Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Creating a Writing Center in Kindergarten

Setting up and creating a successful writing center in kindergarten takes time and practice.  The writing center in kindergarten in something that is always changing.  In the beginning it might start out with play-doh, rice or sand  and as time moves on it will eventually move towards the end goal of traditional paper and pencil.
Creating a Writing Center in Kindergarten: How to set up from the beginning of the school year
I teach writing whole group and small group.  I do a lot of whole group instruction in the beginning mostly through my morning message, then moving into the writing block.  I try to make it fun and interactive, demonstrating the importance of neatness, reminding my students that there is to be no "scribble scrabble" when coloring.  The very first piece of writing they do in a self portrait.  We do this on the first day of school.  This is a great way for me to assess their writing abilities.  I can tell a lot by their self portrait.

The majority of my students enter school with very limited experiences using crayons, pencils and scissor.  Very few can write or recognize their name.  This is where our writing center begins. We start with the very basics; tracing and cutting lines and coloring inside shapes. All of these skills are carefully demonstrated and practiced.

Next we begin with introducing letters and numbers through play-doh, stamps, rice, shaving cream and such.  The kids love it and it is great for those kids who have sensory needs too.  Of course I am also introducing name writing at this time. We do several activities that involve rainbow writing using the large crayons.
 Include play-doh at the writing center to build foundational skill

By now we are probably into the middle of October early November and we have moved on to writing our first names and letters of the alphabet as well as the numbers 1-10 using proper letter formation.

Items in our writing center have changed as well.  We are now adding sight words weekly to our word wall.  Although we still use play-doh, rice has been replaced with white boards, magnetic letters, letter beads and other word building materials. First we were forming letters, now we are making words, next we will be writing sentences. Remember, we must first build the foundation before we can create strong writers.
Use play-doh to build sigh words in the writing center
By the way- I have the BEST play-doh recipe in the world
Kindergarten Sight Word Wall: Creating a writing center in kindergarten
In my writing center you will also see our Monthly Writing Center Word Wall.  It has two purposes.  It is great for working with my English Language Learners as it serves as a picture reference for building new vocabulary.  Later when the students are writing more independently they can refer to the monthly word wall when they need help spelling a word.
This is from my September Writing Center
Writing Center or Writers Workshop Station for August and September.  Includes 90 picture vocabulary cards
This is from my January Writing Center
January Writing Center or writing stations with winter themes  67 vocabulary picture cards
My students also have journals.  In the past I have been fortunate enough to find them at the .99¢ Store
primary lined journals from .99¢ Store
This year however, I have decided it would be cheaper to print and make my own.  Also, I haven't been successful in finding the journals.  I did hear that some people have been finding them at the Dollar Tree. You can order then online but you need to buy a case of 24.
primary lined journals from Dollar Tree
In the journals we first begin with drawing pictures.  I'll give them basic prompts.  Draw a picture of your family.  Draw a picture about a pet you have or wish you could have.  I then take it once step further and encourage them to write the names of their family members if they know them, becasue sometimes they do.  If it is the pets they are writing about, then I tell them to think about the pet and say the name of the animal.  What sound do they hear, what letter is that, try to write that letter.  Remember, it is baby steps. At this point, I'm not worried about writing on the lines, I'm not worried that their dog looks like a big blob of mud.  I'm looking to see if they can tell me what their picture is about and if they attempted to write. 

