Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Idea for Storing School Supplies

The beginning of the school year is crazy! So much to do. So little time.

Meet the teacher night is always one of the busiest nights!  I've always worked in a Title I school (with the exception of 1 year) and the kids just come and go. New babies to love and care for all the time. Our school becomes a revolving door. Do you know what I mean? Do you work there? It's my favorite kind of school to work in.

And then you have school supplies. They can be so tough to keep up with when the kids move.  Who brought what? What brand did you bring? Did you bring all of the required supplies or just some of them?  If you are like me, you want to send your sweet baby away with EVERYTHING they brought.  After all, you want them to go to their new school and feel like they have everything they need for their fresh little start!

A few years ago a few genius friends shared this idea.

Store each student's supplies in their own baggie. When they move, you just grab their baggie!


It's simple to implement. Here's how we make it work.

At meet the teacher night, the kids are supposed to come with their supplies.  Most of them do just that! I place a gallon ziploc baggie at their assigned seat.  The baggie has their name on it. When the parents and students come in (both during Meet the Teacher and on the First Day), they see a list of things on the board that need to go in the ziploc baggie. They simply fill the the ziploc baggie and close it.  THey leave it on their desks. At the end of the night, or day, I put them away in tubs.



Since I do community supplies, I just pull from bags as supplies are needed.  The best part is that at the end of the year, MOST students go home with almost everything they brought.  I rarely use all that they are required to bring.  We don't use all 25 pencils for each child, nor do we use 3 large erasers per child.  They LOVE getting to take the things home at the end of the year.  It helps moms and dads save some pennies, too! :)


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

It has been a few years since I have done a little "Meet the Teacher" here on the blog.  I have gained a few followers since then so I thought it was about time!

I'm linking up with Falling Into First to share a little about myself today!



I married my college sweetheart!

Most of you probably already know that I am a new mommy to this cutie!

You have probably seen me write about mission trips. Oh how I'm passionate about missions!

And you probably know that our little girl is "stuck" in the Congo currently. 


 Here are a few more things you may not know about me!


Q& A Session
 
 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Target. Starbucks. Board Games. My Computer.  My Planner. Cute Sandwhich Shops. Finding "Treasures" at Garage Sales. Reading Blogs. Fixer Upper. 


 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
A Pediatric Dentist. 


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Sensitive. Empathetic. Competitive. 

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"It is so easy to keep both my classroom and house clean!"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Justin Timberlake.  He is hilarious and amazingly talented! 
Oprah.  Only because she would probably show up with lots of gifts. Amen?

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

Treasures, Target, and Jesus.


 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?

I'd love to be able to go invisible instantly.  I'm not a big groups person and I always want to know allll the details.  I could be a "fly on the wall" this way! Nosey Nellie?? Maybe! ;) 


Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

“Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.” It gets me every time! 

 

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

First of all, I can't sing well at all.  Only my kindergarten kids think I sing well enough to be the next American Idol! 

But if I had to choose, I would sing "Fancy" by Reba.  No question. 

 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Morning person by far!! I am much more productive in the morning than I am the evenings.  I fade fast in the evenings and always have! 

 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

I have new favorites all the time! Most recently my "Back to School #selfie".




Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
 I am THE worst at song lyrics.  Seriously.  I make up words that sound like the real words. My husband always says, "Wait, wait, wait...what did you just say???"  Then I spend the next 5 minutes trying to convince him that my lyrics are better than the real ones! 



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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School #selfie

Hey ya'll! Good morning!! I'm getting in some sweet time blogging while little man is still asleep.  He is growing SO much!! Just LOOK!

Back to school things...I'm so excited to share this little creation! With all the #selfie craziness that there is, I KNEW I wanted to make something that could be used in the classroom during back to school time.

Teaching rules and procedures can get really boring.  You do it once, then again, then again, then again, then you practice one more time.  I do, however, completely agree with taking the time to set these expectations. I just want it to be more fun!

