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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Getting Ahead in Planning

Wow!  I have not blogged in forever it seems!  I had this post to share way back when and then life happens so...

I'm really trying hard to stay ahead in my planning because that's my weak area.  I'm always waiting until the last minute to do things.  Then, I see something on a blog somewhere or on Pinterest that I want to squeeze in so I'm having to stay late to plan those things and it's just bad.  My goal is to be better at planning and sticking to it!  (yeah, right)  Here's one thing I'm doing to plan ahead.  

WARNING:  It is NOT fancy by any means.  No, neat notebooks, no pretty covers, no typed up notes, nothing of the sort.  Just Ziploc baggies, post it notes, and my awful handwriting.  But, it's what works for me...for now.  

If you read my blog regularly you probably know that I teach through thematic units like most of us do.  Instead of pulling out 1 unit, I'm trying to pull out the themes for each month and go from there.  Here's how I am organizing them.  

I put my centers for each week in a Ziploc bag with the game pieces in front of each game.  Then, I put a sticky note with the week for each month inside the bag on the front paper.  
It looks like this...this was for week 3 of November.  
this was week 2 of November
This is a top view just so you can see that I even stick in my sentence strips for my pocket chart stories...it doesn't bother me that they are folded.  I know for some of you it would... ;)
 Okay so here is what the planning process looks like for me in December...I throw all of my December files into a big basket...then I go through and pull out what I want to do.
I know for some of you this looks like a train wreck...I am NOT "pretty" when it comes to my files.  This is how I learned to do it so it just stuck.  I should probably buy 3 ring binders and sheet protectors and organize, but that won't happen until my kids are grown probably...HA!
Then, once I pull and run copies I sort through the copies by literacy and math games.
 Last, they go into the Ziploc baggie like this until it's their week to come out and go into baskets!
So, now you know how I TRY to plan ahead on centers.  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Sale!!

Hiya!  Happy New Year's Eve!  The ladies of Blog Hoppin' are starting the new year off right with a sale!  You can shop any of our stores today and tomorrow to get what you've been wanting at a great price.  I don't know about you, but I'm always looking to add something new to my classroom!

Click the image below to go to my store.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Are you on the NICE or NAUGHTY list?

First, let me say, thank you to everyone who visited my blog and Facebook page for my 12 days of Christmas giveaways!  That was so fun!  Congrats to all the winners!!  You have all been e-mailed.  :)

Second, every year when December hits, it's like the rules go out the window...sound familiar?  So, I came up with this little activity to help my little sweeties remember HOW TO (fill in the blank).

I made the big Santa and had the lists and headers ready to go.  Then, I let my students tell me where each card belongs and I taped them to the correct list.
I found the naughty/nice sign at Target dollar spot.
Here's some good news!  You can get this for FREE if you are a follower of my TPT store.
If you aren't and want this for  FREE...go now and follow...CLICK HERE.
I will be sending out a message soon to my followers with the link to the freebie.  :)
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gingerbread Man Ideas!

I love teaching using The Gingerbread Man!  I always do it in December and it's one of my favorite units.  I love all the different versions and my kids eat up the story!!  It's just the best.  I haven't changed a lot of what I did from last year so I'm gonna do a "re-post" of my last year's gingerbread post.  You can find my Gingerbread Fun unit HERE and my Runaway Gingerbread Craft HERE.  

Don't forget, my 12 Days of Christmas posts begin TOMORROW!!  


 After reading as many versions of The Gingerbread Man that we could, Friday we made our own gingerbread cookie hoping he would NOT run away.  Here's our cookie pre oven.
  We are on our way to bake our cookie...
 After a few minutes, we went back to get him and, to our surprise…he DID run away! 
Of course, we had to hurry and try to catch him...
We looked everywhere!  No luck! But, during p.e., I got a call from the principal and she caught him running in the halls and had to sit him in time-out for a few minutes.
I went and got him out…and of course, we enjoyed him for snack!

Here's just a few of our gingerbread centers this week.  
The weekly pocket chart story

 An all time favorite…flipping cookies for ending sounds
 Literacy and Math integrated center
 And, building sight words on gingerbread houses.
The kids loved this.  They had to measure the gingerbread man first with peppermints then they had to compare their own height to the gingerbread man.  Are they taller or shorter?  I think we actually had on little one that was shorter than him.  
We made this little 5 Senses anchor chart...
and then, these cute little 5 senses ginger friends...
We made Runaway Gingerbread Cookies!  I love the way these turned out and they look so cute hanging in our hallway!
 We've also been learning about verbs so we made these cute little gingerbread friends and used verbs in our writing.

 We made these adorable little Santa's from The Glyph Girls.
You can find him HERE.
I sent home a letter to Santa and the students returned them with their wishes!

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