As my students move forward in writing and I want to teach more specific skills or move some students ahead or work more closely with students,  I will make writing part of my center rotations.  Instead of meeting with me for reading, students will meet with me for writing. This is when I will give targeted instruction on specific skills.  I more than likely have already modeled these skills during my daily morning message, but this brings it to a different level.  There are now only 5 students,  so those who don't normally participate, just might take the pen.  After we review a few skills, we next review the vocabulary words on the monthly word wall.  Next I give them the prompt and tell each student to think of the sentence they are going to write.  They then take turns saying their sentence aloud.  I want them to get into the habit of saying what they intend to write.  I believe it will help them to not leave out any words.  For my ELL students (or others) I will give them a sentence frame, but ONLY if they need it.
Teaching kindergartners about spacing between words using the Space Man
Students can take words from the word wall as needed when they are writing or pull out their sight word list.  
*When students need help spelling a word-
-If it is a sight word- They ask someone else in the group to help them find it on the word wall.
-If it isn't a sight word- I teach them to segment it and write the parts they hear.  I also make sure to tell all of the adults who help in my room the same rules.
As the year progresses their knowledge of sight words has grown. so they are now able to write them and their ability to form a sentence has also improved.  

One idea that I have found that truly motivates my students is the "share out" piece.  After they have finished I invite students to share what they have written using the Elmo.  They love to see their work displayed on the big screen TV.  However, there is a catch.  They must demonstrate they have tried their personal best, not rushed through their work.  Their drawing must have some details relating to the prompt.   Of course all students get to share at one point during the week, but it is important to show off the ones who really put forth the effort first.  This raises the bar for the others.  Their work doesn't have to be the most beautiful. Just pick the ones that you as a teacher can point out what makes them shine.  What you want is for all students to want to share their writing, so they will try their best in hopes that you will pick them next time.

Each month the expectations increase the sentences change from the I likes, I haves and I cans to the I went to...  Remember what I said before about the foundation, you have to start from the bottom up. Even if some of your kids come in knowing some letters and sounds, it won't hurt them to review  those in order to bring everyone else up to speed.  Build that strong foundation in the beginning giving them lots of opportunities to write in many different ways.  Writing doesn't always have to be with paper and pencils.  Those foundational beginnings with the the play-doh and the dry erase markers will carry over.

I hope that you find something useful to get you started in setting up your writing center for the new year. 
This is my Writing Center Bundle for the Year which can be found in my TpT store. It has 9 months of thematic vocabulary cards and writing papers to help jumpstart your writing center. 
Writing Centers or writers workshop stations for Kindergarten. A years of writing centers and thematic monthly word wall vocabulary cards. Add some fun to your writing center with these Monthly themed word wall cards and writing papers.
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Friday, July 8, 2016

The Best Back to School Read Aloud Books

Oh how I love back to school books.  It's not easy finding the perfect book to read, especially if you are a brand new teacher.  Choosing the first book to read to your very first class is a big decision. Today I've picked my Top 12 Back to School Read Alouds to help you pick that perfect book for your first day.
Every year I pull out my box of back to school read aloud picture books and pick my favorites to read on the first day of school.  This box is full of the classics like Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, and Chrysanthemum. Then, there are a few newer favorites like, You're Finally Here, and Pete the Cat Rockin' in my School Shoes.  When I say newer, I'm referring to new as in the last 5-7 years or so, my Miss Bindergarten book was signed by the illustrator in 1998- so I've had it a few years.
The best back to school read alouds for the first day of school to read to kindergartners and first graders.Selections include Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Too Much Gkue, Pete the Cat and more.
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When choosing what books to read for the first few days, I try to pick a few that I think will grab my students attention.  Some of the books, although I really like, such as Chrysanthemum, might be too long for my class during the first few days.  We haven't established rules and procedures yet.  I won't know until I have read to them a few shorter stories first.

I usually start with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Miss Bindergarten.  Both books can usually hold their attention from beginning to end. I will then be able to determine what books to read next.

The Pete the Cat Rockin' in my School Shoes is a fun book to read before taking a school tour.  What is great about this book is it has the repetitive rhymes so the kids can join in with the reading.  Somehow they just magically join in without having to to be prompted.

As the week progresses I continue to read from my back to school book box.  So many of these books lend themselves to great lessons, teachable moments and the introduction of procedures.

