Nov 24, 2016

Snowman Ornament Tags Free On TPT

Snowman Christmas Ornament Tags Freebie Click here for the direct link~

Jun 24, 2016

Data Binders and Portfolios Up Next

The last few days have not been "pool" days, so we have been working on wrapping up some of our school projects.  

We have been doing Data Binders/Portfolios for over 20 years at our building.  Each year we have thrown things out and added things that make them even better!  I love using them at conferences any time of the year because it shows parents exactly what their child is doing each month.  The kids absolutely love looking at these Data Binders/Portfolios because they see the progression that they have made towards class goals and specific individual goals.

One of the things we made "better" for the data graphs is made the graphs line plot instead of coloring in a lot of graphs.  This will make is so much EASIER to complete plus the kids will be able to see if the lines go up or dip down.  I used this type of graph last year to talk about our monthly progress monitoring with the STAR testing.  

Here is a sneak peek of our ALMOST finished packet:

These title pages match with my Homework Binders that we blogged about earlier.  We will be adding a name tag "package" to go along with this color scheme.

This is just one of the headings that I use in the Data Binder/Portfolio.  We put our monthly class goals inside here once we evaluate how we did at the end of each month.

Another heading that we use for the students to keep track of group and individual accomplishments.  

This is one of my "new" items this year I am going to progress monitor.  It is so important for kindergarten students to be POLISHED on all phonemic awareness skills.  So, this is where I will keep my documentation on these skills.

Just one of many data sheets that are in the Data Binder/Portfolio that shows the progression towards the letters/sounds.  Once a child has mastered this 2 times in a row, we put our stamp on it that says Goal Reached.  This stamp means I am finished checking it monthly so that I can focus on another skill with that specific student.

At the end of the year we take all of these documents inside the Data Binder/Portfolio and send it home with each child.  I also keep each child's writing throughout the entire year and it gets put into the Data Binder/Portfolio at the end of the year.

I keep these Data Binders/Portfolios inside a 3 ring binder.  I do not send the 3 ring binder home, although you could.  I use rings to keep it all together and put duct tape on the end of the ring so it does not pop open.

Working Smarter, Not Harder:
I reuse the 3 ring binders each year.  This saves me tons of money.  I do laminate the front cover so it keeps everything from ripping!  I also laminate the back cover.  The cute page dividers that I have made for each section of the data binder are laminated, but I do NOT send those home at the end of the year.  I just pull everything out and keep it in order that I have it in the 3 ring binder.
This gives a little picture of how it is organized at the beginning of the year.

This is a better picture of showing how things are organized.
This is another view of the cutsie pages that I use to organize all of the items in the Data Binders/Portfolios.
Our goal when we post this packet on TPT is to make some of these items editable so that you can personalize it for your class and grade level to make it specific for your needs.

Well it appears to be sunny today, so off to some summer fun~

Jun 22, 2016

Homework Binders ALMOST done for 2016-2017

During the summer time, I like to do some of those "big projects" one day a week.  So about a week ago, I started working on my homework binder.  I have to say, I absolutely love my homework binder.  Here is how it works:
I designed a DIBELS based homework binder for my families.  Each night they work on some kind of DIBELS components and their goal is to increase their score each night or keep it at a "high" rate.  I have used this homework binder for several years and my kids/families LOVE IT!  

Another great part is that I really love it as a teacher.  Their DIBELS score soar throughout the year because of their awareness of meeting/exceeding those benchmark goals. 

Even if your district does not use DIBELS, it helps soooooo much with some of the phonemic awareness skills.
We work on letter naming fluency, first sound fluency, segmenting, and nonsense words.

We are almost done with our packet we are going to put on TPT this year that has our covers and binder spines for the homework booklet.  I put my binders for the entire year in a 1.5 binder.  I put a "cutsey cover" on it and put a spin on it and it is done for the year other than a few things I put inside the binder.

I love how the cover printed and can't wait to personalize the spine once we have our class lists, but for now I will just enjoy summer knowing that my binders are 90% finished for the entire year!!!

