Back To Work Monday Made It

Can I just say how much I have loved my summer break and how productive I have been.  I am very proud of myself for completing most of the To Do list and also making some fun things along the way. I really enjoy the Monday Made It posts from everyone.  Such great ideas and I love getting crafty :)

I am back to work this week with meetings and classroom set up.  I don't have anything too crafty. I finished some items that I needed in my class this year.

The first are some labels for all of my math manipulatives.  I have been sorting and organizing and I needed to get all of my bins labeled.

If you like these just click on any of the pictures to get them from Google Docs.

The next project that I need to complete is labeling my book bins.  I have some plain tags right now, but they really need to be updated.

I purchased this set from Ladybug's Teacher Files.

They match my schedule cards that I purchased from her and they are editable!!

I added my own numbers in the powerpoint program and a few other labels.

I used my new EK tools Scissor Pro Circle Cutter to cut all of these out.  

Center the circle on top of your paper,

  Find the measurement you need.  This circle was 6".  You can see the 6 in pink.

This little tool pops in, you push it down and a blade comes out while you rotate the circle around.

Viola! You have a perfectly cut circle.  It does take a few tries to get it just right so make a few practice circles first to test it out.

This was the cutting board that I used first. It's one of those flimsy plastic cutting boards.  It went right through my board and made a slice in my table!  I grabbed a thicker cutting board from the kitchen to finish the rest.  I heard that you can use a glass cutting mat so that it doesn't snag on the plastic and get dull.  I will have to look into that.

I also made some new surfboard tags to attach to my kids cubbies.  I decided not to do names and just have numbers so I don't have to make these again.

My final project was to beautify my not so pretty shelves in my classroom. 

These are right by my desk to divide the area, but the back looks horrible.

If you have ever been to Hawaii you know that they sell these beach mats everywhere for about $2.

This was in my car from when my sister came to visit and when I saw it I had an idea.

I measured out the size of my bookshelf,

marked and cut,

then put bright tropical green duct tape to finish the edges.

I used a staple gun to attach it to the back.  I covered the rest with white shelf paper.  I love the way it looks and it matches my tropical theme.  Pretty happy with it and it was super cheap since I already had the the duct tape :)

I think this is the extent of my craftiness for awhile.  I need to start planning for the first day/week of school which is August 5th.  I don't get my class list until Wednesday, but I have heard that I have about 17 students.  Sounds like a nice small number to me!

Please stop back tomorrow for a fun blog hop I have planned with some sweet bloggy friends...


  1. Love your shelf makeover! It matches your room perfectly!
    Teaching With Style

    1. Mahalo Nicole! I am so glad it came out so well :)

  2. What a fun little fabric/ mat you used. Goes perfectly in your room. Thanks for the math labels. YOU ROCK

  3. I use numbers in my cubbies and put them up with packing tape. I haven't had to change my numbers for a few years. That's one less thing to worry about! I love your bookshelf. Very crafty!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Love your organizational ideas! Congrats on finishing most of your summer to do list. I wish I could say the same thing... :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. I've never seen a EK tools Scissor Pro Circle Cutter before. What a neat gadget. I'll have to keep my eye out for one of those. Thanks for sharing!

    Elementary School Garden

  6. Oh my goodness, I am in circle-cutting envy. I hand cut 78 circles! Love the labels :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  7. Love your Made Its:) Those math labels are adorable! Thanks for sharing:) Gotta
    love some Ladybug labels!!! I was in denial all day yesterday that it was my last
    weekend:((( Off we go:) Thanks for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  8. The update on your bookcase came out great. It definitely adds the Hawaii feel.

    room 4 imagination

  9. I love the grass skirt idea! It turned out so cute! I love Ladybug's labels, too :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  10. The shelf makeover was awesome. It looks really cool. Very clever idea that you had. Enjoy your meetings this week. I go back to meeting next week.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  11. Lovin all your crafts. The book bin labels are adorable. I've never been good at the circle cutter! I think I need to give it another try! Thanks for sharing!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  12. I love what you did with your book shelf. Great idea! Good luck with the new year!

    Heather at TeachItToday!

  13. Love how you beautified your book shelf!


  14. I love what you did to your book shelf!! You math labels look great too! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  15. I love all of it, Corinna! I want to relabel my classroom library and decided earlier this summer that it would be a project for next summer; I love the set of labels you used. I need to get one of those circle cutters. I am terrible at cutting our circles!

    Primarily Speaking

  16. I love what you did with your shelf! I have a pretty sad shelf that needs some tlc, but it might just have to be with some contact paper... I also have one of those circle cutters AND the glass mat that goes under it, but I( have not tried cutting circles with it- I guess it is time to do that...Thanks for sharing everything!
    Shar W.

  17. I love your shelf idea! I usually just use posters, but this is too cute!
    la Señorita Creativa

  18. Love the math manipulative labels! Thanks for sharing :)

    Live Laugh & Learn in Second Grade

  19. I think I will finally open my circle cutter and get cutting :)
    My Second Sense

  20. Love your surfboard tags and your new fancified shelf! It seems fitting that as soon as I change and get rid of my beach theme, I find tons of cute beachy themed stuff at the teacher stores. When I had beach, there was hardly any cute stuff to be found! :) Looooove your room, needless to say. :)

    Teach On.

  21. Thanks for sharing these cute labels!! And I must get that pr circle cutter!!!

    Table Talk with C & C

  22. looks great! thank you for sharing the math's lovely

  23. Thank you for sharing your labels=)And I love your "new" bookshelf. It looks great!
    Lisa L.
    TGIF- Third Grade Is Fun


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