Monday Made It

I only have one more Monday before work begins.  It boggles my mind how quickly each summer goes.  I took this week to get some stuff ready for my first week of school:

1. Parent Flip Book
I've always wanted to give parents a flip book with all pertinent classroom information but I did not want to do all that cutting and pasting in order to get it working, plus I wanted it to be double sided.  So, I finally sat down and created a template for it.  It took a VERY long time and lots of test prints, but I got it done :-) I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I'll be copying a bunch of extras so that I am able to hand these to parents when new students enroll in my class.


This is a little video of what it looks like on the inside:




2. I also made my student mailboxes this week. 
I started using these last year near the third quarter and they were life savers.  I wasn't sure how they would work out at that point so I didn't bother making labels, I just taped Post-it notes to each drawer :-/  #keepingitreal. The drawer mailboxes worked so well I decided to make formal labels for this upcoming year. 

I found that putting a folder at the bottom was the perfect way to build a portfolio throughout the year. I was able to put stand out pieces for each child in their folder and I pulled them out for parent conferences, retention meetings, tutoring focus, IEP meetings etc.  Those last minute IEP meetings were of no worry because I was able to pull out that folder and take it with me without having to gather last minute work.  Then I put graded assignments in the drawers and I sent that work home on a weekly basis (usually Thursdays).  Sending all student work home on one day was a new thing I tried this year also.  The parents loved it because they were able to see all the work at one moment without papers getting lost each day on the way home. I excited to have these from the beginning of the year! 

So that is it for me!  What have you made recently?  Link up with Tara for Monday Made It and share :-)

18 comments

  1. Your mailboxes are absolutely adorable. I wish I knew my class list. I want to do the same.

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  2. Those mailboxes are ADORABLE!!! What a great idea!! I am obsessed with all your stuff! <3

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  3. I love how you made your mailboxes. I might need to spruce up what I do. This would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  4. Your mail boxes are super cute!

    Jessica
    Wild & Fun in Pre-K

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  5. I love the Parent Info!

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  6. I love your mailboxes, they are chic! Do you really only have 18 students though?!

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  7. These looks great! I am going to make a flipbook this year, too! I will have to look into your template if it's in your store!

    Fervent First Grade Frenzy

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  8. Those mailboxes are awesome! I wish I had enough money to buy these for my 8th graders because they, too, need them!

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  9. Love your mailbox labels! Do you match the clipart kid to the real kid?

    My Bright Blue House

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  10. Love your parent flip book! I would love to do that for our back to school night!

    Mrs. Crouse @ Mrs. Crouse's Teaching Adventures

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  11. I love your mailbox idea. You should check out this sterilite hack for your mailboxes so you don't have to stack them on top of each other. There is a way to reconfigure them so you can do them in 6 drawer units.

    http://www.momtastic.com/diy/391209-how-to-customize-a-sterilite-drawer-unit/

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  13. What is the measurement of the mailbox labels?

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  14. How did you make the student labels? Is there a specific program that you used?

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  15. What size containers did you use for the mailboxes?

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  16. What size containers did you use for the mailboxes?

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  17. Love the mailbox idea. Do you have a template we can use?

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  18. Can you tell us more about how you decorated these adorable mailboxes?

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