Monday Made It

Good morning, y'all!  I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made It!  
I'm not sure where I orginally saw this idea, probably on someone's blog from Monday Made It or on Pinterst.  Yesterday while shopping at Target's dollar bins, I came across these award necklakces.  I purchased 5 packs, which gave me 10 necklaces. Using Microsoft Word, I created a circle the same size and added the text "Ask me what I made on Mrs. Geren's test!"
I orginally wanted to use patterned scrapbook paper but it all seemed to clash with the red, white, and blue so I chose to use red and blue scrapbook paper instead.  I think the kids will love wearing these.  I'm not sure how I'll implement it, but I am thinking it will be used for 100's, A's, and/or for those students who usually make C's or D's and they finally make an A and are so excited.
Next, I created labels for my baskets for my supplies.  I used my NEW HANDY LAMINATOR (can you tell I love it?!?!).

I also created four labels for my new book baskets. 
I am also linking up with Amanda at Teaching Maddeness for her New {School} Year Resolutions party!
Resolution #1:  Create and stick to a consistent small group schedule.  This is an area of weakness for me, but I am determined to do a better job this year.  With much more resources available this year, I am wanting to do a much better job with my small groups.

Resolution #2:  Stay organizded.  Since I am getting rid of my teacher's desk and working for my small group table, I think this will help me stay organized so I don't have a desk to pile papers on.

Resolution #3:  Keep school at school.  With this, I mean it two separate ways.  First, when I've had a bad day and Johnny has drove me almost crazy, leave it at the door when I come home.  Second, leave school work at school as much as possible.  When I am home I want to focus on being a mama to my son.  I don't want to be distracted by school work.

Resolution #4:  Figure out some plan to manage my time more effectively with my masters work.  I am currently getting my masters degree online.  I began last school year and did 90% of my work when Easton went to bed, which put me getting very little sleep most of the time.  I was exhausted.  I'm not sure how I will change that because I have vowed not to make this masters degree coursework take time away from my son, or as little as possible.


  1. Love your "Ask me.." necklaces. They look so olympic like. And you will never be sorry about the laminator! I've had the same one for 7 years and it's still going strong. If you are near a Sam's, the pouches there are 200 for $20. I haven't seen them cheaper anywhere else.

    And good luck keeping those resolutions. I plan to join that linky when I get back from vacay.

    Oh, and I'm your newest follower.

    Learning's a Hoot

  2. I purchased that laminator recently and love it! I also bought pouches at Sam's Club and am almost through my first box!

    Success in Second Grade

  3. Keeping school at school is so hard. Do you ever feel like you never really leave school? I know I do. Good luck with your resolutions!!!

  4. Love the medals!! I have done ask me medals before- just for skip counting so students could do it and become more fluent. They were so proud of themselves!

  5. Thanks for linking up, Lana! Love the "keep school at school"...I'm really going to try for that this year, too (both ways!)

    Those necklaces are precious! What a great idea!

    Teaching Maddeness

  6. Love your resolutions for the upcoming school year! The laminator...i have the same one and I simply love it! Friends were not shocked when I told them that I purchased my own last summer! :) When you have a chance hop over to my blog...I am a Newbie on the blog arena. I enjoy your site.

    Teise's Tidbits

  7. My husband would love it if I adopted your #3 resolution. Sometimes it is so hard!

  8. I just got a laminator, too! Isn't it wonderful??? :)

  9. I love your award necklaces! I also recently got a personal laminator, and I love using it!

  10. Cute "medals"! It is a nice twist on the buttons.


  11. We had the same idea this week! I chose the buttons instead of the medals, but I can see the medals lasting a bit longer than the buttons! Anywho, they're such a great idea!! :)

    Miss R's Room

  12. I covet your laminator!!!! I think that will be on my list to purchase for next year!

  13. Love, love, love the necklaces! Going to Target in the morning! You will love your laminator so much that you'll buy another one: one for home and one for'll see! Like Brandi, I have found Sam's Club to be the least expensive for laminating sheets. I am a new fourth grade blogger as of Saturday and would love to have you stop by. I'm excited to be your newest follower!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  14. I love the Olympic medal theme of your buttons. So cute!
    The Teaching Thief


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