Here are just some of my favorites...
The best back to school read alouds for the first day of school to read to kindergartners and first graders.Selections include Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Too Much Gkue, Pete the Cat and more.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom-Alphabet introduction
  • Pet the Cat- Colors
  • Pete the Cat Rockin' in my School Shoes-Tour of the school
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten-Classroom tour
  • The Kissing Hand-Missing Our Moms/Dads
  • Your'e Finally Here-Teaches Patience
  • The Recess Queen-Tattling, Kindness
  • Too Much Glue- Great for introducing how to use glue
  • My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil- Great Way to introduce all the people at School
  • Me First-Taking turns
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen- What listening looks like
  • Chrysanthumum-Names are special
All of these with the exception of You're finally here can be purchased on Amazon.  I also added the link for the Pete puppet because the kids just go crazy for reading with him.

What are your favorite books to read on the first week back to school?  Please share your favorites in the comments below. I'm always looking to add to my collection.  A teacher can never have to many back to school favorite books to read.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Ultimate Teacher Printer

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Don't you hate it when your printer runs out of ink in the middle of that very important print job?  Have no fear I have the answer for you, repeat these three amazing words- HP Insta Ink...
HP Insta Ink is the ultimate Teacher Tool- you will never run out of ink again, it saves you time, money and gives you endless ink at affordable prices.
HP insta ink is the ultimate teacher tool. It is the must have back-to-school resource every teacher needs to invest in. I know what you are thinking.  Hey wait a minute I'm on summer vacation, how can I possibly be thinking about back-to-school already. Come on admit it, you've already hit the Target Dollar Spot and you've thought about a few things you needed to print, but ink is probably holding you back.  HP Insta ink is the answer.  No more worrying about how much ink you are using or messing up on a print job.  Yes, you can worry, but we are talking pennies wasted versus dollars now. 

Here is how it works...
First your need an eligible printer.  To see if your printer qualifies, you can check the list.  
The Best Teacher Printer, save time, money and have endless ink
If you don't already have one, don't let that stop you.  Buy one, the HP Envy will save you money, I promise!!!.  Keep reading and do the math.  

Next you need to sign up and choose a plan.  When you sign up you are paying a monthly fee for the number of pages printed, not the number of ink cartridges used. It doesn't matter if all of your pages are in color or black and white--YAY!!!. They have three plans to choose from.
Tip: I print my black and whites on my black and white printer at school and print all my color pages on this one.
HP Insta Ink is the ultimate Teacher Tool- you will never run out of ink again, it saves you time, money and gives you endless ink at affordable prices.
If I go over my allotted number of pages then I can purchase 25 additional pages for $1.00.  If I do not use all of my pages I can also roll over up to 300 pages a month.  Another great feature about this plan is I can change it anytime I want.  During the summer I am actually on the $2.99 plan because I have not been printing anything.  So I don't need that large plan.  During the school year, a bigger plan is needed because my teammate  and I both use this printer for all of our printing needs-sharing the costs. In August I'll change back, that is when my teammate and I will start printing all of our center materials.

So how do I get my ink- its simple- once you sign up, the printer is connected to HP through your wireless.  Before you run out of ink it lets HP know that your ink supply is running low. You will then receive a box of ink in the mail with a return envelope to mail back the empty cartridges.  When your cartridge is empty, simply replace it with the new one.  Once you've replaced all of them, return the empty ones to HP in the mailing envelope and keep on printing.  

Think of the time you have saved.  You didn't have to go to Office Depot, Costco or Target for ink- that is time and money saved right there.  I don't know about you, but I can't just go to the store and buy ink, other things just jump in the cart... I usually have to buy ink at least 3 times a year.  Look at how expensive my ink is.
HP ink
With tax thats almost $300 a year.   YIKES  that is a lot of money. compared to even the most expensive plan of $120 a year that right there is a savings of $180. 

So, remember I said don't worry if you didn't have an HP Envy printer, there's your reason right there to get one. They really aren't that expensive. Here are a few of the most popular ones that some of my friends have.  Mine is no longer made- I have the 8610, the new model is the 8710.
HP Insta Ink is the ultimate Teacher Tool- you will never run out of ink again, it saves you time, money and gives you endless ink at affordable prices.

