Monday Made It, Currently

You guessed it from my title, didn't you?  I'm linking up with both today.  Seeing as I was out of town yesterday, I missed the day one of the Currently...and man, there are now over 100 entries.  Wow!  I like her rule of 3.  I'll be sure to follow that rule :)

My reads: I know it's so cliché, but I love reading Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing to my 4th graders each year.  It was my favorite in 4th, and I always start the year with it as my first read aloud. My second book is Guided Math.  I'm loving how much I'm learning and feeling assured that the way I have started teaching math is truly effective.

OK, remember the rule of 3....

Moving on.....

I just adore Tara.  I'm sure you are aware.  I told her last week that we had to have been switched at birth because

1- We are using/loving the same colors for our classroom
2-She just bought the same exact Erin Conren planner that I have. 

I'm serious.  I wish she were closer to me and we could be doing all of this crafty classroom stuff together. 

Here's this weeks adventures in crafting:

OK, my next project is not finished, but was the one that was the reason I went up to school last week.  So, I'll give you a sneak peak but not show you everything until next week.

I'm heading back to school in a few minutes with this in hand:

That's going to help me finish the filing cabinets (the sides) and then I will take more pictures and show you more details.

One last thing...if you haven't already linked up for this:

feel free to link up anytime.  Just like Tara says we don't have to only link up on Monday for hers, you can link up anytime during the week for mine.  I'll close it at 11:59 on Thursday night and open a new one for the next Friday.  So, anytime is great :)

Speaking of which, thank you to the 25!!! wonderful bloggers who have already linked up!  You truly made my heart smile every time one of you linked up. 

Now, if you haven't linked up yet, you might want to, because if you do that gives you 10 chances to win this:

as part of my giveaway.  Click here for more details.

OK-off to school for more crafting :)


  1. Love your projects!! So cute!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

  2. I love the way you are making everything match! That filing cabinet is no easy task- 2 of my besties have tried this summer and it was HARD! Loved your Currently- glad I wasn't the only one to combine these two linkies ;)

    Happy Monday!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  3. Wow! You have been as busy as me. So glad I linked up before you in Currenlty. I had completely forgotten about having Pandora on my iPad. Now I am listening to the Cold Play station and loving it. Also, I am doing my room in red, black, and white and all of my pocket charts are blue. I had decided I needed to buy all new ones in red. I love the duct tape idea. I will be doing mine with zebra and red duck tape now. You saved me a ton of money! Thanks so much for the idea!

    Grade 2 Happenings

  4. I LOVE the redone pocket chart! I get so tired of looking at that boring blue color. I have a question though... did you only need 1 roll of each color like the picture shows? I was assuming so, but I wanted to check first. :)

    Shutters & Scribbles

    1. Yes, only one roll of each color and I have a TON left over...I'll use it on another pocket chart :)

  5. OH SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!!!!!!!! Girl!!!!! I run too!!!!! What?!?!?!? Shut up!!!!!! I don't do couch to 5K although lots have asked me if I do....I just do "Tara, time to get your big butt into shape!" I started walking in March and worked my way up to running....I am up to running 2 and 1/2 miles everyday without stopping!!!!! I have lost 33 pounds and am quite addicted to running now! My hubs just pushed me into getting some new running shoes and it feels like I'm running on clouds!!!! Girl we need to hook up:)))) Ok, now that I have posted a post in your post (sorry) I must have that pocket chart!!!! Brilliant using the fun tape!!! I have pocket charts that don't problem solved! Well, only half...our school is locked up for a week or two so I can't get to them without setting off the alarm...which, yes I have done before!! I can't wait to see your filing cabinet done...last year I painted mine black but it needs waiting to see what you do so I can copy:)))))))))))))

    Hugs from your long lost sister at birth!!!
    4th Grade Frolics

    1. Girl, this cracks me up...just sent you an email :)

  6. I start the year with Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing too. It's just so funny!

    Love your pocket charts, that's exactly what I need to do... too bad we're not allowed to get into our classrooms until August... now I just have to remember it.

    I Love My Classroom

  7. I love the blog-so high energy! I cannot wait to try out the contact paper on the file cabinets! You've got some great stuff going on!

    7th and 8th Middle School Religion

  8. Can't wait to see how your filing cabinets turn out! I'm seriously considering doing a makeover on mine...but right now I'm not even sure where I'm going to put them in my classroom!
    I'm right there with you on Guided Math! I LOVE that I am getting affirmation for what I was already doing...& getting some more ideas to add, too!

    Primary Inspired

  9. OK ...ONE LOVE LOVE you new blog design... it is really unique and you know I love me some chevrons :)
    TWO LOVE the duct tape!!! great idea!!!
    thanks so much for linking up!!!

    1. Thanks! I have a ton of duct tape left to tape more things.

  10. I think I will start this year off with Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing because it is so good and I love your repurposed pocket chart! CUTE!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  11. 1. Love your new blog design! :)

    2. Your filing cabinets look awesome!!

    3. You have totally motivated me to finally use the Couch to 5K app... I'm still on the "couch" part.

    :) Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm

    1. Abby,
      If I can do it, so can you :)

      Thanks for the compliments!

  12. Super love the redone pocket chart. So much cuter with some duct tape. That stuff is amazing. :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  13. The pocket chart is GENIUS!! I am SO doing that. (I say that now, but the tool box that you inspired me to do is still sitting in the back of my car) I actually did cover my filing cabinet with contact paper last year...made SUCH a difference.

    Teaching in Room 6

    1. OK, this had me laughing out loud, Stephanie, because I have about 10 projects on my bonus room floor waiting to happen...I'm not alone...yay!

  14. I love your filing cabinet makeover so far and can't wait to see more! Mine are in DESPERATE need!

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    iTeach 1:1

  16. I was dying to see what you did in school--the cabinets look awesome already!! You are so crafty, I can't get over how darling that pocket chart looks. Oh, I would love to enter your giveaway but I am refraining only because I just bought one of those sharpeners at the end of school last year--otherwise I would in a heartbeat! Talk to you later Elizabeth!! :)

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  18. That pocket chart is AWESOME! Love it! Can't wait to see what else is up your sleeve...

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

  19. Wow!! I love the pocket chart!! It looks so good.


  20. I know I'm behind in the times, I just covered my first clipboard with duct tape last night. I was surprised how easy it was. I thought I would be trying to pull it up and reposition it a hundred times. I never would have thought of using it on pocket charts. Yours looks great!

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

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  22. Love how your pocket chart turned out!! Can't wait to see the filing cabinet!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  23. I'm teaching 4th grade next year, my first time in 17 years! I always read The World According to Humphrey to my third graders during the first few weeks of school. I wasn't sure what I was going to read to my 4th graders! Thanks for giving a "shout out" to Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing!

  24. I'm excited to read more about the filing cabinet. I'm moving into a new classroom with a sad sad filing cabinet. I was thinking of painting it.

    You're blog is really cute.


    Surfing to Success

  25. Elizabeth, I love what you're going with your filing cabinets! I seriously need to make over mine.

    Where did you get your black contact paper? I am thinking of getting some this year for some projects.

    I'm new to blogging and would love if you would follow me!


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    Teaching Star Students

  27. Love your blog! I am giving you the One Lovely Blog Award. Pop over to my blog to find out about the award. Looking forward to see what your class is up to this year.

    Teaching Star Students

  28. I have been all kinds of annoyed that I couldn't find a pocket chart (like the one you've shown here) in anything other than the primary colored one I already have. Now I know how to make it match my new colors!! LOVE IT!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First