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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Classroom Day 3

I'm back with more pictures!!! I tend to be a little obsessed with taking pictures and sharing them, if you haven't noticed! I get so excited and love to share- so I apologize it this is a picture overload!
My small group area is ready! Just need to get my student data binder and such together! I posted my reading buddies above my word wall so we can see them from the calendar area, that way I can refer to them during whole group activities!

 Here is a close up of my organization. On the far left are all my Scott Foresman leveled and decodable readers. Then the bins in the middle hold flashcards, listening phones, pointers to track words as we read, cheap little etch-a-sketches for writing words, and other miscellaneous items we use often! On the top left, I have my "Mr. Munch" game, letter magnets in the pink bucket, highlighters, timer and more pointers.

In the green drawers on the left, I have all the rest of my small group stuff we use daily! (small letter-sound puzzles, bingo game, popcorn word games, letter magnets for word buildling, and more! The tall white drawers on the right are for my daily organization. I pull the thing I use each day and put them in the labeled drawers.

Now moving to my calendar area...
I put the vowel glue bottles above the ABC strip, so the kids can see where the vowels are. (Props to my girl Lisa for that idea!) The white calculator paper you see around my bulletin board is also an idea of Lisa's... we use that to teach how to write each number for the days of school. I plan on writing all numbers that end on zero in a different color for when we start teaching skip counting by 10s! You could also do this with tally marks and count by 5s! =)

Then I added a few things... my story skill chart on the bottom left of the apple chart... and the visual for sounds. I have no idea what they are called! Sorry! =)

I fixed my writing center board a bit so it didn't look so busy! I will post my writing chart freebie here when I get them laminated! I will also post the word from Deedee Will's writing stations in those pocket charts for the kids to use!

I moved these posters to my whiteboard so I can refer to them during whole group activities b/c I talk about those key words daily! =) I plan on writing the date on the top right corner like you see pictured each day for their journals. Then the visual directions are below. *The Inspector Fix-It is an idea/download I got form teachertipster.com! Check that website out... so great!)
Then to the far left you see my new ABC chart....

This is from the packet I purchased here. I love it b/c it goes along with Jack Hartman's song "Learning Letter Sounds!"

My Writing Trait posters... I love how it looks here so I'm going to punch out some letters to put at the top so it will say "Writing Traits". (Unless ya'll have something more clever I could put at the top!) Any good ideas???? =)

Back to my calendar board real quick... check out my new 100s chart! I'm super excited about it b/c I plan on taking all the numbers off before the kids start so we can put the numbers in for "days of school" we've been in. I am going to use the yellow chart to put pennies in as we count the days of school. (Later in the year, I will introduce the other coins during calendar to expose them to counting coins!) I also plan on using the Common Core Standards packet I bought from Deanna Jump to to post to part of my board so the kids can be familiar with the daily standards we go through each day. (Plus it will remind me to state them as I am teaching calendar!)

Bethany brought me the place value cubes with the idea of using them in our place value charts! GENIUS!!! See why I love my k-team so much? We have helped each other out so much already this year!

I sing these 3D shape songs (found for free at teachertipster.com) daily and my kids KNOW their 3D shapes by Christmas. ;)

How I have my calendar materials organized!

I keep all my math flashcards in that tiny pink tub you see pictured. 

This is a great idea of skip counting. We also put number patterns with missing numbers on sentence strips to have the kids identify missing numbers. I will only do skip counting by 10s since that's our only common core standard for skip counting.

Plan on using this as well to have kids practice identifying shapes and color words daily.

I bought this reading chart a few weeks ago to keep track of how many books the kids are reading at home. Yesterday I found stickers to match and then when they read 100 books... I'll tell them they are a reading "Owl-star" and will post a certificate around the chart on my closet doors in my classroom with some cute owl border to match! I think that'll encourage more kids to read at home by celebrating not only with the school... but our classroom! 

Started putting stuff into my new shelf! So excited- I'm also going to put glue sticks, crayons and more in here! Any other good ideas of what i can put in here?

Check out my new teacher binder!!! {This FREE beautiful cover design is from Rowdy in Room 300! Check it out!)

I totally use this when I do report cards! Such great/positive ideas!

To keep me organized when kids start bringing in papers and such!