Are you ready to sign-up? When you do,  you can get one month free just by using my referral  link. Chances are your printer will come with a free month as well, mine did. Who doesn't like free? If you are ready to sign up, just click here.  What are you waiting you, you can cancel at anytime. 

For more more printer tips, you might like this article.  Happy Printing....

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teacher Organization With Blue Sky

To keep me organized for this summer I have a new Wall Calendar and Teacher Weekly Lesson Planner from BlueSky  The wall Calendar isn't too big or too small.  The squares are big enough to write in, but the calendar isn't so big that it takes up too much residential space on my wall.
BlueSky Wall Calendar
BlueSky Wall Calendar
The Teacher Weekly Lesson Planner comes in two sizes, I currently have the smaller version which is better for fitting into a purse and laptop bag. I am currently using it to write down appointments and meetings that are work related. However, I have been looking for something to use as a blogging calendar and think that either of these two just might be the ticket.  For those of you who are wondering what a blogging calendar is, it is what organized bloggers use to schedule out blog posts, Facebook, instagram and so forth.  Having a visual reminder can be very helpful.
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner

The Teacher Weekly Lesson Planner has a very nice thick laminated spiral bound cover.  Each month is separated by a tab with a monthly calendar followed by each week at a glance.
Inside you will also find
  • a pocket page
  • yearly overview
  • Teacher information/emergency contact page
  • Yearly Overview
  • Holidays and Special Dates
  • Class Birthdays
  • Weekly Schedules
  • Tabs for each month
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Organize Your Classroom Library

Organizing the classroom library can be an overwhelming task. Especially if you don't have a system already in place or you decide you need a system halfway through your organizing process.  Organizing your classroom library can be a bit of an investment too.  
Organize your classroom library in 5 simple steps.  Make your books easy for students to find and put back into the right book baskets.
Before you Begin...
First, decide on how you want to sort your books.  Do you want them by author, themes or reading levels?  I personally have a little of each in my classroom library.  Next decide on what you will keep your books in for easy movement from a shelf to the floor or tables.  I use white Sterelite baskets. It was an investment, but they will last.  These are the baskets I use.  
Amazon has them in packs of 6- for $15.58 that's a good deal.  They are $4.99 each at Target.  
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Other Options For Storage- 
Dollar Store for dishpans or buckets
Ice Cube Buckets
Clear Shoe Boxes
Walmart Dishpans- They come in red, white or black

Book Box Labels
Once you decide on how to organize your books, you will want to make some sort of label to place on the front of each box.  You can get my labels here. Before you start making and printing your labels, play with the size of label you will be using and how you will be attaching it.  There are several ways to attach labels and I have tried them all.
Hot Glue
Velcro
Packing Tape
Clear Contact Paper
Before you attach the labels you may want to laminate them for durability.  They will take some abuse, especially if the boxes are being moved frequently from the shelves.

Label Your Books Inside and Out
Label your books.  Invest in a stamp mine reads- This book belongs to Mrs. Mugurussa or use address labels or make your own labels on the computer. Place inside the front cover of each book.

For the outside of your books, decide how students will know where to return the book to when they are finished.  I use a number system. Each box is assigned a number and every book in that box has a sticker on the upper right corner with the same number.  You could also place the number inside the front cover of the book too, just incase the sticker falls off. In my classroom library all of my book labels match my box labels.  Another idea to help students know where to return the books to, would be to use alphabet letters instead of numbers.  This works if you have no more then 26 boxes. For the book labels you can use round sticky dots and a Sharpie or print out computer labels.

