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5 DIY Projects for the Classroom

5 DIY Projects for the Classroom

Hey friends! I'm super-excited to link up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! I have been having a blast this summer with the DIY projects for my new classroom, so I thought I'd share a few (plus a couple of oldies!) If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen a few sneak peeks of these. If not... click here so we can be BFFs!

My first two projects were from last summer. I saw the cutest fabric strip table skirt from Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten. She has an amazing tutorial that you should check out if you want to do one!

 I started out picking some cute fabrics from Hobby Lobby. These matched well with my newly covered teacher chair (coming up next!)

 I then used fabric scissors and cut the fabric in strips.

The fabric is then tied around a ribbon the length of the table you're covering.

Ta-da! Final product! Again, check out Marsha's tutorial for instructions.

Next up is a project that I blogged about here: my comfy, cozy teacher chair! I've now had this chair for a year, and it has held up perfectly!

Check out the blog post for specifics!

Now onto my current summer projects.
My first project of the summer was a new eraser storage organizer.

I love everything about Target erasers. It's a problem. My kiddos love using these seasonal erasers as manipulatives with our math centers. I started to realize I had WAY TOO many erasers, so I ordered this toolkit drawer system from Amazon. I sorted the erasers and then hot-glued one eraser on each drawer for easy access.

What I love the most is that I still have room for more erasers! Ha!
You can check out how we use these erasers here.

 I am all about a deal, and when I saw these ikea stools (6) on Craigslist for $20, I jumped on the deal. Of course, I couldn't just leave them the way they were!

A little light sanding, some spray paint from Target, and voila! I used trash bags around the legs to protect the legs from the paint.

Finally, my FAVORITE project so far, my new classroom kindness table.

I started off with an ikea coffee table that I bought off a neighborhood Facebook page for $10.
I knew it would be perfect for a flexible seating option.
I started off by sanding the table and spaying it with primer.

I then painted the sides white and the middle teal. I used Devine Color Spray Paint from Target. You can find them here

Once all the painting was finished, I found a design that I could print with my Silhouette Cameo. I've always loved this quote, so when I saw it, I knew it would be perfect.
 The quote was in the Silhouette Studio Store. It's a digital download. You have to have a Silhouette and the software to access it, but I'm sure you could find something similar on etsy.

And here's the final product. I can't wait to share it with my students! I'm hopeful that this will be a positive reminder for my students each time they sit at this table.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you've found some inspiration. Be sure to head back to 4th Grade Frolics to check out some more Monday Made It blog posts!

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TPT Sale - Spring Favorites

Hey y'all! Are you having as much fun as we are browsing the Teachers Pay Teachers Sale?!?! We're so excited to purchase items from our WISH LIST! Our carts are getting full! There's just something about being able to shop from the comfort of our couch in our pajamas that makes us happy! Anyhow, we wanted to share some of our best selling products to help you get prepped for the upcoming spring semester!


Life in the Pond: A Freshwater Habitat Unit

All About Plants, Soil and Seeds



Spring into Action! 8 FIRST GRADE Spring Math Tubs 


           February Math Crafts (differentiated)March Math Crafts (differentiated)April Math Crafts (differentiated)

Fact Families - Valentine Candy Shop   Fact Family: Garden   Fact Family: May Beach

Check out more awesome resources from Jana here!
And more from Ashley here!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to use the code LOVETPT when you check out for additional savings!

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Teacher Week 2016

Teacher Week 2016

We had a blast joining the Blog Hoppin' gals for Teacher Week. This year all photos were posted to Instagram (click HERE to follow us!), so we're linking up for one big post to share the FUN!

Monday was "Meet Me Monday." Of course, we had to change that to Meet US!

Tuesday was "Teaching Tuesday," and we shared some of our fave lessons. We both chose Science lessons! Ashley shared her Life in the Pond unit, and I shared my All About Penguins unit.

You can read more about my penguin unit HERE and HERE.

Wednesday was "Where I Work Wednesday." This was such a fun one! I loved seeing everyone's home away from home!
Ashley's Classroom:

Jana's Classroom:

Thursday Ashley shared her work style for "Threads Thursday."

Friday was "Friends Friday," and we kinda dropped the ball and forgot to post. BUT...thankfully we can post here! Here we are with some our friends/coworkers at the Get Your Teach On conference this past summer. We had such a BLAST!

There you have it! Thanks for stopping by. Head black to Blog Hoppin' for more fun!

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