No I did not make a toilet…but my Monday Made It has to do with the toilet!   More on that in a minute…

So today was my first teacher in-service at my new school.  Lemme just say, Mr. Greg always gets nervous for back to school.  The first day of school when those little ones come down hallway for the first time totally terrifies me.  Like hyperventilating type fear.  I mean, all that pressure.  What if I mess up and screw them up for life?  Have you met me?!  It could happen…

But now I have the added fear of a whole new school and all new teachers.  Today I met all of the new teachers at my fabulous new school…holy cow was I scared.  Terrified.  I mean what if they don’t like me?  What if they don’t like mustaches?!  What if they don’t like glitter?!  But what if they don’t like ME?!?!    Well, I survived day one.  After meeting the faculty I am even more excited about my new school!  Everyone was so friendly and excited and ready to start a new year!  Day one sure did make me feel great!  T-minus 2 days until the ‘staches arrive!

So, about that MMI toilet…so you’ve probably heard me talk about the spider in toilet trick to get the little boys to…um…aim for the toilet.  True story.  Draw a little spider or happy face or mustache or something on the toilet just above the water line (TIPS:  Wear gloves.  Use a Sharpie.  Do it before the kids come to school!!!!!! And to make it even more accurate, get on your knees to get the perspective of a 5 year old boy…again BEFORE the kids come…) and BAM you’ll cut down on a lot of the toilet issues our little boys have.  Seriously, peeing on that spider is magic.

Well, I wanted to add a little to our bathroom procedures so I asked my friend Crystal at The Library Fox if she could whip me up some clean up clip art.  Well, of course she did an amazing job so I was able to create a set of task cards for the potty.  Yep.  Toilet Task Cards!  True story!  Get em’ while they’re hot folks!

Tomorrow I will post these in the bathroom IN ORDER so the ‘staches will have a visual reminder of what to do!  The hanitizer card will be placed beside the hanitizer bottle which is located near our cubbies in our classroom!   My thinking (wish/hope/prayer) is that these little pictures will spur the little minds to remember to do the right thing so we can keep our bathroom clean.  
Click on the picture to get your free set of toilet time task cards!
And yes, I named them Toilet Time Task Cards!  Would you expect anything less from the kindergarten smorgasboard?!  
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It’s Monday so it’s time for Monday Made It with my friend Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!

I decided to do this Monday Made It up big!  What can I say?  I like making a splash!

There have been lots of teasers pictures on Instagram but now it’s time for the big reveal!  Are ya ready?  Here is Mustache Land!  Our new (tiny) kindergarten classroom!

Here are the before and after pictures!  The room feels so much bigger with some of that big furniture removed!
Of course, there are mustaches everywhere!
Classroom library!  The chandelier, chairs and green rugs all came from IKEA!  The white book bins are ice bins from Wal-Mart!  The library labels are a freebie on the freebie page!

I am sad that I don’t have a SmartBoard to use for our calendar time but I love that we have a mustache calendar!  This will be an interactive calendar where the ‘staches will be writing and filling in the calendar as the year goes on!
Here is our word wall, alphabet and number line!  Green, blue and lots of mustaches!
The top picture is taken from one of the students chairs so you can see that they have a good view of the word wall from their seats!
We use community supplies in Mustache Land!  Here is our supply area!  Including our famous glue sponges!  (See the video here!)

Here is our daily schedule.  The missing pieces are for morning meeting and RTI but I forgot to print those off.  OOPS!

Our dismissal board!
Math manipualtives!  I created this teacher toolbox for our math manipulatives so the students can grab a drawer of manipulatives and go work on math centers!  

Mustache behavior clip chart!  I Mustache You About Your Behavior!

These are the storage cabinets in the back of the room.  I put dry erase paper on the cabinets to make a work work area!  I also put our color words on the cabinets!  The cabinets are full of….wait for it….GLITTER!  And other art supplies!

This is the large AC unit in the room.  It just screamed mustache!  So I made it a large glittery mustache to adorn the AC unit!  Do your recognize the sillouhette at the bottom?
(It’s me when I was in Kindergarten!)
And of course, there’s a video!  Here is the video tour of the room!
Click here to visit my YouTube page!
My classroom was decorated with these fun mustache themed class decor packs!
And now a huge freebie!  
One of my teammates asked me to make her an alphabet set with rainbows and stars!  So here it is!  
AND IT’S free for now!  Head over to my TPT store to get your freebie!  It will be free through tonight…sometime!

Click the picture to check it out!  If you missed the freebie, I hear that there might be another rocking freebie in the next day or two…stay tuned!

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Happy Monday!  I am hard at work in my new (very small!) classroom!  I am making lots of progress.  I have unpacked every box so now things are slowly finding homes.  The all important glitter has found it’s home so things can proceed on in a calm fashion!

It’s Monday so that means I’m linking up with my friend Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for a colorful edition of Monday Made It!

