Monster-ously New Mini-Offices

I am very sluggish this morning...maybe it has something to do with all of this rain and gloom.  I am so ready for the bright sunshine to return and bring back my 90s...I love it HOT!  I just have to share another cute monster project {surprise, I know!}  I've always used mini-offices for privacy for my students since they sit at tables instead of desks.  I also use them as an educational resource for my students and have altered them many times in the past - including resources for all subject areas, just writing folders, etc.  I knew I was going to need to make new ones for the coming year {my current ones had a great 8 year run!}  My students use these EVERY DAY for privacy but, let's be honest, they didn't always use them as the resource I had hoped.  What they DID use often were the dictionaries and trashcan thesauruses from their writing folders!  So, I decided that I would put those things at their fingertips and use the offices as a word wall/thesaurus resource, and of course, I had to monsterize them!  I think they turned out pretty cute!
Word wall from Teacher's Clubhouse - http://www.teachersclubhouse.com/wordstudy.htm#wordwall
Desktop Thesaurus from Lightbulb Minds -  http://www.lightbulbminds.com/writing.htm#enhancedthesaurus
I'm confident they'll use them to find how to spell words or to replace plain words with "fancier" words to use when they're writing!  I created them by gluing two green file folders together and then cutting the head shape out of green file folder to glue on.  Then I just added the polka dots by sticking on yellow dot stickers.  I cut the white for eyes/teeth out of construction paper and drew on the black for the mouth/eyes.  Easy peasy!  I can imagine creating these for lots of classroom themes...frogs, bees, even a marquee at the top for a Hollywood theme!

My plan for the rest of today is to get some cleaning done around here {geez, I can't wait forever on that cleaning fairy to appear as I blog away!} and to finish transforming my classroom stool from Hollywood to Monsters!  I'm waiting on the first coat of paint to dry as I type....hopefully, I'll have it finished by tomorrow!

28 comments

  1. This is so awesome!! I am in love with this. I made some file folder offices for my kids a while back but they aren't anywhere near as cute as these are! Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. The "monster" offices are too precious- and so useful!

    -Krista
    The Second Grade Superkids

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  3. Love the monster head peeking out of the office! :) Your kids are going to LOVE these!!

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  4. I haven't vacummed in forever it seems.
    Ugh! It on my list....somewhere. I always find something else to do.

    Denise
    Yearn to Learn Blog

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  5. What a genius idea!!

    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    PS I'm having a linky and would love for you to join!
    PSS I'm in need of guest bloggers for next week and would love to share this post with my followers... would you be interested?

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  6. Thanks, everyone! I'm not sure there's going to be anything left untouched by this new theme {hehe} - so fun!

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  7. I love this! How cool :) Sometimes I wish I taught younger grade levels just to be able to do artsy crafts like this! But, alas, I teach 5/6 grade and they are not much for cutesy themed things. :) I do however love the idea of the Mini Offices and will have to create something like this for my students!

    I'm your newest follower and also a new blogger! Enjoy reading your entries :)

    ~Sara~
    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

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  8. OMG I am in Greenville, SC too!! So weird! Now following you!

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  9. I love your writing offices. I saw them on Pinterest and they inspired me to start making mine for my class.
    www.kindertrips.blogspot.com

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  10. Okay, I just joined Pinterest like three days ago and I just found your blog today, but I TOTALLY saw your fabulous monster offices all over Pinterest today. Now, I have found the source...outstanding! Thanks for joining my More Teaching Blogs page. I'm your newest follower. Hope the sun comes out soon for you.

    Amanda
    The Teaching Thief

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  11. Yay! So glad to see another Greenvillian on here! Thanks for the new follows...I'm on my way to check out your blogs now. :)

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  12. I love your mini-offices. I may just have another thing to add to my to-do list.
    ✿April✿
    Grade School Giggles

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  13. This is fantastic! I'm now following you!

    Heather

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  14. Hi Amanda,
    I love your blog and am now a follower. I am doing mini offices too for my firsties this year so I hope they use them. Thanks for dropping by my blog and becoming a follower.

    Deb at Fabulously First

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  15. Hi Amanda! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower!

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

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  16. I just bought these to make my own from your website! I love this idea! I have a word wall in my room but it takes up so much space that the words are really too small for students to see at their desks. This is a great way for my students to have everything they need right in front of them! Thanks!
    Jodi
    Southern Sweetie in Second

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  17. Yay! You'll have to blog pics to show us how they turn out, Jodi!

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  18. Ohmyword, those monster offices are too cute! Great job!!!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  19. I love the folders!!! So cute!!

    Ashlee
    Sweet Seconds

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  20. Well aren't those folders adorable!

    I just found your blog & I'm your newest follower.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  21. Hi Amanda! I just found your blog and love it. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us!
    Camille
    An Open Door

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  22. Those are so stinkin' cute and so is your blog!

    I am happy to be your newest follower! I would love for you to come and visit me when you get the chance.


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  23. I am happy to be your newest follower after Heather!
    I thought you would like to know that KPM Doodles has some ADORABLE monster clip art...

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  24. I'm in LOVE with this idea! I've added them to my "to do" list! Thanks for linking up!

    ~Tanya
    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

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  25. I am your newest follower. I love your monster office folders. I am also in search of a stool just like the one you are painting. Where did you get it? Happy Friday....

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  26. Thanks, Lesa! That stool was passed down from another teacher, but I saw some similar unfinished wood stools at Target not too long ago.

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  27. I LOVE the mini offices...thanks for sharing!!!

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