Friday, June 10, 2016

Change Is Good!

Hello bloggy friends! 
I have been gone for a little while because I have been super stressed out! After much prayer, thought, consideration, etc. I decided that this year would be my last year at my current school. I have been there for 10 years & I feel like I just need a change of scenery & a new path to follow. I will miss all my students, the staff, & the families that I have come to know & love. It is super hard to say good-bye to the school that I have given such a big piece of my heart to.

But, change is good, right!?

Here are some of the things that I am looking forward to:
1. Growing & learning as a teacher!
2. Making new friends :)
3. I'm moving back to KINDERGARTEN!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!! 

I started moving 10 years worth of teaching stuff to my new classroom. You don't realize how much you have until you have to pack it up & physically move it. Needless to say, there is a lot of purging going on! Do I really need those file folder math center games? Yes, I still had some of those oldies stuck in the back of the closet. Hello Mr. Trashcan! 

I am so excited to start this new adventure. I cannot wait to blog about all my new experiences- good & bad. Ha! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Let's Talk Writing

So this year my kiddos have really taken to writing. 
I mean REALLY!! 
They LOVE it!!
They love informational, small moment, opinion, choice, you name it. They have really great ideas & have really embraced writing
They are dropping the ball with conventions! 

I don't know how this happened. I'm teaching all the skills to them...capitals, punctuation, spacing, blah, blah, blah...
They are just not havin' it!
They just seem to disregard the need for any sort of convention. 
So, I'm busting out my good ole friend that I used with pretty good success when I taught kindergarten.
 It looks like this:
It's nothing new! In fact, I've sent it to a gajillion of you over the years! I get emails for this! 
It's nothing special, but you WILL have to do some lessons on how to use a checklist. 
If you do it correctly this can be a very handy tool for you & your students! 
Let me know what you think!
Happy Teaching!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hello...Is This Thing On??

Hi Bloggy friends!!
I have REALLLYYY been missing you lately!
I have had more than my fair share of crazy happening lately & I am hoping that I can get back to blogging more now. 

Anyway, enough about me...
Do you students LOVE using the dotters as much as mine do??
I am sooo over winter, but I made this little ditty to wrap up any & all winter-ish activities for this year. 
They have to roll one die, add ten, & dot the answer. If they finish dotting before time is up I let them color the picture. This is one center that is super engaging & keeps them pretty quiet as I work with small groups.

I have Roll & Dot activities in ALL of my "Save the ink" math packets. They all have different directions... sometimes they roll 2 dice & add them together, sometimes they roll 3 dice & add, sometimes they roll & subtract the small # from the big #...there are soooo many variations.

Here is this cutie for you for FREE!!
Try it out with your kiddos & see how they like it...
(click the pic to grab it!)

Let me know how it goes!!
Until next time...
Happy Teaching!! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Purple Power!

Hello Bloggy Friends!!
I want to show you the most awesome thing everrrr.

Look at her...
Isn't she a beauty?!

It is the new Popular Purple Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies. I loooove the pencil sharpeners that they make! Just take a look at the power that this little purple princess produces- did you get all that alliteration? Ha!

It gets my pencils so sharp! I'm pretty sure pencils this sharp are  probably illegal in some states...not! But, seriously, they get REAllllly sharp! 
*Bonus- They don't have that dreaded- lopsided-half sharpened- make me crazy- why does this happen to me- issue! 
You know what I'm talking about...oh, the frustration!! 
Here is some interesting info that you may not know about this awesome little company:
  1. It is run by a teacher, just like us, that was fed up with all the pencil sharpeners on the market. So, he knows!! :)
  2. These sharpeners are super quiet & they have a 90 day money back guarantee....but, you will love it & won't need to use it! 
  3. They will ship this Perfect Purple Package of happiness to you for FREE! 

SO...what are you waiting for??
Go get your own Popular Purple Perfectly Perfect Pencil Sharpener- NOW!! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Data, Data, & MORE Data!

Hello Bloggy Friends!!

I have officially made it to the end of the first quarter, finished report cards, and had conferences with all my parents! 
Whew...that was super quick!

In this post I want to show you something that made mid-terms, report cards, and conferences a lot less painful/stressful/grueling/etc.... 

Here goes nothing...

One of my MAJOR goals this year is for my kiddos to take accountability for their own learning & behavior. I wanted it to be something that would:
  1. Be extremely easy to manage. 
  2. Be kid friendly.
  3. Give me good data.

Enter the data folder...

 Each kiddo has one of these and having them on the file folder saves me a lot of paper clutter & paper shuffling when I need to find a certain page or student. Disclaimer: I am super OCD when it comes to clutter! 

