Blog Swap: Kreative in Kindergarten

Welcome to the blog swap and hop! I'm excited to have Crystal here today!! After you've read her amazing post, come see me over at Heidi Samuelson's blog, Swamp Frog First Graders!
Greetings teacher friends! I am so glad to be guest blogging on one of my favorite blogs. I puffy heart love Hadar!

Let’s be honestsometimes our classrooms look like the animals in the zoo, a car of clowns from the circus, or a sold out PG movieyes we put the FUN in dysFUNctional.  I thought I would share with you some of my favorite classroom management ideas and pinspiring pics!

Star Jar: I am always telling my class “I am looking for a shining star.” This is my version of a treasure box. I just bought a glass cookie jar from Target (love) and filled it will all kinds of goodies. It’s like telling kids they get a Happy Meal (because they want the toyright?).

Sweet Treats: I realize that many schools don’t allow candy anymore and I don’t necessarily agree with sugaring kids up. I think it’s a good rule. I keep this small glass jar, also from Target, filled with seasonal sweets. For example during October, I will fill it with candy corn. It always amazes me what a child will do for ONE m&m or ONE candy heart. I always get compliments on how clean my room is and it costs me about three m&m’s a day.

Treasure Box: I have a very small metal tin in the shape of a treasure box. I keep it filled with all kinds of stickers. I buy the stickers out of the dentist magazines, the big square ones. Oh, they feel beyond special when they get a princess or superman sticker.  If they get to go to the treasure box, the get to choose one sticker.

Swell Smell: I buy different flavors of chapstick and try and keep one in my pocket. This works great especially for in the hall. I will tell them to put their hand on their head and rub the chapstick on their hand so they can smell it. It's always great to stock up on these during the after Christmas sales because they have tons at WalMart for stocking stuffers for the holidays. The kids LOVE them!

Green Fish Lunch: At our school, we "flip fish" when kids are in trouble. If you go the entire six weeks without flipping more than one green fish (because everyone has a bad day), you get to have lunch with me in the classroom while we enjoy a movie. The kids can't wait for this! They really don’t even talk to me during this lunch. It’s just cool to sit in our room and watch Magic School Bus while other kids are in the lunch room. Next year we aren’t doing fish, but we will figure out a way to keep this tradition going.  For some kids, it works.
Here are a few PINTEREST inspired classroom management ideas! I plan on trying a few this year!

I always “bless” my students with stickers and treasures on a whim. I think that keeps them on their toes. For the upcoming school year, I am going to try out a clip chart. I have never done this before but I am excited...I think. EE K! Though, I am not sure how the moving up and down thing will work. What if they have moved up and then they are REALLY naughty? Do you move them back every day?  This teacher needs to be schooled on this! Haha!

Here is a freebie just for sweet little you. It’s a clip chart and I hope you L.O.V.E. love it. If you don’t that is okay too. Thanks for one my favorite blogging buddies, Hadar, for letting me hang out at her blog crib todayand NO I have not been watching MTV during summer break, ehem. J


Here’s hoping you have a great upcoming school year and that it doesn't cost you a million stickers, m&m’s, treasures, or an eye twitch. You laugh but two years ago, I had a kid that gave me an eye twitch. I can’t even say his name. That will break the terms of agreement with the therapist. J J/K 

Sending you love and virtual hugs from Kreative in Kinder! Come by and see me. I am the hot mess Kindergarten teacher with the pink polka dots on the side. J



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14 comments

  1. These are great ideas! I like your metal treasure chest. Smart to make your clip chart with solids and patterns-they will really be able to tell the uh-oh spots!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  2. I love the chapstick idea- my prek students would love that.


    Swimming Into Learning

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  3. I love the ideas! I need to find a dentist magazine to get some of those big stickers! :0)

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  4. I am going to need to try the swell smell...I am wondering how I can tie it in with my helpful hearts or kindness flowers. =)

    You always crack me up Crystal! =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  5. Just a heads up...the first pinterest inspired picture is from my blog! :)
    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

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  6. I LOVE all of the different ideas you shared! :)

    Michelle
    Apples and ABC's

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  7. Tons of great ideas! Last year I implemented bucket filling and it was the BEST thing I've ever implemented!

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  8. I love your management ideas! I definitely need to make a Star Jar this year & Swell Smells is just pure genius! Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  9. Thanks for the ideas. I'm going to try the swell smells as well.

    I started the clips moving up and down last year and I loved it. I work in a church school so the idea of "redemption" was a great one. Otherwise, if they think they've blown it for the day there's no incentive for them to try to do better.

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  10. Such fun ideas!! I love the Chapstick one especially. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  11. You had some great ideas for reinforcing good behavior. I enjoyed seeing them all.

    ✿April✿
    Grade School Giggles

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  12. Cute ideas. I have so enjoyed this blog hop. Hadar, I've chatted with you on TPT, don't know WHY I've never been to your blog before. I really feel like a ...duh moment!!!! haha

    I'm now following you along with thousands of others! :)

    Cynthia
    2nd Grade Pad

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