Jasper Roberts Consulting - Widget

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When?? Do you get it all done??

Hi friends!  I get asked this question a lot!!  "When do you get it all done?"  Sometimes I feel like I don't accomplish anything and then some days I feel like I do so I guess it all balances out.  I'm telling ya...from the time my kids walk in the door we go non-stop all day long...(well...most of the time...we have our days); but we bust it trying to cram all the learning and FUN into 7 hours that we can!  Yes, we have rest time, but I'm busting' it getting folders stuffed, answering notes from parents, looking over work, assessing students, getting out paint and glitter for our next activity, etc...You get the picture.  Non. Stop.  I know you feel the same way!!
So, here's what my daily schedule looks like.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Classroom Reveal!!

I'm back with another link up with Blog Hoppin'!  Today's post is...Where I teach?? I'm so excited to show you my classroom!!  I have not really changed up my room in FOREVER so I knew this year I just had to do something different.  As always, I'm usually "late to the party" so I went for the chalkboard theme...a year or two late!  HA!  But, I absolutely love it mixed in with all the bright colors I already have in my classroom!  And...I knew I wanted to go for  a "home-y" look too since I spend TONS of my time there!  Here goes...

One of my student's favorite spots in our classroom is this space right here...our reading loft.
I added the party banners (from Target party section) to brighten up the walls and the lamp to give it a cozy feel.

 I moved my rug and whole group teaching area to the front of our room this year so we could use our Promethean board during lessons at the rug instead of moving from place to place.  I wasn't so sure about this change, but so far...so good!  I absolutely love my new teacher chair from Hobby Lobby!
 I found the first items of my chalkboard themed classroom from Mardel online.
Then, I scoured TPT for other items.
I fell in love with these motivational posters from Gabby's Classroom which you can find HERE.
 I changed out my alphabet line and my number posters to a chalkboard theme.
I absolutely LOVE these number posters from Hope King!!  They are so bright and colorful!
You can find them HERE.
And, my alphabet line came from A Special Teacher for Special Kids.  You can find the posters HERE.

 Here's my word wall.  I used Hope King's Patterns Galore editable pack to make the words for our word wall.  
 I am loving my writing center!  I picked up several baskets this summer from TJ Maxx to give that cozy at home feel.  I adore the baskets with the chalkboard labels that hold cubes, spinners, papers, etc.  And, check out the tables stools that I found at Family Dollar.  They came in purple, orange, pink, gray, turquoise, and lime green!  The perfect colors if you ask me!  The sticker on the bottom said outdoor table, but it screamed stool to me.
 Here's some close ups of the details at the writing center.
 It was time to replace the BIG OL' gray school clock with this new one...love!
 I got rid of my calendar on the wall...changed some things up and freed up this bulletin board where anchor charts and such will hang this year.
 I've used "cut buckets" all 10 years of my teaching.  I learned this trick from a teacher that I substituted for before I began teaching.  Each table has a small bucket or bin to catch all the trash as they are cutting, gluing and making.  BUT, Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants made these cutie patootie labels that say "Tidy Tub" so I snatched them up and printed them for my buckets.
You can find them IN THIS POST.
 See that banner above the student work display?  Found it at Target in the party section and I had to have it!  I love the bright colors...and the chalkboard circles!
 A few more spaces...
 Still Building those Rainbows for great behavior and for being Peacemakers.
Found the original idea HERE.
 The banner came from Mardel online.

I hope you enjoyed touring my classroom!

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's Who Am I Monday with Blog Hoppin'!

It's that time of year again...Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week 2014.  I pretty much kept my post from last year because it just about sums me up!  :)
I added a few photos and changed a couple words.
Feel free to link up with Blog Hoppin' all week!

1. I have an amazing family!  God has blessed me SO very much!  I have a wonderful husband and amazing daddy to our 3 beautiful children!  And, most of you probably know that I have an identical twin sister, Amy Hope.  I also have an older brother.  We have amazing parents that I can't say enough about!  

2.  I live in the South and don't like Sweet Tea.  I'm a Mt. Dew addict and this little drink below (Livewire) is my favorite, but we don't have it in Alabama.
3. I don't wear tennis shoes...ever!  Nope, I'm a flip-flop kinda girl until November then it's boots!

