Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It!

I'm really late to this party today, y'all.  I blame it on Emily Giffin, the Olympics, and oh yeah, teaching.  School hasn't started for me yet, but I do get the honor of reviewing reading skills and strategies with some super cool future fourth graders Monday through Thursday through next week.  It's been really hard to wake up and make it through the day.  I miss my naps. :) 

I feel like I've been a crafting fool lately.  Here's the thing though, I don't consider myself to be a very crafty person.  I haven't done this many crafty projects since my wedding two summers ago.  

The main reason.  I decided to be all kinds of crazy sauce and change my classroom theme.  I spent many an hour last week, making this. 
I'm so, so, so excited with the way everything came out.  I searched and searched for polka dot classroom theme sets, and never quite found what I was looking for.  My theme used to be stars and stripes, so I have lots of red and blue in my room, so I wanted my new theme to be primary polka dots without screaming kindergarten or first grade. So I made up my own classroom theme, and I can't wait to start piecing together my room with it! 

I put together my clip chart this afternoon.  Here it is all assembled. 

So sorry for the glare, we have the worst lighting in our apartment, but at least you have any idea. I love using the binder clips to connect the pieces together.  I plan on using ribbon to attach the clip chart to 3M hooks in my classroom.  

I made a separate listing for my clip chart if anybody needs one.  This IS included in the full classroom decor pack though too. 

Finally, I decided I need to make those tissue paper poms to hang from my ceiling.  
I followed this tutorial, which is honestly one of the best ones I've found online.  I am making a couple more in these colors.
I got the tissue paper at Hobby Lobby, and if I could do this again, I'd buy two packages of each color and use 12 sheets per pom ball like the tutorial suggests instead of only using the 10 sheets in the pack.  They look great hanging up, but once you get close, there are some pretty big gaps.  Then again, they'll be hanging way up in ceiling, so I guess it only matters to me. ;) 

The countdown is on for this tired teacher.  School starts on August 22nd, and I'm trying, trying, trying to get my room done ASAP so I can focus on planning with my new team (I'm new to fourth grade) and well packing to move the first week of school too.  So I'm sure next Monday's made it will be twice as long!

Thanks again, Tara for hosting this awesome party, I so look forward to it each week! 

 Good night friends!


  1. I made a few of these poms too! Hopefully Mr. Fire Marshall won't care... Lol

  2. I was thinking about making a few for my classroom for my book nook, but I didn't know how exactly. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration!

  3. The pom poms & new theme look great!! I am excited to see how everything looks in your classroom. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. So cute! I love how clips on the clip chart can go "up" instead of just "down" (consequences!) Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~ Sarah

  5. Too cute!! Love the colors you cheery! I too am a Lisa who teaches fourth grade, and your newest follower :)


  6. I like how your "ready to learn" part of your chart is bigger, I might try that. And I like how they are held together by rings - great idea!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  7. I love all the stuff you made!! It looks great!

  8. Hi Lisa,
    I have 10 days till kiddos come so I have been frantically working in my room lately. I just made yellow pom poms and hung them from my ceiling today --- they are soo cute. Love your new bright and cheery theme. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  9. Yay for poms!!! I was looking for something like this to hang from my ceiling. (after the fire marshall comes, of course ;)
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

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