Sunday, September 14, 2014

Classroom Pictures {2014}!!!

My favorite time of the year is here, sharing classroom pictures!! One of my all time favorite things about teacher blogs is getting a glimpse into other teachers' classrooms! I love that I can visit so many wonderful classrooms and never even have to change out of my PJs ;) I waited a couple of weeks before taking pictures of my classroom so that the walls weren't totally bare! I am SO excited to share them with you today!

Where the learning happens! I love our meeting place! 
This is where we have our students gather in the morning, and before we start a lesson.
The clothesline hangs across the room to hold various projects. I am obsessed with it! It makes our room like so cheerful! We made those adorable self portraits during the first week of school. You can find the idea {here} and the templates {here}.
This is one of my favorite bulletin boards! {Well actually, I love all the bulletin boards in my room so that's not really fair ;)} It will show off lots of great student work!

This board houses our monthly dictation. Each month, we take a picture with a cute prop, complete a sentence frame and illustrate our drawings. At the end of the year, we put all the pages together into a cute memory book. It's fun to look back and see all the growth that occurred during their kindergarten year! {those extra spaces are for new students! Can you believe we started out the year with only 26 kiddos!?}
 On the first day of school, we read Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and wrote about how we got ready for kindergarten! Then we took a picture holding our K for kindergarten :)
You can grab the dictation pages for each month {here}.

We also learned all about shapes! You can grab these shape poems {here}. I printed them two to a page so they are a little smaller.

Here's another bulletin board for more student work. I love the color combo on this one!

Our Wonderful Word Wall! We will add lots of words to it all year long!
Here's a look at our small group table.
The board behind it has our 100's chart for calendar, our daily schedule, and our writing posters!

 And here's a look at our adorably beautiful calendar wall {if I do say so myself ;)}
The black and white banner is from the party aisle at Target! It's meant to be used as a chalkboard banner, but I glued bulletin board letters onto it instead. To read more about how we do calendar in our classroom {click here}.
The calendar set is from Creative Teaching Press.
 Grab the "I Lost a Tooth" sign and notes {here}.

As part of our school wide PBIS, we worked together as a class to illustrate the first rule of our school, "Stop, Think and Solve." Each table group worked together to come up with a way to "Stop, Think and Solve" in our classroom. Then they illustrated the picture. They always turn out so cute!
 And finally, I updated our sharp and dull pails with cute little signs and ribbon and I love how they turned out!
Hope you enjoyed the little tour!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Target Gift Card Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to my favorite store to go school shopping: Target!

Target is my favorite place to shop because you can buy just about anything that was ever created and you know it happens because honestly, who leaves Target spending less than $100?! #nooneever  Here's some fun and useful items I found at Target this summer that were instrumental in setting up my classroom!

Purchase #1: Plastic Bins.
My teaching partner and I are trying out a new system for centers! I love these bins because the colored lids help our students differentiate between literacy centers and math centers. {this is a tough skill for 5 year olds #truestory} These are such a steal at 5 for $5 which is good because we need way too many...

Purchase #2: Cute Pails.
The Dollar Spot always has the best selection of goodies to use in your classroom. I fell in love with these pails, adding some cute ribbon and labels from my friend Tara and boom! Super cute pails for sharpened and dull pencils!

Purchase #3: Pennant Banner.
I saw these adorable chalkboard pennant banners in the party aisle while I was looking for party supplies with my sister {for reals! we really needed party supplies...} and I LOVED them, but I'm super OCD about my handwriting so I was nervous to use the chalk that came with them. Once I realized that I could adhere already made letters onto them, I raced back to Target and snatched them right up!

So as my "welcome back" gift to you, I am giving away $25 in Target spending money to one lucky winner!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. I’ll choose a winner a week from today.

But, wait! That’s not ALL!

The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom d├ęcor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!

To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!

