Sep 1, 2015

Sketch Pads Ready

I just wrapped up making my Sketch pads for my kindergarten students.  I plan on using these several ways in my classroom.  Several students arrive in the morning as soon as the bell rings and get their "jobs" done leaving with them about 10 free minutes until the tardy bell rings.  A great friend, yes that's you Kim, suggested that I try these out in my classroom.  I think I am going to love them!!  The "rule" is only one page a "morning" and they must go left to right in the booklet.  I will also put them as a choice in my writing center once I open it up in the next week.  I love telling them that they are like authors and illustrators and have to have a sketch pad to write/draw their ideas so they don't forget them!  Maybe I need a sketch pad when I head upstairs and can't remember why I went upstairs!!  ha, ha

You have gotta love a husband who will help you cut the composition notebooks and a fabulous student teacher who helps you laminate the front covers!! Gotta love teamwork~

Aug 28, 2015

Bridges Math In Kindergarten and 7 Habits

Our district adopted Bridges Math for grades K-5.  We have been using it this week and the students absolutely love it.  We did a lot of sorting this week and really focused hard on the word attribute.  Today we all got to take off one shoe and discussed different ways to sort our shoes.  The students love think-pair-share to discuss different attributes with their friends.  Work places is another component of the Bridges Math.  The students loved exploring some new work places "centers" this week.  Number corner is another component of the program.  I was amazed at how much they absorbed this week of five frames, ten frames, and counting on from the 5 frame.  I think I am going to love this new math program!
Next week we will start our September Math Journals...check out our TPT store for a great easy math journal to help your students become great problem solvers!!
Since we are a Leader In Me School, we have been introducing the 7 habits this past week.  We read a book for each habit and did some kind of fun activity to help remind us of this habit.  The students loved signing their name to our kindergarten pledge.  


Aug 13, 2015

TEAM Monthly Goal Posters Posted In TPT

We have had many requests to put our TEAM monthly posters on TPT.  Well, we are happy to announce we did it!!!  These posters are editable, too!!  Here is how I use them~

Monthly Goals Placed In Homework Binder:
After the students and I write up our monthly goals and place them on my monthly TEAM poster in my room, I type them up (editable component in our TPT packet) and put them in a clear page protector.  I then place them into each child's homework binder in the front.  This allows parents to know about our monthly TEAM goals.

Monthly Goals In Room On Poster
I took these pages from TPT and had Walgreens make them into posters for me.  I believe I used the 16x20 size.  It is perfect because I bought a CHEAP poster frame and placed these monthly posters in the the frame.  This allows me to use a visa-via marker and write the goals with the kids.  When we are done, I can erase the marker from the poster frame and put the next month in the frame.  This allows me to buy the monthly posters one time and be able to use them ALL YEAR long!!!

Data Binders:
At the end of the month, I take out the monthly TEAM goal sheets from each child's homework binder.  We take them out of the clear pouch and place them into their Data Binders. 

Reflection For Data Binder:
At the end of the month, we reflect on how we did as a class on our TEAM monthly goals.  I use a chart piece of paper to write our results.  Once our results are in, I type up the results and send it home to parents so they can see how we have SCORED.  I also put this write up in the DATA Binder behind the monthly goal sheet.

Focus Wall
These goal sheets also go along with my focus wall.  I take my goals from my grade card and have them on my focus wall.  Then we keep "score" on how we are doing on these objectives.  The kids are self monitoring on how they feel they are doing on the goals.  Then once I assess the students on the goals, I write down our results on our SCORE CARD!!!

I will take pictures of all of this and post it today for you to see all of this in action!

Here is the direct link on TPT to purchase our Monthly Goal Charts:  click here.

Aug 9, 2015

Goal Celebrations For Kindergarten Using A Spirit Celebration Bin

The last 2 years I have had a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) theme in my classroom.  Every year I have added more things to it which has been making it pretty easy to create a new classroom look each year.  
We just got back from a week of vacation tonight, but I started working on my to do list for tomorrow!  
We love to celebrate all kinds of goals in our classroom.  We love to celebrate when we reach a goal as a class and when individuals reach their individual goals.  So, I designed/created a celebration bin that we can use when we reach our goals.  I had ordered some things last year from Oriental Trade and used some other items to create our Spirit Celebration Bin!  We also do a Spirit Team at our school as one of our Leadership Teams and these will come in quite handy for that team!!
I used my Cricut machine, a black laundry basket from Wal-Mart, and some scrap ribbon and tulle to create the Spirit Celebration Bin.  I did 2 celebrate sides, so that is why there are only 3 sides showing.  
I will be posting TONS of pictures this week as my room needs to be done by Thursday!!  
We have had several people ask about whether or not we can put our TEAM goal sheets on TPT...well your wishes have come true as SueBeth and I have been working on this packet to make it editable.  I will post pictures tomorrow of these goal sheets and posters that I created last year.  The posters were copied last week and are ready to go again this year!!!  


Jul 29, 2015

Wrapping Up...Getting Closer To Being Finished!!

We start school on August 17, with our family leaving soon on our vacation I know that I need to have my room done in the next few days.  So, I have been wrapping some things up.  
Here are what my boards in my window looked like after I spray painted them black and added some border.

A side view of the 4 "bulletin boards" that I have in my classroom.

Here is what the fall bulletin board looks like after it has been updated.

Here is the summer board.

Spring board~

Winter board~

Popcorn Goal board finished except for once students have reached their goal, they will write their name on a piece of popcorn.  The side board will be for our behavior monthly goal accomplishments.

Another view of this board.

This monthly behavior goal accomplishment is almost done.  I love it because it will be done for the year!!!  Need to add one more thing today and it will be done!!
 Well, headed back into school this morning to wrap up a few more things.  I usually head out by noon because it has been pretty hot around here lately.  I will definitely take and share more pictures of what I wrap up for today!!