Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting Ready to Write!!



Writing in Kindergarten can be so hard! You want to start right away, but how are your kiddos ready?! This is where our Kindergarten expertise comes in! We need to make those that are not aware of what our Kinders can do! Now, I will be honest...I do not start Writer's Workshop right away. I have to spend so much time establishing good routines and a safe learning environment. I start Writer's Workshop week #3. I will talk about what I use later in the post. 

Let's go back a little....this Summer I worked really hard to get organized and get some things ready! Of course I didn't get everything done that I wanted to get done, but I made a really good dent! :-) This year I wanted to give my writers as many resources as a I could to help them become better and more independent writers.  Each of my students had a book box for their books. I thought why not give them a box for their writing!! So I did! I don't know about you, but I hate labeling everything with their name. That is just more work for me each year. So, I have everything labeled with their number. We start working on their student number day #1! They learn them quickly...actually, I have a few that learn everyone's number quickly! LOL Thank goodness, because I sometimes forget! 

Here is a picture of their Writer's Toolboxes! Notice...they are empty!! We will fill them TOGETHER!!

One of the first things that I will put in is their Writing Office! I wanted information that they could use! HOWEVER, I didn't want to include too much information (sight words/spelling words) because I will also use these as privacy offices when taking tests. 

To make these for each students you will need 3 file folders. I use rubber cement to glue them together. First, I take 2 folders and open them. I glue the left side of one to the right side of the other. Now, I take the third folder and attach it. MAKE SURE they are lined up that they will close ok. 

This is a picture of the front cover, with the office closed.
 This is the back of the office, with the office closed. 


This is the office half way opened and flipped over (front and back cover)
This is the office opened the same way, but flipped over (inside)
We are not finished yet! WHOA! This picture is with the right side flipped open (the ABC chart side)
This is with the left side flipped open (vowel sounds side)


This view is of the office completely open and standing up. This is how I use them for privacy! 

Some of the first writing lessons I do are all about details. We talk about a detailed picture. I want them to use at least 5 different colors and add 5 different details.

I have a pack that has some picture starters.  We always do a couple together. I talk about things that they might see. Is it inside? Is it outside? We also talk about using colors that make sense. You can get this packet by clicking the cover page below. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Work-On-Writing-August-Drawing-Detailed-Pictures-1410803



My writing office is also available in my TpT store!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-Writing-Office-2054519

You can also get the labels that I use for my Writer's Tool Boxes. You could use them for many other things too! :-)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Box-Labels-EDITABLE-Bright-Polka-Dots-266503


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Let's Play "I Have....! Who Has....?"


My kids LOVE the game I Have...Who Has? We pick a  game a month and try to play it everyday. We keep track of how long it takes us and try to beat our time each time. Have I mentioned the COMPETITION is my #1?!

Anywho...I am teaming up with my Freebielicious gals to play our own Back To School Edition!!

Well, that's me!! It's true! I am that person. I can NOT have my food touch! I won't eat it if it does! Now, I can eat things mixed that are supposed to be mixed...like tacos, spaghetti, stuff like that! BUT if spaghetti sauce touched my veggies or bread...NO WAY! When we go out to eat, I ask for separate plates all of the time, but I tip VERY WELL!

If I could have a lunch tray for every meal...I would be one happy (picky) eater! You know what else makes me HAPPY!? A sale!!!There is a sale coming! You can get everything in my store for 28% off!!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Live-Love-Laugh-Kindergarten

 I also LOVE bright colors! You know, for all of you teachers out there that have super cute THEMES in your room: super heroes, nautical, safari, pirates, etc...I applaud you! I can NOT commit to something like that. My mind changes every time the wind blows! I know, I have issues, I admit it! The one thing that I know will never change is my love of bright colors! So, that's what I put in my room!! 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Literacy-Stations-Posters-and-Icons-Bright-Polka-Dots-174167

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Stations-Posters-and-Icons-Bright-Polka-Dots-1946129

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Helpers-EDITABLE-Bright-Polka-Dots-275707

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-We-Get-Home-Bright-Polka-Dots-277140

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Hand-Signals-Bright-Polka-Dots-801080


I have an ALPHABET ZOO line of products. There is an animal to represent each letter of the alphabet. I use this to help my students make a connection between letters and sounds! I introduce a new letter each day. We talk about the animal, the letter, the sound that the letter makes and then come up with an action to put with the sound. This helps students remember letter sounds. We practice it everyday! Click on this image to see all of the items available in this line!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Live-Love-Laugh-Kindergarten/Category/Alphabet-Zoo


Now, let's keep playing I have...Who Has?! Here is your next clue! You want to hop along to see which Freebielicious gal is next!!

 http://www.dragonfliesinfirst.com/2015/08/i-have-morning-wake-up.html

Monday, July 13, 2015

Classroom Library {Part 1}



If any of you are like me, then your classroom library has really evolved over the years. I wish I had pictures of my library when I first started teaching. I was lucky to have a couple of baskets of books a pathetic old rug that my mom wasn't using and nothing else. It was soooo sad.  Well, fortunately I have acquired "a few" more books and goodies to spice up my library (shhhh don't tell the hubs...what he doesn't know will NOT hurt him!)

First, start with a checklist of what you need to get. You may not be able to purchase everything that you want now, but still have a "vision" of what you want your library to look like. I use this checklist!

Book Shelves: this one is tricky! Some teachers are stuck with what they have available in their rooms. Fire Marshalls can be tricky also! I am lucky that I have shelves that are moveable, but attach to the wall. Last year I had them a little high and plan on moving them down this year! This picture was while I was in the process of labeling bins and tubs!

My library colors are yellow and pink! I love it. It is so bright and cheery!!! I will spend this week getting my library ready!!  I can't wait.

I purchased my book bins from Really Good Stuff. However, you can use any bins that you would like!
http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/durable-book-and-binder-holders-with-universal-label-holders-5-pack-neon/p/161335/

My rug and bean bags were purchased from Amazon! I knew what I was looking for and just searched for them. I looooove Amazon.


I was looking for something to play soft music on and a new lamp. I came across this little gem! I have it ordered. I can't wait to get it!!

I have created a Library Station Teacher's Companion pack.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371

It has individual posters that are ready to print and pieces to make larger anchor charts with your students, if you choose.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371
These posters are perfect for when you teach your students how to choose a book! I always use a Goldilocks theme when teaching this and several comprehension strategies. This pack contains all of my comprehension posters and making connections posters. I just gave them an updated look (with yellow backgrounds)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Work-Station-Teachers-Companion-1955371


My friend Maria, from Kindercraze has an amazing classroom library!! I use her labels {black series}
http://kindercraze.com/2012/04/library-linky-party/


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Library-Labels-EDITABLE-for-Bins-Books-Black-Series-1231026

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Library-Labels-EDITABLE-for-Bins-Books-Black-Series-1231026

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Library-Labels-EDITABLE-for-Bins-Books-Black-Series-1231026


Maria has offered to give away one of these fabulous sets!! You can win my new Library Companion and Maria's labels. Good luck!!