your TN store to pick up a few new goodies for my class:)

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  8. I love your desk and filing cabinet makeovers! The desk looks amazing and is worthy of those oohhs and aahhhs! Can't wait to (hopefully) see more of your room. I know your students are going to love it!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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  9. That desk is SO cute. If I were a kid in your class, I would probably want to sit and play with the grass. :)

    EmilyK

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    1. Hahaha, I was thinking that too. Luckily it's made of plastic and not paper, it will last longer!

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  10. I love your filing cabinet! I just bought scrapbook paper to do the same thing to mine. The thing is so gross it makes me sick haha. Hopefully I can make it look semi decent. I am your newest follower and would love to have you come check out my new page :)
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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    1. Thanks so much Gina. It's amazing what a bit of paper can do. Good luck with yours!

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  11. Your filing cabinet looks fabulous!!

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  12. Aloha,
    I love your made over filing cabinet. It turned out great so was the desk make-over!! Love the tropical theme and wish I was Hawaii!! Have a great year.
    Crystal
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

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    1. Mahalo Crystal! Stop by anytime for an island escape:)

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  13. OMG! Love what you did with the filing cabinet & table.
    I just found your blog & I am your newest follower!
    I am having a Give Away - Stop by & Enter to Win.
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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  14. Wow! I love your desk and cabinets. Way to go! I'm your newest follower.

    Joell
    Totally Terrific Teaching

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  15. Love your clip chart -- that's too cool for words :)
    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  16. You did a great work with that cabinet.
    I hope you have a happy back to school time. :)

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  17. Your filing cabinet looks great! So you mod podged the paper to the cabinet and then did you put more on the outside? It looks really shiny like it was laminated or taped over to protect it? Super curious to know what you did because that looks easier than what I have seen... and I am intrigued! :)

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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  18. I love how your filing cabinet turned out! I'm putting that on my to-do list!

    Amy
    Krazy About Kiddos

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  19. I've done the same thing with my desk. I also taped another table skirt to a tension rod to make a valance for the window.

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  20. I've done the same thing with my desk. I also taped another table skirt to a tension rod to make a valance for the window.

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  21. I was wondering if you had an electronic copy of your clipchart I could have. I also have a surf/beach theme and would love a copy to use.

    Thanks!
    Alexis (alexislbailey@verizon.net)

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    1. Thank you Alexis. I have the clipchart for sale in my TpT store or my Teacher's Notebook store. You can find the link on the side bar near the top of the page:)

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  22. Wonderful ideas! I was hoping I could use your behavior chart. Do you by chance share your template?

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