Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I've Been Up To Wednesday

Some of you have seen this already on My Instagram…but I had to share it  here since it took SO much of my time and energy the other day!  Good news: My Jack approves! 
I also painted my stool AGAIN…the bottom half used to be white, with the red top and dots….but I am loving the blue!
And what about this light-up arrow?  I got it at Target and was thinking of letting my students turn it on when they have a great idea!
Just the beginning of my hall display….just a start!!
And I had to share these panoramic views of my classroom, not because I am finished but because it took SO much work to unpack my closet and get everything where it goes (for now!)



My shark door was inspired by an adorable shark found photo on my Pinterest Board {here} but it is a dead link =(  I will keep looking for the original source and update it when I find it! =)
And if you haven't entered my giveaway for a classroom brochure, you still have time {here}
What have you been up to?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Custom Classroom Brochure for Open House {Giveaway}

Are you getting ready for Open House or Meet the Teacher?  Are you at least thinking about getting ready, like me?!! Meet the Teacher is one of those things that is a whirlwind of informations, meeting your parents and kids, and so much fun….but let's be honest, it can be super stressful, too!  SO much information to try and remember to tell them in such a short amount of time!
One of the things I've done for many years is to provide parents a brochure that introduces me, outlines my grading and homework procedures, supply list, snack and lunch details, etc.  It is a lifesaver, I can just give them one of these brochures and even if I forget to mention something that night, it is still in there for them to review later!!  
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About 3 years ago I started selling custom brochures on TpT and it's been a great adventure to see so many different styles and information for teachers across the country!
You can check out my Custom Classroom Brochures on TpT {Here

I've used my printer at home to print them over the years, but this year I used Best Value Copy and they turned out perfectly…for a great price (they usually have coupons for color copies)!
This is what my student desks looked like last year at Meet the Teacher:
Here are some examples of brochures I've done in the past:
(I deliberately left it small to protect the information of the customers)
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Hope you love them as much as I do!  Happy Sunday Y'all! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Photo Albums for Math Review is a Bright Idea!

I've seen this idea used over the years, but was reminded of it on Pinterest a while back {here}… how smart is it to use flash cards in a bragbook with a dry erase marker to review facts?  So smart!
I got the brag books from Target and Walmart =)  This idea would also work with handwriting flashcards, or ?? The sky is the limit!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Daily 5 {Second Edition} FREEBIE and Book Study Ch 9

 The beginning of the chapter is focused on what to do when you have a "barometer" child who is repeatedly the one that is keeping your class from building stamina.  (Barometer as in, affects the "weather" of your room)  Hello?  My son!
They list 4 steps to helping this type of child gain independence and build stamina:
Step 1
Reflection
Step 2
Extra Support
Step 3
In-Class Modifications
Step 4 
Gradual Release of In-Class Modifications
The only part of the chapter that I wasn't 100% sold on was when in Step 2 they said to keep a child in from PE to build stamina…of course, they said for only 2-3 minutes, but it has been my experience with kids like my son that if everyone else has gone to PE, he will not be able to focus on anything seriously…and possibly meltdown as a bonus.  I think using this method depends on the specific child.  
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I loved in Step 3 when the authors pointed out (as if in response to teachers saying it isn't "fair" to the other kids) that the "tools" are only for kids who need it and that other children will understand.  There may be some minor jealousy at first, but once the rest of the class is used to it, I agree that the "tools" lose their charm.  I also liked the idea of rotating the reading with a timer and then manipulating the "tool" for a specific time…then back to reading…then manipulative time.  I think this would be great for my son who needs Brain Breaks.  
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The rest of the last chapter has sample guest teacher plans, methods for welcoming new students into your Daily 5 routine, and how to inform parents about your D5 time.
I have enjoyed the second edition, more even than the first. 
 And now for your FREEBIE!  If you've read the chapter, then you are familiar with how to use these printables, but basically they are useful to encourage kids who NEED it…kids who are STRUGGLING!  The Plan to be Positive Pages are to help {you and I} keep track of focusing on the POSITIVE with those kids who maybe don't always make it easy to "accentuate the positive"…this makes US focus on OUR behavior…are we focusing on their positive behaviors throughout the day, even at the end of the day?  If not, maybe we need to send in reinforcements toward the end of the day =)
  Get your FREEBIE {HERE}
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The activities included in this pack are perfect for Daily 5.  The cards are rewards to hand out to children that may need additional encouragement or positive feedback as they build stamina. The “Plan to be Positive” page is a visual reminder for the teacher to observe and give a “barometer” student feedback for positive behaviors and interactions.  These pages are for you to record with checkmarks and keep in a plan book or conferring notebook  (you might even laminate or place in a plastic sleeve and use with a dry erase marker to save paper). Let’s try to be POSITIVE!   
*I only created 2 pages of cards... I feel these should be temporary and only used with kids that are in need of additional encouragement, moving them away from tangible rewards as their stamina increases.
I hope you've gotten as much out of this book study as I have! 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Southeast Blogger Meet Up {in Alabama}

