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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Classroom Tour Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week '15

Hey y'all!  Remember me??  I have not blogged in forever!  Gosh, school started and...well...you know how that goes.  I have been in school about 3 weeks and let's just say my classroom doesn't look like it did the day before kids started!  HA!  I didn't change up my classroom much this year because I kinda did that last year and I still love it!  I snapped a few pics of some new things and then I'm gonna share my post from last year in case you missed it.

I finally bought a black pocket chart and made some changes to my center board.  It runs the exact same way, I just made some new cards and such.  
I still adore my chalkboard numbers from Hope King and my Alphabet from Special Teacher for Special Kids.

We are busy, busy getting acquainted with the alphabet.  I love these cute little letters from
Poco & Pop!  To introduce the letters, I pull one or two out of the mystery bag each day.  

We are fortunate to have lofts in our school.  My kids love going up here to read.  I added these cute little battery operated lantern lights from Target this year.  They look great when the lights are out during rest time.

Um, I finally got around to getting pictures printed for my frames that sit behind my teacher table.
Yes, it took me a whole year!  But, I love that it makes my room feel home-y and cozy.

Instead of names, this year I put pictures of my kiddos on their work display area.  I really like the way it turned out.  

Here's a full on view of the board in my room where I display work.
I chose to go with all white paper on the black fabric background.

And, this is the door to my classroom!  Again, I printed each child's picture  to display above their name.  Love!

*******************Here's the View of my Classroom from Last Year*******************
Whole Group Rug Area
 Word Wall
 Writing Center
 Love the chalkboard baskets from TJ Maxx
 My writing rings are put on this jewelry organizer from TJ Maxx
 My Small Group Teaching Area
 Cute banner from Target
 And, this is how I organize student supplies...along with some flowers!  

Monday, August 3, 2015

LOVE Back to School Sale!!

Who doesn't love a good sale?!?!  This is probably my favorite TPT Site wide sale of the year.  
Everything in my store is 20% off plus the extra tpt discount!!  You can't beat it.  I can't wait to empty my wish list!  How about you?
Happy Shopping!
Here's 5 of my favorite Back to School units I use in my classroom!  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

It's Christmas in July!!!

Hey y'all!  I'm back from my first trip to Vegas!  If you follow my blog or Facebook you probably know I presented 3 sessions at I Teach K.  I had so. much. fun.  Seriously...I had some of the sweetest feedback and the BEST participants in each of my sessions!  I hope to be back with some picture from my trip, but for now a little Christmas in July with Blog Hoppin'.  Our annual Christmas in July kicks off tomorrow.  Go HERE to see the original post.
Follow me on FACEBOOK HERE to see updates throughout the week of what's on sale.
I thought I'd just go ahead and start with a bang and put 2 of my favorite Christmas resources on sale!!  See the image below to see what I'm putting on sale this week!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Try it FREE Tuesday!!

Hey y'all!  My sweet friend Hadar over at Miss-Kindergarten is featuring me for her Try it Free Tuesday summer blog series.  Go on over and check out what you can download for FREE today only from my Guided Reading for Kinders pack. 

Go to Miss-Kindergarten's website to download this freebie today!!  You can grab the full product HERE.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hump Day HALF PRICE sale!!!

It's HUMP day!!  And guess what that means?!?!

Each Wednesday of the summer I'm going to offer  1 or more products from my TPT store to you for HALF PRICE!  Yep, half price!!  Look for the button below to show up on my Facebook page.  If you don't already follow me on Facebook then you'll want to do that so you don't miss out on these great deals!
Click HERE to go to my FB page!
Click the button below to go to my store.  The 2 products shown on the button below are my featured HALF PRICE items for today!  These are PERFECT for Back to School!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Caterpillar Addition and Subtraction Books & a Sale!

I wanted to show you what my newest product looks like.  My kids love these little books!
There's very little prep to this activity (chopping and stapling) and they're a great little tool or resource to use in your classroom.  Bonus: the kids love them!  They are super fun!

All you need to complete this activity are the materials shown below.
All directions on how to make the books are included in the product.

Everything in my store is on sale!!  Click the image below to go check it out!  
Don't forget to enter the code THANKYOU for additional savings!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A REEEALLY long post about Fairy Tales with LOTS of pictures!!

Y'all I love teaching with Fairy Tales SO, SO much!  I know I've said it before, but it's probably one my favorite unit to teach all year!!  There's a TON you can do with it and the kids absolutely LOVE it!!  There's some great ideas out there and a ton of resources!

