September Monday Made It + Currently

Hello bloggy friends! Time to link up again with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It: September Edition. My projects this time are on the small side, as I have bigger fish to fry this week... like getting ready for the first day of school! TOMORROW!! But I love that Monday Made It is forcing me to do those little projects that I've always wanted to do, but never really made the time to do :)

Project #1: Compliment Clips
I found this on Pinterest last year and decided to try it out this year. Every time an adult in the building gives our class a compliment, they will get a compliment clip. For every 10 clips, students can earn a special reward. Here's my Compliment Clip cup (say that 5 times fast!):

I made the label and colored the clothespins with my Mr. Sketch smelly markers. I can't take credit for the cute poem. Thanks Totally Terrific in Texas!

Project #2 Break Breaks
After talking with the first grade teachers, I have quite a few kiddos this year that are going to need frequent brain breaks. Enter the Brain Break pail:

I have 18 different activities, most of them movement breaks. I made the label and wrote the activites on colored craft sticks (I don't know where the craft sticks came from though; they were a gift). Here's my Pinterest board, where most of the brain break ideas came from :)

Project #3: First Day of School Frame
These have been all over Pinterest and lots of other blogs I follow. Here's mine:
The "1st" star can be switched out if I wanted to do 100th day or last day. It's made out of foam tag board, so it would be light, but sturdy. The hubs cut the hole and I covered it in chevron duct tape (I realized have a slight obsession with fancy duct tape). Then I bought sheets of foam and used our die cut machine at school to cut out the letters and used a glue gun to attach. This project cost me $8. Not bad!

I'm also linking up for the first time with Farley for Currently:



  1. Yay apple picking! My fave!!

    I need to make an official brain break container or something. I have been coming up with them off the top of my head so we have been doing LOTS of exercise themed breaks in the past 2 weeks. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. Same here for lesson plans...where does the time go? Love your idea for brain breaks, I have a board for some on Pinterest but will have to check yours out!

    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

  3. Hi, I found you through Farley's Currently. I was excited to see that you teach in Wisconsin. :) I lived there for a few years before I moved back to Florida. Please visit Usingers for me! And Kopp's custard. :)

    Fun Fact, my stepdad's company built Miller Park. I loved going to the baseball games there and eating all the brats, cheese curds, and root beer my heart wanted. The suites are amazing too! Did the bring around the dessert cart to you birthday party??

    Fantastic First Grade Friends

  4. I found your blog through the currently!! I can't wait to read more!! Newest follower here:) I hope you'll stop by both of my blogs sometime!

    1...2...3...Teach With Me
    Dots of Fun!

  5. I love fall too, can't wait for a trip to the apple orchard! Glad I found you! Can't wait to read more!
    The Resource(ful) Room

  6. I love fall too!
    Great projects!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  7. wow it looks awesome!!! your page is so your newest follower drop by =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  8. Great job!

    I Love My Classroom


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