Monday Made It & bulletin boards - A bunch of freebies for you too!

Hi friends
I am so sad that it is August! Where is the summer going? I am lucky that I still have 17 days left until teachers go back to school. I will start working in my classroom this week hardcore. My goal is to get all my bulletin boards, and room set up. I also am thrilled to have a high school friend that is going to help me with copies that I may not have done, and to cut and laminate everything I need.

I am excited to be linking up with Tara for her last Monday Made It of the summer. I periscoped about these two things, but I wanted to share them here too. In my classroom, I have kids do a lot of jobs to make life easier. One of those jobs is my recess helper. They enjoy this job - especially once I added this cart! I was tired of two kids dragging a bucket down the hall. It got tattered and gross. If I had a small kid, they struggled when it was their week. I was walking around Target and I found this laundry basket on wheels. I was so excited!!!!

 My second made it is also a classroom job. I have a pillow patrol. After Daily 5 centers and at the end of the day, this kiddo makes sure all of my pillows are put back into the garbage can. I LOVE how it contains all of my pillows in one place and I don't have to worry about a million pillows all over the floor.  Click on the pictures below to snag this freebie!

I love how I change these each year. They all look similar, but each have their own personalities. 

 We use Nikki folders. Our parents love them. They last the entire year, as long as your kids don't try to shove their library books into the folders. That is the only reason one ripped. No sweetpea, you can't put three books into your folder. Let's problem solve...where else can these go??? Does this sound familiar?
I liked last years so much!!! 

I don't laminate mine because we have a clear pocket. 
This is this years. I am in LOVE with all the different choices of kids on the cover to represent the diverse group of students we get. 
Click on the pictures to see each of them in my store. 

I have used the same mailbox for four years. I didn't want to put tape or labels on my mailboxes that would cause it to be sticky. I found this pin in 2012, and I loved it. I didn't want to redo the name labels each year. I used the same labels for the last three years and I didn't have to replace one. With 75 sticky first grade fingers touching them, I didn't replace one. This year, I wanted to make the numbers pop a bit more, so I redid them.  Here are the plain gray ones here
click on the pictures below for four color choices of binder mailbox labels. 
I use the 1 inch binder clip. I can easily wrap them and tuck the extra in the binder clip. 

 You would think that the kids papers and things would get stuck on them, but they don't! I have used them for years and they look great still!

Finally, I am beyond thrilled about this last project!
I can't wait to get these printed and in my hallway to display class work! 
There are so many nationalities and options. I will be printing them as soon as I get my class list - hopefully this week! 
Hop over to my store to check these out during the TPT Sale! 

Last made it - my bulletin boards. 

I wanted to share how to make a bulletin board if you don't have any. It is pretty easy, and they last forever. I am going on year four of my boards. I will be recovering them this year because I want new fabric. I think I am going to do black sheets this time so everything pops! 

Linking up with Ashley and Angie for their 2getherwearebetter linky! Thanks girls!

I got the R Max sheathing from Home Depot and had them cut it into three equal pieces. The board is 4ft x 8ft so it makes 3 great bulletin boards. The price was around $13.00
                                                                      It is only 1/2 of an inch and takes push pins easily. 
                                                     Lay your fabric on the floor
        Grab an electric staple gun - I invested in a power one and it is so much better! 
                        Fold the corners like you would a present

                This is how they look after you complete all three, but of course, I wanted a border.

        I used ribbon from Hobby Lobby and started with it on the back, and wrapped it around. 

Here is what the completed project looked like. My wrinkles came out - otherwise, I would have been ironing them!

Next, to get them up on my wall, I popped a large ring through it. I pushed through with my scissors to give it a small hole, and then it fit right through. 
Once you have it through the board, I put a heavy duty command hook on the wall and use the rings to catch the board on the wall. 
The end result is awesome! I have used these for four years and they don't mess up my walls, and the panel clips make it super easy to hang student work. 

I blew up my kids in our media center for free. I don't print poster size and put them together, but you could totally do that! :) 

The sheathing is only $13 and I asked them to cut them into three equal cuts so I could have three boards. This year, I have an extra wall, and so I will be cutting my two boards in half instead of a third. Once you add in cheap fabric, it is less than $20 for your boards. 

I hope you find this tip helpful in creating bulletin boards on walls that don't have any! 

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  1. I love it all. I saw them on periscope. I went to Target but I was with my husband. He said my students can just carry their stuff. I'm definitely going back to get a cart on wheels. That's genius. Everything you made this week is PERFECT. I love it all.

  2. What time does Target open? I need one of those baskets on wheels. Love all of your Made Its this week!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Love the BULLETIN BOARDS!! Omiword I am using those for my hallway display, which is above our cubbies! I can easy take them on and off!!!! Love that!!!!💕👌🏼

  4. I love the kids. They are TOOOO darling! :)
    Great job on all your work!
    Visit me at P.J. Jots! Have a great day!

  5. I need a PILLOW POT! I hate how it looks when the pillows and cushions are in a pile in the room.

    Kovescence of the Mind

  6. I love your ideas! You did a great job creating bulletin boards from scratch! That is awesome!
    Victoria Moller
    Teach With a Smile

  7. Great job! I love that idea of the rolling laundry basket for recess supplies. I always had kids carry them one by one and of course they bounced basketballs in the hallway, etc. Uggg. This would be so simple!

    My Bright Blue House

  8.! I bet that Target had what they thought was a "random run" on clothes hampers on wheels this week! #brilliantideaforrecess
    I have bulletin boards, but if I didn't I would be all over your idea for creating mobile ones! Thanks for sharing some fantastic, easy to do ideas. :)
    Storybook Endings in Second

  9. From: Following Me to First Grade
    Loved your laundry basket on wheels for recess so much, that I just went and got me one just like it! My husband is going to spray paint it blue to match my classroom. Much better than what I was using! (hot pink hamper from Wal Mart)

    Thank you so much for your great ideas!!


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