Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Made It - Frames, Craft Room, Clipart & Math Centers

Ahhhhh Monday - Time to link up with Tara over at Fourth Grade Frolics! I've been a busy, busy bee {I saved my favorite and best for last}! Who would have thought that Monday Made Its would lead to me opening a store?!?! {I'm having a blast making new items!} This week I have gotten so much done!!!!

I'm in Texas and it has been too hot to even go swimming {seriously it's sad when the pool feels more like a hot tub than a pool!} So my daughter and I decided this week to go on a scavenger hunt {& stay indoors!} - looking for things at thrift stores to repurpose. We had an absolute blast...and I'm blown away by her creativity {she's about to be 9}

Our first find was a really cool frame from Goodwill. It was just a simple black frame that had a few scratches here and there. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I've eyeballing these frames on pinterest where you can add wire/string and hang pictures from them. It was super simple! I primed it then spray painted it green. {The green wasn't as lime as I would have liked it to be....but it'll do} Then I used my stapler and stapled the wire going zig zag along the back. I wanted to add a little something extra so I attempted to add scrap fabric rosettes {leftover from my covered canvases} LOVE IT!!!! It fits perfect in the little reading corner of my craft room! Oh and I also made the covered clothespins with leftover scapbook paper from my magazine files! This project was super cheap! {you know I love cheap!} I got the frame for 6$, paint 4$, & wire 2$ total cost 12$!!!

Since I was working on my "reading corner" of the craft room, I decided to make one of those nifty "to do list" dry erase boards out of a picture frame. I got a giant frame {10 x 14} from Walmart. I just used leftover scrapbook paper from my magazine files & typed up a to do list check off sheet. Love it and can't wait to use it! The frame didn't have a stand in the back, so I used an old stand I had laying around. Total cost was 5$ for the frame...everything else I already had!

Ok....this is what I couldn't wait to share with ya'll. One of my goals this summer was to re-do my math centers. I've seen all of these cute acronyms like BUILD or TIME. I borrowed the idea of TIME because it went so well with the centers I want to have and made it my own!

As you know technology is very important to me! I wanted to make sure that there was a technology rotation in my centers. Here is what I came up with: T-Technology I-Independent Work M-Math Facts, E- Extra Review...and I added an R for Review with Teacher {Guided  Math} I cannot wait to use this setup!!!

I also did something I've never done before - I made clipart!!!! I could not find cute clipart for an alarm clock {I searched for hours I swear!} I finally got fed up and just made my own!! I have to say I'm pretty impressed with myself ;)

This post is already out of control, but I promise to post to soon to explain how I plan to use this set-up. If it's something you think you might like to use, you can get all the files  here! There a TON of resources included:
  • Binder Cover (2 choices)
  • Pocket Chart Header (2 choices)
  • Pocket Chart Labels
  • Center Bin Labels
  • Can Do/ Must Do poster 
  • Center Descriptions & Examples
  • Center Planning Sheet
  • Center Weekly Checklist


  1. I love your frame! I have been hunting for a frame at Goodwill too without any luck though. Yours turned out great!

  2. I WANT to copy your T.I.M.E.R. idea for math stations! I love, love, LOVE it!
    How did you make your own clip art? It turned out great!
    Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower, now :)

  3. Look at you go!!! Love your frame. I love finding things at Goodwill and then redoing them:) Your to do list is too cute too! Your math centers look great...I have been fine tuning mine too. I am starting Guided Math this year and am a little nervous...yikes:) Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  4. Very cool frame!

    I also love your idea for math workshop. I think I could really see myself making that work. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lifelong Learning

  5. Your frame came out fantastic!! I love all of your school ideas also! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. I have been wanting to redo my math centers and look at guided math as well. I need to take the plunge and get it done. I love all of your things!

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  7. I love your frame! I will have to get my 9 year old daughter to go thrifting with me to see if we can find a frame to make one. I'm in Oklahoma, we're not having quite the heat wave you guys are, but who doesn't want to go shopping?

    Your math setup looks great, too bad I teach first grade.

    I'm your newest follower.

    Kwlly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  8. I am stealing your TIMER idea! (Hope you don't mind!)

    I'm your newest follower!

    Fourth Grade Fanatics

  9. TIMER is such a cute idea! New follower :)

  10. Anonymous7/09/2012

    Your alarm clocks turned out so cute! I am really impressed! I love all your projects. You have been busy! :)

    Delighted in Second
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  11. Your items are so cute! I'm jealous over your frame for your craft room- and the fact that you have a craft room!! I love your math set up and that you made your own clip art!

    Teaching Special Kids

  12. Also...where did you get that colorful background paper from?

  13. I love your alarm clock! Maybe you should make more clipart! I am one of your latest followers. I would love to have you come by and visit me!

  14. Love your math center ideas! I've been trying to figure out my math centers as well and I really love your ideas! I may have to do something similar... Thanks for sharing!

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  15. I love your clock. You did a great job :)
    I'm excited to be incorporating the components of Guided Math that I have learned in the book study!
    Newest follower.

    One Class, One Sound

  16. Anonymous7/09/2012

    I love your math center rotation idea! :)

  17. Thank you everyone!! I'm really excited about my guided math and using this system. I didn't come up with the idea of TIME, I just found a pin on pinterest where someone else had done it. I just changed what the letters stood for to meet my classroom please feel free to borrow the idea! That's what we're here for - right - beg, borrow & steal ;) The bright paper is from Digital Bakeshop, she is on Etsy and she is fabulous!! The letters are from KPM doodles...another great site on etsy. As far as making my clipart...I really don't know. I was just fiddling around with photoshop...sorry I would help more if I actually knew what I was doing ;) I think I got everyone's questions...if not message me or post again! Thank you all again for your kind comments!

  18. Everything looks great. You have been busy. Thanks for sharing.


  19. I love your TIMER acronym! I wanted to use math stations in my BRAND NEW classroom this year and will most definitely be incorporating technology --- maybe the Math Timer would be a good place for me to start! Thanks for sharing and great job creating your own clip art!

    That's So Second Grade

  20. Such fabulous projects! I love the frame "to do" list. I am your newest follower. I am so happy I found your 3rd grade blog. I love your design. Have a great week!


  21. Could u comment about your beginning of the year routines and how u get your math workshop up and running???