Monday, July 21, 2014

Back In School Mode & New Theme

The fourth of July has gone and past and that means I have just over a month before I am blessed with another bunch of kiddos.  I am so excited to be back in school mode, but am also sad to be ending this summer with my beautiful daughter.  This was the first real summer that we got to go do fun stuff and make memories.  I have decided to give my room a bit of a makeover this year.  I decided to keep a lot of my same colors (neon and bright) but change my theme to some fun celebrity & rockstars.  
I found this label on Pinterest without any link back to who created it and it wasn't even in a google docs format.  I took the image or tag and made it into labels to place on my Poprocks.  These will have sunglasses and balloons attached at open house. Click the label sheet below to get yours. These will fit on avery 5160. 

I have also decided to get rid of all those papers that have to be turned in in the beginning of the year for us to keep in their folders.  They pretty much all ask the same thing (birthday, name, contact numbers, pick up/drop off, etc.) I created a shipping label to place on an index card.  The parents fill it out at open house and then I file it in a index card catalog like the one below.  It will fit easily on my desk and I don't have to be digging through file folders for info or early release info.  I love I can take it with me home or leave it at school. Grab your labels below.

I am pretty excited about all the fun things I have planned for my classroom and can't wait until early August. I will be posting lots of pictures and tons of freebies.  Here is a sample of the adorable V.I.P. Passes I will be sending out next week to my kiddos.  I bought string and laminated them to look like backstage passes.  These turned out so cute.  I had them custom made by Michelle Lyman

Enjoy your last bit of summer! 


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gift Giving & End of Year Freebie

We are nearing the home stretch for the year and it feels very good, but also very stressful.  We only have 5 days left and then summer will begin.  I know I am excited to spend time with my little one, but I know I will miss the classroom after a few weeks.  How many more days do you have?

I am a little late posting our Mother's Day gifts and teacher appreciation, but I still wanted to share.  This was by far the cutest gift I have done for Mother's Day since teaching.  The kids loved them and I know the moms did too.  We created custom artwork charms and made them into necklaces.  With all the rage for Origami Owl I thought this was the next best thing, plus it was personalized by their kiddo.  Here is a peak.  

One of the memory activities we did for our ABC countdown was a puzzle.  The kids enjoyed making these and placing four of their favorite memories from the year.  The traded puzzles with their seat partners and shared their puzzles. This was a great morning meet and greet activity too. Grab your freebie below by clicking the image! This will be uploaded on Monday, May 19.  My flash drive is at school. 

I must say last week was a great week.  My kids surprised me with a class breakfast of donuts and Capri Sun.  The kiddos parents came in and helped to serve all the food and clean up.  It was quite the treat.  They even surprised me with this super cute supply caked topped with a gift card for me to go shopping.  So stink'in sweet! 

Happy Teaching & Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming.....
The year is almost done! 


Monday, May 5, 2014

Tricky Ending Unit & Freebie

I have been a little absent with the blogging the past week.  Is it me or is the end of the year stressful?  I feel like we are constantly having more and more to do.  I will say that I will miss this bunch of cuties next year.  This group has been a good one!
I am happy to say that when I wasn’t blogging I was making all kinds of new things to help with my kiddos with end of the year testing.  We currently use Pathways to Reading as our phonics program and tricky endings has always been difficult for my kids to grasp.  I created a fun little unit that I used this past week and so far it has been hit.  I didn’t get a chance to take pictures todays of the kids doing the construction center, but it sure was cute!

Here are a few pictures I snapped last week and a fun little freebie from the unit to use with your kids. 

 Roll and Read activity was a hit at small group time. 

We worked extra hard to spot those tricky endings in our books too! 

Here is a sample of the book page.  There goal is to fill their book up with tricky endings by Friday. 

This was a fun little review activity or challenge exercise for the kids.  
You can snag your FREE copy below.  Just click on the blank image. 

 Click me I'm free!

If you would like to take look at this unit, visit my shop by clicking the image below.  Let me know what you think.  The first person to comment on this will get a free copy! Happy teaching!              



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Minion Measurement

Last week we were busy working on lots of new concepts in math.  One being measuring to the nearest inch.  My kids are in love with the minions from Despicable Me so I decided to use it to my advantage.  I found this adorable clipart and decided to make a measurement hunt for minions, goggles and all! Check out this cutie!

The kiddos cut out their goggle template and stapled the glasses to a sentence strip.  They had to hunt around the room for minions to measure and write their measurements on their recording form.  They LOVED this activity.  I added a quick check sheet to do with the kids for a quiz or morning work.  They all did pretty good and the activity had 100% engagement.  They all wanted to wear their goggles to recess and lunch ; ) LOVE it!

You can grab your copy at my teachers pay teachers shop or by clicking the image below.  


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

3 Digit Addition & Then Some

This week has been a very busy week full of testing and review work.  I am not the biggest fan, but have managed to make some fun little math activities and some partner games.  Hopefully you can find some use for these in your classroom. 
We just introduced 3 digit addition this week.  This seems to be  tricky for them, but they are excited to learn it.  I created a flip chart with some sample word problems to do together and then I made little math story problem booklets for them to use on their own.  They liked these a lot and the work I got out of them was great!  They love drawing pictures to match their problems! 

You can grab your copy by clicking here

I planned on letting them play a little partner game this week instead of math sheets or “real work”.  They enjoy these a lot!  The graphics I used were from my cute graphics.  Love this site and they free to use if you are not selling!

Click the game board below to grab your freebie.  If you really want to be the best teacher let them cover their jellybeans with jelly beans!!! Have a great week!  Feel free to share great math games you do in class.