Tuesday, July 14, 2015

All About Me Book for K-1

I must confess, the beginning of last school year is a blur. I found out in July that I was switching schools, and moving from 5th to Kindergarten.

I had interned in Kindergarten nine years ago, and had worked with them throughout my six years as a pull out teacher. I knew I had a lot to prepare, so I worked all summer on my room, routines and lessons.
Cut to the first days, when I realized that I had not thought about a beginning of the year book!

I looked around online and found a lot of different first day activities for my class. After my kids completed the hodgepodge of papers, I stapled all of their sheets together into a "book" and filed it away for Literacy Night.

In April, I pulled them out and was disappointed in how they had turned out. I had hoped to have a great example of who they were in September.
This year I am going back ready! My class last year loved my Memory Book. It was an awesome way to finish out our year. They worked so hard and I loved how unique each book looked after they were completed and colored in.
I created an All About Me book that will be easy enough for all my students to complete, while still giving a clear idea of who they are and where they are at!
I'm already looking forward to our Literacy Night next Spring because I know I will want to display this!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Things I Love...July Edition

I had a crazy busy year switching from 5th grade to Kindergarten. My poor blog has been quite neglected because of this! Of course, this has not stopped me from shopping -- I mean really, can anything stop that? ;)

Here are the things I love for this month - coveted of course, not actually purchased, but hey, a girl can dream!

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I love ideel - I mean I am seriously addicted to that site. They have gorgeous clothes and amazing prices. I am obsessed with how you can shop by designer too now! I love that zebra dress more than words can express.

White House Black Market 

My sister and I visited this store recently for the first time. I have to say it was more than I ever expected! I had been eyeing their clothes online for awhile, but I wanted to wait to see them in person. I love their prints - even on the pants! And I am not usually a printed pants kind of person. ;)

DSW is always my go to for shoes, I love how many options they have. I would buy all four of these in a heartbeat...however I must stick to my no shopping promise!

I have been moving away from big purses lately...I just feel like I don't need to carry that much stuff and it is so much easier to change over little ones more often! I LOVE this glitter clutch - I may end up breaking my vow for this one!

As I was cleaning my nail polishes out the other day, I noticed that the majority of my polishes come from Zoya. I adore their color selection and I really feel they last longer on my nails then any other polish. My favorite thing is how easy they are to remove! These are the two colors I am currently coveting!

What is on your (dream?) shopping list for this month?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kindergarten Word Wall

When I found out I was headed back to Kindergarten last year I was so excited! I loved teaching 5th grade, but Kindergarten is definitely where my heart is.

As soon as I saw my new room (at my new school) I could not take my eyes off this bulletin board.

It was the length of the entire room and I knew just what I wanted to do with it. I wanted to create a word wall that was clean and easy to read, that would become the focal point of our classroom.

The picture above actually only shows you two-thirds of the board. The shadow on the far right is my TV, then the alphabet, calendar, morning meeting center, mini whiteboard and our rug is right in front of it. It is impossible to get a photo of the whole board, it is seriously that big!

I knew that I wanted this to be the area that my students could go to for any information they needed throughout the day. What I did not expect was how much they (and I) would love it!

Any time they needed to write numbers, shapes, days, colors...they new just where to go. I kept our clipboard bin directly below it so they could work independently whenever they needed too.

As the year went on, I did realize that I needed to modify a few things. I did not include the 3D shapes and numbers through 20. I revised both sets this year to include those.

What amazed me was how often they would sit at the rug, just reading and talking to each other about all the things they noticed on the wall. It made my teacher heart so happy!

If you are interested in any of these sets, just click on the pictures below for more information!

Weather station -
Calendar -
Numbers -
Shapes -
Colors -
Seasons -
Days -
Months -
Alphabet -
Word Wall Letters -
Bundled set -
I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your summer!
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