Sunday, September 18, 2016

Birthday Decor for your classroom

Quick post today for you all about birthdays.  I try to make a child in my room feel special when they celebrate a birthday in my room.  Typically, the birthday boy or girl gets to go to my treat box or wear a special ribbon for the day.  I try to change it up. 
  I found some ideas on Pinterest that I absolutely love to display birthdays in my classroom.  Stay tuned...a freebie for you.  :) 
  Here are some ideas that I have found.
I love these displays but I needed to adapt mine for a smaller space. 
 Here is what I plan. 
I made these cupcakes that I plan on printing out on cardstock and of course knew I would say that.  ;)  Each one has the month of the year on them and then I am going to add some candles with the kids names on them for a small wall in my classroom.  
When I get them done I will add a pic to this blog so you can see it.  Stay tuned!!!!
Here comes the freebie for you.  Click on the cupcakes and head on over to get yours.  ;)

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hands on Letter Recognition Activities

I can not say enough about hands on activities in the classroom when I work with kindergarten students who need a little extra help with letter recognition.  Before we can read we need to know what we are reading and letter recognition plays a big factor in that step. 
                                                          Stay tuned for freebies!!!

Some of the resources we use in my own classroom are a lot of games and activities that promote letter recognition. 

1.  One of the first things we are going to do this year is add these letter recognition puzzles to our small group time .  I plan on printing them out on cardstock , laminating , and cutting apart the pieces for independent monitoring of students to informally assess their recognition knowledge. 

You can grab the set by clicking on the picture:
2.  Magnetic letters or Clothespins are always used in my letter recognition activities.  Some of the cards that I typically use during small group work work well with these manipulatives.  The students match the letter on the card and I typically begin using these cards with my little learners who need to start with uppercase letter recognition.  We always begin there before adding lowercase. 
Click on the picture to grab your set:
3.  Finally we work on adding our letter recognition notebooks to the morning work.  I feel it is necessary to keep all of my students on the same page and these pages also work great during guided reading groups.  Students practice writing the letter, identifying them in a short story as we track the words in the story, identify letters in different fonts, and locate pictures that have the beginning letter sound.  I love using these pages with my small groups. 
You can grab them here:
These are just a few of the many things I use with my kindergarten small groups when we are just starting out learning to read.  They are easy enough to print and go and address learners at all stages of their learning. 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

How to build a Positive School Year in your Classroom

We are headed back to school very soon and each year we start off building a positive classroom community where all the little learners feel a part of my classroom.  Here are some ways that I use to make a positive classroom environment. 

1.  Share a First Day of School Story 
    One of my favorite stories to read with my students is the "Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn Read .  It is hard sometimes for me to get through it but somehow I muster up the courage to read it without crying myself.  :)   For my students who might be a little worried about their first day I also share Wemberly Worried. 

2.  Discuss Classroom Rules                                                                                                               
Usually my youngest students are so surprised when I tell them we are going to create rules for our classroom together.  Before I begin our rules discussion I share a book called "Back to School Rules" with them so we can direct our thoughts on appropriate rules for school.  
3.  Participate in a get to know you activity                                                                                   
This is my favorite part of my back to school activities.  It gives me as a teacher a glimpse into who my students are and what they like.  It is also provides me a picture of how this new group of students will work together in the classroom.  I usually start my lesson with a chart of get to know your teacher.  I have a chart prepared about myself usually with prompts ready like (pets, husband, kids, books I like, etc.) so my interview questions stay focused. 
Some of the activities I use with my students are fun and interactive.  For my little learners who aren't able to read yet I use a cupcake activity with pictures so they can learn about one another.
For my older students when I taught 3rd grade we would use something a little more geared for their age.  Emoji's are a hit with older kids.  This get to know you activity allows students to be broken up into small groups and then work together as a group to spin a spinner and find someone in the classroom that fits the spin they made.  They are working together to fill their recording sheet to learn more about their classmates.  After a certain time they can switch the spinners to gather more students names.  I would have the groups go to marked tables with the spinners and then switch after a certain amount of time.
  4.  Get to know your school
Another important thing I feel is necessary to do with my kindergartners is to teach them about the school they are in.  How do you do this?  Well I try and make it fun by giving them a little scavenger hunt .  Later in the week I buy some fun gingerbread man cookies and then tell my students we had a special visitor come to our classroom to teach us where the office, gym, nurses office, etc. are in our school.  Part of making my students feel a part of the school community is allowing them feel comfortable with their surroundings.  This activity is perfect for that.  A little bit of easy prep work by placing the cards in the spots prior to the school day and then placing our gingerbread man on the board...this activity is a hit with my students.
5.  Establish Routine                                                                                                               
One of the most crucial things I feel will build a positive school year is establishing a routine in the classroom.  We are creatures of habit with routine.  Establishing a routine in the classroom is important for students to know what is expected from them each day they enter the classroom.  Less stress and chaos is the key part of establishing routine. 
 Wishing you all a happy and positive classroom school year! 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Emoji Back to School Classroom Editable Wishlist