BAM!  Here is my Monday Made It Project!
Here is some background…
One of my literacy centers is called “The Tub” and it really is a plastic tub that is filled with a variety of literacy center activities!  Those activities include letters, sounds, word work, writing, sight words, segmenting, CVC words, syllables and every type of literacy skill you might imagine.  The tubs are differentiated so one group might have activities for sounds in their tub while another group might have activities for sentence writing in their tub.  The tubs are fluid and change as needed just as my groups are fluid and change as needed.
So, you used to walk into my classorom and see 4 plastic tubs sitting on the floor.  They were labled and color coded so the students knew exactly which tub they were to use.  Now, my problem is that my new classroom is TINY.  People, even the mister was concerned at how small this room is.  Yeah.  Teeny Tiny.  And we all know how much I like my stuff.  So, I needed a way to reduce my stuff.  I knew that using four tubs on the floor would not work so I needed a plan. 
When I finally got to see my new classroom, I saw this:

At first I thought…that big ugly thing must go.  
Then I got to thinking.  There are 4 rows of totes.  I have 4 literacy groups.  Hmmm coincidence?  I think not.  
So, I purchased Duct Tape (um, Duct Tape is amazing…except did you know that Duct Tape does not stick to paper???  True story.  I even called the company last year and complained about the tape not sticking to my word wall and they told me it is not designed for paper.  Um, it can hold a car bumper on but won’t hold paper to a wall?!  Epic fail, Duct Tape.  Epic fail.) and brought home all 36 plastic totes to scrub.  Lemme just say…they were nasty dirty.  But now they’re clean and shiny!
I simply wrapped two strips of Duct Tape around the front of the totes.  I only did the front and did not go all the way around the totes.  
Then I covered the top of the beast with coordinated tape and added some baskets and this is my masterpiece!
How awesome is that??
Each basket will hold 1 center activity.  That means each group will have 9 choices when they are at “The Tub” during center time.  What I envision ( and we all know the 5 year olds make our visions come to pass…exactly as we see it…) is the ‘staches grabbing a tote and taking it somewhere in the classroom to work.  When finished, they place everything in the tote and return it!  
So how do the ‘staches know which center to go to?  They look at the center wheel!
I revised my wheel to cut down on the number of centers and choices…again…teeny tiny room…
So each group will have 2 choices for centers except the group that is assigned to work with me for guided reading.  The two center choices provide some independence but they also provide ample activities and choices to keep everyone busy!  
My centers (The Mr. Greg version of the Daily 5) this year are: 
“The Tub”  (Word Work, Work on Writing)
Write The Room (Work On Writing)
Listening (Listen To Reading)
Computer (iPad)
Library (Read To Self, Read To Others)

Let’s keep summer going with a give away and a freebie!
Here is the newest Kindergarten Smorgasboard Common Core creation!  And it’s a glittery one!
This is a perfect set of math and literacy centers and activities for your Chicka Chicka Boom Boom unit!  Over 100 pages of differentiated fun!  
Who wants to win a copy?  
To enter simply leave a comment (WITH YOUR EMAIL!) and share 1 or 2 ideas for your favorite literacy center activity!  I will choose a winner tomorrow!  

And here is a little freebie for you!
A set of ten frame cards that are a perfect companion to my glittery Chicka Chicka Boom Boom pack!
Head over to the freebies page to get your freebie!

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It’s time again.  It’s Monday (for all those people who are working!) which means it’s time for Monday Made It!

Last summer and this summer the teacher toolbox has been all over Pinterest and blogs.  Sometimes, I’m a little stubborn and cynical.  It’s true.  I was anti teacher toolbox.  I refused to jump on the bandwagon.  I didn’t want to be a follower.  Don’t get me wrong, they were super cute and I could totally see the value of having all of that organization.  But I never did it.  THEN I moved to my new school and my new room is going to be…well…let’s just say…the size of a closet.  But, the new school is totally worth a small room!  So, with the small room I was going to have to eliminate clutter  valuable teaching supplies and work on my organization.  With that said, I have a large collection of math manipulatives that were stored in plastic containers.  These lived on a shelf and the students used them daily.  Sadly, there won’t be shelves for these resources to live on so…here’s my solution!

It’s my Math Manipulatives Tool Box!!!  
For this project you need:
A plastic organizer.  I found mine at Lowe’s in the hardware aisle.  There are many variations of this type of toolbox.  I bought the one with the larger drawers.
Spray paint and primer.  Make sure to get spray primer for plastic. 
Labels.  I found my label template here!  These are from Fun In Room 4B and they’re FREE!  
To make a toolbox:
1.  Remove all the drawers.
2.  Spray with a coat of primer and allow to dry.
3.  Paint.  I chose green to match my mustache classroom decor set!
4.  Download labels and edit them for your manipulatives or supplies.
5.  Cut the labels.  They should fit nicely in the drawers.
6.  I used plain Scotch tape to stick my labels in.  
This was a VERY simple project that didn’t take long at all!
I will be using this to store manipulatives that my students use.  In each drawer there will be 20 or so of the manipulatives.  The students will be able to take the drawer to their table or work area and use them for their math centers.  When finished they can return the drawer to the toolbox!
Be sure to head over to 4th Grade Folics and link up and check out all of the great ideas!
In case you missed this freebie yesterday, check it out!  
This is a great letter recognition freebie that will be great for small groups and RTI!
Click the picture to download!
And here is my newest Common Core creation for position words! 