 I just go here to my handy dandy hanging folder pocket thingy. Each kid's folder is bright & easy to find (and in ABC order...did I mention the OCD?). I just grab the folder & the kiddo & we get down to business.

So, do you wanna see inside the folder????
Heck yeah, you do!! 

Here is the front of the folder. It has the BIG skills that I will teach in math this 1st quarter. This is not all I will teach in 1st quarter, it's just the meat of the quarter that I think is the most important. I pre-assess them at the beginning of the quarter & I will assess again in the middle & at the end so that they can see the growth that they made! 
It's so cool! 
This sheet will change by the quarter. 

Inside the folder is literacy. Reading on the left & writing on the right. The reading sheet will stay in the folder the entire year. There is no need to change it. The writing sheet will change with each new writing unit. Right now we are doing personal narratives. At the bottom of the writing sheet we write in the goals that the student needs to work on. She decided on these goals by herself based on her own, that's what I'm talking about!! 
 The weekly behavior page is on the back. On Friday, each child comes to me really quick to look at their behavior for the week. The STUDENT decides which face he deserves. Then, we talk about ways to improve. That's what I write in the comments so we can remember from week to week. 

 Now, that's accountability for ya! 

The pictures are from the 1st 4 weeks of school. When I got to the end of the quarter I had all the data right there to make filling out my mid-terms & report cards a breeze. 
Mainly, I LOOOOVEEE the fact that the students are super involved in this process. Anyone can come to my room & ask one of my students about reading, writing, math, or behavior goals & the students can either tell them or they can show them the folder. It is awesome!! 

So here's the sweet friend Kim from Mrs. J's Jitterbugs created it! 
She said that I can give one away for FREEEEE!! could win this baby!!

1. Just follow her TpT Store 
2. Leave me a comment on this post to tell me that you followed         her.
3. You can win one of your very own!! 

There are pages for CCSS standards in math for the year. There are also pages for writing- narrative, opinion, & information. You saw the reading & high frequency words & behavior pages. Seriously check it will LOVE it just like me!! 

Show my friend some love!! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall Break!

Woo Hoo!!
 I am on a 2 week Fall Break!!
Clip art credit: Graphics From the Pond
I really needed this break. Keep in mind that I have been teaching for 9 weeks. We went back to school in mid-July. So, my kiddos were crawling the walls for a break, too! I've got some stuff in the works & I am hoping to use some of this time to get it ready for you! 
I am excited to rest & rejuvenate!
Happy Fall Y'all!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Let's Talk Math

Hello bloggy friends!! 
Today I am talking math with ya! 
At my school the name of the game is NO WORKSHEETS! And, yes, recording sheets are considered work sheets! I don't even try to's not worth it! 
Really though it's not all that bad. I rarely used sheets in math anyway so there weren't many tears shed on this one! 
So, you ask...what DO you do for math centers??

Here are a few of my math centers (please ignore the fact that some are winter...I've been a slacker taking pics this year. You'll still get the idea...)
Let me start by saying that I do the SAME centers over & over...gasp!! 

No, really...I just change the difficulty, theme, standard, whatever to keep the centers feeling like they are fresh and new. This is a huge WIN for me because I never have to reteach how to do a center after they have learned the game. I do 4/5 centers a week & the kiddos know how to play 10 different centers. This is how I can keep things feeling new but the kiddos know how to play them! 
 This is a roll & ___ game. It may be roll & add 1, add 10, take away 1, take away 2...the list goes on. BUT, because they already know the premise of the game I can change it to whatever I see that they need & they automatically know how to play it.(I think that this game was actually a "Mittens PLUS 10" game...can you say typo?)
 I am a huge fan of getting the kiddos moving so I usually have a "____ the Room" center. It may be add the room, count the room, subtract the room, solve the room....again, the possibilities are endless. I can change it to whatever my kiddos need. Below you can see a "Measure the Room" center. I teach them how to record their work in their math journals so NO WORKSHEETS! Win!!

How easy is it to throw out some 10 frames, manips, & flash cards? Again, the possibilities...

Holy cow...domino centers can last forever! This time I had them doing commutative property of addition. You can do addition, subtraction, +10, -10, +1, -1, ...I could go on & on & on.... ha! Go to the dollar store & grab some cheapie dominoes & you will be set! 

Well, I hope that you found some of this to be helpful!
If you hung on this long I have a cutie freebie for ya! 
It one of my Roll & Add games with the apple theme. So fun for the fall! There are 2 versions so you can differentiate. 
PLEASE leave some comment love if you snag it!