You Can Do It!!!
With the right organizational supplies and some time, organizing the class library can be accomplished.  Go slow, don't expect to be done in a few hours.  Go through the books to see what types of books you have.  As you browse, you will get an idea as to how you will want to group them.  Once you decide how to group them, start sorting in 5 easy steps

  1. If space is a concern know how many containers you will need- buy a few extra- just in case you need more. You can always return them or keep them just in case you need them later on as you acquire more books
  2. Make your labels for the front of the books (either numbers or letters).
  3. Sort your books.
  4. Add the labels.
  5. Make your book box labels and attach.
These are my labels- nothing fancy I made them back in 2012. They are printed on 5x7 card stock then backed onto the black paper before I laminated.  I then hot glued them to the baskets. You can download my labels for free here.
Use hot glue to attach labels to basketsUse hot glue to attach labels to baskets.
Organize your classroom library in 5 simple steps.  Make your books easy for students to find and put back into the right book baskets.
This picture is from the end of the school year- a few of the labels have come loose, but a little more hot glue and hey will be good as new.
Organize your classroom library in 5 simple steps.  Make your books easy for students to find and put back into the right book baskets.
Tip
One last tip. Keep extra labels handy in a folder.  When you get new books, put a label on it so you can place it into the library as soon as you get it

Once it is complete- send my a picture- I'd love to share what you've done with everyone.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Organization Teacher Style

First day of summer break and where did I go... to school of course.  I had to finish packing up my classroom for the summer cleaning crew, but in order to do that I had to make a huge mess first.  Don't you always make a mess when you begin to organize?  I call it Summer Organization- Teacher style.
Center storage organization- organize your centers by month and subject to make planning easy and quick.  Download my center labels tub for free.
This year I vowed not to bring a ton of teacher projects home.  If you've followed my blog over the past few summers, you know that I have been known to bring enormous projects home for the summer.   One year I brought my entire library home to reorganize it, last summer I brought home all of my centers and my files. Todays task was to separate my monthly centers between ELA and Math.
Center storage organization- organize your centers by month and subject to make planning easy and quick.  Download my center labels tub for free.
Once the centers were sorted  I attached the new labels to the outside of the boxes using the scotch adhesive roller.  This stuff is amazing.  Every teacher should have it on hand. I keep all of my boxes inside an old wooden mail sorter.  It  has 40 slots half of it is holding the boxes, the other half holds copies that I run ahead of time and other items.
Center storage organization- organize your centers by month and subject to make planning easy and quick.  Download my center tub labels for free.
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The containers I use to store my centers are made by Sterelite.  I am in love with these containers and own far too many.  Not only do I use them to hold my centers, but I use them for my math and literacy station rotation materials.  The March-April are my newest addition and can be found on Amazon as well.  They seem to have the best price.  The other set above, I purchased several years ago at Target.  During the back-to-school time, they often get fun colors in with the dorm room collection.  However- once they are gone, they don't make them any more.  Which is why I now have a mismatched set.

I made my labels in PowerPoint to fit the front of my tubs the red are for ELA and the blue is for Math. Just click the picture below to download your free center tub labels
Free Center Tub Lables

What organizational products do you have planned this summer? I had hoped to also tackle my listening center sets as well, but I ran out of time.  That just might have to wait for next summer.  Luckily, they aren't in that bad of shape.  I really just want to catalog all of my newer sets.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

3 Tips to End the School Year with a POP!

Hang in there, summer is just around the corner... for most of us that is.  If you are lucky, maybe you are already sitting with your toes in the sand with a tropical drink in your hand and reading this from your iPad.  For me, I have only 9 days left and 5 of those are half days, but who's counting.... Today, I have three tips to make the end of your school POP.
How to end the school year feeling calm and organized.  Three tips to end the school year with a POP: Prioritize, Organize and Plan.

With the end of the school year coming at us full speed ahead, it also comes with a never ending list of "must do's".  Before we can close that door for the summer and walk away we must prep our rooms for the summer cleaning crews. I also like to prep it for my return as well, just to make my return a little less-stress free.