This picture shows that we are going to offer more than one cover for you to use with your Homework Binder.

We are putting our Homework Booklet For The Entire Year on sale starting June 22 through June 25.  It is typically $12.00 and you can grab it for $9.60.  You can have a direct link by clicking this link:  Homework Booklet For The Entire Year.

Apr 23, 2016

Pencil Grips Get A 4 Star

We were asked to review some pencil grips from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  One of the things we focus on at the beginning of the school year is the correct way to hold a pencil.  So, we were thrilled when they sent us 3 different types of pencil grips for us to review.
The first one is The Crossover Grip.  It helps the students hold their fingers in the correct position.  When students use this grip, they cannot cross their fingers over each other.  The students thought the best part about this grip was the "Superhero Cape".  
The second one we tried out was The Pinch Grip.  This one does exactly what it says.  It helps the student place their hands over the grip to gain the correct positioning on the pencil. 
The last one they sent us to review was The Original Grip.  This one definitely helps student gain the right pencil grip when writing.  
I am putting together an order for next school year this week.  I will definitely put a variety of these pencil grips on my to buy list.  I have used other brands in the past, but these are by far THE BEST that I have experienced!  In my opinion they are definitely a 4 star!!
If you click on the links above, they will take you right to the Amazon links to purchase the different grips.  You can also find their Facebook page by clicking here.

Mar 31, 2016

Opinion Writing and TPT Sale

This week is our district's spring break.  Unfortunately for my husband and I we will be headed home from a week in Grand Cayman.  I love to work on school stuff on flights because it makes time go so much faster.  
When I return, we will be writing opinion papers.  We just wrapped up informative writing and the kids did an outstanding job!!  I will share some of our writings this week on opinions.
We have decided to put our entire TPT store on sale for 20% until midnight Sunday, April 3.  Happy Shopping~

Feb 2, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness and Spirt Leadership Teams Synergize

As mentioned in my previous post, I am posting a picture of all of the "scraps" that were left over from our parent Christmas gifts.  Our two leadership teams did an outstanding job of synergizing together and we can't wait to deliver them to our neighbors later this week.  
We are the Findlay Trojans so we are helping our neighbors show some Trojan Spirit~

Jan 31, 2016

Leadership Teams Synergize To Make Spirit Snowmen From Leftover Scraps

At Christmas time, I made those adorable snowmen (thanks DeeDee) that the parents absolutely loved.  However, my husband didn't absolutely love this project at the end because his comment was what are you going to do with all of these leftover pieces of wood to get them out of "my" barn.  My comment was there is too much wood left to just throw them away and maybe we could make them smaller snowmen.
So when my leadership team, the random acts of kindness team, met Friday that was our mission.  We synergized with the spirit team which promotes our school mascot, the Findlay Trojans, and used our school colors to make Findlay Trojan Snowmen.  Our goal is that the kids will deliver these adorable Findlay Trojan Snowman next week to our school neighbors as a random act of kindness for being such great neighbors and spreading that Trojan Spirit.  I will put a final product picture up today, but here are some pictures of what our 2 teams looked like in just 30 minutes.  I will have to tell you all a little secret...I was sweating and we were pumping these 21 Trojan snowmen out pretty fast!!
These team members were synergizing together to make the Trojan Spirit card that will be dropped off with the snowman to the neighbors to explain our Leadership Project.

One of my colleagues thought that I needed to have my picture taken during this mass production.  So, yep that is mean with the blue and gold apron on working really hard!! 

While they were waiting to be a part of the production lines, they were synergizing together playing a fun snowman game with dice.  They loved it!!

Another picture of the synergizing snowman game.
 This project was so much for to complete with our leadership teams.  I can't wait to hear/see what our neighbors have to say about these little kindergarten-second grade students delivering these next week.  PLUS my husband was so happy that not a single scrap of wood is left in "his" barn!  What a win-win project.
I will post a picture today of the final project because my husband is helping me for a half hour today to finalize 100th day things which is Monday!