I can not believe I am typing these words already....where does the summer go?????  I have a few more weeks of free time but I am spending it making some things for the classroom. 

Emoji's are so cute and my kiddos love them.  Why not get there attention by adding Emoji's to your classroom wishlist.  Best of all I can edit them to change them from year to year and so can you.

I am simply printing them out on cardstock and I thought I could do them a couple of ways.  First, I can take them and place them on a poster.

Or if I see they won't fit into some other d├ęcor ideas they can be added to a pencil and placed in a container for parents to grab the pencil by my sign up sheets.

Head on over to grab your own set.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Preventing the Summer Slide: Money Review

SUMMER IS HERE!!!!   I love saying that!  Can you tell?  :)  Sleeping in and participating in fun activities like Vacation Bible School the past week make it all fun.  Family time ranks at the top of my list and summer trips.  The list just keeps going. 

Over the next couple of months of summer I plan on preventing the summer slide here at my house so I thought it might be a great link up and some fun for us to gather our best free products that we can share with others to help prevent that dreaded summer slide.  I plan on adding some free stuff and you my readers can link up your free products to add to the list.

Here is what you do: 

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1.  Share the button above on your blog.
2.  Link up your free item or product (blog or store) that would help prevent the summer slide.  (FREE only please!!!)
3.  Come on back -check often as I will be randomly posting new free things and link ups. 

So for my first summer slide freebie this is a money review task cards for firsties that are learning about money and beginning to count it.  There are 12 cards included in the set.  Click on the picture to head on over to get your own free copy.
Now link up your freebie to share to help with that summer slide. 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

End of the Year Sharing Writing Activity

 Can you believe it?????   It is almost the end of the year!   I have to admit I am ready for it.   Before we let those little ones go I thought it might be a fun activity to have our kiddos share with the next group of students coming in on the first day of school or at our back to school meeting about our school year .

 These little newsletters are just what we are going to do before the final school bell rings.  I will have a little activity all ready for the next school year.  And the best part....they are FREE!
Click on the newsletter pictures to pick up your copy. 
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation Sale and $10 Gift Card Giveaway

Hey everyone!  Have you heard??????   Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Teacher Appreciation Sale.  Today and tomorrow you can save up to 28% by adding the code Celebrate to your coupon code at checkout. 
   I am super excited to SHARE this with you!  I am celebrating a little milestone at my store and I received a $10 gift card from TpT to share in this giveaway.
                                                    Sale banner courtesy of Glitter Meets Glue

 Here is what you can do. 

1.  Follow me at my store: (Click on pic and it will take you there)  While you are there find one of my products you like and share it on Facebook.  I would really appreciate it.  :)
2.  Follow this blog and share with me about how you would pay this gift card forward.  Do you have a new teacher in your building who needs a little boost at this time of the year?  Do you have a teacher in your building who had a tough year?  Do you have a teacher in your building who doesn't know about TpT and all of it's awesome teacher sellers???  Bring them some Spring Cheer and send them some love. 
3.  Follow me on Instagram.  Click on the picture and it will take you to my Instagram account and become a follower....leave a comment on the Teacher Appreciation page.
So simple!!!!  Here is the giveaway:  Don't wait it ends tomorrow night. 
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