Aug 28, 2014

First Four Days and Brave Enough To Do Journal Writing

We just completed our first full 4 days of kindergarten.  The students have off Friday and teachers in our district have inservice on SLO's for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Here are a couple of pictures of what we did the last couple of days:

 Our math journals continue to be a big seller on our TPT store.  We have a math journal for each month.  One of the best things about them is that you just copy them, staple them, and they are ready to go.  Shhhhh...this year I have them copied for the entire year!!  SOOOOOOO easy!  Click here  for our September Math Journals on our TPT store. 

Aug 20, 2014

Back To School Boost

We are taking part in the one day TPT Back To School Boost Sale.  Just click on the following link to take you to our store:

Aug 19, 2014

Be The Difference Giveaway Winners Chosen

The Mailbox generously offered to give away 10 subscriptions for one free year of The Mailbox Gold to 10 lucky Busy Bee followers. We finally have our list of 10 winners that will be contacted soon by The Mailbox.  These winners either left us an email or contacted us via Facebook.  Thanks everyone for entering!!
Our winners are:  Mrs. King, Kelly Brown, Robin Carrier, Dana Lester, Kristina Pritchard, Kim Miller, Maggie Gearing, Kelee Garmong, Alyson Combs, and Elizabeth Helser. 
Congratulations and thanks again for entering and for The Mailbox for sponsoring the Be the Difference giveaway.

Aug 18, 2014

All About Me Blog Hoppin

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for their Teacher Week: Who.  The one that really sticks out to me is the singing.  In kindergarten I do a lot of singing and I just always pray that an adult is not standing too close to my door!!

 We will be posting later tonight our 10 winners for THE MAILBOX GOLD. 

Aug 6, 2014

Be The Difference Giveaway

When SueBeth and I started teaching, The Mailbox was a definite hit with all classroom teachers and librarians.  Throughout the years, The Mailbox continues to be a "hit" with classroom teachers and librarians and has definitely done its part by keeping up with the 21st century.  It has gone from being a "magazine" to being a source where you are able to access curriculum ideas online.  There are TONS of classroom management forms, seasonal worksheets, and even a section called By Common Core Label to name just a few things offered through The Mailbox.

In keeping up with the 21st century you are going to want to head to The Mailbox Facebook page and make sure you like this fan page.  Once you become a fan of The Maibox Facebook page, you can join the Be The Difference Movement and capture a photo of what you are doing to BE THE DIFFERENCE in your classroom this year onto their Facebook page.  The Mailbox Facebook page also explains the BE THE DIFFERENCE sweepstakes on their fan page. 

The Mailbox has generously offered to give away 10 subscriptions for one free year of The Mailbox Gold to 10 lucky Busy Bee followers. Any teacher/grade level can enter and have a chance to win one of these subscriptions.  You can learn more about The Mailbox Gold and all it has to offer by clicking here

To enter to win one of the free subscriptions, leave a comment with your name and email below. The winners will be announced Sunday, August 18th.

Aug 5, 2014

Bubble Gum Rubric Up To Help With Marzano

As I have posted in previous posts, we used a Bubble Gum Rubric last year throughout our entire building.  This year I decided to jazz it up and put a second one in my classroom so that I have another place to reference to in my classroom. 
Today I put the finishing touches on it and I am in love with it!  I think the kids will love it, too.  
I did a TON, in my classroom today.  I will take pictures tomorrow of what I accomplished today, and get accomplished tomorrow.
Here is what my Bubble Gum Rubric Pocket Chart/Bulletin Board Area looks like now(sorry about the lighting glare):
It was such an easy bulletin board to put together! Copied, laminated, placed on the chart, and threw up my bubble gum items(pink balloons).
If you want to check it out on our TPT store, click here.

Aug 4, 2014

New Products, Updated Products Just In Time For The TPT Sale

WE DID IT!!  We got our new units posted along with some updated units up on TPT just in time for the BIG BACK TO SCHOOL TPT sale.
  Here are our new units/products that are now up on our TPT store:

Team Birthday Certificates:  There are 8 different certificates in this packet.  Regular Price $1.00 on sale for $0.80!