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  • Reply justhave2teach July 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    OHHH I love these!!! and thanks for the toilet pic of your spider! I am sooooo doing this! Last year I got more than a little tired of cleaning up after the boys! We have one of the little bitty toilets in our bathroom, and it was way easy for them to over shoot! UGH

  • Reply MrsS July 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Love the Toilet Time Task Cards!!! I've always said we should put a cheerio dispenser in the bathroom for the boys to throw in and aim for…but your way means no toilets clogged with cheerios! Love it!

  • Reply Heather Byers July 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing!! These are for sure going to be on my first day lesson plan and procedures. Your kiddos are so lucky to have you as a teacher. I can't wait to see all you do this year.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  • Reply Leeannhall July 30, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Oh my goodness – I love these! Bathroom procedures are very hard for my kids. Having these pictures is going to help so much. Thank you!!

  • Reply Becky July 30, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I LOVE these task cards! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  • Reply Ashley July 30, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I wish I got to work with you, your awesome 'stacheness, and your glitter!! Jealous of your team! I might put these Toilet Time Task Cards in our 2nd grade bathroom! 🙂

  • Reply Ms.M July 30, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I love these. Am so sharing with my Kinder team.

  • Reply Tara July 30, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Greg! You are a scream!!!! Toilet time task cards… that's awesome!!!! And your “walk through” of drawing the spider on the toilet…priceless!!!!! Thanks for the smiles and for linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  • Reply The Brown-Bag Teacher July 30, 2013 at 1:39 am

    bahahahahaha…insert uncontrollable laughter here – how could your new school not like you??? Love your spider idea. God bless all of your kinder teachers out there…every single one.

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  • Reply Holly July 30, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I am loving these!!!!!! Downloaded and will print, laminate and highly anticipate placing them perfectly in our one classroom bathroom that gets a lot of action…

    Thanks a bunch and I know those teachers at your new school will love you!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  • Reply Jenny July 30, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I'm reading this and happy not to have a potty in my classroom! I am thinking ahead for my own son! Great ideas!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  • Reply Stephanie Ann at Sparkling in Kindergarten July 30, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Still cracking up thinking of you down at a child's level drawing that spider…too funny! Thanks for the task cards….love them!

    Stephanie Ann
    Sparkling in Kindergarten

  • Reply Kathy July 30, 2013 at 3:29 am

    These are really cute. Thanks for sharing them. I could of really used them last year with my four year old class of 13 (yes you read that right) boys and 3 girls. We did a lot of singing the potty song by Heidi of Heidi songs before we would go to use the bathroom.

  • Reply Brooke at Whooo's in Second? July 30, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Hysterically laughing! My mom and I went to my new room today, which features a bathroom. We were talking about making it cute, and I asked what that sign she used to have for my brothers said. It was, “If you sprinkle, when you tinkle, please be neat, and clean the seat!” She said she'd bring it tomorrow – and that it matches the colors in my room. She used Cheerios, too. Can't wait to tell her about the spider!

  • Reply Mrs. Wyman July 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    LOL! Only Kindergarten teachers can TRUELY appreciate this post. I can't wait to get into the bathroom and get funky with my Sharpie!

  • Reply Aimee V. July 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I love your toilet spider! I wonder if this works for big boys too??? I'm with you on being nervous every year at back to school time! I'm at a new school, new staff and new grade level this year. You would think 19 years of experience would ease my fears but it doesn't!! Good luck with your new school year!!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  • Reply Mrs. McHaffie July 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Looks like I'm gonna be hugging the toilet to draw a spider!!! 🙂 Love this idea and really hoping this works. So tired of the pee on the floor!!! Thanks for the adorable freebie, too!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  • Reply Sara B July 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I'm almost laughing too hard to comment! and to think I taught my boys to hit the water by throwing in a couple cheerios and told them to sink the ships. Would love to work at your school!

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  • Reply Kacie Biggs July 31, 2013 at 12:03 am

    These are adorable Mr. Greg!! Thank you so much! I FINALLY have a bathroom in my classroom this year, and these are perfect! I'm going to try your toilet trick also! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah August 1, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Oh my goodness I am laughing so hard I can so relate to this! I love the spider idea I am going to have to consider that. And I am downloading those task cards and putting them up in my our classroom bathroom. Only a kindergarten teacher would make the first card say “use the toilet” I LOVE it! Thanks!

    Clearly Kindergarten

  • Reply Julie Holzenthal August 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    You are a brave man… Kneeling on the floor of a boys bathroom! I know this is a great idea & I never would have thought of it! We need more men in kindergarten! Thanks for the task cards! I will use them! Just FYI my daughter goes to an international school & there's more men in kinder than women!

  • Reply Mandi June 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Love these! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to post them on my bathroom door. I hope this will help my little firstie boys.

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