If you live in the Southeast and you've never been to one of our meet-ups, here's your chance!  We'd love to see you there!  Birmingham is a nice central location, right?
We are moving it to Superior this year, one of my favorite restaurants! Usually after the meet up we take a "quick" trip down to Hobby Lobby…so much fun!  Be sure to bring your coupons!  The check-out people LOVE me!
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Here are some pictures from our last meet-up!
 Vickie, Me, Angela, and Sarah
 Dana, Me, Katie, and Linda



 It is so much fun to connect with, share stores, and become friends over delicious food!
Even if you're just getting into blogging, or thinking about it…you are welcome to join us!  
I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I Bought Wednesday!

My summer hasn't been super exciting (yet) but I have been able to get some shopping done…and as I was leaving my classroom the other day I looked around a some of my purchases and realized A.) I may have a problem B.)I appear to be slightly obsessed with shades of turquoise
 Containers marked down at Michaels…on sale?  I'm in!!
 A plastic work station mat for rolling chairs at Office Depot
 Baskets from Big Lots
 Containers that were marked down at Target
New stapler from Office Depot

Crates and bins from Target and Hobby Lobby

Stools from Hobby Lobby, marked down to half price!
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I've obviously been way more busy than I thought….I just wish those stools had some turquoise in them!! Dangnabit!
Anyway, this is what some friends and I are planning, so if you are in the southeast and are interested in attending, just let us know!  Everyone welcome!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Go Back to School with Freebielicious AND {My Apple Glyph}

Apple Week is one of my favorite times during the school year!  I love it! Last year I took the apples from my glyph pack and added eyes and cheeks, they turned out so cute!
To get you ready for your own Apple Week and Back to School, my girls at Freebielicious and I have teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great products for back to school including book studies, craftivities, classroom prep, and content materials for back to school!  With 23 instant downloads... you have to check it out {here}!  
My contribution to the bundle and to get you ready for school?
I chose to include my Apple Glyph Pack!   Fall is a great time to extend your apple unit with an Apple Glyph. Everything you need is included to create your own glyphs. Templates, directions and cute poster will help your class make the cutest apple glyphs around. Also included is the torn paper apple poem craft- complete with templates with 3 fill in the blank poems, directions, Emergent Reader for Color Words, Class Graph, Graphic Organizers, and writing activities
My pack has everything you'll need for your own Apple Week, well, except maybe for the apples!

Your kids will LOVE it!
For a limited time it is $34.99 from Educents which is 69% off!  Twenty-three products for your kinder and first grade classrooms and over 1200 pages of materials from some of your favorite teachers!  It's a bundle you are sure to LOVE!  Click {here} to see this awesome BTS bundle!


Click on the link below to take a peek at some of the other Freebielicious Teachers featured in this bundle - Nobody does Back to School like Freebielicious and Educents!