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July 23, 2012

Monday Made It - Vistaprint, Ink Garden, Tool Kit, and Comprehension Sticks

It's Monday, so I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics to share some projects from this past week.  I love seeing all the projects!

I just got a box in the mail the other day with my new business cards, birthday homework passes, homework passes, encouragement notes, and a door magnet with the typical night's homework on it ...

... then I checked again today and there was the postcard deal that I have been waiting on all summer.  So I had to order more things since they were sitting in my cart just waiting for it to go on sale.  
Postcards (100 free)
Business cards (250 free)
Car door magnet - free
140 address labels free
140 address labels free 
(this was the option they had at check out to add - shipping went up a little)
10 flat invitations that I changed into thank you notes - free

I really love Vistaprint!

Business Card Magnets through Ink Garden
There is a sale going on at Ink Garden to order Business Card Magnets - 50 for $2 (plus $4.99 shipping).  This was the design I created. I'm going to use some of these on the whiteboard to have the kids make their Daily 5 choices.  In the past they moved a dicut to the different pocket chart, now they will just move their own little magnet.  I just have to write the class numbers on them when they come.  Supposedly the sale goes through August 15th, and there is a code on the website to put in to lower the price to $2. 

My Tool Kit
I've been inspired by all the teaching tool kits that have been made on Monday Made It.  In past years I used a smaller one that has held mainly just paperclips, pushpins, and staples.  With the smaller drawers I found I had to use many drawers to fit everything in.  

Last night I was trying to fit all my summer projects back into my garage (trying to clear off the dining room table), when I saw this large container tucked up with the Christmas decorations.  I used this when I taught 2nd grade and only had 20 students.  Back in those days I provided supplies for my students and each drawer was the perfect size to hold their crayon box, scissors, and glue stick.  I kept this on the counter, and students just grabbed out their drawer when they needed it.  

But I don't teach 2nd grade anymore, and there are way more than 20 students in my classroom...

So, I decided to put labels on the outside and I will stick this on my desk to help keep all the little stuff out of my desk (easy to find).  I did try scrapbook paper behind it, but with the larger drawers it isn't a flat surface (there is an angled plastic thing that sticks out), and it just looked weird.  Here's what I decided to do with the 24 larger sized drawers.  If you want the labels, here is the document.  They are just plain Avery labels, since I now have 6,000 of these labels thanks to the sale at Office Max (1 cent for a box of 3,000).  The font is Annoying Kettle.  As for all the stuff that goes inside - well that will be a project when I get into the classroom and unload my desk and cabinet.  


Small Binder Clips

Scotch Tape
Glue Sticks

Push Pins

Rubber Bands

Large Binder Clips

Small Paperclips
Large Paperclips

Small Post Its

Large Post Its
Dry Erase Markers

Birthday HW passes

Homework Passes


Jumbo Push Pins

White Out

Zip Ties


Blue Tape
Comprehension Sticks
Here is another little thing that I did after seeing Precious Kinder Moments do it for her Monday Made It last week.  Instead of 2 colors, I just stuck with the same blue that I've used all over my classroom.  The blue side will be sticking up in my cup for students that have not had a turn, when they had a turn I will flip it to the number side showing.  Then I still have the option of calling that certain student again if needed by seeing their number.  Such a simple thing but it should work great in the classroom.  

I promise I have done more things this week, but they are basically all paperwork type things... nothing really fun to share that I haven't already on past posts.  Hope you have a great day!


  1. I did my toolbox this week too! I love your vistaprint stuff! I am still a newbie at it and you had some great ideas!
    BakingCraftingTeaching Oh My!

    1. I'm still a newbie too with Vistaprint - I found them last year, but there are so many great ideas from teachers out there.

  2. I hopped on the toolbox bandwagon this week too! I can't wait to put it to good use... :-)

    Craft of Teaching

    1. I don't know what it is about a tool box, but it makes so much sense!

  3. I love your toolbox! Thanks for sharing the Vistaprint deal too. I've been also waiting on a deal for postcards!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. I'm hoping my postcards are going to come in time. I still have a couple of weeks before I need to send it out, and I'm hoping they will be here in time.

  4. I love the popsicle stick idea!

    1. I know! It was one of those things that I wondered why I didn't think of it sooner. I'm hoping I won't have sticks all over my cart anymore.

  5. This is great. I have to print plastic business cards for my new business, How can i get the free designs?


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