4. I {heart} Christian music...currently obsessed with Christy Nockels and Francesca Battistelli

5. I'm a total "Night Owl"!  I really love to stay up late, IF and only if I can sleep late!  If I can't, then I need at least 9 hours of sleep...10 would be ideal!

6. I secretly love "Good Luck Charlie"...who am I kidding...you might as well throw "Jessie" in there too...and let's don't forget "The Hive"!  Can you say Dork?  I live with 3 children...I don't have time for adult t.v.  I do record The Bachelor & Tia & Tamera.  

7. I don't go anywhere without earrings and eyeliner.

8. I'm obsessed with dressing my girls alike...here's a few examples.  It bothers me if their clothes do not match...for real!  They showed up at church one Sunday not dressed alike and my brother asked if I was sick!  I'll soon have to put my desires aside because my almost 7 year old is already rebelling at the clothes I pick out...Boo!  

9. I am a horrible decision maker.  I get this from my mother!  Where to eat?  Which color to buy?  What to do?  I don't know...don't ask me!

10.  Likes & Dislikes:
Likes: the beach, pink, fall, Christmas, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Brighton jewelry, DESSERT!
Dislikes:  exercising, mayonnaise, meat on the bone (yuck!), bugs, waiting at restaurants, & smoke!

Friday, August 15, 2014

My First Official Post of the New School Year!

Well, my first 3 days are under my belt!  They were half days, but there's nothing like "first week of school tired"!!  It's been a while since I've blogged about "classroom stuff".  I wanted to show you a little of what we did this week in our 3 short half-days plus a sneak peak of what's going on next week.  

 Well, I don't know about you, but I cannot go the first week of school without reading these books!  The kids absolutely LOVE them!  And, they are the perfect books to introduce talking about classroom rules and how to be a peacemaker instead of a peacebreaker.
You can read more about that HERE.
I made some really simple, really cute (I think) rule posters that my students and I can refer to daily.
You can find these FREE HERE.  I would love for you to rate them if you download them ;)!
Every year we make this Peacemaker/Peacebreaker Chart.  This hangs in our room all year so we can refer to it whenever we need to.  We did this on day 2.  You can find this activity with all the pieces HERE.
We practiced using our glue on the first day!  I have this little page of dots that we practice on then when finished, I sprinkle on a little surprise (glitter).
This is my Delaney's paper ;)  I think she got a little carried away there at the top.  :)
You can find this activity HERE.
We also make these little "Davids"!  Each piece is pre-cut using our die-cut machine or paper cutter.  This is simply a story connector activity and gluing activity.  This is actually a great assessment tool for me to see who can follow directions, use glue properly, and put the pieces in the correct places.  Plus, they look adorable hanging outside the room.
I made this chart from Deanna's All Set You Bet unit.  I love having it right there for me to read to my students and the pictures are great visuals for my EL's.  
This display is outside our classroom door where their first day of Kindergarten coloring page is hanging.
We read The Kissing Hand and made these cutie-patootie Chesters.  Again, this is simple shapes...no cutting, just gluing and following directions.  These hang for the first couple weeks to remind us that our parent's love is always with us.  :)
 Yay for you if you're still reading this.  
Here's a few sneak peaks of what will be happening next week!
I'm introducing scissors on Monday!
 I have our Brown Bear Texture Book ready to go.
 Here's a few Brown Bear Centers going in our baskets.
I'm introducing cubes and bingo dotters...AND markers.  Heaven help me!
 Kindergarten just wouldn't be Kindergarten without puzzles...
 and play-doh.
 And, our color days begin...starting with Brown as I introduce our Brown Bear Unit on Colors.
Hope your weekend is fabulous!
It's lots of laundry and a bunch of nothing for me!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back 2 School Sale!!!

Hey!  So, are you as excited about the Back to School TPT sale as I am?  I LOVE this time of year to stock up on all the things I've been eyeing for my classroom!!  
I'm gonna wait to show you what I'm buying for now, but here's some of my Back to School packets in case you're interested!  Click each picture to take you to the product.

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