Here are my 3 top tips for ending the school year with a POP.
1. Prioritize: Take that never ending list of things that must be done before you can leave and prioritize.
1. What needs to be done now
2. What needs to be done soon or in a week or more
3. What needs to be completed by the last day
TIP: Use three different colored post-its to signify the urgency of each item on your list. Place the post-its on a poster board divided into 3 sections labeled now, soon, later. Once you have completed a task remove the post-it.  The visual reminder and the removal of the post-it will be great motivators to get thing done.
Use three different colored post-its to signify the urgency of each item on your list. Place the post-its on a poster board divided into 3 sections labeled now, soon, later. Once you have completed a task remove the post-it.  The visual reminder and the removal of the post-it will be great motivators to get thing done.
2. Organize: Organize the supply drawers and cupboards.  I spend one afternoon going through my drawers and another on my cupboards, tidying up the supplies.  This means purging, replenishing, taking note of what I need to reorder, purchase or return to the supply closet.  Some items the school will supply, others I purchase over the summer.  The items I need to purchase, I put into a list on my phone so I can remember to look for during the summer months sales.  This helps me not buy extra items I don't need.  Returning in August to clean drawers and cupboards makes starting the year off so much easier.  I know we are all tired now, but the truth is you won't have time to do it during back to school, so DO IT NOW!!!! 

3. Plan Ahead: If you already know of items you will be using at the beginning of the next school year and can make them know do it. I have some new literacy and math centers I made recently.  Last week I printed and laminated them and my parent volunteer is cutting them out.  I also plan on putting my calendar notebooks together next week. For this I will be enlisting the help of this years most responsible students.  Think of what you will be doing the first few days of school and get it ready if you can.
Keep calm because summer is almost here
I hope my 3 tips will help to make the ending the school year stress free and organized.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

End the School Year With Books and Writing

The school year is almost over and I have a bunch of books to read to my kids.  I know many of them are feeling lots of different emotions right now.  How do I know this, years of experiences and listening to them during our morning calendar time.  They don't really understand what summer vacation means, or moving on to first grade.  To help them grasp the concept, I have begun to read stories about finishing kindergarten and moving on to first grade.  We also visit the first grade classrooms and meet the teachers.
The Best Books to End the School Year With: SPend the last few days reading fabulous year end tales to your students.  These books will delight your students and get them thinking about summer vacations and first grade.
To end the year with my students I do two writing activities. First,  I have them write a letter to their first grade teacher.  In their letter they must tell their teacher something that they can do and something that makes them special.  The second writing activity is to make a page for a book to the incoming kindergartners.  The book is titled In Kindergarten..  Each page starts out In Kindergarten I...  I like to read this book on the first day to my incoming kindergarten students, to let them know all about the year they can expect to have.

There are so many wonderful books to end the year with.  These are my favorites.  I'm sure I have left a few off of this list.  If you have others, please share them in the comments.
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Happy Sunday, I'm off  to enjoy the beautiful sunshine before the afternoon wind kicks in.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The End of the School Year is Near

As the school year comes to a close, our lives become hectic.  They don't call this month the 90 days of May for nothing.  It may only be the 7th, but so far it feels like it is the 27th.
So many things are packed into May, that it is hard to come up for Air Ready, Set, Go...
End of School Year: Avoid the Chaos and get ahead.  Be organized and stay stress free.
ALL OF THIS WAS ON MAY 6th
Mothers Day Tea: It was a blast, moms, aunts, cousins, and a dad had fun listening to their children read and I enjoyed watching the children be read to.
Kermese: School-wide evening festival. Our Ballet Folklorico students perform. Our PTA parents make over 1,000 tamales. We have lots of food, music and fun.
Parent Lunch Day: First Friday of every Month.

It is no wonder I fell asleep before 8:00 PM on Friday night. We are well into our Countdown To Summer.  The kids are having lots of fun and getting into the spirit.  Bubble day was a blast, but can I just say that who ever invented colored bubbles "YUCK" that stuff stains and is one BIG GLOPPY MESS.   Luckily for me our computer teacher saw the bottles that were donated and told me how messy they were, so I switched them out and made sure only I used them.  It's like sticking your fingers in jello before it congeals.