Also, while you are there, be sure to check out what the other Freebie-ladies are giving away. Be prepared for some AMAZING prizes. Take a peek at some of them below!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guest Blogger {Fluency and Fitness!}

A few weeks ago, my sweet friend Brittany posted an amazing resource on her new blog and I was quickly obsessed! I begged her to share her fabulous idea with you all here on my blog, and guess what!? She agreed! Woohoo! I'm so excited to be sharing her with you today!

I’m so excited and grateful to be a guest blogger on Hadar’s amazing blog! My name is Brittany and my
blog is Tickled Pink in Primary. I’m a new blogger, and would love for you to
check out my page.

I’m thrilled to show you my new series called Fluency & Fitness. Fluency is
such an important part of learning. The most common way to practice fluency is
drill and practice with flashcards to quickly review letters, sight words,
numbers, etc. My Fluency & Fitness bundles help students produce those
skills quickly, but also gets students moving and having fun!

Here’s a sample of my Letter Fluency & fitness bundle which includes uppercase
letters, lowercase letters, and a mixture of both.

Watch the video below to see an example of how to use Fluency & Fitness.

As you can see, you simply project this slideshow onto a big screen and flip through the slides as fast or slow as you think your students can do each skill. When they see an exercise slide, they have to do that exercise until you click to the next screen.

I have created a number version as well with 3 slideshows: 0-10, 0-20, 0-100 The 0-100 slideshow does not do all numbers to 100, but I picked about 30 random numbers for them to practice. I practiced this with a colleague’s group of 1st graders who LOVED it! You’ll even see they are excited to do the push-ups :)

This teacher has been having trouble getting PDF’s to open, so we had to use the PowerPoint which means my cute fonts didn’t show up right! As you can see in the picture below, the numbers are age appropriate because I used the Miss Kindergarten font!

Here are a few more versions I’ve made and I have plans for more!

Hope you love them as much as I do! Thanks again to Hadar for letting me take over her blog for the day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Super Sight Word Spellers!

Sight words are such an integral part of early literacy.  Not only do they help our students become better readers, but they also become much more confident in their learning when they feel successful! Sight words comprise almost 75% of children's' text, so it is very important to practice, practice, practice! You can read more about how I explicitly teach sight words in this blog post. Today, I want to share with you a super fun way to get your students excited about practicing reading and writing their sight words!

Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}

Super Sight Word Spellers are a collection of 18 task cards that provide your students with fun, hands-on ways to practicing spelling their sight words! You can set up the task cards in your word work station, writing station or any other convenient place in your classroom or home. 

I printed out 4 of the task cards and placed them in these cute frames. I found the adorable pedestal frames at Michaels {seriously how cute is the chevron!} and you can also find them at Ikea
I just thought it would be a fun and unique way to make this station feel more special to my students, but you definitely don't need frames to use these task cards in your classroom. You can simply place them in a basket or hole punch the corners and keep them together with a ring instead.

Each task card includes a written explanation as well as a visual sample so that it's super kid friendly. At this center, my students will use letter stamps {one of their favorite tools!} to stamp their sight words on their paper. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to really practice each sight word. They have to think about each letter in the word, find the stamp and then stamp it in the correct order.

Another fun way to get your students excited about writing the sight words is by allowing them to use their "fancy writing". For the majority of the school day, we focus so much on making our writing legible and using our neatest handwriting, that it's fun to be allowed to write in a "fancy" way every now and again!

We also apply other important language skills while writing our sight words. In this task, we are first ordering the words in alphabetical order and then writing them on our paper.

My favorite thing about these little frames is that they double frames. You can display a picture on both the front and the back! So it only made sense that I printed out the words for my students to practice and place them behind each task card!

I also will have my students use our word wall words to complete each task since my focus this year is to be better about using our word wall!

Here's a look at all the task cards included! 
{I also created a set that directs students to practice their spelling words instead so that they can be used for more than one skill}
Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}

You can have your students use the recording sheets provided, or have them write their words in a notebook or on loose leaf paper. This center lends itself to simplicity! You can use as much or as little as you need!
Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}

You can grab these spelling task cards in my TpT store!
Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}

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