The Monsters are Coming!

After five years of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, I have decided to change my classroom theme to monsters for the upcoming year.  I am sooooooo excited about my kiddos becoming Madden's Monster-ous Masterminds!  I actually started the process before the school year ended (thanks to finding so many cute ideas on Pinterest!)  One of the first projects was painting monster canvases.  I saw this idea on a nursery posting (inspiration) and knew that I needed some to sit on my windowsills.  So, I bought some cheap canvases from Hobby Lobby, lots of acrylic paint and wrangled Mr. Madden into our own "sips and strokes" session in the garage one weekend.  While the end result is not perfect, they're perfectly monster-ous and I think the kids will love them!

Once these were complete, I set off to tackle yet another Pinterest craft - no-sew monster pillows (inspiration).  After yet another trip to Hobby Lobby, I had lots of fleece and fabric glue - that's all it took!  Oh, I also bought a cheap 18" cross stitch hoop to use to trace my circles onto the fleece (which I plan to turn into a wreath at a later point, so money not wasted).  I think they turned out cute for a VERY cheap, VERY quick project!

One more for now - my lunch choice station!  For years I've used the plate system and love how it works, so I knew I wanted to keep that, but make it monster-ous somehow! :)  I've decided to use red and turquoise as my room colors (nothing to do with the fact that I'm too lazy to change the red curtains from my Hollywood theme, of course).  I found these fabulous HARD plastic, turquoise plates at Party City (hehe...almost typed Hobby Lobby there since it's been my second home lately).  They were perfect!  I used paint pens to draw monster faces on them and voila!

 The small clothespin on each plate is to hold the lunch choice for the day.  This job belongs to one of the students.  I post the weekly menu on this cabinet and each afternoon the student writes each lunch choice on a post-it and clips it to the plate.  All students have a large clothespin with their classroom number on it attached to the ribbon beneath the plates.  Each morning they clip their clothespin to the side of the plate of the lunch choice they want for the day.  Any clothespins remaining on the ribbons belong to absent students - voila! - lunch choices and attendance knocked out together!

More about the monster invasion at the Madden home this summer later!  What is your classroom theme for next year?  What projects are you tackling this summer?


  1. Hi Amanda! Thanks for popping by! Love your blog design. :) I actually remember checking out your website a few summers ago. Welcome to blogging!

  2. Hi! Love your blog! I am your newest follower.


  3. Hi Amanda! Thanks for stopping by. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! It's addicting :o)
    Mel D
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

  4. Am your newest follower and neighbor! Am heading to Monarch from Bethel :)

    I enjoy Teacher's Clubhouse!!

  5. Just found your blog...I'm now a follower! Super cute theme!!! I'm switching themes this year too....lots to do :)

    Growing Up Teaching

  6. Welcome, Grace! I'll probably drive by you often. :) I pass by Monarch every day on my way to the gym! My sweet friend, Shannon, teaches at Bethel - such a small world. Glad to meet you in blog world! :)

  7. Kim,
    I just became your newest follower and saw that you're switching to a farm theme! We do have farm-themed resources at Teacher's Clubhouse (click on "My Shops") then the TC logo and they're under management, classroom themes, farm. PLEASE tell me you've seen the adorable barn bookshelf/cozy reading spot on pinterest! If not, I'll have to find it for you - simply AH-MAY-ZING! If I had a farm theme, I would have to find someone to build it for me!

  8. I'm excited to see what you have in store for the monster theme...I'm contemplating changing to it...but haven't decided yet.

    Are you on Pinterest? I'd love to follow you there.

    Swinging Through Second Grade

  9. Yes, Heather! I'll get my social media icons on here asap. You can find me - username is amandamadden

  10. Hi Amanda - I know you from our website ( Mrs. Moore's busy bees ) anyway glad to see you have moved onto the world of blogging too. You will love it. I love all your ideas and I have for years. Your blog design is so adorable! Welcome. I'm your newest follower.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  11. Hi Vicky! You don't know how excited it makes me to see *old* friends from the website world in bloggyville! I'm already addicted (which is what I was afraid of!) Love your blog! :)


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