So with all this craziness how do teachers keep their sanity?  We need to organize and prioritize.  I am a master list maker.  I have them everywhere.  My favorite part is crossing things off my to do list.

This year I am starting at the bottom of my list and working backwards. I'm also trying to do the things that aren't the Must Do's because I know those will get done.  They are after all "Must Do's- like Report Cards.  This weekend I worked on end of the year student gifts. I always make DVD's for my students and give them awards.  Rather than wait until the very last minute to work on the DVD covers and the awards.  I took today to create both.  The Memory DVD's and Awards aren't mandatory, they are just something that I like to do for my students.  We don't do yearbooks, so it is my way of giving them a memory of their first year of school. By creating these items early, I am saving myself from some stress and hopefully late nights.

The majority of the DVD is already created thanks to Open House, I'll continue to add to it until Memorial weekend.  Then I'll create the final version.
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I have already ordered my Jewel Cases  and DVD's from from Amazon.
You can download the template for my Jewel case covers for Free from TpT.
They are editable  All you need to do is add your own text into the text box.
End of School Year Memory DVD covers Free in my TpT store.  All you need to Do is Type in the students information
You can read more about how I create my End of Kindergarten DVD's and what songs I use here.

Awards: Crossing another item off my list this weekend was awards.
I like to personalize awards for each of my students.  I do my best to choose awards that fit each child specifically.  I have two students who are amazing artists.  They will be getting these awards
End of the School Year Student Awards. This is a HUGE set of color and black and white certificates for the end of the school year. Many certificates include a male and female version for more of a personal touch.End of the School Year Student Awards. This is a HUGE set of color and black and white certificates for the end of the school year. Many certificates include a male and female version for more of a personal touch. End of the School Year Student Awards. This is a HUGE set of color and black and white certificates for the end of the school year. Many certificates include a male and female version for more of a personal touch.Below is a list of all the different awards that are included.  I tried to include something for everyone.
End of the School Year Student Awards. This is a HUGE set of color and black and white certificates for the end of the school year. Many certificates include a male and female version for more of a personal touch.
The End of the year is near, avoid the chaos, stay ahead of the game and stay stress free. Make your lists and stay focussed and organized.  YOU GOT THIS!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Creative Teaching Press Sneak Peak 2016

Creative Teaching Press Upcycle Style for the New School Year- Are you ready to start thinking about decorating for next year?  I know, you need to finish this year, but really, I know you are thinking about next year.  I've already bought a few things, and have marked a few things on Pinterest.  You can check out my 2016 CTP Classroom  board here.
Pinterest board for Creative Teaching Press
Last week I shared some of the Upcycle Styles that I was giving away and the Lucky Winner is...

Last week I shared with you a few new items that are
Coming Soon to Creative Teaching Press 2016
These magnetic decor strips will be available soon.
They will be perfect for decorating and dividing white boards
Creative Teaching Press Magnetic Decor Strips
Creative Teaching Press Magnetic Decor Strips
Who wouldn't want magnetic border- no more double sided tape or adding your own magnetic tape that doesn't stick.

But wait there's more, a sneak peak at the latest and greatest items from
I am SUPER EXCITED about the Dotted Swirl Magnetic Decor Strips on page 3.  These will match the rest of the border I already use in my classroom.  I will be able to use it to outline my sight word wall and not worry about my border falling off every time the heater turns on.
CTP Dotted Swirl magnetic border
I'm also really excited about using this new chart next year to record homework. It will coordinate nicely with the rest of my classroom decor.
CTP Dots on Chalkboard Chart
Then there are these- Look at how beautiful they are.  We just finished our butterfly unit and these picture cards would have been perfect.  This is just one set from the Life Cycles Mini Bulletin Boards Set- frogs and sunflowers are also included.
Creative Teaching Press Life cycles

Would you like another chance to win? 
Creative Teaching Press is giving 5 Teachers a chance to win
$50 Dollars to their store.
GOOD LUCK!!!!
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