Such cute labels!
I think I'm going to put this in a seperate binder since this section tends to get bulky!
That's all I'll show you of the binder... the other stuff is just standards and such! On the back, I put a piece of paper to encourage me on rough days. The last day of school last year, our administration had us each write our name in the middle of a piece of paper. Then we all went around and wrote words that describe each other. (We only had a minute or two... so we didn't get to write on everyones!) Mine made me smile.... (I knew that Lisa wrote what's in orange... lol)
And this is for those who have been posting about not having a teacher desk or teach in my school district and don't know how to organize their teacher station! Another one of my awesome kdg teammates made us each a organizer for our desks (you see pictured with the yellow labels) so I can keep all the little things like paper clips, push pins, etc. in it and out of the way!

The top part opens up and I keep things I use daily here...I TRY not to stuff junk in it so I can find these things quickly and easily when needed!

The bottom two doors open and I have some cardstock, monthly calendar peices, small manila envelopes, and organizing bins (that hold stamps, label maker and such in them!) The drawers have my colorful sharpies in them for easy access!

This is what the teacher station looks like close... (My laptop goes next to my document reader and my planning/lesson plan binder i lay out to the right all day for easy access and my principal/asst. principal knows where it is and doesn't have to disrupt class to look at my plans!

I keep a lot of other stuff in my top drawer of the flat file and organized them with the bins I got in the dollar section at target. They fit perfectly and it looks so much better now! 

My monthly binders were a great idea! So excited to have these for this year!


And I just posted my table signs (that are shared to you for free here) and just had to share how adorable they turned out!!!







And found THE place for my behavior chart... =) 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Classroom Day 2

I am a little late posting this! I went into school this afternoon, but didn't work in my room. I helped Bethany paint a wall in hers and start setting up, and spent some time catching up with co-workers! But here are some pictures of what I accomplished on Wednesday! =)
Have a few more things to do here--- add glue bottle vowels to top of my abc chart, then finish my calendar and literacy focus board

My library shelf looks horrible. I need to figure out what to do with all my reading buddies!

I love how much sunshine we get in our building with the big windows! We turn the lights off a lot to save energy since we have so much natural light.

All organized!

I'm going to display student work on this bulletin board and then I was given this shelf with bins you see in the middle and am so excited!!! I'll work on that tomorrow too1

I think I"ll display my word family posters on that bulletin board =) --- b/c they can't reach it and that means the words won't get rubbed off! ;)

Pocket chart is up and my small group area is organized!

My monthly storage bins!

My adorable Common Core Standards display thanks to Deanna Jump!!! =) She also has these for 1st grade! I'm going to post my HF words and letters we are learning on the apple chart! (We use the bus to sing "The word on the bus/The letter on the bus" song found here.)

Where I'll store extra supplies and the top 4 little bins are for my teacher aid! =) Side note: the behavior chart will not stay there!

The writing Center- not sure if I like it this way yet...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Classroom Day 1

Today was my first day working in my classroom for the upcoming school year! I got  A LOT done today! =)
-All the bulletin boards have fresh paper and new polka dot borders
-Calendar area is up
To do tomorrow: Organize and sort books by month (I'm using my 3 drawer labels as my book bin labels this year! (Print 4-6 on a page and they will be small enough!)
 Hot glued these to the wall to save some bulletin board space. I HATE clutter. So glad I had this wall space! =)
 My new calendar ready for Open House... the yellow chart will hold pennies that we will use to count the days of school! My place value chart below and then my new 100s chart! (Which had me cracking up b/c the 10's did not fit in their pocket.
To do tomorrow: Trim the 10s to fit into pocket chart!
 The ribbon will hold my standards I bought form Deanna Jump!
The apple chart will hold our letters/words of the week!
 Book bins (need to take off old name labels!)
 Closet is organized! (I actually organized it when packing up my room in the spring!)
 Small group materials (The overhead will not be staying there!)
 The bulletin board will be for my writing station. I went ahead and put up all my word wall words b/c I thought that I could call on students to go find our new words on the word wall each day! That way I can teach them how to use the word wall, rather than it just being a nice display!
 Where I'll display student work...
To do tomorrow: Punch out some letters for a cute title!

 I think I'll use this to display student work too.
 Started organizing my junk drawer.... lol
 My shelf is getting there!
 Still a mess! Taking it a day at a time!
 My new behavior chart is all ready to go! =)