I created some pages that the kids can use to draw a #selfie of them doing the procedure correctly!  Here's a look!






I also created a mini-book that the kids could do individually or a class book that they could all work on together! You can take a closer look, see my other ideas, and peek at what all is included by clicking the picture below! 



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Preparing for My Long Term Sub and a Giveaway!

As you know by now I am a new mommy to a sweet little guy! When I found out I was pregnant not only did I praise God for the miracle of life he had created, but I also was SO thankful that I wasn't going to have to miss a lot of school.  I like to have control of my classroom (Can I get an "AMEN"?) and letting someone else watch over my babies and be in charge of teaching them wasn't what I really wanted.

I ended up having a FABULOUS sub for 9 days. (9 long days in my mind.)  Preparing for her was tough! She was going to have to go through our Kindergarten Graduation, End of Year Party, Award Ceremony, and deal with crazy end of year behavior on top of all of that.  I knew I had to have it all in place for her.

One of the best tools I created and left for her was my Sub Binder.  (I recently changed it from mint and coral to have a chevron flair, and I love it even more!)

Take a peak!!








Here is the best part of the little update!!



God knew exactly what I needed.  I had my last day with my students and 2 hours later (as I was packing up my classroom) early labor started.  By Sunday night I was at the hospital and our precious Canaan Luke was born!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Bundles on Sale NOW!



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 I am so excited to announce that Educents.com is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

This math work station set was a hit in my classroom.  Confession: Some of the stations stayed in the tubs ALL year long! My kids never complained about them and enjoyed them! Take a look!


You can snag this and MUCH more in the bundle below!! It's great for beginning of the year Kindergarten as well as Pre-K! 

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF

Preschool

Another bundle that is filled with great things is the Kindergarten bundle! It has my Alphabet Books in it. Here is a look at that! 



We made these once a week.  By the 4th week, the kids were in a good routine and knew what to do when they had one on their tables for morning work. They loved them! 

You can grab this and many more wonderful resources in this bundle! 

Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF

Kindergarten

So what are you waiting for? Get your shop on! Don't Miss It!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bright Ideas for Pencils for Little Learners

Hello there! Right now I am curled up in bed because it is COLD outside! Yes, cold.  It's the middle of Summer in Texas and I am in pants and a light zip-up jacket.  Crazy! I digress...

Do you ever have this problem with your students' work???

Or do you find yourself saying, "Where is your pencil so you can get busy?" a million times a day???

I wanted to share a with you a little something I do in my classroom to help speed things up during our pencil-paper work time, especially writing and that helps me keep my sanity!


I use colored tape and I tape over the erasers. GASP!!!!  Go ahead, I know you think I'm crazy...What? You don't let them erase?? What about teaching them that mistakes are okay? Don't fret--they see me mess up all the time. We just don't waste time erasing unless we are publishing our writing.

Let me explain more...

The little tape flags serve several purposes.

1. They keep the little one's from erasing allll dayyyy lonngggg.  You know what I'm talking about. Those times when 10 minutes has gone by and you realize that little Susie has done nothing but write, then erase. Write, then erase. Write, then erase.

2. It allows me to see their whole writing process and their thinking.  I teach them to just put a line through it and keep going.  When they mark through, with one neat line, their mess-ups, I am able to better guide them.  Often times when erasing I don't ever see how they got to that spelling or that they even were aware that their sentence didn't make sense.  I am able to praise them for "thinking like an author".

3. The flags help us keep track of whose pencil is whose.  You won't believe this, but each child only went through FOUR, yes 4, pencils last year.  This is typical.  The pencils are stored in the table bins and on the flags they have their initials.  They then know whose pencil is whose.  They are in charge of keeping up with it and getting it sharpened if it needs sharpened.



This little system has worked fabulously for me for the past 6 years! I have used this with both Kindergarten and First Graders. Are you brave enough to try it? I hope so!!


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