Writing Journal Covers:  These covers can be used for collecting journal writing for each month.  Both color and black/white versions are included in this packet.  They contain the months August-June.  Regular price $2.00 on sale for $1.60.

Bubble Gum Rubric and Bubble Gum Bulletin Board Set:  This set will work great with implementing this bubble gum rubric in your classroom.  Regular price is $6.00 on sale it is $4.80.

Shapes Into Shapes Packet to help teach KG6.  This packet provided activities that can be used in centers/large group.  A booklet on creating shapes into shapes is also included in the packet.  Regular price is $3.00 on sale it is $2.40.  

I hope to be back tomorrow with some room progress pictures! 

Aug 3, 2014

Hilton Head Vacation Over Which Means Bustin' My Room Time and New Products

This is the latest that our family has ever been able to take family vacations because we always had to work around the kids' sporting schedules.  I will have to say that I loved taking a vacation this time of the year because I felt like I had a "vacation" right before it was time to hit my room in full force this week.
We have some awesome new products that should hit our TPT store just in time for the big sale!  Our trip took 14 driving hours each way and for me working on my computer makes time go so much faster!!

Sneak peak of a couple new things...
Our entire school implemented a Bubble Gum Rubric last year, Bubble Gum Rubric For Rating Work and Effort On Individual And Group Projects(link to TPT).  We already created one product last year to help with visually displaying it in our classroom last year, but this year we have created another visual to use in your classroom.  Can't wait to share our new product and take pictures of how I am using it in my classroom.  If your district uses the Marzano Evaluation System, then this is the perfect tool for you!!  I used it in my kindergarten class last year and the kids/parents/teachers loved it!!!  More to come on this rubric.
 Another product that is ready to hit our TPT store is our Shapes Into Shapes Booklet.  I struggled how to teach this KG6 standard last year, so SueBeth and I decided to put this standard into a little booklet to help students with this standard.  Here is a sneak peak of this product:

To go along with our Bubble Gum Rubric, our goals need to be posted in our classroom.  I jazzed up what I did last year and threw this easy packet together.  This packet will contain easy templates to use monthly in your room along with easy templates to communicate these goals home to your parents! 

 I love doing Data Binders in kindergarten.  We have been doing them for the last several year...each year I try to make something better and easier.  Last year our entire school (K-5) had the same headings in our Data Binders.  One of those headings was celebrations, so this year I decided over the summer to create some things that I could put into that heading to jazz it up and also send home a copy to parents to improve my communication with these celebrations!  Here is a sneak peek at what one of the pages in this packet looks like...

I have done Poem Booklets different for the past several years.  Before last year, 2013-2014 school year I bought spiral notebooks or created my own by using blank pages and the binding machine in our buildings.  Then I copied the poem we were doing for the week and had to trim the poem so that it would fit into the booklets nicely, pass them out to the kids to glue in, and know that they were gluing it on the wrong page, using too much glue, etc. So, for some reason last year, I got "smart" over the summer and took these poems and threw them into a Poem Booklet.  The booklet is already to go, all you have to do is throw it in the copier and it is done for the entire year.  I numbered the pages, so when we say today's poem is on page 15, they know right where to find it!!  This item is already in our TPT store, so you might want to throw it in your cart before the sale begins!  I plan on going in to school tonight and throwing mine in the copier while I work in my room.  Tomorrow I am printing the covers, binding it, and it is done for the entire school year.  Poem and Song Collection For An Entire Year is the title of this collection.  It normally sells for $5.00, but will be on sale during the TPT sale along with all items from our TPT store!!   created a new title page this year, so the title page will look different on our TPT store.  Still same poems, just an updated look for this year!!

Ok, gotta make a Target run before we head the rest of the way home from our vacation to Hilton Head.  Then it is off to work on some things for school and relax the rest of the evening.  My goal is to have my room done this week to give me one week left to "play".
Love the beach!

Jacob, our son, and his wife Jerae soaking in some last minute beach fun!!  Our daughter, Jordan, could not go due to just starting her new job...bummer!!