Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday Made It!

I loved reading the Monday Made It posts last summer, so this summer I vowed it was going to try my hand at it myself and link up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics..  Heaven knows I have plenty of projects/creations on my list of summer to dos, so I shouldn't have an issue coming up with ideas! ت

Without further ado my first Monday Made It for home are my garden brick books.  I have seen craft this on Pinterest and have been dying to make them.  We don't use our front door, so I thought my front steps would make an ideal outdoor "bookshelf".  It was the perfect craft to get me started for the summer.  I have decided that I need more books on my shelf so need to pick up some more bricks- thankfully my parents have a pile out back that are free for the taking! ت  

My school project was a MUCH larger task then the bricks, but thanks to the awesome tutorial by Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files on how to use PowerPoint to make printables, I was able to get the job done without pulling my hair out.

I have been using a Reader's -Writer's notebook with my students for the past several years.  I started out using folders with fasteners, then moved to 3-ring binders but neither really seemed to be the best fit. My plan for this summer was to compile all the different files I had on my computer for this notebook and send it to our area education agency to have it bound as a true spiral.  I am hoping that this simplified format will make it more user friendly for my students.  I had been plugging away with it using MS Word and it was going Ok until I made an error formatting some page and it messed up the whole document! I couldn't find the error and was ready to bawl! (I was up to 93 pages done)  So....I took a break from that and cruised through some of my favorite blogs where I came across Kristen's tutorials.  She saved me!  I was able to recreate the whole book in PPT and even added graphics to make it CUTE!  I finished up the whole thing this morning and love how it turned out.  Here's  a quick peek-tell me what you think.

Until next time...


  1. This looks great! I am so excited I found your blog. It is always great to find another 4th grade blogger. I'm a new follower!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. Do you have a TPT where this can be purchased?

    1. I do have a TPT store but I have not loaded this book into it yet. I wanted to run it through the printer and make sure I have it all formated correctly. I will put a TPT button on the side of the blog when I have it up and ready. Thanks for your interest in it. I hope you will come back and visit again. :)

  3. 93 pages? Oh my! I'm impressed with your dedication and I'm so glad you found the tutorial. There is nothing worse than technology falling apart on you. LOVE your book bricks! Those would make great bookends. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  4. I love the painted bricks--so cool. I'm your newest follower. I would love to have you come by and visit--you can even join my latest link.