Here are the tales we focused on:
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Three Little Pigs
Little Red Riding Hood
Jack and the Beanstalk
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Princess and the Pea

I made this bubble map to track the elements of each fairy tale it worked so well.  My students really grasped the concept I was trying to cover doing this with each story.
This is what each little bubble may look like...I photocopied the books I included on my map and shrunk them down to 25%.  I cut them out and put them on a bubble so we could track each story we were working on.  Also, it made more sense to the kids to have the cover of the book there so they could easily compare stories.

Each year we practice measuring and counting with Rapunzel.  Each student makes a tower with rapunzel.  Then, I have them come up 1 at a time and cut a piece of yarn.  they have to measure the "hair" and tell if the piece they cut is shorter or longer than Rapunzel's hair.  We do this in a couple of theme sessions...about 1 hour total to finish the project.

The Three Little Pigs
 After reading both sides of the story...The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of The There 
We made these cute little retelling houses from milk cartons.  I saw this idea HERE.
THEN...one of my smarties said, "Hey, we can keep our retelling puppets in our carton"...
Um, how smart are you?!?!  It worked perfectly!!  :)  I was originally thinking to glue a "pocket" on the back to store the puppets, but, Duh...use the opening already there!  :)
Each side has a different look for retelling...straw, sticks, and bricks...then the back has the title of the story.

We grabbed a partner and retold the story to each other.  

 The Three Billy Goats Gruff!
I found this cute little retelling mat HERE...we tweaked it a bit and had so much fun using it!

 When I saw Deanna's idea of constructing bridges using toothpicks and gumdrops I knew we had to give it a try.  I was a little skeptical of my little friends doing this completely independently...BUT I was pleasantly surprised and how they thought out their ideas and put it to life!  
They did awesome on these little projects!

 I think we may have a civil engineer on our hands with this one...

Jack and the Beanstalk
To retell this story we used these little props, a styrofoam cup, and a green pipe cleaner.
I showed the students how to insert the pipe cleaner in the BOTTOM of the cup.  This was our beanstalk.  Then, we poked holes in the castle and put it on the pipe cleaner at the top.  Then, we simply used the puppets to retell the story with a friend.  This is a really long story with a LOT of details.
I gave them 5 "magic beans" (jelly beans).  I used this as a tactic to try to get them to remember details.  For each jelly bean I told them they need to add a detail from the story.  I also added that their story should have a beginning and an ending.  

And, the little cup keeps all their pieces together.  :)
TEACHER TIP:  I have each student write their name on the back of EACH piece b/c I usually have at least 1 or more kiddos drop them and end up not having what they need to retell.  It takes a smidge longer to do this, but worth it.  I do this with any story that has pieces all year.

Castle Crates
I wanted a cute way to send home all of their retelling props that would keep them all in one place and a fun way to present these to their parents for all the hard work they had put into this.  I love the idea I had of making castles from shoe boxes.  And, so did they kids.  They loved making their very own little castle to hold all their "stuff".  And, it was super easy to carry home so they could retell these fun stories to their parents!  We painted the entire shoe box gray and then added some fun foam stickers to decorate.

The Princess and the Pea
After reading this story, we made this chart about our ideas of what a real princes would be able to do.  Next, we made the little craft below.  This idea came from HERE.

Little Red Riding Hood
We make these cute little Red Riding Hood's each year.  These have nothing to do with retelling, but they are fun to practice blends.  Or you could tweak it to match skills you are working on.
Many of you have asked if this is in my store.  It isn't yet...my hopes are to get it in there one day, but y'all, I'm just a busy mom of 3 and I haven't had time to get around to it.  :)  One day...

I have blogged about some of my Fairy Tale centers before...You can find them in my Fairy Tale Fun pack.
Integrating literacy with math...sight words, color words, counting and number recognition all in one center...I love these kind!
We are practicing hard on addition...this was super fun!  How many beans can Jack's hand hold?
Teen number words...
Ordering by 10's with Rapunzel's Tower
Reading nonsense and real words with Goldilocks
Our weekly word family word sort...they loved the little wands!  
My version of a rhyming center...matching a word we can read to a picture...rhyming is SO hard for my kinders, especially EL's...is it for yours?
Beginning and Ending sounds...they really have to listen to the stretched out word and concentrate to hear both sounds
Spelling CVC words
Thanks for reading my blog!  I hope you found something you could incorporate into your fairy tale unit!
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