Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I Made It!

Today I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.
Yes, I realize it is now mid-way through Tuesday but we'll just pretend. 
This summer has been quite different from any other summers and that's because I have some BIG NEWS…but I can't share that big news just yet. You'll have to come back next week for that reveal. :)

I have been busy though.  Here's what I've been making:

I finally got around to updating my Long-Term Sub Binder and I made some new covers that I am in love with! Excited to head to Staples to get these bad boys printed out and into a binder!
I also added 18 more pages for even more (slightly OCD) organizing!! 
whoop whoop!


You can take a peek at what's included in THIS post.
Or you can check it out HERE.

Then, I made another Parent-Teacher Communication Binder for a friend.
I kinda think it's adorable and it was created to match Melanie from Schoolgirl Style's Owl-themed classroom the best I could! :)

Every cover in this book has 4 options {color and b&w}
I also have 2 purchase options:
an OWL Book Binder as is
an EDITABLE OWL Book Binder (this allows you to type in what you want to say on each cover, as well as in the letter to parents)

I started using daily communication binders with my parents 6 years ago and I will never do anything different.  It is the best way to keep your parents in the loop of what is going on in your classroom and how their student is behaving and progressing daily. I receive the most praise (in terms of communication) about these binders!  You can read more about these binders and see other binder-themed options HERE.

And finally…

I worked really hard on this last product.  Why? Because it's a product/tool that I will be using all year long.  Last year I had two students who struggled all year on learning and mastering the letters of the alphabet, consistently and fluently.  Mid-year I purchased a book titled Interventions That Work and it changed my life.  Everything that is outlined in this book were things that I already knew (or at least heard before) but wasn't registering as an effective way to get my students mastering this foundational skill. 
After reading the book, I began to put all of that knowledge to use and began creating the following packet.  I used many of the games featured in this packet in the final months of the school year and was able to see improvements from both students.
I spent some time this summer researching a little more on orthographic systems and created this packet.  It will serve a supplement to many other great tools that I will use throughout the year.

Click images to take a little peek.

After looking at so many other wonderful things that all of you have been making, my 'to-do' list has grown even more!
Excited to get started on some DIY projects around the house too. 

Don't forget to stop by Tara's blog to check out some other great projects!

Fourth Grade Frolics


  1. Your sub binder covers are too cute!

  2. Looks like many of us are working on organizational things right now! Not quite ready to start diving into things that remind us it won't be long before we head back to work, right? Your covers all look great! I also love the idea of the Interactive Alphabet. I'm sure your students (and you) will benefit from such a great resource!

  3. I love your parent communication bundle! I totally need to buy that! I featured your Flat Stanley product on my blog today. Hope you can come by to take a look. Can't wait to hear your big news next week!

    A Teaspoon of Teaching


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