Category Archives: Makeover Monday

Are they worth the time and effort?

We’ve got a question for all our lovely readers today. Many of our teacher friends participated in Tara’s “Monday Made It” over at 4th Grade Frolics during the summer and we are curious… how many of you have created crate seats?
There are quite a few versions floating around Pinterest. Here are a few that we have found.
The regular crate seats…
A crate bench…
And gallon seats… a little twist on the idea.

Have you created crate seats for your class?

We love the cute patterns and colors you can add to your classroom, while providing extra seating for your kiddos. Have you found that your seats last long enough to justify making them? 
Don’t forget to stop by our giveaway to win some awesome prizes!


Library Shelf Markers

If you are lucky enough to have space for a classroom library, chances are students don’t always put books back exactly where you put them. So instead of straight, neat bookshelves, they end up looking more like this…

Kids and Reading 
While this does have quite the artistic look to it, it’s not the best way to keep books in their best condition. Plus it makes it harder to find specific books.
 We suggest these great library shelf markers we found through Pinterest. You can read the original post on how to make them over at A Cupcake for the Teacher.
All you need are paint stirrers from Home Depot {FREE!} and a little paint. The numbers are a nice addition to help students remember which shelf marker is theirs.
How do you keep your classroom library organized? Baskets? Shelf markers? Magic?

Displaying Student Work

We’ve  got a quick classroom solution for you this week. Displaying student work is very important in the classroom. It lets the kiddos know that you value and appreciate their work. However, sometimes it is just a pain to switch everything out.

Clothespins are the solution. What? Clothespins are ugly? Okay. We love the clothespins pictured below. Re-purpose old crayon wrappers and decoupage them onto the clothespin. Super cute and simple!

You can also use scrapbook paper for a different theme.

The possibilities are endless! Not only will this make your bulletin boards cute, but they will help make changing out student work much easier. No more stapling, or tacking work up.

How do you display student work in your classroom?

Makeover Monday – Pesky Stickers

Think back to when you were five years old. Do you remember getting a paper back from your teacher with a bright colored smiley face that you could scratch and sniff? Some kids seem to think just one sticker could save the world!

They come with Scholastic orders, from students, and are super cheap! Whether you believe stickers are a good motivational tool or you slap them on worksheets that don’t really need to be graded, chances are you have a pile of stickers somewhere. The problem with stickers is that they are different shapes and sizes. It is hard to keep them organized in one place. Plus, you generally have themed stickers that can only be used at certain times of the year. However, when you set aside those super cute elf stickers for December, somehow they don’t show up again until January 1st.

Well, Pinterest has the solution for you.

Sticker Organization/Storage

We found this pin over the summer. (The photo is linked to the article, not the pin). There are five solutions offered in the article, but this one is really great.

*Paper Towel Holder
*Binder Clips
*Sheet Protectors

Place a piece of cardstock inside each sheet protector (for stability). Then place your stickers in the sheet protectors. Place all your pages on binder clips and slide onto a paper towel holder. Super simple and practical!

How do you use stickers in your classroom?