the mathsmith collage

the mathsmith collage

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

#Made4Math Week 2 - Montuesday!

So, this weekend was quite unpredictable.  We drove up to Toledo on Thursday night.  My appointment on Friday was rescheduled to Monday due to all the power outages.  My husband was in a wedding on Saturday...and the power went out at the reception.  Apparently the transformer was damaged during the storm days prior but remained 'functional' until Stevie Wonder started singing Superstition...we didn't get back into town Monday until 9pm, so needless to say, I didn't get a chance to work on the #Made4Math Monday...

So today is Made4Math Montuesday!!  (Just go with it.)  Due to our hectic weekend, I didn't have much time to think about what I wanted to do, but I think I was pretty productive considering today turned into a busy day as well.

Often times, I throw together bulletin boards at the last minute and leave them that way for the entire school year.  All of the ideas I've seen on blogs and pins have inspired me to start slowly.  See, my mom is what some would call a scrapper.  She wants me to scrapbook with her so badly...but I just can't seem to get into it.  She gave me a whole bunch of scrapbook pages and even one of those machines that cut out letters:

I decided to use these resources to start creating a bulletin board slowly at home.

At first, I came up with this...
(the letters came from scrapbook paper that had numbers on it)

...but the gaps bothered me, so I added a cartoon 
someone gave me a while ago.

I think that if you click the picture, you might be able to read the cartoon...if you're curious.

I figured this could be in the upper lefthand corner of a bulletin board that displays the current unit.  In the near future, I will be purchasing colored tablecloths for the backgrounds of my bulletin of the many ideas I found on pinterest.

I know it's not much...but at least I tried!  I hope this coming weekend will bring the inverse of this past weekend so that I can come up with more ideas for the classroom.


  1. I love the letters! I saw the table cloth idea on pinterest, I've never used them though - I always use fabric. I can't wait to see your finished product! :)

  2. I love your letters, too, and am so envious of your letter cutter! I'm still trying to find good letters to use in my room.

  3. love the idea of using patterned scrapbook paper! duh - me. i've always just used plain! i saw the idea to use the plastic tablecoths, but i have also used the vinyl table cloths - they are thicker, some very cute patterns out there and usually you can find them marked down, depending on the size of your board, I can get enough to cover two square boards out of the big rectangle table cloths. my fault with these - when you pin/staple, they do leave holes as opposed to fabric. Can't wait to see your new boards!